Type of item: Functional
3 pcs of wood 68"l x 8.5w x 1"d - 2 hinges - 1 handle - 1 hook and eye - 1 iron grate - 3 pcs of wood 29.5"l x 3"w x 1"d, screws, a chop saw, a jig saw and a drill and a piece of string.
What was your inspiration?
The original gate was poorly made and poorly thought of as far as functionality went. It sagged, wouldn't open or close properly (jammed in the opening) and opened into a hill.. so you had to really push and tug to open as it sagged and no longer fit into the space. I wanted something with more character.. and functional..
What are you most proud of?
Again, from my head to the finished project. This was a simple project only taking a few hours.. measure measure measure..
A 2nd idea for an antique grate is a pot and pan holder. Make a wood frame, put your grate inside the frame, attached some hooks and chain to a hook in the ceiling and get some hooks from Ikea or Lee Valley for your pots to hang off of. Iron grates come in an assortment of sizes and can be made to look fantastic.. adds space to a kitchen with limited cabinetry. Doesn't take long to do and is realtively simple and inexpensive as well as creating a little character.. just make sure you hook at the top is in a board.. not drywall.. once you get the pots on it's pretty heavy.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
If you live in the Lombardy area go to Rideau Antiques for a grate.. RR1 Lombardy on K0G 1L0 613-283-6490 - they have literally hundreds of grates and old stove doors (if you want something more solid) etc.. not as costly as something you would buy in Ottawa or Toronto and very functional.. just a little tremclad outdoor paint and it looks fantastic.