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« on: August 20, 2004 01:29:27 AM »

I'd been wanting one of these things forever, though I'm sure it goes by different, and more explanatory, names than "butler's rack":


That (above) is what it looked like after one coat of high gloss, blood red latex paint. Originally it was a wood-stain finish, that was nicked, chipped and dinged here and there.
Long story short: bought it for boyfriend at yard sale (score), cat peed on it, cat knocked it over, etc.; cleaned it up, started thinking about how it could be more appealing...


...and that (above) is how it turned out, after a coat of crackle-glaze, followed by a perriwinkle latex top coat and a few embellishments. She (the rack - hey, check out my rack!) started speaking to me... she wanted a belly-chain, with a few French coins, a loose pawn from a chess set and a plastic poodle on it; she also wanted a boa, though I could only provide a partial one. (Used most of it in a previous project.) Some itty-bitty bows (that's what the package says), a couple of fake flowers (corsage...?), a necklace, etc.


Above is a closeup of the top; I painted a little fairy gold and glued her on the top rack (meant for wallet, keys, loose change, if you're a guy, or a butler for a guy) and painted a little wooden book charm with the words "little secrets", and, well, that's all I did. Just thought I'd share; hope you like it, and thanks for your time.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2004 09:29:04 AM »

that's awesome! great job.
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2004 12:34:32 PM »

cute! what is that weird teeth-y thing at the top for? I have never heard of this product.
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2004 04:06:23 PM »

me either, what do you use if for?
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2004 04:06:41 AM »

cute! what is that weird teeth-y thing at the top for? I have never heard of this product.

I'm not sure what the teeth are for (I was hoping someone else would know), but I guess it would create a grip to hang something on.
As for the general use, it's for laying out a man's suit prior to wearing... so I tried to doll it up for a female slant of laying out an outfit in advance, though it wouldn't work for longer dresses - it's under 4 ft. tall. Think of it as a 2-d wood mannequin that can also hold your keys, pocket change, etc.
Thanks so much for looking!
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2004 07:16:23 AM »

hmmm, maybe the teeth are so you can put a tie on there and it won't slide off?  Seems pretty wide for that though.
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2004 07:25:25 AM »

I looked this up and it's called a Valet Stand (for anyone who would want one of their own). I noticed that there were a bunch of different styles listed as I tried to find out what the teeth were for.
I didn't find a chart or anything handy like that, but I think I may have stumbled upon what the teeth are for...
...Some of the Valet Stands list the following:
a place to hold coins and jewelry (as yours does)
a place to hang their suit jacket (also like yours)
a bar to hang the suit pants from (which yours seems to have)
a place for your shoes (I can only assume that's why you have the two bars at the very bottom of the base)
and a place to hang your ties and belts. Perhaps that is what the teeth are for? The teeth being there so that neckties and belts don't go slipping to the floor?

Sorry, that's the best I could do.
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2004 01:30:09 AM »

Conley, thanks for the info. I knew there was another name for it...
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2004 06:49:23 AM »

Silverbamboo, that's beautiful!  What a great idea for a coat rack, too.  I think the valet stands are as much for coming home as for preparing to leave...you know, come in the door, hang the jacket so it won't wrinkle, put the watch and money clip on the tray, and relax.  Which makes me think it would be excellent to have a girly one near the door.  The tie hanger would be perfect for purses. 
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2004 11:57:40 AM »

my dad has one of those! Hmmm... Roll Eyes
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