How to repurpose a CD rack into something beautiful

Have an old CD rack that you don’t use? Repurpose CD rack and make something beautiful. Here’s how to transform one into a jewellery holder.

How often do you have something you don’t use anymore and think the only solution is to sell it or give it away? But what if you could keep it and turn it into something you can love again.

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How to repurpose a CD rack into something beautiful

Repurposing is one of the most creative parts of upcycling. You can turn broken teapots into flower pots or broken vases into mosaic art… The only limit is your imagination (or ability to search Pinterest)!

This is a makeover of two halves. With a small accident in the middle. That accident changed its future.

I started this project in September last year, so it has been nine months in the making. And it was worth the wait.

I got this CD rack for free from Facebook Marketplace. 

The original cd rack

The seller was ready to take it to the dump. But it was in fine condition and solid wood, so a shame to waste it.

My original plan was to turn it into a garden planter. 

There were a lot of holes in the wood from where the racks had been attached. Firstly, I filled the holes in with wood filler and sanded them smooth.

How to repurpose a CD rack

Secondly, I primed the wood with Zinsser 123 and painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint’s, Sterling. Which is a light grey.

After priming

And then, the accident.

I dropped one of the pieces of wood and it split in half. It couldn’t be repaired.

Just like one of my other silly mistakes!

So, it went back on the to-do list while I thought about how I could use the other pieces of wood. However this was for 8 months. 

I could have avoided mentioning this false start. 

But firstly, it’s an accurate depiction of the products I used to get the result. More importantly, it’s a reminder that it’s ok to have setbacks.

And this is where it comes to the Do It Over blog hop. 

Do It Over’ Designers is a group of talented bloggers who love to recycle, upcycle and DIY. It’s about taking something old or unused and ‘doing it over’ into something new. 

Check out all the ‘Do It Over Designers’ at the bottom to see their lovely do-overs too! 

You might recognise one of those designers from our mirror collaboration!

Do it over blog hop logo

So, I now had the perfect piece to do over.

What can you do with an old CD rack?

Originally I hadn’t finished the coats of grey paint, so I evened it out with one coat of BOSS primer

The inspiration for the design of this piece started from these mosaic tiles

The products used to Repurpose cd rack

I also had a lovely stencil which was a tiled design. So the pair would work perfectly together.

Using the stencil size as my guide, I cut the wood down to size. I made the main part the width of the stencil. 

I also knew that I wanted to add a shelf. Therefore with the second piece of wood, I cut it to how deep I wanted the shelf to be.

To secure the shelf in place, I drilled three holes in both pieces of wood. I lined up the holes using a set square and screwed them in place from the back. 

Drilling the holes to attach the pieces of wood

For the final assembly, I also used Gorilla glue, for added durability.

I assembled the piece at this stage, even though I took it apart again to paint. This was because I didn’t want to check the fit at the end in case I scratched the fresh paint with the tools.

How to paint old CD racks

I chose the colour scheme to match the tiles using three of Dixie Belle’s paints.

For the main colour, I used the Dixie Belle classic colour, Fluff. Which is a bright white in the chalk mineral paint range. I painted three coats using a flat synthetic brush

Painting the piece white with Fluff

Another reason for disassembling the shelf before painting was because the stencil wouldn’t lie flat with the shelf in place. 

To secure the stencil, I used FrogTape on the edges and stencil spray on the main pattern. FrogTape stops the entire stencil from moving. The spray keeps the fiddly bits of the design stuck to the project while painting in the details.

Here are all of my best stencilling tips!

I started by doing a base coat of the stencil in white, the same colour as the piece. This creates a barrier for the final stencil colour to stick to and avoid bleeding out of the lines. 

Painting the stencil in the base colour with Fluff

If you are painting natural wood, you can do a coat of clear sealer for the same purpose.

The trick to stencilling well is to use a tiny amount of paint. So little that it can feel like you’re making hardly any progress. But if you get impatient and use a lot of paint, you often end up having to do more touchups. 

Removing the stencil from the repurpose cd rack

It’s also important not to put pressure on the sponge and lightly dab it on. If you push it, the paint gets under the stencil.

I painted the main part of the stencil in the lovely blue, Quiet Cove.

Then to mimic the style of the mosaic tiles, I chose a dark blue called Deep Sea. I used this as an accent colour across various parts of the design, to add more depth. 

Painting accents with Deep Sea

I sealed the piece with two coats of Clear Coat in Satin. Satin gives good protection. But even better, a nice, subtle shine.

Then for the final decorative touch, I added the mosaic tiles. The inspiration for this design.

Glueing the mosaic tiles

I chose a selection of 5 different patterns and attached them with Gorilla glue.

So, decoration complete. Finally time to make this a functioning jewellery rack.

I had also painted a wooden dowel and attached this to the shelf with gold screw hooks. This is designed to hold bracelets or watches. 

I then used FrogTape to measure out 9 equal spaces for smaller hooks. I marked the tape, drilled placeholder holes and then removed the tape to screw the hooks in.

Did you know that you can attach screw hooks with a drill? Place a hook in the drill and link it to the one you’re screwing in. It does the turning for you. Very fun and helpful!

Repurposed CD tower for jewellery storage

Considering this jewellery rack started its life as a CD rack, I think this is a really pretty transformation.

Repurpose cd rack - finished piece

The combination of colours has come out well.

Repurpose cd rack - finished piece

It’s a special place to hang some of your prized possessions. For a platinum ring rather than a platinum album, these days.

Repurpose cd rack - finished piece with jewellery

I’m especially pleased that I could save it from its fate of going to the dump. 

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If you’d like to watch the makeover in progress, check out the 6-minute YouTube video too.

And here’s another jewellery holder with a stencil design. This one started as a jewellery holder and got a fab makeover!


Be sure to check out all the ‘Do It Over Designers’ listed below to see their lovely do-overs too! 

Unique Creations by Anita

My Hubbard Home

Exquisitely Unremarkable

Pandora’s Box

Purple Hues & Me

Southern Sunflowers

Sum of Their Stories

The Apple Street Cottage

Birdz of a Feather

Little Vintage Cottage

Modern on Monticello

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Rachel started painting furniture in 2018. She created this site to share her favourite transformations and the many tips she has learned along the way.

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Kim
6 months ago

That is super creative and I just love the colors!! Beautiful!

Tania
6 months ago

That turned out so pretty and I love the tip about using the drill to screw in the cup hooks, brilliant!

Sara
6 months ago

Great save Rachel! I especially love how you added depth with the darker paint. Did you hand brush those areas of the stencil or lay it back on and then paint again?

Gail @Purple Hues and Me

You did a fabulous job in transforming a CD rack into a lovely jewelry holder, Rachel! Using a stencil and little mosaic tiles created such a unique design! I also checked out your wonderful video which was quite informative! I could follow exactly how you made your holder – which was really cool!

Danielle
6 months ago

Wow! It’s gorgeous! I would’ve never thought to do this!

Rachelle
6 months ago

Rachel, this is really unique. I love the combo of tiles and stencils.

Allyson @ Lauder
6 months ago

Your repurposed project is so pretty! I love the stencil design and colors. You ended up saving that CD holder twice! Good idea holding on to those wood pieces.

Marieza
6 months ago

It is so pretty, Rachel! I love the blue and white combination.

Marie-Interior Frugalista

Great save Rachel! You must have been so disappointed when the end piece broke but I love how you preserved and found a way to salvage the old CD rack anyway into this pretty mosaic jewelry holder.

Lynne
6 months ago

What an amazing transformation!! Great project!

Tammy
5 months ago

I saw your video and loved this jewelry holder. It not only is practical, it’s beautiful and creative. You have so much talent!!!!

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Your really thought outside of the box on this one! I would have never thought to take it apart and make something new out of it. Pinned and thanks for sharing some inspiration.

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