Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Plate Rack Kitchen DIY


Back into the kitchen.

Were you able to spot the next change in the kitchen from this photo in Monday's Ikea Cart makeover?



Trevor and I built a plate rack on the end of our kitchen cabinet in the space previously occupied by a little chalkboard. I really needed somewhere to store and easily access without the precarious stacking, my ironstone platters and breadboards.

I was also a good little blogger and took photos along the way to give you a basic idea of how we accomplished this in case you also have a need for somewhere to store your plates and platters.



okee dokkee, first we needed to remove the trim around the door frame so that the plate rack could be mounted flush to the door. we trimmed the top trim to allow the plate rack to fit snug in between the cupboard and trim.


 we used plain pine boards in 1x4 and 1x3's
the sides were cut to length in the 1x4's and then we added a 30 degree angle cut at the top for flare so that it didn't just end. the shelves were cut out of the 1x3's so, that their depth was smaller than the long pieces. (i studied a lot of photos on Pinterest and other blogs to see how these racks look generally)



we figured out the measurements of the spaces in between the shelves. double check and recheck that everything is level with a square


we used a nail gun to attach the shelves to the side supports


the bottom shelf was made out of 1x4 not 1x3 so that it looked more polished. you will note that the bottom shelf in this photo is actually 1x3. someone, ahem Trevor was so excited to be finished this project he forgot i said the bottom was supposed to be the 1x4's. it was yanked out and fixed right after this photo. after we had a built frame we attached it to the wall and cupboard with the nail gun.

i gave the shelf 2 coats of white primer and  then 2 coats of the same paint as our cabinets (Benjamin Moore White Dove in case you are curious)

instead of the traditional wood strapping to hold the plates in, i wanted it to be a bit more industrial so, i used galvanized metal strapping. i aged them by using muriatic acid with proper safety precautions and attached them directly to the shelf.

are you wondering what the crate underneath is about?

it is of course decorative but, we actually had to build the plate rack to certain specifications because Sammy (cat #1) sits on this crate to watch me prepare dinner and Trevor clean up. if we removed this box he would be under my feet much more and whacking my leg every time i opened a can.

 



i am also still and always a fan of the mixed metals in decor. i have the brass and galvanized towel bar on the cart so to attach the metal straps, i used brass screws.
 



I am really loving the addition and loving not worrying about smashing my plates together.

A simple project with a big result. I love getting more organized, how about you?

Have a great day,


Meg 



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35 comments :

  1. I love it, what a fabulous idea. This is amazing. Great tutorial too. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Love it ... now I just have to find a spot to put one :-)
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    Sharon

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  3. I really like the rack and how you used the space. Great idea!

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  4. love, love, love it. the metal straps to hold the plates is a great idea. love the metal on the island too.

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  5. Such pretty platters and cutting boards! I really like how you did that, and great use of a little wall!

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  6. Very clever use of a very small space.

    I'm curious to know whether you collect platters or whether you cook for a large crowd. I've only just found your blog in the last few days. Maybe this question has been well and truly answered before on your blog and I've just not found it yet.

    I very much enjoy your industrial decor.

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    1. hi riley
      well kind of a combination of both. i love ironstone and bring a lot of platters home to sell in my store and at my shows but also collect them myself (making it hard to sell sometimes lol). i also use all of them for cooking for large and small gatherings. we treat all of our meals at the table as a little bit special, setting the table etc. and i use the platters to carry food, set up small dinners of salad on. thanks for visiting and following along.

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  7. Love the use of the aged metal strapping with the brass screws. I have been looking for a spot in my kitchen to do this. I think I may have found a place to put one or two.

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  8. I love that you preserved your kitty's "spot"

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  9. LOVE it!!! the metal strips you used. So unique.

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  10. Terrific idea! This has me thinking about where I could do this too!!!

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  11. I love how you nestled into that area, it looks like it was always there! :-) Love all your plates and boards. You need on of the cutting boards I make on your rack! check out my site some time.

    Michael :-)
    http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/mywork-2/cutting-boards-and-serving-boards/

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    1. oh michael i did, some of them are so great.one of these days i will have to make a purchase. i am a real love of simple with the one tones wood so that will probably be the ones that catch my eye but the others are you make people must love.

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  12. That is flipping gorgeous! I love things that are functional and beautiful...this totally qualifies! :)

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  13. I need this in my kitchen!!!
    We are getting ready to start our kitchen remodel & I have just officially added another project for the hubby!

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    1. oh that's great. good luck with the remodel. just don't let him blame me lol.

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  14. This is such a fantastic project with so much impact. And using the metal...genius! Love the mix against the wood. :)

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  15. Very cute! What a great use of a small space.

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  16. Nice job!!! I've been looking for a plate rack all my life!!! I just ordered one with just one shelf. I have no wood skills or tools to make one. I want to knock out part of the wall board and build it between the 2x4 studs in the wall so it is recessed. Love the metal strips....

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  17. Absolutely wonderful idea!!! I have the perfect spot in my kitchen to do this, thank you so very much for sharing.

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  18. I absolutely love this idea. How fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  19. LOVE, love, love your plate rack. Definitely pinning and recreating one day.

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  20. Love It I dont see a source for the metal straps...are they ready made? If so where did you purchase? Thanks so much! Love your simple but beautiful style.

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    1. hi jackie
      i hate to say it but the source is my husbands work van where i raid for industrial materials. he loves it lol! the strapping is from a sheet metal supplier/worker. somewhere that would make metal for heating and air conditioning. home depots may have something similar if you wander around in the plumbing/electrical aisles.

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  21. That looks fantastic! Brilliant idea to use the metal straps.

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  22. Great job on the plate rack. I love the galvanize strapping. If I had anywhere where I could squeeze anything in my kitchen I would, and this would be the first thing I would add. I need storage and have nowhere to put any.

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  23. I love this and have such a good spot to do that if hubby would agree, but I doubt it.

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  24. Love your DIY plate rack and thank you for the inspiration! Now I see that it`s easy to build... Alexandra

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  25. I love it very inspiring tutorial. I showed hubby and now I have one too!
    Thanks so very much for sharing.
    FABBY

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  26. How did you attach the frame to the wall?

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