Wire Storage Baskets from a Wire Kitchen Rack

Wire Storage Baskets from a Wire Kitchen Rack

Not too long ago, I had a REALLY fortuitous thrifting trip- as I drove home, I realized I had found materials for nine different projects. NINE! Maybe the thrifts were all freshly replenished, or maybe I was wearing a most impressive thinking cap, but either way, it was an adventure for the record books. One of my finds was a wire kitchen rack that I wanted to upcycle into wire storage baskets that had the look of industrial farmhouse decor.

Wire kitchen rack at the thrift store to be upcycled into wire storage baskets or wire wall basket

Because it was “backless”, I assumed it was meant for a kitchen cupboard…to hold spices, etc. But that gave me license to create a backing from my stash of barn wood! And I knew exactly which piece I’d use…

Barn wood and salvaged wood to be used for industrial farmhouse decor with a wire kitchen rack

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Upcycling a Wire Kitchen Rack into Wire Storage Baskets

First, I needed to determine how large the backing (from my barn wood) should be. So, I spread out some newspaper, placed the wire kitchen rack on it, and cut out a rectangle.

Now that I had a template to use, I prepared the barn wood. I used a wire brush to remove the excess paint chips and pliers to remove any rusty nails. Based on my newspaper template, I divided the measurements in three, measured the barn wood, and sawed off three equal length pieces.

Cutting up the barn wood to use in industrial farmhouse decor with the hanging storage baskets

I scavenged our garage for a small piece of scrap wood to use as cross-connectors. And because I didn’t want to see shiny new screws from the weathered/painted side, we drilled in screws through the connectors on the back.

Of course, I made sure that the screws weren’t too long to pierce through the front of the barn wood!

Cross connectors on barn wood to form a backing for wire storage baskets or wire wall basket

Next, I sealed the chippy paint side with a satin top coat.

Topcoat on barn wood to preserve chippy paint finish to use as hanging storage baskets for industrial farmhouse decor

Now I could turn my attention to the wire kitchen rack! This was the part that I would transform into the look of industrial farmhouse decor.

So, I selected a flat colored metallic paint for its makeover- a color I hadn’t played around with before.

To hang the wire kitchen rack on the barn wood, I just needed two small cup hooks.

But, I only had them in brassy gold (which would NOT do)! So, I painted them with the same paint as the wire kitchen rack.

Cup hooks to hold the wire kitchen rack on the barn wood for hanging storage baskets that are industrial farmhouse decor

While the cup hooks dried, I added two D-ring hangers and wire on the back for hanging- nothing fancy and super easy. My wire storage baskets / industrial farmhouse decor was nearly done now!

D rings and picture hanging wire on the back of wire storage baskets and barn wood

Wire Storage Baskets from a Wire Kitchen Rack

Once the cup hooks were dry, I inserted them into the barn wood and hung the wire kitchen rack. And just like that, I had some hanging storage baskets with the look of industrial farmhouse decor!

Upcycling a wire kitchen rack into wire storage baskets with barn wood for industrial farmhouse decor

Here’s a close up of the cup hooks that I spray painted to match the wire kitchen rack. They blend in PERFECTLY and you can hardly see them!

Matching the cup hooks to the wire kitchen rack with the same spray paint on hanging storage baskets

Such a fun makeover for a fairly plain/basic piece. And it works perfectly in our office that has the style of industrial farmhouse decor.

Wire storage baskets by using the barn wood with a wire kitchen rack that is industrial farmhouse decor

I love that the wire kitchen rack doesn’t even LOOK like one of those inside-the-cabinet-door shelves anymore. 

Hanging storage baskets with a wire kitchen rack from the thrift store and barn wood or salvaged wood


I’m also excited to announce that my first book is now available! If you enjoy upcycling clothing and simple sewing projects, then you will love my book on flannel crafts!

Crafting with Flannel by Sarah Ramberg


If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for storage that has the look of industrial farmhouse decor, then you’ll love what I did with some old VHS storage drawers!

Industrial side table from VHS storage

Craft on!


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  1. Love it! Those planks are the perfect backdrop! I love your princess phone, too.

  2. Well, this is a very timely tutorial…I have two wire shelves I’ve used in the past for my craft paint, etc but the white finish on them is snooze worthy. I took them down when I refreshed the laundry room and they’ve been languishing ever since. I haven’t wanted to get rid of them as they are perfect storage pieces – now I know how to give them some pizzazz! Weathered old wood and spray paint! Now why didn’t I think of that? Love how yours look.
    ? Cecilia

  3. That is soo cute! Love it on the weathered wood! I think I’ve seen those same type of shelves at the thrifts & just kept right on walking…ha! This would sell in a booth, but I know you’re finding the perfect use for it at home!

  4. Great idea! Love it! This would come in so handy. Very clever how you connect the wire basket to the wood with cup hooks, so simple. I will have to remember this for a project I will be starting soon.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      And OH HOW I STRUGGLED to figure out how to hang the basket…seriously, that was the biggest heartache of this project, LOL! When the solution was right there, staring at me from my craft room (I have LOTS of cuphooks on hand)… 😉

  5. Very cute, practical, and fairly straightforward! Thank you – looks like something I could tackle!

  6. You always amaze me, this is brilliant!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It’s so funny- I was worried that people would have the opposite reaction (like, this project is too basic/simple!) so I appreciate that, Katrin!!

  7. Very crafty!

  8. Another great idea! You always seem to have an ability to see what something can become!

  9. Donna D Carter says

    Did you pre-drill the holes on the little horizontal boards? A lot of the time, I found that if I don’t pre drill, the wood splits.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Not in this case- just started very slow and steady. But yes, pilot holes are usually the way to go!

  10. Smarty pants (as my mom used to call me) this is so cool and it is a copy in the making, I have some shelves, not like yours, but will do, love this.

  11. Great idea.

  12. What a good idea for storage.

  13. Love the rustic farmhouse vibe you gave this simple wire spice rack – nice save! Pinned

  14. Fonda Rush says

    Love this idea! Change the patina of the metal, and use up some scrap wood! Great idea!

  15. Awesome job, Sarah! Love the wood and metal combo for sure 🙂 I’m constantly working on trying to make my office/craft space more efficient. Need to keep an eye out for one of these!

  16. Great idea! Thanks for sharing @ Vintage Charm!

  17. acraftymix says

    Ahhhhh yes please. We bought some of those spice wire thingyies for our cupboards only to find that they were too wide to fit the space and they’re been lying in our garage ever since gathering dust just like my brain apparently 😉 Thanks for the idea Sarah

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      No problem! It’s not the most “ooh-ahh” worthy project, but it comes in handy (and is a really easy build!)! 🙂

  18. What a great DIY! It would be great for an office, mudroom or kitchen! I’m stopping by from the B.F.F. 🙂

  19. I can think of about 5 places in my house I need one of these! Great project!

  20. Hi Sarah! I just wanted to let you know that your project just became my featured pick from the Sweet Inspiration Link Party 🙂 You’ll be featured this Friday on the blog! Hope you stop by 🙂

  21. OMG!!! This is such a clever idea!!!! Love the wooden backdrop! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration Link Party 🙂


  22. Great repurpose. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle

  23. Very nice! Love you stack of wood too 😛 Pinned!

  24. I have two of those ugly white racks in my garage and I did not know what to do with them. Thank you for your inspiration!! Your racks are absolutely fantastic!!

  25. Sylvia Lim Tsang says

    Okay, my eyes are getting worse and worse, and i know you aren’t supposed to see them, but can you give me a hint as to where the cup hooks are on the “ta-da” photo, please?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      That’s the secret- they’re hard to see in the final photo, LOL! As you saw in my tutorial, they’re painted to match and blend in perfectly.

  26. Simple is better!!!! More people will see value. Great job!


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