How to Build a Pot Rack With Shelf

An easy-to-make pot rack embellished with decorative mirrors adds beauty and function to a kitchen.

Pot Rack

Tools and Materials:

3/4” medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
Brad nailer and 1-1/4” brad nails
wood glue
sand paper
primer and paint
super glue and a construction adhesive
S hooks
L brackets, with included hardware
table saw and a miter saw
decorative mirrored pieces (you can buy at craft or hardware stores)
two metal grates at least 8” wide (we used replacement pieces from a barbeque grill)
level and tape measure
metal cutoff saw
safety glasses

Steps:

1. Cut the MDF to make the pot rack frame. It will be a double-thick frame with one rectangle inside another. The inner rectangle will be shorter than the outer so that it can serve as a ledge to hold the metal-grate shelf. Here is our cut list. Make yours according to the size of your metal grates.
- two inner pieces at 28-1/2” x 1-1/2”
- two inner pieces at 7-7/8” x 1-1/2”
- two outer pieces at 30” x 3”
- two outer pieces at 9-3/8” x 3”

2. Build the smaller rectangle then wrap the larger rectangle around it. The inner and outer will be flush at the bottom of the pot rack. Secure the pieces together with wood glue and Brad nails.

Grill for Pot Rack

3. When the glue dries, paint the frame with two coats of primer.

Pot Rack Under View

4. On the exposed edges of the pot rack, use construction adhesive to attach the decorative mirror pieces. We did a layer of rectangular mirrors with a layer of hexagon mirrors on top.

5. Set the metal grates into the pot rack. If necessary, use a metal cutoff saw to trim the grate to fit inside the pot rack frame.

6. Attach L brackets to the wall where you want to hang the pot rack. Ensure that the brackets are level then place the pot rack on top the brackets. Secure the pot rack to the brackets.

7. Hang the S hooks from the metal grates then hang your pots and pans on the hooks.

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