The Ten Dollar Pot Rack
Actually, it was a little less than ten dollars, but close enough. This project has a very urban, industrial feel. Great for those gourmet bachelors out there. While we're using it now in our lake cottage, it's really cool that we'll be able to put it in to our modern loft style place we're going to build here.
Here’s what we bought at the nearest Lowe’s hardware store: 1 piece of 4 foot re-bar, 1 package of black chair tips, 1 can of el cheapo black spray paint, 1 package of eye hooks, 2 packages of s-hooks and a little bit of duct tape. What next? Oh yes, wine. I definitely remember wine.
First, screw in two eye hooks to the beam or ceiling stud where you wish to hang the “rack”. Space them so that when the metal bar is hanging there, each eye hook will be 2-3 inches in from the end.
Next, spread out some old newspapers on the grass. Spray the bar with a couple of coats of paint and let it dry. Hang one s-hook through each of the eye hooks, taking care that they are facing in the right direction.
Wrap a bit of duct tape around each end of the pole to take up the extra space when you press on the chair leg tip covers. This will also help them stay on. Hang the pole on the s-hooks and then hang the rest of the s-hooks on the pole, which is where you’ll hang your pots, pans, baskets, garlic ropes, etc.
We had extra chair tips, eye hooks, paint, duct tape and s-hooks from this project. So really, if you picked up an extra length of re-bar you could have two pot racks for under 12 dollars . . . less than six bucks a piece. You could also experiment with stainless steel or copper pipe and different color chair tips or decorative ends. This design is great for extra small places.
Got a larger space? Try modifying this idea with one of those larger grate-style squares of rebar that look like an industrial version of lattice work. You'd just need more chair end tips, s-hooks and possibly some chain if your ceiling was higher.