After finishing up the Rosedale kitchen, I felt like it was missing something. The space is fairly compact but I thought I could get away with a small island up against the room divider, with a hanging pot rack above it. I looked online for half scale pot racks and could only find very pricey handmade ones, so I decided to make my own at a fraction of the price.
Here are the parts I used, from the jewelry area of Michaels:
I started by looking for a metal embellishment to serve as the rack itself. I almost went with a black wrought-iron looking thing, then happened across this circular pendant. I can’t find any evidence of its existence online to link to, but the tag says it’s a ShortCuts “Metal Connector” from Blue Moon Beads. It’s about 1-1/8″ in diameter and if I’m looking at the right item on the receipt it cost $3.99. I bought the chain and the eye pins, which were $3.99 and $2.99 respectively, in the same antique gold color to match the pendent.
The pendent had four jump rings attached to it. I probably should have bought smaller jump rings and a smaller chain, to be more in scale, but I didn’t want to buy a whole new set of jump rings when I only needed the four that came with it. I opted for this chain rather than a smaller one so the jump rings would fit through it. I positioned three of the jump rings evenly around the pendent and connected chain pieces to those, then to the fourth jump ring to hang from.
Next came the hooks. I bought the eye pins as opposed to plain wire so I could neatly make them into hooks by opening up the circular part with needle-nose pliers.
I then cut the wire down and folded the top over the edge of the pendent.
Each hook looks a little different but I think it goes with the “hand forged” look of the metal. The whole thing is kind of bohemian and artsy.
Hanging the pot rack from the ceiling was the hardest part! I didn’t have any very small eyelet screws and even if I had, they wouldn’t have been the right color of metal. I tried poking a hole in the ceiling with the electricity pilot tool and then shoving a hook (made from the same wire as the hooks on the pot rack) into the ceiling, but couldn’t get the pilot tool to make a good enough hole for it to “take”.
Finally, after a lot of wrestling, I managed to screw in the smallest eyelet screw I had, just enough to make a decent hole in the ceiling. I then dabbed the tip of my hook in super glue and shoved it into the hole. So far it’s staying put.
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