Re-Purposed Thrift Shop Kitchen Grater Photo/Recipe Card Stand

April 25, 2015

This $1 thrift shop grater, wood corner brace, and metal label holder are key components in my re-purposing project today.

This wooden corner brace, from a junk drawer, had the perfect angle to hold the grater like an easel.  The angle on the bottom of the brace had to be leveled off some with a saw, so the grater could stand on a counter or table.  The brace had a couple of screw holes that I filled with spackling.

A screw was driven through a hole in the front of the grater into the "corner brace" stand.

Next, I painted the grater with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Old White".  This paint sticks really well to metal.  I also painted the wooden brace in back.

I then wet distressed the fresh chalk paint with a wet terry rag.

Repurposed Grater Photo or Recipe Card Stand
After the grater was waxed with clear wax, I drilled two small holes at the top of the grater to hold the metal label holder.  I used two small machine screws and two nuts.

Repurposed Grater Photo or Recipe Card Stand
Using Picmonkey, I made a card stock label and printed it on my inkjet printer.  I trimmed the card stock to fit, and slid the label into the holder from the top.  Lastly, I added a vintage photo of my great grandfather and two farm horses, with a magnet.  A button was hot glued to the magnet for decoration.

My grater stand will hold my favorite photos or a recipe card too!  Another easy and inexpensive thrift shop makeover!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Great use for a grater! I much prefer that to using it to cook! LOL


  2. Love, Love, Love This...2Cute & 2Charming:)))

  3. Fabulous. Can't wait for yard sale season to start.

  4. Carlene, this is inspired! :) I'm betting this could also be a great cell phone stand as well. SO many possibilities, thank you for taking the time to show your process as well! ~ Christina

  5. This is really cute, the label!

  6. What a grate, lol, idea!! Love your blog!!!

  7. That is the cutest thing ever! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. I'm visiting from Cottage the Market via The Shabby Creek Cottage. :-) What really caught my eye (beside your cute grater idea) is the mason jar with the "handle" in the last photo. That's so intriguing! Can you tell me about it--or give me a link to a post about it? Thanks!

  9. Very clever, play on words. Love it.

  10. I recently was going through a box up in my storage facility of items I used to display back when country decor was a thing. I happened to bring an identical old cheese grater back to the house, and I already have everything for this project, including small magnets, except the label holder. I found a small qty of those, and will figure out how to use the extras over time. I love distressed chalk paint items, and will be doing this cute project. Thank you for sharing it with us :)


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