Retro Christmas Decor with a Wooden Wine Rack

Retro Christmas Decor with a Wooden Wine Rack

Thanks to boho chic decor, vintage rattan furniture has made a resurgence in popularity. I scooped up this wine rack as quickly as I saw it because of the shape. It was OBVIOUSLY meant to become a Christmas tree, right? I immediately had a vision of retro Christmas decor in my mind and wanted to bring it to life!

Wooden wine rack or vintage rattan furniture at thrift store for upcycling and repurposing

But, I started to panic about painting it. Bloggers get hate mail all the time from people who think they shouldn’t have painted a certain piece.

Boho furniture and vintage wine rack that will become the retro Christmas decor

But the price was written on it in Sharpie – apparently I had shopped at one of *those* thrift stores that think Sharpie is ok.

That made me stop fretting about it. Hate mail or not, it had already been ruined with marker. And with that in mind, I started to transform it into a retro Christmas tree.

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Upcycling a Wine Rack into Retro Christmas Decor

Bringing my vision to life was going to be easy. First, I needed a bunch of ¼” cup hooks – twenty of them, to be exact.

Cup hooks to screw into the wooden wine rack for displaying the Shiny Brite Ornaments

Because the wine rack was made of rattan (and not, for instance, a hard wood), I planned on screwing a cup hook into the top of each circular rung.

My dainty child-size hands came in, well…handy for this! The wine rack rungs were just big enough for a bottle of wine, but perhaps not a normal-sized adult hand.

Transforming a wooden wine rack into a retro Christmas tree or midcentury modern Christmas tree

After I finished adding cup hooks to each rung, it was time to start spray painting. Before I did anything else, though, I wrapped the legs with painter’s tape to keep them a natural brown.

It was going to become a retro Christmas tree after all!

Taping off the legs of vintage rattan furniture before spray painting in green

I started with a light coat of primer first. I had inadvertently chosen a can of paint that didn’t already have primer in it.

AND the rattan was pretty shiny-smooth, so I knew starting with primer was a smart step.

Upcycling a wine rack into the retro Christmas decor or a midcentury Christmas tree

Next, I finished with a dark green that would be perfect for my retro Christmas decor.

Spray painting a wooden wine rack or vintage rattan with green paint for a retro Christmas tree

Retro Christmas Tree from Vintage Rattan Furniture

Once the paint dried, I carefully removed the painter’s tape from the base and admired my little tree. It had a very retro and boho decor look to it.

Retro Christmas decor or midcentury modern Christmas tree with a wooden wine rack

The best part was hanging my Shiny Brite ornaments on all those little cup hooks! I decorated both sides and just fell in love.

Midcentury modern Christmas tree that displays the Shiny Brite Ornaments by Upcycling a wooden wine rack

Now, I suppose I could have tied my vintage ornaments to the rungs with green thread, but the cup hooks worked like a charm.

And after seeing it all put together like this, I was so glad I added them before the spray paint so that they blended in.

Midcentury Christmas tree from a wooden wine rack as retro Christmas decor

What do you think of my retro Christmas tree from vintage rattan furniture? Did I make the right decision to paint it? 

Shiny Brite Ornaments that are displayed on a retro Christmas tree for Boho decor

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. But, a natural color with white and silver ornaments would have also been pretty, too.

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Boho Christmas Decor or Retro Christmas tree from a wooden wine rack

Boho decor for Christmas with a retro Christmas tree that started as a wooden wine rack


  1. Love it! Paint away! And the hooks are smart – you can easily swap out ornaments to follow desired color schemes. PS I’m not sleeping this early either!

  2. Thank you for all your wonderful craft ideas. I have a passion like you and its wonderful. Happy Christmas Sadie, I look forward to your email updates always.

  3. Super cute!!

  4. What a wonderful idea! I love it and painting it was the perfect idea! I’m not normally a paint over original finish person, but the wine rack isn’t that old, and as you said, the sharpie ruined it anyway! (What is it with thrift shops and sharpies?!)

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Right?? It would be so much better if they used inexpensive masking tape or just stapled a loop of scrap paper on it for the price. I feel like I need to do some thrift store coaching.

  5. I think its adorable! This would be perfect for a very small space like a dorm room! Love it!

  6. LOVE it! Wish I could find one! It would be a great gift filled with wine bottles too! ?

  7. That is SO darling! Great job. Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas!

  8. I LOVE your ideas ans the tree turned out wonderful. So original too. Always fun to receive your emails. cg

  9. You absolutely made the right call. Adorable!

  10. As always, you see what others don’t… what an ingenious idea!

  11. christinafayerepurposed says

    The perfect little tree and a used piece saved! It’s adorable Sarah 🙂

  12. Helen Castrucci says

    Love the tree and how you decorated. Now I have to go on a hunt for a rattan wine holder!❤️

  13. This is brilliant! I hope I can find one of these wine racks – Merry Christmas!

  14. What a cool idea! Now my brain is whirling trying to think of ways to keep it out year round. Like hanging little birds for springtime and maybe apples in the fall? Hmm . . .

  15. Robyn Wright says

    Absolutely perfect!

  16. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!! Like the green paint and hooks. Great idea. Love your projects!

  17. I think it’s super cute! It was a great idea. I love painted furniture. Hugs,

  18. you make such adorable items

  19. Absolutely brilliant!!! What vision you have!!!….I will have my eyes peeled for one of these.

    Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  20. While you’re at it, could you tell them to NOT wrap packing tape around towels and other fabrics??? I love your Christmas tree!

  21. Rebecca Payne says

    I love this idea. You always have great ones. Keep them coming,

  22. I adore this idea!!! What a creative idea! Thanks for sharing!

  23. WOW WOW WOW!!!! Just to dang cute!!! I want one!!!! But, my thrift stores around here are getting HIGH in prices!!! I’ll have to be on the lookout for one of these!!
    I’m so sorry if you get hate mail…SAD SAD!!! Chin up butter cup!! Looks like you have a few painters on here with ya all the way!! LOVE paint!!!
    Blessings my friend

  24. vickie l obrien says

    this is so pretty!!!!

  25. Love your tree and trucks. I would leave the trucks up year around and add different things for the holidays as you have already done. You are an inspiration to me. On the lookout for wicker trees and old vintage trucks.

  26. Molly Tomaszewski says

    absolutely perfect choice to paint and display the old shiny brite’s! Love your blog posts!

  27. Love this- really cute idea!

  28. That is just stinkin’ adorable! Lovely – Merry Christmas and all the best to you in 2020!

  29. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this!! I have never seen one in that shape before but you better believe I’ll be paying more attention and searching for one now!!


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  31. It’s brilliant…and ADORABLE!!!!

  32. Janice Guarino says

    I think this is so clever of you, I just love it…………(paint on girl)

  33. This is awesome, Sarah! Pinned! And I think that retro rattan stuff is way cuter painted; no hate mail coming from me!! Merry Chirstmas, friend!

  34. This is so cute!! Putting cut hooks on makes it easy to change out the ornaments. Also would make a great tree in a kids room especially if they have an allergy to the real thing. Painting it green was the perfect choice!
    As for the black sharpie, I hear ya!! I keep a small bottle (4-6 oz) of acetone in my kitchen to remove expiration dates from containers that I reuse. One swipe with a cotton swab and the ink is gone. I did try it on sharpie ink and it worked, but it wasn’t on a porous surface like the rattan.
    Love your creativity!!!

  35. Catching up on mail I missed! This is adorable and a perfect setting for vintage ornaments!


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