DIY Old Baker’s Rack into a Desk



Refurbished Baker's Rack Tutorial at

For my birthday last year, my Mother-in-Law scored me this awesome Baker’s Rack.  When she brought it over, I knew just what to do with it.  I have been wanting to get a small desk for my kitchen instead of the big awkward one I had.  My kitchen was beginning to look more like an office than a kitchen.  So I decided to turn the Baker’s rack into a Blogger’s Desk.  With a little face lift this “desk” is going to rock.  Check out my REFURBISHED BAKER’S RACK tutorial and see how I stenciled the top using my Silhouette Digital Cutter!

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First, I took off the bottom rack and got rid of it completely.  (Remember, I want an office chair to fit underneath.)  Then I took off the wood piece by taking out a bunch of screws. 


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Now, to spray paint.  Bring on the purple!  I cleaned and dried the metal really well before applying my favorite Valspar primer.  The next day I applied the purple (Valspar Eggplant) and let it dry a couple days.


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Meanwhile, I sanded and sanded the “desktop” until it was nice and smooth and natural looking.


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Next, I used a sticky cheese cloth and wiped off all the pesky sawdust…which was everywhere.  Then I added a coat of white spray paint.  I can’t remember the name of the paint, but I am positive it was Valspar…I rarely use anything else.


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I wanted the edges of the desk to be purple so I taped off the edge and laid a large piece of cardboard on top.  Then I applied the purple spray paint.


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I love when you get the exact result you dreamed of getting.  I took off the tape and was so happy to see the crisp clean line around the edge.  Looking good, right?


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Next, I chose a pattern from the Silhouette Online Store and sized it to the size I needed then I cut it out of vinyl.  I cut 4 12×24 inch pieces and I got rid of the part I wanted purple.  Remember you are using it as a stencil and will eventually discard the vinyl.  You kind of have to think backwards…get rid of the part of the pattern you would normally keep.  I laid the pattern pieces on the clean white desktop and applied a couple of coats of purple spray paint.


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Then, I took the vinyl pieces off with the Silhouette Hook while the paint was still wet.  Be careful! You will get paint on your hands.  Wear an apron or paint clothes.


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The end result was a bit too stark and white for me, so I applied some wood stain.  I let the stain dry and roughed it up with a piece of sandpaper.  Then I sprayed a protective Polyurethane coat on top.


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I reassembled everything and couldn’t wait to start using it!  I LOVE how this turned out.  It turned out even better than my brain imagined.

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Now, my little office space no longer takes up my entire kitchen and it looks great. 

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 Now to refurbish an amazing office chair.  How should I do it?  What color should I paint it?

Refinish Chair Before


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  1. says

    That looks amazing! I wish my office celling wasn’t sloped … I’d totally do it! I was thinking you should do the chair in a little bit lighter purple, but now that I look at it again, maybe the same color? Or the lighter color of the wood in the desktop? What ever you do, make a cushion :) *HUGS*

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