How Can I Update a Bakers Rack?


Nearly everyone needs more storage and display space in the kitchen. Bakers racks have become an affordable and attractive solution. Unfortunately, kitchen styles change and your old bakers rack may be a bit dated or may not match anymore. There are several ways to revamp that old rack so it fits your home today.


  • Wash your bakers rack well to remove kitchen grease, dust or grime, then use a good quality spray paint to change the color. Classic black is a good choice, but a bold color may work on a rack with simple, clean lines. You can even choose interesting metallic finishes such as bronze, hammered metal or stainless steel. Select a finish that meshes well with the style of your kitchen. Paint in thin, even coats, allowing each to dry thoroughly. Finish with a spray-on sealer if desired.

Move It

  • A bakers rack that looks dated or uninteresting in the kitchen may work well elsewhere. Move it to an entryway or mudroom to store baskets for shoes, winter wear, keys and bags. In the bathroom, towels will fit on a bakers rack, as well as containers for toiletries and cleaning supplies and other bathroom necessities. Put an old rack to work on the porch holding recycling, planting supplies and the kids' outdoor toys.


  • You may be able to update a bakers rack simply by updating what sits on it. Clear everything off and decide what to store. Display a collection, store cookbooks, or provide additional serving space in your kitchen. For a classic but pretty and fresh look, combine greenery, a tall lamp, and some attractive cookbooks and family photos on your bakers rack. Often, all that is needed for a fresh look is a new arrangement of items and elimination of daily household clutter.

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