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A Nice Rack Is Hard to Find

Kayd Roy9 Comments
We're talking garment racks here people!  Just in case the title had you wondering :)  Finding the right garment rack was not easy, but we did succeed!

As I was searching online for garment racks and prices for our spare room (check out the plan here), I  felt a little more encouraged about my idea.  I discovered that a couple other ladies like the look of garment racks to display their lovely pieces of clothing...

Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere keeps one in her office
Rachel Ashwell uses them to display her vintage fashions (sorry for the blurry photo)

 And I just loved this image from Marley and Lockyer (awesome blog by the way, love their style) and had to show it, how gorgeous is this antique wood rack?  I also love the steamer trunk and hat box....hmmmm more ideas!!!!
Now back to the search...

I wanted to find a vintage or used industrial looking garment rack.  Turns out, those are pretty darn hard to find. I searched for a new industrial type rack and those ran between $200-$300, and are a little too 'sturdy' for our needs.  I realized I probably didn't need a real industrial rack, I just wanted the look.  So we set out to find the right rack.

The first rack I picked up was from Ikea called 'Rigga'. I should have known better, even Alex said, 'Bet it's going to be a piece of crap'. Piece of crap indeed, I only got about 1/3 of my hangers on there and it started to collapse...

We also got a tip from our blog friends over at At Home Alterations to check out a used store fixture store here in Minneapolis called Accent Store Fixtures. But sadly no luck, they only had 2 of the REALLY big industrial racks.

Then, on a random trip to Target I was walking through the storage aisles and found.... wait for it.... a Commercial Garment Rack!!! Who knew Target sold them? I should have just checked there first since I'm always at Target.  I am SUPER impressed with the quality of the rack!  It supports the excessive amount of weight I have to put on it, and the wheels glide perfectly and even have that industrial look.

The price? Only $59.99, LOVE IT!  The one thing I didn't love so much, the chromed metal, so I'm thinking that might need a little makeover. 
During my search I came across a really cute garment rack on Etsy from Pipe Designs. I loved the look, it wasn't totally huge and bulky, but still industrial looking and somewhat antique with the black metal.

So, I'm now on a mission to ditch the chrome on the rack from Target and use spray paint to give it a darker, more antiqued look.  Alex just brought home Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic Paint, I think he picked a winner.
We're going to paint tomorrow morning, I can't wait to show you how it turns out!

***Update- If you'd like to see how the rack turned out after painting click here***
***Also- Click here if you want to see how the Dressing Room turned out!***