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Old 06-30-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Covering or replacing twisted iron bars?

Those wrought iron bars with the twist on them? Between the cabinet above the kitchen and the main kitchen piece?

I think that may be the ugliest thing on my Scamp and I want it gone or covered. It seems at least semi structural, I don't want to just remove it, I assume they started putting those on there for a reason (other than to assure that even 30 years later it still looks like a trailer from the early 80's).

So I was thinking of finding some anodized/brushed metal tubes that might be slipped over the bars and fit in such a way as to look nice. Or have something else fabricated from scratch, welded and powder coated?

Anyone else not love the look of that part and done anything about it?
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:06 PM   #2
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Many people hate them and many have done something about it. Yes, you are right, they have structural value.One of the nicest mods for this was done by peterh:
New roof/upper cabinet supports and countertop He used tiki torches.
Make sure you go through the entire thread 'til you get to the picture with the tea lights inside. Very elegant.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:12 PM   #3
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Many people hate them and many have done something about it. Yes, you are right, they have structural value.One of the nicest mods for this was done by peterh:
New roof/upper cabinet supports and countertop He used tiki torches.
Make sure you go through the entire thread 'til you get to the picture with the tea lights inside. Very elegant.
That is fantastic! I love it!

But it's not a great match for the simple minimalist look I'm going for. I'd prefer simple tubes or bars. White or brushed metal.

Perhaps time to introduce myself to the welder in my new work area.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:46 PM   #4
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If mine were black I would have to paint them white. I use them. clothes pins are clipped on and the hand towel uses the space. Glad I can tolerate them since I make use of them.

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Old 06-30-2012, 08:58 PM   #5
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covering or replacing twisted iron bars

For some reason, ours did not have anything to support the wooden cabinets, and as a result, we did have sagging in the roof, and separation between the cabinets. I jacked the cabinets up and place wooden dowels covered by chrome hand towel bars to support everything. We then went to Office Max and acquired a 3 drawer wire organizer, which I attached between the bars. Looks great and is functional. We are on a 2 month vacation now, so no pictures available....besides I don't know how to post pictures.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #6
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I don't care for the way the supports look either. Ours don't even have the same number of twists! I painted ours glossy white & they look much better. Someone else replaced theirs with narrow wood table legs, like the ones you can buy at Lowe's.

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Old 07-01-2012, 02:41 PM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions. Some simple tube like solution can surely be procured!
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:10 PM   #8
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When I put the cupboards back in the trailer things went a little sideways. In order to compensate for the built in cooler under the stove I raised the height of the bottom cupboards. So when I went to put the wrought iron support back in I found out it now did not fit because of the changed distance between the upper cupboards and the raised counter .

I wanted to have a new support made out of iron but it was not in the budget at the moment. Knowing the support was needed for a short term fix I cut down an old wooden curtain rod down to fit and spray painted it silver.

I am not sure I like it but it will do the trick until I have the money and time to have a new one made the design I would like.

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Old 07-02-2012, 07:13 AM   #9
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yes structural, and not real pretty,,,specialy in black. the new ones are glossy white and blend in much better. though personaly i think a fibeglass leg,(think leg lamp) would look pretty cool , so don't judge by my tastes
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I recall a thread on the Scamp forum where pre made wooden barristers were split and covered the wrought iron ones.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:18 AM   #11
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I don't blame you; there's something really twisted about those iron bars...
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:33 AM   #12
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My cupboard (in a '73 Boler) doesn't have any supports, but it does have a shiny tube located in the centre of the counter that the wires go through into the upper cupboard. It appears to have dipped the counter down slightly in that location. Do others have this and if so, how did you get rid of it? Did you put supports on the side even though it may not have originally come with any? Sorry, not trying to hijack the post, just curious.
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yes structural, and not real pretty,,,specialy in black. the new ones are glossy white and blend in much better. though personaly i think a fibeglass leg,(think leg lamp) would look pretty cool , so don't judge by my tastes
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