When I saw this item at the local thrift shop, I wasn't exactly sure what it was. The store clerk said she thought it was a homemade noodle dryer. I agreed it was used for food because the dowels where a bit oily feeling.
I washed it down good with some hot water and Dawn dish soap to remove the grease.
Then I painted the dryer with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.
I added another one of my Tim Holtz metal tags. This one says "Remnants". These tags are available at craft shops or on Amazon.
I drilled a hole at the top of each of the side dowels for hanging.
Here is my linen rack displaying fancy hankies.
Of course you can also use it for farmhouse style everyday dish towels too!