Make a rake rack

How to turn a rusty rake into a handy pot rack

By Catherine DohertyCatherine Doherty


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Here’s an idea that holds up: In true “Revival” style, clever cottagers repurposed an old rake that would have lingered, unused, at the back of a shed for the rest of its days. In this reincarnation, the rake comes back as a functional pot rack, but we thought of several other variations for the little gem. Use it to hang coats, fireplace utensils, barbecue tools, dishtowels, beach towels, garden tools, or just about anything that needs a hook.

Step 1: Salvage

You’ll easily find old garden tools at garage sales, flea markets, and in your own tool shed.

Step 2: Prep

Remove the metal rake head from its wooden handle. If you have trouble separating them, throw the rake in a campfire and fish out the head once the ashes have cooled. Clean the rake well with soap and steel wool to get rid of soil and leaf residue. To remove rust, see “Rusty Rouster,” on page 104.

Step 3: Mount

Drill a pilot hole where you wish to hang the rake. Then screw through the existing hole in the rake head and into the pilot hole.


  • Be sure to screw the rake rack into a wall stud if you plan to hang heavy objects.
  • Paint the rake with latex paint to match your space.

Rake rack

Photo by Stacey Brandford

This article was originally published on March 12, 2005

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