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Who Uses CD Racks Anymore?

They’re in every thrift store around town by the dozens and with new technology rapidly progressing, the era of the CD storage rack is fast becoming a thing of the past. But when I saw this little unpainted wooden CD shelf all alone at a Garage Sale last weekend, I couldn’t resist bringing it home for some TLC and a little repurposing. It was wood after all, and had probably spent it’s life in the owner’s shed for a “one day I’ll paint it” project.




It looked quite plain and had a few cobwebs amongst the layers of dust, but I cleaned it up and painted it using some homemade chalk paint (no, not the blackboard kind). I mixed 1 tablespoon of plaster of paris powder with 1 cup of interior semi-gloss paint (colour I used was Dulux Raw Cotton Quarter). The chalk paint idea comes from several blogs I’ve seen that have used their own mixture, or a popular chalk paint by Annie Sloan. It gives a chalky texture, and is great for use on Shabby or Antique furniture painting. It sands well for giving the aged worn look, which I have also done to this little piece.

I didn’t take progress pictures of this item, but I basically used the same Mod Podge method I used for my French Serving Tray that you can see here, to add some French motifs. The one on top came from The Graphics Fairy and the 2 graphics on either side, I made myself. I love the way they turned out.

Now it was all ready to repurpose into a little tea or coffee caddy, to sit on someone’s kitchen bench with numerous possibilities of things to fill it with…

In these pics I’ve chosen to place my 3 favourite cup and saucer sets on the middle shelves, and they were the PERFECT fit!

And here she is…
Imagine cute French jars of your favourite coffee beans…


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6 Comments

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    Cynthia
    March 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    How cute! It’s the perfect size for teacups! You have me thinking about those cd racks in a new way now.

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    Gillian
    March 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    It’s come up a treat! I have a wider one which sits in my toilet holding loo paper, spare flush deodoriser and ladies “personal” items. Mine is just painted white but I’m sure I could prettify it! like the concept of the white chalk paint.

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    miss posh poodle
    March 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

    fabulous. I am investing in the modge podge this week and have a box I am going to do. already sanded and cleaned and ready for the makeover. will send you pics. I love what you do!!!!!

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    Sunita Chaudhar
    January 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    That is very impressive! Very Nice Post. You really did a super job with cd racks!i like to buy online cd racks. thanks for sharing.i really like to read this blog.

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    What to do With an Old CD Rack? - WhatToDoWithOld
    September 10, 2015 at 3:00 am

    […] This tea or coffee caddy is made from an old wooden CD rack by Sharon Hankins of ‘I Restore Stuff’. Her blog’s main theme is bringing into use old stuff just like she restored this CD rack wonderfully (via I Restore Stuff) […]

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    Shifali Sharma
    November 5, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Great work Sharon!! To see that picture I am also thinking about to modify my furniture. I really like your art.

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