Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My DIY -- Adding a plate rack to my cabinets

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Ever wish you could go back in time and change something about that big renovation project you did?

Several years after our reno, I began to regret not ordering a plate rack with the cabinets. I'm sure it was mainly because of cost - several hundred dollars extra, I believe. Yet the more and more I searched out kitchens and saw posts on Pinterest, the more and more I wished I had the plate rack to showcase my Fiesta dishware. Not only are these my everyday go-to dishes, but I consider the bright colors an artful accessory in my kitchen decor.

This is pretty much what the kit looks like. Two racks, preassembled, with the middle three posts unattached. You can find them here: Omega National I found out that this is so you can attach the racks to your shelving unit the easy way. I say this because I did all the work, then tried to put the shelf into my bookcase unit, only to find that the posts would NOT go into the cabinetry.
I had to remove them and start over.

I finished the unpainted wood with a wipe-off stain which closely matched the pearl finish of my cabinets. I found I had to sand and apply the stain several times to penetrate the hard oak. Then I needed to trim the length by about an inch to match up with the shelf.

There are three spaces where you can drill your screw holes. I glued the racks onto the shelf and then added the three middle screws. That was all it needed. I adjusted the top shelf to rest on top of the posts which also assured that they were a good fit.

The only thing left was to add the Fiesta! I'm really pleased with the results (and my first real stab at cabinetry.) It's not factory perfect, but it will do. I love the look!

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