This Vintage Fireplace Mantel Pot Rack came about because lately I have been coming across an ever increasing number of vintage wood fireplace mantels. There is no reason these fireplace mantels have to be made into some shabby chic nightmare craft project.
In fact, a nice sturdy vintage wood fireplace mantel can make a rather attractive pot rack that can make a huge statement in yoru designer kitchen.
Try choosing a nice rich espresso chocolate color to paint your fireplace mantel to make a huge statement in your kitchen. You could also do a deep fire engine red pot rack to really stand out in any style of kitchen décor.
To Turn a Vintage fire Place Mantel Into a Pot Rack for Your kitchen You Will Need:
1 Vintage Wood fireplace mantel
Stainless steel kitchen hardware (choices to be discussed)
You can use a fireplace mantel that is only the remaining top horizontal piece or an old fireplace mantel that has the sides and the top still in tact.
In either case you will need to first scrape off any paint that is peeling or chipping away. This is a must.
Go ahead and sand your piece lightly if it needs it as well. Now, paint on a coat of primer and let it dry.
Once the primer is dry you can add a coat of nice rich paint in a dramatic color.
Once the paint has dried you are ready for hardware options to turn your fireplace mantel into a pot rack.
You have a few options for hardware choices.
The simplest route will be to buy about 5 to 7 stainless steels hooks, the kind with the screw built into them. Mark where you holes need to be along the top front of the fireplace mantel. Pre drill the holes and then screw your hooks into place.
Another option would be to measure how wide the front flat part of your vintage fireplace mantel is. Buy a stainless steel hook bar that is slightly shorter. You can find thee at Ikea and your home improvement store.
Screw the long bar into place on the front of your fireplace mantel. Next, hand S hooks from the bar and add your pots!
No matter which direction you go with your vintage fir place mantel turned kitchen pot rack you will now need to hang it on the wall.
All you need to do is pre drill two holes through the top left and top right of the front panel of the mantel. These should be a few inches in from the left and right. Drill straight through the wood.
Now, slip in same long wood screws and screw your vintage fireplace mantel to the wall.
If you have free space on the wall behind your oven, try hanging this vintage pot rack above the range. If you have the kind of vintage fireplace mantel that still has the left and right sides attached the look will be awesome and dramatic!
In every case be sure to drill into studs in the wall. If you do not hit studs then use toggle bolts!