Creating a Farmhouse Style Dish Rack

I pulled over for a very interesting find recently...

Creating a Farmhouse Style Dish Rack

I wasn't exactly sure what it was when I found it because it was getting dark but I pulled over and threw it in the trunk. It looked to me like it was the perfect piece to give a little farmhouse kitchen style. 

Creating a DIY Farmhouse Style Dish Rack

When I got home I discovered that it was actually a cabinet piece that was probably a built-in to hold dishes in a kitchen. It had a bead board backing and wooden spindles. 

It is a very rustic piece, made of pine with very rough cuts, 
no fine carpentry here but I liked it and knew it had potential.  
The first thing I thought was that it needed to be a little taller.

Creating a DIY Farmhouse Style Dish Rack from a Side of the Road Find

 I built an apron around the base then added legs that were leftover from another project.

Creating a Farmhouse Style Dish Rack from a Side of the Road Find

All it needed now was a coat of paint to unify the whole piece. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg.

How to Create a Farmhouse Style Dish Rack from a Side of the Road Find

I painted the word MARKET on the front apron. Now there is a stencil for that you could use to make your life a little easier. You can find the Farmer's Market stencil by visiting this bold link. 

For this project however, I printed the word MARKET on the computer, rubbed pencil on the back, then traced over the letters onto the wood.

How to Create a Farmhouse Style Dish Rack with a Hand Painted Sign

I hand painted in the word MARKET with white paint and distressed it with sandpaper. When the piece was finished I sealed it with a coat of clear wax. 

The bottom well of this piece is the perfect place for a platter or a large bowl.

How to Create a DIY Farmhouse Style Dish Rack with a Hand Painted Sign

The top spindles hold plates beautifully.

How to Create a Blue DIY Farmhouse Style Dish Rack

On the front I hung an old rusty hook to hold a tea towel.

How to Create a Blue Farmhouse Style Dish Rack

That "interesting find" from the side of the road turned into the perfect little hutch to hold plates, platters, 
and large bowls.

I put it on Craig's List and it now has a new home
with someone that absolutely loved it!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Love it! So admire your carpentry skills and good eye for what can be. The "market" lettering looks great.

  2. LOVE your "rescue" ideas!! You are the "queen" of "trash to treasure" :)

  3. Great job, Susan! It's a great accent piece.

  4. super cute Susan! Great makeover!

  5. Susan, this is so fun! I will have to try your lettering idea too!

  6. Seriously, this is a cute re-do.

  7. So cute and extremely versatile. Love it and the color you used, brilliant. Putting apron and legs made the piece. Lucky person that bought it. Happy weekend

  8. Dear home road could you be able to give measurements for market dish stand I would like it for my dollhouse. Thankyou cheryl


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