Buying Metal Inserts
Some home centers carry sheets of
metal (including perforated) and will
cut them for you for a small fee. But
you'll find a much bigger selection
online. Look for metal in the 16- to
20-gauge range. We bought directly
from McNichols Co. (mcnichols.com)
and did all our ordering over the phone.
Its Web site is full of information (and
a bit confusing). Look at its “Products”
drop-down menu and go from there.
Do your measuring after you remove
the cabinet doors to get accurate insert
measurements. Order inserts 1/8 in.
shorter in both the length and the width
so the inserts just fit in the opening. If
stainless is out of your price range, consider
aluminum or plain steel (called
“mill finish”). You can spray-paint your
metal any color you want. No matter
what finish you order, wash the metal
with paint thinner to rinse off the manufacturing
oils. If you choose not to paint
the steel, spray it with a clear lacquer to
prevent it from rusting.