Would you recognize this if you saw it sitting on
a thrift store shelf?
It was an odd place to find an old hymnal rack from the back of a church pew. It makes me wonder just why a rack gets separated from its pew! Whatever the reason, I decided to buy it, spruce it up and put it in my booth.
This was the best picture I could take in its found condition. You’ll just have to trust me that the wood was a bit dried out and it had several areas of paint spatters.
Yes, I thought about painting it white and distressing it, but there is just something inside me that will not allow me to paint nicely-grained oak. So I lightly sanded it and, thankfully, the paint spatters came off easily. I rubbed on a light coat of red oak stain and the grain just seemed to pop out in appreciation.
Here is the rack hanging in my booth (sorry, there is NO natural light in my booth) holding several cookbooks, but it could also hold plates or metal trays.
The holes that once held the grape juice/wine for The Lord’s Supper can be repurposed to hold flowers.
The rack would also make great storage in an office for files or reference books. In a pantry it could hold cookbooks and utensils. In a mudroom/garage entrance it would be perfect as a rack for coats, keys and calendars.
For several years now, I’ve had three smaller hymnal racks in my breakfast nook. They hold three of my copper chargers right now, but get changed out depending on the season.
Have you ever found an old hymnal rack?
Did you re-purpose it?
I’ll be linking to the following parties:
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm