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.
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Tools and Materials:
3/4” medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
Brad nailer and 1-1/4” brad nails
primer and paint
super glue and a construction adhesive
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
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.
3. When the glue dries, paint the frame with two coats of primer.
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.
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