Basic Kitchen Shelf to Modern Farmhouse Decor Storage Bins

Basic Kitchen Shelf to Modern Farmhouse Decor Storage Bins

Not too long ago, I had a REALLY fortuitous thrifting trip- as I drove home, I realized I had found materials for nine different projects. NINE! Maybe the thrifts were all freshly replenished, or maybe I was wearing a most impressive thinking cap, but either way, it was an adventure for the record books. And this plain kitchen wire shelf/rack was one of my finds.

Wire kitchen shelf rack at thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods /

Plain…with potential!

Because it was “backless”, I assumed it was meant for a kitchen cupboard…to hold spices, etc. But that gave me license to create a backing from my stash of reclaimed wood! And I knew exactly which piece I’d use…

Salvaged weathered wood for repurposing and upcycling DIY projects by Sadie Seasongoods /

Wood stash…about to get one plank smaller.

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After using a wire brush to remove the excess paint chips…and pliers to remove tetanus-wielding rusty nails, we created a newspaper template of how large I wanted the “new” backing to be. Then, we divided those measurements in three, measured the plank, and sawed off three equally long pieces.

Using salvaged wood to create backing for repurposed wire kitchen rack shelf by Sadie Seasongoods /

Three equal pieces…

We scavenged our garage for a small piece of scrap wood to use as cross-connectors. And because I didn’t want to see shiny new screws from the weathered/painted side, we drilled in screws through the connectors on the back. (Of course, first making sure that our screws weren’t too long to pierce through the front!)

Creating modern farmhouse decor with salvaged wood by Sadie Seasongoods /

Finishing up the back…

Now I could turn my attention to the little wire shelf / rack! I selected a flat colored metallic paint for its makeover- a color I hadn’t played around with before.

Using a modern farmhouse decor spray paint color on thrift store kitchen rack shelf by Sadie Seasongoods /

Prepped for a modern farmhouse decor makeover!

To hang the newly-painted shelves on the salvaged wood backing as farmhouse wall decor, I just needed two small cup hooks…but I only had them in brassy gold (which would NOT do)! So, I painted them with the same paint as the wire shelf.

Using a modern farmhouse decor spray paint color on thrift store kitchen rack shelf by Sadie Seasongoods /

They gotta get painted, too!

While the cup hooks dried, I added two D-ring hangers and wire on the back for hanging- nothing fancy and super easy!

Creating DIY modern farmhouse decor with salvaged wood and a repurposed wire kitchen shelf as storage bins by Sadie Seasongoods /

Final steps!

Once the cup hooks were dry, I inserted them into the wood planks and then hung my little shelf…a shelf which has become modern farmhouse decor storage bins!

DIY home office storage bins from a repurposed kitchen shelf and weathered barn wood by Sadie Seasongoods /


Modern farmhouse decor style storage bins from reclaimed wood and repurposed wire kitchen shelf rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

Painted hooks completely blend in…

Isn’t that perfect? Stylish rustic farmhouse decor style bins that will be perfect for my office!

DIY modern farmhouse decor storage bins using reclaimed barn wood and a repurposed wire kitchen shelf rack by Sadie Seasongoods /


I snapped that photo above in my “golden area”, which is where I have the most natural light and the photos look best. But here are my farmhouse decor bins in our newly-renovated office with my brand new computer/writing desk that I am in ABSOLUTE LOVE WITH! 

DIY rustic farmhouse decor storage bins using reclaimed barn wood and a repurposed wire kitchen shelf rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

Our office is coming together!

And no- my desk will never be that orderly again!! But such a fun and inexpensive project that fits right in with our industrial/farmhouse office that is coming together nicely.

Looking for more DIY modern farmhouse decor inspiration, check out some of my other projects here. And for more repurposed storage and organization project ideas, please check out my entire collection here before you go!

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  1. Love it! Those planks are the perfect backdrop! I love your princess phone, too.

  2. Well, this is a very timely tutorial…I have two wire shelves I’ve used in the past for my craft paint, etc but the white finish on them is snooze worthy. I took them down when I refreshed the laundry room and they’ve been languishing ever since. I haven’t wanted to get rid of them as they are perfect storage pieces – now I know how to give them some pizzazz! Weathered old wood and spray paint! Now why didn’t I think of that? Love how yours look.
    😊 Cecilia

  3. That is soo cute! Love it on the weathered wood! I think I’ve seen those same type of shelves at the thrifts & just kept right on walking…ha! This would sell in a booth, but I know you’re finding the perfect use for it at home!

  4. Great idea! Love it! This would come in so handy. Very clever how you connect the wire basket to the wood with cup hooks, so simple. I will have to remember this for a project I will be starting soon.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      And OH HOW I STRUGGLED to figure out how to hang the basket…seriously, that was the biggest heartache of this project, LOL! When the solution was right there, staring at me from my craft room (I have LOTS of cuphooks on hand)… 😉

  5. Very cute, practical, and fairly straightforward! Thank you – looks like something I could tackle!

  6. You always amaze me, this is brilliant!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It’s so funny- I was worried that people would have the opposite reaction (like, this project is too basic/simple!) so I appreciate that, Katrin!!

  7. Very crafty!

  8. Another great idea! You always seem to have an ability to see what something can become!

  9. Donna D Carter says

    Did you pre-drill the holes on the little horizontal boards? A lot of the time, I found that if I don’t pre drill, the wood splits.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Not in this case- just started very slow and steady. But yes, pilot holes are usually the way to go!

  10. Smarty pants (as my mom used to call me) this is so cool and it is a copy in the making, I have some shelves, not like yours, but will do, love this.

  11. Great idea.

  12. What a good idea for storage.

  13. Love the rustic farmhouse vibe you gave this simple wire spice rack – nice save! Pinned

  14. Fonda Rush says

    Love this idea! Change the patina of the metal, and use up some scrap wood! Great idea!

  15. Awesome job, Sarah! Love the wood and metal combo for sure 🙂 I’m constantly working on trying to make my office/craft space more efficient. Need to keep an eye out for one of these!

  16. Great idea! Thanks for sharing @ Vintage Charm!

  17. acraftymix says

    Ahhhhh yes please. We bought some of those spice wire thingyies for our cupboards only to find that they were too wide to fit the space and they’re been lying in our garage ever since gathering dust just like my brain apparently 😉 Thanks for the idea Sarah

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      No problem! It’s not the most “ooh-ahh” worthy project, but it comes in handy (and is a really easy build!)! 🙂

  18. What a great DIY! It would be great for an office, mudroom or kitchen! I’m stopping by from the B.F.F. 🙂

  19. I can think of about 5 places in my house I need one of these! Great project!

  20. Hi Sarah! I just wanted to let you know that your project just became my featured pick from the Sweet Inspiration Link Party 🙂 You’ll be featured this Friday on the blog! Hope you stop by 🙂

  21. OMG!!! This is such a clever idea!!!! Love the wooden backdrop! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration Link Party 🙂

  22. Great repurpose. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle

  23. Very nice! Love you stack of wood too 😛 Pinned!

  24. I have two of those ugly white racks in my garage and I did not know what to do with them. Thank you for your inspiration!! Your racks are absolutely fantastic!!

  25. Sylvia Lim Tsang says

    Okay, my eyes are getting worse and worse, and i know you aren’t supposed to see them, but can you give me a hint as to where the cup hooks are on the “ta-da” photo, please?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      That’s the secret- they’re hard to see in the final photo, LOL! As you saw in my tutorial, they’re painted to match and blend in perfectly.


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