An Up-cycled Midcentury Black Mesh Book Rack

If you are in your fifties or older you will remember black mesh household accessories.

Like these black mesh magazine racks:

From Etsy.

This is a Midcentury black mesh plant stand.
From Etsy.

Here is a Midcentury black mesh candleholder.
Also from Etsy.

Today I purchased this $6 Midcentury black mesh book rack.

I painted it a creamy white and distressed it a bit.

Upcycled Midcentury Black Mesh Book Rack www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Of course I can use it to display and hold books.

Upcycled Midcentury Black Mesh Book Rack www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com

Upcycled Midcentury Black Mesh Book Rack www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
 I think I like the book rack with just the one open book too.

Upcycled Mesh Book Rack for Shoe Last Display www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
 But what about using the book rack as a shoe rack?  Or maybe an iron shoe last rack?

Upcycled Mesh Book Rack for Shoe Last Display www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
I've been wondering how to display these shoe lasts...







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10 comments:

  1. Love the mesh look from the 50's. I have two little tables that go with my chaise loungers!

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  2. I love using these mesh metal pieces and buy them whenever I find them at good prices. Very creative way to display the shoe lasts!

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  3. What a fun piece and obviously has many uses. I like it as a display rack best!!

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  4. So cute and fun to display with!! Love the shoes on there! :) Happy Saturday! xo Holly

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  5. That really shows off the shoe lasts really nice. I have some wooden ones and this might work for them. You are so creative.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  6. My parents had a two- tier magazine rack and on top was a ceramic ashtray. Not sure if links will work in comments but let's try it. I found the exact one!

    http://thumbs2.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/m_yOYJWwf4JbU6MC2z-Eeng.jpg

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  7. That little rack is just perfect for those shoe lasts. It's such an interesting way to display them. They're so cool!

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  8. I am old enough to remember those things. We had a magazine rack similar to the one in the top picture. And I had the black mesh candle holder - 4th picture down. It was fun to decorate. It originally came from Home Interiors home parties. They made candle rings - circles of floral arrangements for various seasons - that slipped over the candle holder part, and then there were glass votive cups that fit into the candle holder itself. They are kinda hard to explain. They were a little larger, some were a little tall as well, and they had a 'knob' on the bottom that fit into the candle holder. Or you could just put candles in the holders without the votive cups. There were many ways to use these and quite pretty. Now you make me wish I had kept mine! During the Christmas season you can use the tall taper candles and lay Christmas ornaments under the candles.

    I like what you did with the book holder and displaying the shoe lasts. It looks like a patio bench and could be cute with miniature pillows propped on it and other outdoorsy type things.

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  9. That's a great little pieces and so cute as a display rack. Blessings, Cindy

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  10. You've found the perfect use for your book holder. I remember the magazine holders.

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