How to Refinish a Bakers Rack

A baker's rack looks like a bookshelf with wire or wrought-iron shelves at the top and bottom and a single wooden shelf in the center.
Spray paint provides even coverage on a metal baker's rack.Spray paint provides even coverage on a metal baker's rack.
It is traditionally used as a place to set baked goods while they cool. While the metal portion of most baker's racks is powder coated with color at the factory, you can achieve a professional refinished look with spray paint designed for use on metal or wrought iron.

Step 1

Remove any wooden shelves by unscrewing them from the underside or back where they are attached to the rack.

Step 2

Clean the rack and the shelves with a degreaser, such as trisodium phosphate, or TSP, and rinse well.

Step 3

Sand the rack and the wooden shelves with a fine-grit sandpaper, and then wipe them down with a clean damp rag to remove any dust created by sanding.

Step 4

Place the rack outside on several sheets of newspaper or plastic sheeting.

Step 5

Spray a thin coat of primer on the baker's rack. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for applying the primer, such as shaking the can well before application and keeping the nozzle about 6 to 8 inches away from the rack while spraying.

Step 6

Wait for the primer to dry. This usually takes about two hours.

Step 7

Spray on a thin coat of paint in the same way that you applied the primer. Let the paint dry for two to four hours, and then apply a second thin coat.

Step 8

Lay the wood shelves across a pair of sawhorses.

Step 9

Roll or brush on a thin coat of primer on the wooden shelves and let it dry according to the manufacturer's instructions, usually around four hours.

Step 10

Apply a thin coat of paint on the wooden shelves in the same way you applied the primer, let it dry and then apply a second coat of paint.

Step 11

Replace the wooden shelves and screw them into place once the paint has cured for at least 24 hours.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Trisodium phosphate, or TSP
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Newspaper or plastic sheeting
  • Spray primer designed for metal
  • Spray paint designed for metal
  • Paint roller or brush
  • Primer
  • Semi- or high-gloss paint
  • Sawhorses

Tip

  • Replace or tighten bolts and nuts as necessary before painting if the rack is wobbly or pieces are loose.

Warning

  • Don't paint on windy days or when the temperature is lower than 60 or higher than 85 degrees Fahrenheit.