Sometimes decorating dreams do come true. And they aren’t as hard as you thought. They aren’t expensive. And they are awesome. This DIY built in plate rack idea had been on my mind for a while. We finally brought it to life and I couldn’t be happier! We have this small space as you walk from our kitchen to the dining room. It’s too little to do much with, but I decided some small space decorating would be perfect.
Our old house had built ins and when I turned them into plate racks it made all the difference. Since our new house didn’t have any built in charm like the last one, I had to create my own. And I went big. You guys know I am a part time plate hoarder and have a serious addiction to silver. I hate that all my prettys hide in the cabinets, so I wanted to get them out in the open. Plus this house is limited on storage space, so creating more was needed.
I had so much fun decorating this built in plate rack and making the most of the space I created. Now I can actually see all the treasures I have AND it makes for beautiful decor. That’s a decorating win-win! Read below on how to build this DIY plate rack and how to decorate a built in plate rack…
How to build a built in plate rack
To build this DIY plate rack we started by cutting wood to fit the space in our kitchen. Clamping the wood together ensures a clean even cut for the wood pieces. I used my sliding miter saw for this step. ( I adore this saw!!!!) I used 1″ X 3″ material for the frame and shelves and 1″ X 1/2″ material for the rails.
To begin the build, we started by adding a base piece to the top area we were going to frame. This board was a laid flat and attached to the wall with sheetrock anchors.
Next we added the top of the frame, using a nail gun (you could use regular nails but this was faster and easier) to attach it to the base piece. Then the side frame pieces were added, again attached with a nail gun. We added in the shelves in the same format as the beginning base piece – a flat support board anchored in the wall with a shelf piece attached on top, then the sides secured to the outside frame. We added a shelf rail across the front. I suggest using wood glue and a nail gun to attach the rail pieces. I need to add a shelf rail – under the one that is there now, closer to the shelf itself, if not touching the shelf so that plates and things don’t slide out the bottom. I didn’t realize this until after I was done. I’ve made it work for now, but I suggest doing that if you build a plate rack like this!
Once the frame was built I caulked the entire piece to make it seamless with the wall and fill any gaps between the wall and wood. Next I used my Wagner Paint Sprayer (this is the exact one I use and love here) to spray the entire piece, including the backsplash to complete the built in plate rack. Now for the fun part, decorating your built in plate rack!
How to decorate a built in plate rack
Empty out your cabinets and get all your favorite things in the open. Be sure to gather platters, pitchers, tea pots, shallow bowls, baskets, silver, trays, small vases, candlesticks, plates, cookbooks, stoneware, pottery, cutting boards, bread boards, tea towels, serving pieces and silverware.
Layer in different elements. Mix up the silver and stone ware, glass and wood. Build the items on top of one another.
Don’t forget to go vertical. Things going up and down, like silverware in a cup, a tall candlestick or vase, vary the height of the elements in your built in so the eye travels over an interesting sight line – up and down not flat.
Hang things! I added some cup hooks to hang tea cups and pitchers from, you will want to get a variety of sizes of hooks if you add this touch. Large pots and pitchers don’t fit on the tiny cup hooks. This is a great way to use your space even more! You can even hang things on the backsplash like cute typography or a beautiful piece of artwork.
Practice and move things around. This is a large project that you will have to tweak as you go. Rearrange, walk away and come back later until you get it how you like. The fun part is you can always add in and take away as your stash grows, you need to use things in the kitchen or change things out for holiday decor. You can get some additional styling ideas from this little spot in my kitchen.
Do you have a place to add one of these in your home? Remember – you can make this large or small, even a one shelf rack if you have limited space! That’s the best thing about DIY – make it work for you! I;d appreciate it if you’d
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