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Friday, September 30, 2011

DIY Pot Rack

Pot racks are a great way to make space in any kitchen. All those pots and pans you have under the cabinet really take up room. Now you can create your own pot rack from a old iron gate. With a old iron gate and some new hardware you can design a great rustic pot rack for your kitchen. Here is your shopping list:

  • 5/8-by-4-inch forged screw eye bolt
  • D-shackles
  • Wire rope clips
  • Electric drill
  • 3/8-inch drill bit, 6 inches long
  • 4 type 305 stainless-steel ropes with a 3/32-inch diameter
  • Ratchet set
  • Wire brush
  • Rag
  • Dish soap
  • Metal primer, exterior grade
  • Metal paint, exterior grade
  • S-hooks
Once you have your iron gate, its time to clean it up by brushing it with some dish soap and warm water. A nylon brush works best for this job, it will get all those cracks and crevices. Both sides will need to be cleaned.

Work your brush to remove any flaky paint, especially in the intersection parts. Any rust on the gate needs to be scrubbed until the metal is visible.

After scrubbing, wipe the surface of the gate with a damp rag, rinsing it with clean water when needed. You don't want any grit left over.

Now prime your iron gate with a metal primer for outdoor applications. Dry your project according to your MFG paint instructions. Your iron gate pot rack may need additional coats.