Because of their strength and enduring style, many vintage iron window guards still adorn homes and beautify city streetscapes today.

But for those that have found their way to salvage yards as a result of a remodel or demolition, there are myriad other ways to use them inside and outside the house. Follow my example and turn a window guard into a rack for hanging pots, oven mitts, and utensils in the kitchen. Read on to learn how to boost storage in your cook space with a guard-turned-pot rack.

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    Tools List

    • level
    • ratchet wrench
      Ratchet wrench
    • drill
    • Pencil

    Shopping List

    1. Salvaged iron window guard from Demolition Depot

    2. Renaissance wax polish from Amazon

    3. Wrought iron S hooks from Eagle Emporium4. Anchoring hardware that's appropriate for your wall type

    5. Rustoleum American Accents black spray paint from Kmart