DIY: A Garments-Drying Rack Made the Previous-Long-established Means on a Maine Farm

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A superb variety of us on the Remodelista group are followers of Hitchfoot Farm on Instagram: First Fan and Margot caught on, then me, and all of us shortly grew to become captivated by Bess Piergrossi’s moody vignettes in her rough-hewn Maine farmhouse that seem like they’re out of instances previous.

When Bess advised us she was engaged on a DIY laundry rack impressed by deVol’s Laundry Maid (our all-time favourite) and made fully by hand, we wished all the main points. And she or he despatched again a step-by-step how-to—full with characteristically charming, old school scenes of hand-stretching rope by the fireplace, singeing rope ends in candle flames, and {hardware} cast by her native blacksmith.

Right here’s a glance, with directions by Bess:

Images by Bess Piergrossi.

finished laundry rack, photo by bess piergrossi 9


  • 10′ of 1/4″ rope (if rope ending, tbs coconut oil is non-obligatory)
  • 2″ thick wooden boards, roughly 8″ huge and 48″ lengthy
  • 10 bolts or screws to match the dimensions of the holes in your brackets
  • two metal curved brackets (made by our native blacksmith, however may be made by any native metallic fabrication store)

First, a observe on steps 1 by way of 4, rope ending: “This course of is just not mandatory, however we weren’t pleased with the rope choice at our native ironmongery shop and took it upon ourselves to complete the rope by way of the next steps,” says Bess. “However it’s purely aesthetic, and if you happen to discover a rope you’re pleased with, that may suffice!”

1. Singe the rope.

laundry rack step 1 rope singeing, photo by bess piergrossi 10

2. Then boil.

laundry rack step 2 rope boiling, photo by bess piergrossi 11

3. And dry.

laundry rack step 3 rope stretching, photo by bess piergrossi 12

4. Oil a little bit.

laundry rack step 4 rope oiling, photo by bess piergrossi 13

5. Add brackets.

laundry rack step 5 brackets, photo by bess piergrossi 14

6. Salvage wooden.

laundry rack step 6 salvaged wood, photo by bess piergrossi 15

7. Put together the slats.

laundry rack step 7 slats, photo by bess piergrossi 16

8. Place the slats.

laundry rack step 8 slat placement, photo by bess piergrossi 17

laundry rack step 9 slat placement, photo by bess piergrossi 18

9. Tie and cling.

finished laundry rack, photo by bess piergrossi 19

finished (and hung above the bath for collecting errant drips). 20
Above: Completed (and hung above the tub for amassing errant drips).

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N.B.: This submit is an replace; the unique story ran on March 4, 2021, and has been up to date with new hyperlinks and knowledge.

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