Weekend Renno Project 1: No One Expects the (Pot) Rack

My sister and brother in law are avid cooks, so they have LOTS of pots/pans/kitchen gadgets, which for me is awesome because I get the hand-me-downs, but for them can be frustrating because they need somewhere to PUT all those things. They used to have a small pot rack, then they upgraded to a medium pot rack, then they bought this huge grate that I think used to be part of a set of festive burglar bars at a garage sale for $3.00. It was a thrifty find, he then put a coat of polyurethane over the unfinished edges, hung it on non-matching chain, and moved on with life, filling it to the brim with their kitchen wares.
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Note the rusted bits, the glossy paint, and the silver chain that just doesn’t match.

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A closer shot of the shabby chic-ness.

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The sister wanted a more refined look, so I grabbed some oil rubbed bronze spray paint that I had heard such good things about on Pinterest. This grate is about 6′ tall, so I grabbed two cans at a cost of less than $15.

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I totally ignored the can in every way and aside from wiping down the piece, I didn’t clean it because I wanted it to look like wrought iron, so I left the chipped paint, etc. in place as you see here. They have a country house and I wanted it a bit rustic.

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This paint was SUPER easy to use, went on thick, and gave a fabulous finish after one pass. This is the silver chain, see how much better it looks? If you look closely, you will note the areas at the links have some of the silver left, I had to hold the chain at different angles to fix this issue, but the point is WOW, this project was super simple thanks to the paint.

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We also decided to do the hooks so that they would match.

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The hooks got two coats, one on each side.

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I’m not even done yet and it looks soo much better. The finish was almost like a powder coating and it looked very professional, not too shiny, but with a bit of a sheen.

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Back up, you will notice that the chains matching really helped the overall look, and how many pots/pans/things they actually have.

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Note the finish, it’s a blackish/brown with coppery brown flecks in it and it came out looking really good. You can’t see any of the rust or the primer and leaving the chipped paint gave it a nice weathered look which I think makes it look more authentic.

How’d We Do Costwise?
The grate was a garage sale salvage find for $3.00
The chain and hooks were under $10.00
The spray paint that brought it all together was $14 for the two cans.
The labor was FREE because we did it ourselves.
The hooks were FREE because we already had them.
With Tax Etc. This HUGE Pot Rack Came in Under $30.00

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