One of my favorite side effects of blogging has been developing new friendships with other fellow makers and lovers-of-vintage in Greenville. Many of them have become daily fixtures in my life AND sometimes they bring me DIY gifts- bits and pieces they have or find that could be transformed or provide inspiration.
Case in point- when my friend, Kristi, spotted this old gun rack at a thrift store, she figured I could use it…for something!… and handed it over.
It sat in our garage for a few months while I mulled over ideas. Then, one day I was rummaging through my fabric stash looking for a small scrap when I knew what to do with the gun rack- turn it into an organizer/holder for all of my smaller fabric bits! Remnants, scraps, handkerchiefs, pillowcases, etc… the pieces that get lost in my cumbersome plastic bins.
All I needed to do was (a) paint it…because why not?, and (b) add some wooden dowels in the gun slots for hanging the fabric. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Gun Rack Makeover
The painting part went swimmingly. But when I laid the dowels in the slots to figure out how much to trim off, I was reminded that this rack was mean to hold shotguns, and everything was askew. The slot meant for the stock was deeper/lower than the slot used for the barrel. Whoops!
I guesstimated that there was a one-inch deficit on the left side…and my dowels were one-inch in diameter. The slots were about ⅜” wide, so we sliced off little dowel “coins” with our newest power tool!
After sanding down the edges of my “coins”, I painted them to match the rack, and used wood glue to attach them inside the lower slots. Hurray for all those rubber bands from Whole Foods! They came in very handy to hold the “coins” in place as they dried.
I had originally planned to paint the dowel-racks white, but after painting the “coins”, I discovered just how porous and thirsty dowels are. Instead of dealing with a potentially botched paint job, I changed up the plan and used Mod Podge and a vintage sheet to give them some flair.
When all was said and done (i.e., dry), I set everything up- and it looked great!
The Big Reveal!
And then I simply added all of my smaller fabric bits- draped over dowels, clipped to the rings, and hanging on the hooks!
Not only is it handy, but it looks gorgeous- AND it’ll remind me which fabrics I have when I’m brainstorming projects. A triple whammy repurpose!