DIY Industrial Pot Rack

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hey y'all! I hope you had an amazing New Years Eve and Day! We had a bit of drama going down and very interesting start to our new year...

On New Years Eve about 10 minutes after the ball dropped I was standing in my kitchen and got one heck of a surprise...a bullet through the kitchen window! Where I live it is common for folks to shoot their guns when the ball drops. My neighbors shoot into the sand at the river bank.
This one though...we are not sure if it was someone driving by and pointing their gun up into the air or if it came from across the river. All I know is that it was very scary and now I am out a few hundred dollars to repair a window I didn't even break. How awesome is that? There was a police report filed, but I doubt there will be anything to come of it. Even though the bullet was found on my kitchen counter....

So here is what we are dealing with...of course insurance doesn't cover it because my deductible is too high so I am paying out of pocket to fix someone else's mistake or careless act!

Moving on to happier things...

I apologize in advance for the crappy cell pics. I wanted to get pics taken but things were very chaotic...

This was my previous pot rack.

It's nothing fabulous but it got the job done. I was just not wowed by it.

I have been telling the Mr. for a while now that I want to do something different for our pot rack. just so happens that I got a new set of pots/pans for Christmas so of course I jumped right on a project when we returned from visiting family over the break. I am pushing everything in my kitchen towards a vintage/rustic/industrial theme and my new pans are stainless with copper bottoms so what better than a copper pipe with stainless chains to hang my pans from?

I am in love! It's so simple yet I feel like it makes a huge statement. Not to mention it was dirt cheap to make!

Here's what I used:

Copper pipe: $12.00 (I just wanted something around 3.5-4ft...the smallest was 7 feet so I had them cut it in half for me)
Chain: $5.50 (I knew the pipe was 3.5ft so I had them cut the chain at 6ft to leave some play on either side for hanging)
S Hooks: $6-ish (I think they were $1.25 each)
Quick Links: $1.50
Total: $25.00

While I was in Home Depot I made sure that the S hooks would fit on the pipe and I tried out several chain sizes until I found one sturdy enough that would also slide through the pipe.

This doohicky I bought just in case the chain links weren't big enough to fit over the toggle bolt hooks that we already had in the ceiling. I was right. These came in handy.

Ta-Da! How easy is that? It's really very sturdy and the S hooks can each hold 2 pots/pans, although I don't have that many!

I did have to come up with a backup plan for the lids, which are now housed in a drawer instead of on top of the previous pot rack...but no biggie for me!

For my industrial loving heart this is just fabulous! Even the Mr. has complimented me several times and keeps saying how "cool" it is! Success!

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  1. Great idea! I'm stopping by from the Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party! I'm co-hosting this week with Jessica. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up this week!

    1. Thanks Christie! And thanks for hosting! :) I am always glad to stumble across new, fabulous bloggers!

  2. Awesome idea!! I love it! Thanks for sharing at Think & Make Thursday!

    1. Thanks chic! I love it lots. :) Hope you New Year was not quite as eventful as mine! :)

  3. i love your more modern pot rock, and scary about the window. yeesh!

    1. Thank you! I love it too. It's been a few weeks now and I do not regret it! lol

  4. Oh my goodness, how scary about the bullet through the window! I'm so sorry you have to deal with that and I'm glad no one was hurt. Love the pot rack idea - I've needed one for ages but store-bought ones are always too expensive. Might just have to do this! Thanks for sharing at Think and Make Thursday :)

    1. Thanks! It is nice and cheap, that is for sure! :) Yeah, the bullet through the window was a nightmare, but it could have been worse.

  5. How do you stop the S hook from coming off the rod when you lift down a pan?

    1. The S hooks fit snugly on the pipe so they don't lift off, I actually had to slide them on from the side before I put the chain through.

  6. Thank you for sharing a great idea. It looks excellent. Did you coat the copper with anything to keep it from going dull?
    You were very sanguine about the bullet. I wouldn't have called it a mistake. From here in the UK it seems crazy that people randomly shoot guns.
    I hope this New Year's Eve is less eventful for you.


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