When I received another box of goodies from Maria of Dreamy Whites, one box contained a long metal rack with pointed hooks. I wasn’t sure what it was, so I asked Maria and she told me it was a French butcher’s rack used when making sausages. No matter what it was once used for, I could pretty quickly envision many different uses for it in our home.
The most obvious one was hanging it above our stove. It looked like it might be the perfect size and I have always wanted to hang something there. It seemed like it needed something. I’ve tried signs, ironstone platters, breadboards, a tole tray, and a large silver platter and none of them seemed to work right. I had always wondered about the idea of hanging a small rack to hold a few small copper pots, but I wasn’t sure how I would mount it.
When I held this rack up, I knew it was perfect and I needed to figure out a way to make it work. I did a bit of research and found some heavy-duty mounting tape that holds up to 30 lbs. I figured that was my best bet, so I ordered it.
Since the hooks are riveted onto the metal rack, it didn’t sit completely flat against the wall. The tape was holding it, but I didn’t trust it 100%. So, I puzzled out a way to support it using wire suspended from a nail strategically placed between the range hood and the tile.
It ended up being just enough to provide some extra support as a back-up for the mounting tape.
And you really don’t notice the wire too much when you’re looking at the kitchen overall. Of course, when I’m zoomed in on it, pointing it out, it’s obvious!
And, oh my goodness, I couldn’t love it more. It is absolutely perfect. It made me wonder if Maria had this in mind when she sent it to me or if it was just serendipitous. I hung a few small French copper pots, an antique breadboard, and a small colander. It adds so much warmth, character, and interest. It just works.
It was a small change that made me love my kitchen even more. It pushed it over the edge.
Maria also sent a few other gifts, but those deserve a post of their own. In this post, the rack is the star of the show.
Here’s a little peek, though…
And, I forgot to share… I finally painted the inside of the trim around the bottom of our cabinets. That has bugged me for a couple of years and I primed and painted it when I was painting the shelf in the studio.
It only took me about 15-20 minutes total and it’s a small thing, but it removed something that was distracting.
For a few months late last year and earlier this year, I felt a little stalled when it came to working on our house. A lot of it had to do with physical limitations due to my shoulder, but I think some of it also had to do with decision fatigue. I was just tired of making all of the little decisions to finish off a space or to start working on a new room. Now, I feel a renewed energy and excitement along with some fresh ideas.
And that feels really good…