Pot racks… I love them! Honestly, I don’t know where people keep all their large pots and pans without using a pot rack. I have created a pot rack in the kitchen of our new 100 year old house that I’m super excited to show you, but first, I wanted to recap a couple other ones…
This is the pot rack that was in the kitchen of our former house. When I re-did the kitchen and added the custom island, I included a design and sketch for this pot rack to the same cabinet maker. I carefully explained to him that I would indeed be hanging several large, heavy pans from it, so please be sure it was constructed to actually hold the weight.
The heavy chains holding the pot rack on the ceiling came in a shiny silver finish, so I spray painted them this dark bronze color. We made sure the 4 hooks in the ceiling are actually all the way through the wood ceiling and firmly screwed into the rafters. It’s sturdy… I’m pretty sure you could hang off it, and it’d hold you up…
The cabinet maker fit the slats of wood, (that hold the hooks that hold the pots) into the main frame of the pot rack very securely.
I got some hooks that are wrought steel. They are called something like ‘tobacco hooks’… I guess it’s what they would dry tobacco leaves on. The hooks did have a hole in the top so that it could have been attached to the slat, but I actually left them so that I could slide them as needed.
This style pot rack worked great for over the island in our former house.
But what if one doesn’t have enough overhead space to allow for a huge hanging pot rack? That doesn’t mean that one can’t enjoy the perks of having a pot rack! Let me show you what my son and daughter-in-law did in their vintage kitchen…
First, this is the space before the pot rack.
It’s a little difficult to tell, but the glass fronted cabinets, floor to ceiling, are shallow cabinets, like only deep enough for a single can of canned goods… or a box of cereal laid flat against the back… so less than 6″ deep. Great if you have tons of storage and want a special display area… but not so great if your kitchen has very limited cabinet storage, like this one, and you really don’t want to take up the space for all the pans in the few cabinets you do have. Problem is though, this is a main walkway, so adding a deeper cabinet just isn’t an option.
this is what they did!
Removed the cabinet doors. Filled and painted the framework. Installed beadboard and painted it gray.
Then added pipes and hooks. The pipes are copper pipe from the plumbing department as are mounting pieces for it.
You can see how clever the pipes work to keep the lids stored. It looks great and is such a smart use of this shallow space!
I plan to show you the pot rack we designed and installed in our kitchen of our new 100 year old house in a couple weeks… I’ll give you a hint… think: ‘BRICK’!
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