A 3-Step Project Turns a Thrifted Pot Rack into a Plant-Lover’s Dream

published Jun 13, 2021
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Before: empty black pot rack on a white tile floor
Credit: AT Video

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Leave it to a DIYer to take an ordinary household object and turn it into something truly extraordinary. That’s what inspired Megan’s Mystery Makeover, a DIY challenge that tasks some of our favorite DIYers from around the web with putting their own creative spin on a plain home item.

In the past, we’ve mailed our DIYers a package with a surprise item inside (and sometimes even some materials to get started with). But this time, inspired by the Small/Cool Experience 2021, we asked them to use a Small/Cool trend as inspiration to make over something in their own home using a budget of $50 or less.

Yesterday, Drew Scott of Lone Fox turned a plain circle-shaped vase into a funky lamp inspired by The New Kitsch.

Today, it’s Sourya Venumbaka’s turn. Sourya, of Sové Home, has made her entire Philadelphia apartment a showcase of her rental-friendly DIY skills. She’s tiled thrifted trays, made a busted nightstand look brand-new, and turned her kitchen into a work of art — so she was game to rethink something in her home through the lens of this year’s Small/Cool trends.

Sourya chose Biophilic Beauty for her inspiration trend, since she was drawn to the idea of bringing nature into her home. For her project she reached for a thrifted hanging pot rack. With a sheet of plywood and some careful jigsaw work, Sourya was able to turn it into an endlessly copyable (and customizable) plant lover’s dream.

Check out the video below to see how she pulled it off — and then check out the rest of our Small/Cool Experience coverage here.