Thursday, July 30, 2009

MAKE ROOM FOR SHABBY - Re-Purposing A Sweet Kitchen Find

Making Room For Shabby

I'm a saver and a keeper and it absolutely kills me to get rid of something that has served me well. All you have to do is take a peek into our storage shed and you'll get the idea. It's packed with lots of wonderful finds...and I have plans for every single thing. And, for those bargains and must have items that languish unused for too terribly long, well...I sell those to people like you so your storage shed can get filled up, too! :)

Earlier this year my Mr. AGPMan began our kitchen remodel. We are still in the very early stages of it and have actually only completed redesigning our breakfast room. When that portion was finished I no longer had a place for the charming Plate Rack you see above. sat and sat and sat. First in our garage and then in the shed.

Sweet Place for Vintage VICTORIA MAGS

When I began reworking my office space a few weeks ago I kept thinking about the Plate Rack that had served me well for so many years. I asked my guy to lug the heavy wooden thing upstairs JUST TO SEE :) if it would work for what I had in mind.

Sweet Place for a Collection

Guess what?

It did!

After bracing it with several anchors (Mags are HEAVY I tell you!), I filled her up with lots of goodies! She now holds my aging Victoria Magazines, a small collection of vintage greeting card boxes and an array of favorite books and vintage reads...

Couldn't resist sharing the transformation with you!


Anything new you want to share with me? I'm listening...

Blessings to you as you seek to re-purpose your loving finds with greater joy...Rebecca


Anonymous said...

Good day Rebecca. I am all for the repurpose reuse of any item. This one is great idea. I have a magazine rack that is a stand alone I use for magazines. I'll be so glad when we are futher into remodeling so I can take pictures and share all my ideas that are about to explode in my head. This is such a nice twist for an old purposed item. Nice job as always. Hugs Tammy

Unknown said...

What a clever way to repurpose the dish rack! It looks great as a magazine holder. Bravo!


Abatevintage said...

OH that is such a beautiful shelf perfect for books, what an incredible transformation. You did a remarkable job. I love it.


passion4pink said...

I really like your imagination to turn something old into something new. You certainly have a talent for 'it'.Love the white & shades of pink

Eclectic Chic Style said...

That is very clever and very beautiful. It keeps your magazines all nice and tidy and pretty!!! Yay smart. It looks so sweet and pretty too!!
♥ Teresa

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

Rebecca, this is fabulous!! I love it! And I thought I was the only one with a bunch of "finds" taking over the entire basement - there's probably many more like us!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Rebecca, she looks absolutely beautiful on the wall there. This one is a great call. She has been calling to you all this time. She just needed to show you where she wanted to be, right by your side. Isn't she just beautiful and hanging in the right place. I just love it honey, just love it. You have found your calling with antiques. They are so you. Thanks for sharing. Country Hugs, Sherry

Pat Winter Gatherings said...

I love your blog and was thrilled to have found it and became a follower last week. Love the name, the imagination you have, and the shabby-ness you create. A very inspiring site. One to peruse when you're feeling blue....snaps you right out of it!

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Beautiful Rebecca! Simply Beautiful!
Bless you! Sharon

Lisa said...

I love that, now I am on the look out for a plate rack. Let me just go add that to my list!

I recently made over an old cupboard picked up at auction. I think you might appreciate the transformation. If you get a minute come peek at my blog!

Thanks Rebecca!


Jocelyn said...

Love the plate rack. It really works so well for the magazines.

Unknown said...

Good save, Rebecca, you have a gift for restyling...I love visiting at your place...You have such a gentle, sweet blog..Nice!!!

Connie said...

Whooooooa, my birthday is coming up next month and I just KNOW you're wanting to give that away, right, sugar?!?!?! Hah. Just magnificent but I wouldn't have a "free" wall to put it on in this house, chick. Wait, maybe I'm being too hasty in that! I could find SOMEWHERE to put it if you reeeeealy want to dispost of it. Squeeeeeeeeal!!!!!!!

Sandy said...

What a charming site and sight. Everything on your blog is so sweet . I'm glad I found you. Please sign me up for your giveaway and as a follower. I love your reuse of the plate hutch.

Tanza said...

Ooohh ~r~,
This turned out beautifully !! Why is it that you turn everything you touch into Gorgeous !! You are a talented one !! And you know what, this looks like it was made to do just this !! Wonderful and simply FAB my blessed sweet friend !! You always amaze !!
Love to you,

blushing rose said...

A blessed morn to you, Rebecca ~

IF I had room for one more thing (probably do & don't know it) I'd have you on an airplane in a flash to create/recreate my home, my friend. When I saw this in your remodel, I said mentally, I PASSED one of those up at a yard sale; Oh! BEANS!!

You make my day, Rebecca ... you truly do ... now back to my tea & absorbing more breathtaking glances at this piece.

Hugs, TTFN ~ Marydon

Sweet Sage said...

FaBuLoUs iDEa!!!!!
It's simply beautiful!

A Southern Rose said...

Hi Rebecca,
This is perfect and so beautiful for your magazines! I keep my old 'favorite' magazines too. I have been on the look out for a plate rack for my kitchen. They are hard to find here. I thought if I had one it would free up some space in my cabinets for other dishes. You did a beautiful job!
Lee Laurie

Unknown said...

Rebecca..that truly is an amazing repurpose! I LOVE being able to do my studio/craft room I have an old 60's buffet of my mom's that I painted and then added an old bookcase on top to create a hutch and storage. It makes me feel good to see it and know it has purpose!!!

And..oh don'tcha just LOVE those old Victoria Mags..I have a HUGE stack dating back to the late 80's early 90's that I will hold on to forever! They are a great gray day re-read!


Secondhandrose said...

What a gorgeous transformation. I hope to do some transforming of my own in the coming months. I have to paint some rooms first......oh, that is a job I dread!
Keep showing your lovely ideas.


Julie Marie said...

Oh my goodness Rebecca, I just found your blog, it is so lovely, I am going to make myself a cup of coffee (my morning "must have" too) and savor every photo and saying...thank you for sharing...

Deanna said...


Great idea and you've made this look really great.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful was to repurpose something!! I think you are a genius!!
As always you are an inspiration to me!!
p.s. Boy, would I like 1/2 hour in your shed with my pickup to fill!! LOL!!

Paula said...

Very sweet and so pretty. I love visiting your blog. It is so breathtaking and easy to sit and just relax.

Anonymous said...

Rebecca, I always look forward to your blog and getting a glimpse of your beautiful home and the things you have created from cast-offs. I am a major repurposer myself, wouldn't have it any other way! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.


Brenda said...

My goodness Rebecca, you have the Midas touch, LOL!! Absolutely gorgeous, of course. I collect Romantic Homes, and my ABSOLUTE fav mag., Romantic Country. Most are sitting in piles here & there, and what you have done gives me some ideas as to what to do with them :) PLEASE keep giving us gals your wonderful ideas!!! All the best to you, from a fellow pink lovin' gal, Brenda (shabbycatsandroses)

BECKY said...

Hi Rebecca, Your old plate rack is simply lovely!! You have such a gift for envisioning and creating beauty!
Thanks for sharing it with all of us!! You're an inspiration!

Have a great day!!

June said...

Hi sweet Rebecca,
I can't get rid of anything either. I form some kind of emotional bond with 'things' that I have found.
I love what you did with this wonderful piece. It will continue to bless your life.

Vicki said...

You always amaze me with your ability to repurpose old things into something new. What a great way to keep those old magazines. I am not really a saver, but I do like to keep my Romantic Homes, Romantic Country Homes, and Victoria magazines. They are such a source of inspiration, aren't they? Take care. Vicki

joanne said...

Oh Rebecca, you always inspire me to look around my house with new vision and purpose. Is there nothing that you can't turn into a sweet-pink paradise? You are simply amazing!
Thank you for your sweet reality I'm not feeling much better but I think if I fake it long enough I will start to believe that I am...;p

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca one word...STUNNING... please enter me in your giveaway lord knows I need a win at the moment...

Lyn xxx

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Me again have finally caught up on your posts & really need to say the post *To Sister with love* the blessings comment you left at the end means a lot to me, my heart is very heavy right now tears are flowing & life feels VERY infair.... thank you my Sweet....

Lyn xxx

Tara said...

It's a fabulous little piece. I'm glad you found a new home for it. Bless Mr.AGPMan for moving and rehanging it for you too! It sounds like it was quite the project. Have a wonderful weekend Rebecca!

Lara Harris said...

I need one of those for my art studio! Great idea!

Moments of Grace said...

As usual you have taken the ordinary and turned it into something extraordinary. Well done!

In Grace,

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