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Garage Sale Wine Rack Makeover

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Recently my husband and I stopped over at a friend’s house who was having a garage sale. This old beat-up wine rack caught my attention. It would be perfect for my daughter who just got her own apartment. That was it…. I saw a garage sale wine rack makeover in my future!

We asked what he wanted for it, and he said take it! You don’t have to tell me twice 🙂 I’m all about a good DIY project that is easy and cheap. I’ve had an old pallet sitting outside that I knew I would eventually use, and this was the perfect project for it!

Before and after picture of garage sale wine rack makeover

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Here is what it looked like before. It was pretty beat up to say the least. But I saw a lot of potential.

garage sale wine rack before makeover

Here is the top of the wine rack. I knew that I had to cover it!

Top of garage sale wine rack table before restoring

Garage Sale Wine Rack Makeover


The first thing I did was give the wine rack a really good cleaning. Nothing fancy just some soap and water.

Step 2 – Remove Top Wine Rack Row

So originally, I was going to make a top that had a wrap around edge, so I decided to remove the top row. I didn’t end up going this route but it still looks good!

removing top piece of wine rack

Step 3 – Sand Garage Sale Wine Rack

Time to give it a good sanding. There were some warped edges & mystery gunk on it that wouldn’t come off when cleaning. I used my oscillating tool with the sander attachment and it went very quickly.

sanding old wine rack

Step 4 – Paint Wine Rack

I used Annie Sloan linen white chalk paint to cover the entire base of the wine rack. I used a paint brush for the inside and a roller for the outside. It did take two coats to cover but this stuff dries quick so it didn’t take that long.

can of white chalk paint with brush on top
wine rack makeover painted with white chalk paint

Step 5 – Cut Pallet Wood

I have had this pallet for a long time just waiting for me to find something to use it for! It’s been outside so it had a beautiful weathered gray hue to it. I grabbed my jigsaw and cut out my pieces.

pieces removed from pallet

After setting the pieces on top of the wine rack, I did need to sand them and go back and trim the edges a bit. I didn’t want perfection to I didn’t line up the edges of the pallet wood perfect.

Step 6 – Screw pallet boards to top of wine rack

I just used some old drywall screws I had laying around to attach the pallet wood to the top. Worked just fine.

drill and screws laying on grey weathered pallet wood

Step 7 – Enjoy!

garage sale wine rack makeover white wooden wine rack with grey weathered pallet wood top

Here we have it! What do you think of this garage sale wine rack makeover? My daughter loves how it turned out and I’m sure it will look great in her new place.

Make sure to keep an eye out next time you hit a garage sale – you never know what you’ll find! Check out more of our decorating on a budget tips for ways to save money while making your house look gorgeous.

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