Plate Rack Update

Hey Sweet Friends! I have been busy working in my yard the last week or so and I have really been enjoying being outside. I shared this photo on my Facebook page on Saturday sharing what we were up to:

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It felt so good to get everything trimmed and cleaned up after winter had left it a mess. (See more of my front yard HERE.)

I’ll be back on Thursday sharing another outdoor project  I worked on, but today I’ve got a quick makeover for ya’ll!

I found this plate rack at the Habitat Restore for $8 several months ago:

Plate-Rack-Before

The thing with already-painted pieces is when you sand them, the color will show through. I always take forever to start on these pieces because it requires an extra step. (So lazy.) And for this one, I didn’t want the green to show through.

First, here is how this ho-hum plate rack turned out:

Plate Rack updated using petroleum jelly to distress from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

A few pretty dishes really make a star out of this simple plate rack.

I know I know…I just painted another thing white. BUT I thought this was another great example of how to distress using petroleum jelly! I recently did this planter out of thrift store throw-aways the same way:

Whimsical garden planter made from thrift store cast-offs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Garden Planter {Swap it Like it’s Hot}

I spray painted over the green with satin black:

Rustoleum satin black spray paint makes a perfect base coat.

Then I added petroleum jelly to the edges and here and there and everywhere I wanted to see distressing.

I spray painted two or so coats of the satin white over the petroleum jelly.

Petroleum jelly is perfect for distressing painted projects.

As soon as it was dry, I wiped the spots where I applied the jelly, with a clean soft cloth. It takes the top layers of paint right off…

Petroleum jelly is perfect for distressing painted projects.

And you only see the black beneath. I love the effect.

Plate Rack updated using petroleum jelly to distress from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

You can make it as distressed as you want. I don’t go too crazy with it…

Plate Rack updated using petroleum jelly to distress from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Plate Rack updated using petroleum jelly to distress from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Plate Rack updated using petroleum jelly to distress from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Plate Rack updated using petroleum jelly to distress from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Plate Rack updated using petroleum jelly to distress from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Plate Rack updated using petroleum jelly to distress from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Plate Rack updated using petroleum jelly to distress from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

It was a bit dated before, but now I think it’s quite charming! If only I had space in my own kitchen for it.

Here’s the outdoor project I mentioned earlier that I’ll be sharing on Thursday:

Outdoor-Swing-Before

It was very much in need of a makeover, and it got it!

UPDATE: See how this bench looks now HERE! 🙂

See ya then!

XO,

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Comments

  1. Mary Kaiser says:

    Love it. Look forward to your post every time you have one. You girl are NOT LAZY!!

  2. The plate rack does look great in white. Much better than the dated green. Since you spray painted does that cut the need to originally sand? Anyway, I really like it! Can’t wait to see what you do with the outdoor project on Thursday. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Joanne! I agree…much better! This didn’t need sanding since it was painted before. I chose spray paint because I didn’t want to paint all those spindles. If I were painting a wood piece with spray paint, I would lightly sand and then spray prime first. 🙂

  3. If it isn’t windy this weekend I am going to try your Vaseline tip. I have the spray paint, the project and some new found knowledge!

  4. It looks so pretty now, never would of thought to look at something like that in the thrift store but now I will. Love the backyard as well and how its changed in one year. I have to get out myself and do some garden work. Putting all projects aside !! :)) Have a great day Christy!!

  5. Wow, a fabulous transformation Christy! I haven’t tried the petroleum jelly distressing technique yet…one of these days!! ~ Cindy

  6. I love the little starfish plates. 🙂

    xoxo
    -andi

  7. Marianna says:

    That piece is awesome! I totally want it!! I hardly ever have the luck of
    finding things like that,,,but I will definitely be on the look out!!!
    I love your emails and blog, so many ideas and so little time!

  8. Marcie Lovett says:

    Lovely! Amazing what a little paint can do!

  9. Can’t wait to try this method on a faded wooden horse hanging from our mailbox post – perfect idea!

  10. Marilyn Stein says:

    Hi Christy,
    Can you give any tips for spray painting all those dowels? I tend to avoid pieces like this because I find them so hard to manipulate to get an even paint job. Yours always look so great!

    • Thanks, Marilyn! When spray painting, I usually start with piece upside down and spray everything I can reasonably reach. Then I turn it right side up and get what I missed. This usually ensures that I don’t miss any spots. 🙂

  11. Constance Colvin says:

    I’m still having March Madness withdrawal symptoms! We need more Madness!!! 🙂

  12. Very cute! I’ve never seen a free-standing plate rack like that before. …Maybe I live under a rock though. : )
    Now I’m wondering how much practice it takes to get that Vaseline technique down? It seems like it could be veeeery easy to overdo! You always have good taste in that department. : )

    • Thanks, Becky! I don’t think I have ever before this one either! It looks hand-made. I used this technique on a chair a year or so ago and I felt like I overdid it…very easy to do! Now I try to be much more careful! XOXO

  13. Jennie Eilerts says:

    I really love the chippy finish the petroleum jelly trick leaves behind. It reminds me of a lot of the old furniture that was painted with the old-school high-gloss enamels. My parents’ house had yellow and black paint like that on a couple of doorways in their 150-year-old adobe. It’s since been painted over, but it was really cool and chippy!

    • Oh yes it is reminiscent of enamel painted pieces! That’s a perfect way to describe it. 🙂

      • Jennie Eilerts says:

        I really love it! I’m going to have to try this now. I haven’t ever used this technique, but I love the way yours turn out. Some of it looks way overdone. Love that little plate rack, too. It’s adorable. 🙂

  14. That plate rack turned out so pretty!

  15. Jennie Eilerts says:

    Rather, some other examples I’ve seen elsewhere look way overdone. YOURS look naturally aged. Foot-in-mouth syndrome. It’s not late here or anything. 😉

  16. It isn’t dated anymore and would work in any kitchen – love it, Christy! Thanks so much for the painting tip – this very thing happened to me last week when the sanding block got it down to the original finish. I’m so remembering this trick for next time!
    P.S. Re: those pretty dishes, yes please.

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