One of the perks about living where I do is my proximity to Lancaster. It’s a short, beautiful drive there, where I can admire cows in a field, see farming at its best, and brake for chickens. While I love going to Lancaster, metal chickens, barn stars (if you’re from the area, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about), and iron cows aren’t my thing. But I know others love ‘country chic’ (is that the official term?), so I’ve started incorporating some of that into my pallet pieces. The hooks and stars are from good ol’ Lancaster county and add a little flair to the basic pallet racks.
This screams Lancaster to me. But according to someone who visited my booth at a local art & craft show this past weekend, it didn’t. “Are you from Texas?” Um. No.
The addition of old iron hooks, coat racks, hinges and more to weathered wood adds even more personality to a pallet piece. This isn’t as country as the other pieces, but it’s a newer creation and ended up being one of my favorites:
After dry brushing it with a beige paint, I used a walnut stain on top on the areas where the natural wood peeked through. Once dry, I sanded the edges to make it look more distressed. Three iron hooks from an antique coat rack completed the wine rack.
So whether you like the modern look like the metallic blue rack below that’s now hanging in a client’s apartment in NYC, country chic, are from Lancaster or Texas, there are many different rack styles. Something for everyone!
Wine racks: $19-$55