DIY Pot Rack – Pendant Lights or Industrial Wood?

DIY Pot Rack – Pendant Lights or Industrial Wood?

Caution: This is a really looonnng post – first the background story of a win/loss/win, 2 sets of before and afters and a detailed description of the final DIY project! It all started with a giveaway…
 

I Won a Pendant Light!

Back in January C.D. Loken at CD's Country Living had a giveaway and I won: "In honor of CD’s Country Living’s blogging anniversary, Parrot Uncle generously agreed to send one lucky winner this LARGE (18.11 x 9.06) Retro-Industrial Light with Pot cover shade ($45 value)!"
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 

Best Laid Plans

Today I can finally tell you about it. It was a long time in coming… Parrot Uncle asked me if I'd like to have a second pendant light for my kitchen to go along with the one I won in CD's giveaway. After a few back and forth emails, we settled on the pair of lights that were just like C.D.s that were hanging over her kitchen island – one free one from the giveaway on CDs blog and one as a gift in exchange for a review – or so I thought.
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
After waiting a few weeks for them to be delivered, they finally came in. BUT, they were 3x the size I expected and Parrot Uncle told me it would cost more to send them back for an exchange than they were worth. I hadn't even thought to make sure they were what I'd expected. Live and learn, right?
 
So I had to decide what to do with them, and also keep up on my end of the bargain to do a review.
 
I thought they were just like C.D.'s and I didn't check to make sure they actually were. So I had a dilemma. They in no way could go above my kitchen island.
 
But sometimes things that seem a disappointment turn out to work out for the best. My DD and SIL moved into a new home, so I gave them one of the lights for a house warming present and the other will be for Christmas. Win. Win. They are very pleased with the lights!
 

The Rustic Look

They hung them in their porch, updating their lights to the industrial look:
 

Before

Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Katie said, "I love the lights we added in our sunroom! They give it the 'barn-type/rustic' feel that we were hoping for, especially when we put in the old school light bulbs. Those lights will bring our sunroom together nicely once we get the rest of the room finished."
 

AFTER

Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
I was disappointed that they wouldn't work for over my kitchen island, so we went out to find something that would work. Nothing we found seemed right. Check out the one I brought home to try from Menards:
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
It was along the lines of what I had envisioned, but it was too low for the space and just looked…well, goofy. Reality doesn't always match your mind's eye.
 
I found a few I liked on Amazon but just couldn't decide!
 

Then My DH Offered to Build One!

Um, yes, please!
 
We went shopping for just the right grates to use in a wood frame that we'd suspend from the ceiling above my island. I knew what I wanted but didn't know where to find them. We looked for replacement grates for grills but they were very expensive and weren't the right size. Then I found some shelving grates – two put together would be just the right size and they were indstrial looking.
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
DH made a wood frame to house two of the metal shelves…
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
I didn't like the idea of using chains to hang it, so we got a little creative and used turnbuckles for the industrial look, attaching them with screw eyes and screw hooks.
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
 
We added corner angle clip brackets to add to the industrial look:
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 

Let There Be Light

The new light kit came from Lowes and gives just the right amount of light for the island area. We hung the rack just under to get the maximum amount of light.
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Pot hooks were very expensive so I dragged my DH hither and yon to find something I could use that wouldn't be as expensive. I tried "S" hooks, which worked for the pots, but I wanted something thinner for the other things I wanted to hang.
 
I found curtain hooks that I could cut and make work:
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Since I have several daughters that often cook in my kitchen, I like the idea of having my pots and cooking utensils handy. Plus it doesn't hurt to have it pretty as well. My DIY Pot Rack fits the bill.
 
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Island Pot Rack {Love my DIY Home}
 
Don't be intimidated by a project that doesn't seem to go according to plan. Just keep searching for a solution and get creative. It's so worth it and in the end you will be pleased you stuck with it.
 
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What projects did you start that quickly turned to dust? Did it come out better than you expected when you found a solution? Leave me a comment below – maybe our success after failure will encourage someone to keep at it.  I LOVE comments and read every one!
 
Blessings,
 
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Comments

  1. SENSATIONAL!  Great obstacle jumping!!!!

  2. Tina Clemons :

    I like the idea of hanging pots and pans, but mu husband is tall and our kitchen is small. The ceiling is short in height. So a hanging rack would be hard to. But my cupboard space is limited at best. My ceiling light takes up most of the ceiling in the kitchen so placement of the rack is hard. We live in a home association and I don't  know if they would allow the kitchen ceiling to be changed regarding their lights. But I know if we can do something to change the lights and storage of the pans it would be nice. I have only seen that done once in a house that was much larger than what we have here. Space is compact doors for cupboards open to the side of the refrigerator or wall or immediately over the stove. So space is tight. Window is away from the stove and not helpful for position of the pot rack. So it's a real challange for me. I like the idea there though. I would want one that lowers and raises for ease of getting to the pans. 

    • Tina, have you looked into pot racks that have the lights built right in? That might be an option. I would definitely check with the home association. To have one that lowers and raises would be very cool!

  3. Brenda Moody :

    I really like what you did here. I have been on the lookout for something to use as the rack part of a pot rack. You inspired me.

    Thanks

     

  4. Love your project,looks great & I would love to do something like that for our newly remodeled kitchen. We had it gutted and everything replaced. The contractor did a really professional job, the only thing I was dissatisfied with the drawers being so shallow, looks like nice deep ones until you pull the drawer out. But after 58 years of gathering kitchen gadgets I have lots of stuff to store, I love the look that you got, but we my husband & myself are not DIY,s and don't know if I want a crew back in my house or not. I am going to show my hubby and see what he thinks about it. Going to make sure my contractor sees what you did. Thanks so moch!

  5. Would like step by step directions for the sit pot and pan rack set 

  6. Would love to see a long range pic so I can see how high above your island this rack hangs. 

  7. I love your pot rack, great job! I am interested in the lights you couldn't use and gave away as gifts, can you tell me where they can be found, I think they are exactly what I am looking for to use on my new covered patio! Thank you, and again what a great job, makes me wish I could have a pot rack in my kitchen. 

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