Your outside baker's rack ideas

javaandjazz(z6 CT)April 9, 2012

Hello, I am quite the lurker here and I remember last year some of you posted pictures of your garden baker's rack. I have some things on mine but it doesn't seem to be coming together. It feels kind of plain. I just added some timy white lights around the sides and back. It's still to cool for annuals yet but when the weather does warm up I am going to add some nastirtiums in the top planter. Are the things on it too big? Thanks for your help!

Richie

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Marlene Kindred

You have a great baker's rack and some great pieces on it. Here's a picture of mine with summertime "stuff" on it. Mine is on a front covered porch. I think if it were mine, I would put the larger terra cotta planter down a couple of shelves and move the smaller one up on top. I also use cloth on mine as a background, but we have others who use mats, evergreens, etc. Jeannespines has a great baker's rack. You can find her by doing a search at the bottom of the page. I also usually put something heavy on the bottom shelf just for extra weight against wind and cats. Thanks for sharing yours with us!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 5:48PM
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javaandjazz(z6 CT)

would mine look tacky if I strung a faux leaf gardland through it? I do have a smaller terra cotta to put up at the top. Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 5:57PM
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tasymo

Hi Java!

My first thought, when seeing your rack, was that the big teracotta planter looks too heavy on the top rack. I think placing it lower down would help ground your vignette, and also be a bit safer. That being said, I LOVE your stuff! I'm especially fond of old lanterns and crocks!! I'm thinking if you could get your hands on some old barnwood planks to use as a backing on your rack, it would really set off your rustic goodies. Most importantly, have fun with it.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 6:56AM
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pixie_lou

I think you have a great start. I agree with the others - it looks a bit out of balance with the heavy terra cotta planter and heavy crock on top, and the light watering can and light enamel coffee pot on the bottom. Switching the top and bottom shelf would help the balance a lot.

Try adding some pansies to the planter once it's on the bottom shelf. It may help soften the look a bit.

I'm also thinking a few decorative branches in the watering can - maybe pussy willows? Though that may change if the watering can is on the top shelf.

I was actually thinking some type of greenery/garland would help. I guess the issue with the faux leaf garden is how "faux" it looks. Soemthing that looks plastic would probably look tacky. But I'm thinking a faux evergreen garland could look nice.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 8:40AM
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javaandjazz(z6 CT)

Thanks! I moved the planter to the bottom and put the watering can and coffeepot on the top. I do like the idea of adding some pussywillows or something else with height to the watering can or coffeepot. It might block off the old rear entrance even more.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 4:07PM
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Marlene Kindred

I think greenery would be great and it would give visual weight and movement as well. Don't forget to show us what you end up with....I love seeing everyone's projects!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 9:12PM
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sunnyca_gw

I think changing the top planter down is good idea & some greenery around the back area would make it look nice also right now it is only things there, it could use a little company, add a couple of items to either side of it to make it look natural & complete, look at couple of Kirk's projects, he always makes a vi_____ tte whatever, can't think of word right now, something like a small wagon, couple of other old watering cans, interesting rock, old pot with shells or rocks in it etc, even old rake & shovel leaning against the house if they would not get blown over. I like all your goodies so you are 95% there!! TFS Jan

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 10:30PM
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ashli

Those are so cute...I'd never thought of displaying stuff like that..I saw this just in time...because my husband brought home a used baker's rack the other day that
someone gave him...and I thought I had no room inside for it....so I would offer it to our daughter when she visited...But now I'm thinking of putting it on our porch and displaying birdhouses, etcs.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 1:11AM
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pixie_lou

java - can you post a picture with the planters and watering cans swapped. Maybe we can give you more ideas then.

I am now thinking that I must find a bakers rack to add to my patio. . .

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 8:38AM
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jeannespines

Lookin' good, javaandjazz! If you moved that big terra cotte planter (which was my only thought, too)...then I think it will be wonderful! Lots of 'goodies' on your baker's rack...crocks, old lanterns & the Pansies!

Here's a couple pics of mine from the last yr or two:

In the Fall...I like to use pinery greens:

In May of that yr...I use some houseplant vine, too:

a closer view of top rack:

Just have fun! Lookin' good! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 1:05PM
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javaandjazz(z6 CT)

Thanks jeannespines, really nice. I love the pine greenery! I need some fill in greenery also. Here are the latest pictures. I also like your use of trays.It's bare now but once the nights go above freazing I will be able to put more plants in. The bells hanging on the side came from my great grandmother's cottage, the once used to hang on the front door so she would know when someone was coming in. By the way, the green box on the bottom emits sounds to keep the racoons away, haven't had any in a long time so I am thinking of putting it away.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 3:23PM
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marylee_2010

I love everyone's baker's racks. They are so great looking. Now I will have to keep on the look out for a rack. Thank you all for sharing. Marylee

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 7:26PM
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sunnyca_gw

I think it's looking good, when the greenery gets there & maybe a couple of interesting branches or pussy willows or cattails sticking out of that clear glass jug sitting on the floor that will complete the scene. You have some great pottery jugs!! Jan

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 12:15AM
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jeannespines

LOVE the added bells & the history of them! Lookin' good! I also enjoyed seeing Baker's racks again! TFS! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 3:30AM
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pixie_lou

The house thing in front of the pansies is throwing me a bit. It is competing with the pot of pansies for visual attention. Just moving it to the other side of the shelf would probably help.

Otherwise, as Jan said - some pussy willows or cat tails in that clear jug, and some flowers in the big terra cotta pot, and you have yourself a winner!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 8:29AM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

This is a different take on an outside baker's rack . . . I opened it out, spot welded to keep the shelves and side pieces in place (could just as easily be wired in place) and used rebar sunk into the ground to hold it upright. It makes a great trellis, currently supporting 3 clematis. In the photo, it wasn't yet fastened in place.
From Mar 17, 2011

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 3:46PM
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Marlene Kindred

Looking better all the time....can't wait to see it finished!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 9:03PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Looking better, but I think the watering can on top is still a bit heavy up there. My suggestion:
1. Move the watering can down on the deck where the glass jug is.
2. Put the glass jug where the sprinkler is.
3. Put the sprinkler on the shelf below where the lantern is.
4. Put the lantern on the top shelf where the watering can was.

Just an idea.

tj

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 9:54PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

Love ALL the racks...especially the trellis baker rack! Thanks for posting!!!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2012 at 11:09AM
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cnm1(6 Oh)

Javaandjazz: you baker's rack is looking great - I like the changes. What is that little house made of? Pottery? Cast iron? It is so cute (I would move it to the other too though)
Nhbabs: Love your idea!! I will that keep that in mind if I see an discarded or super cheap baker's rack
I am getting SOOO many ideas from this site; my brain is about to explode :(

    Bookmark   April 13, 2012 at 8:39PM
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javaandjazz(z6 CT)

The little house cottage is just an old door stop, I took it off for now. Did a bit of rearranging last night though.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2012 at 7:32AM
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Marlene Kindred

Looks really good...the balance is much better! Now...you need some pops of color. The greenery you talked about or even something standing behind the jugs and watering cans....got any stars or metal objects or even silk flowers or colored glass??

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 1:14PM
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jeannespines

Lovin' those lanterns on there! Looking great! Jeanne s.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 1:25AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

I love them all. I have old watering cans and lanterns and crocks just gathering dust. I love to see how yoou have displayed them!
Kathy

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 6:44AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Much better. A lighter look. I like it.

tj

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 9:45PM
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TwoMonths(So Calif)

Mine has wood shelves and they are nasty I noticed today. As I looked I noticed there is a dove on a shallow next she made on top shelf...so I will leave it alone. I have been using it to hold my large blue bottles and shelves for other size blue bottles. Will take a picture when the dove moves off.

But I think the purpose of using these outside, is to redo and redo all the time for our own pleasure...and also using for things we use outside.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 1:08AM
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javaandjazz(z6 CT)

Ok, for now I added some artificial forsythia.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 8:21AM
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pippi21(Z7 Silver Spring, Md.)

Javaandjazz..we are shopping for a nice wrought iron or heavy metal outdoor baker's rack for our patio and yours looks pretty sturdy..Mind sharing where you purchased it? Do you leave yours out all winter or take it inside during the wintertime?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 5:07PM
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pippi21(Z7 Silver Spring, Md.)

Javaandjazz..we are shopping for a nice wrought iron or heavy metal outdoor baker's rack for our patio and yours looks pretty sturdy..Mind sharing where you purchased it? Do you leave yours out all winter or take it inside during the wintertime?

I've been thinking about what I'd furnished it with and more ideas are coming to my mind as I look at other's pictures. I love the silk forsythia branches attached to the top..I just happen to have some silk forsythia branches or maybe it's part of a wreath that I saw in one of the garage cabinets yesterday..have to investigate what it is and if I could use it. I'm planning on adding a few potted up annuals for color..probably inpatients or geraniums,a decorative birdhouse, a large textured metal star that I saw at Joann's crafts store and I'm sure I can find other things here at home or in craft stores for a reasonable price.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 5:13PM
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javaandjazz(z6 CT)

I got my baker's rack from a friend who didn't want it anymore. Yes, I leave it out and it was rusted so I sprayed it this year with some black spray paint I had at home. It's not really heavy but it's solid. Look on your local craigslist or better yet try freecycle and see if you can get one for free and there is even a free category on craigslist.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 5:17PM
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Marlene Kindred

Love the addition of the forsythia! Really adds a pop of color!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 12:59PM
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