A Multi-Purpose Baker's Rack

A Multi-Purpose Baker's Rack

When I first met my husband he lived in a cute little bungalow cape style house.  This was his first home that he purchased on his own and needless to say also did all of the decorating.  His style was let's just say eclectic-a mix of bold wall colors, hand-me-down furniture and lots of IKEA.  When we moved to our current house we did some upgrading.  One particular piece that hung around was an IKEA Granas ( I believe it is currently discontinued) baker's rack.  We had it in our dining room briefly until I replaced it with this hutch that was a furniture re-do project for me. 

So I decided to put the baker's rack up on Craigslist. In true Craigslist form I got emails from a few flakey "buyers," but no one ever came through.  We were going to donate it or leave it on the curb with a free sign, but since we had a party coming up my mother suggested we keep it and use it to serve drinks from. 

Way to go Mom!  This thing has come in so incredibly handy.  No, it is not made for outdoors and we are fortunate enough to have a car port, which is where I do a lot of my party set up, so it stays under cover.  We also only have it outside during the milder months and bring it into the basement when it gets cold. 

Drink station for my best friends bridal shower that I hosted.

Drink station for my best friends bridal shower that I hosted.

Drink station for my son's little man first birthday party. 

Drink station for my son's little man first birthday party. 

So you can see that I have put it to good use at our parties, but I wanted to style it up a bit when it wasn't in use for entertaining.  So my outdoor drink station, turned into a potting bench style furniture piece and I thought it came out pretty cute.  I purchased the welcome sign, candle, small box, and faux succulents all from JoAnn's.  The faux plant on the top shelf is old from IKEA, and the pot is from Michael's. The little lantern is from Pottery Barn a couple of years ago, and the large piece of wood I found at Home Goods.  The terra cotta pots with herbs are from Lowe's. The watering can is vintage from my husband's grandmother.  Perhaps my favorite part of the function of this piece in its "down time" is for storing my kids bubbles and chalk.  I found the plastic baskets at Target and they are awesome because if they get wet no big deal and they protect the chalk pretty well from getting wet and damaged. Here is a similar option for the baskets. 

So unfortunately this baker's rack is no longer available at IKEA, but (you could check your local Craigslist lol) I did find some other similar options from Wayfair.com  here, here, and here.  This was also how I styled the rack for the summer; thinking about changing it up a bit for the fall so stay tuned and I'll post an update! 

Photos by tomnaclerio.com

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