This kitchen still has a long way to go to make it really “mine”, but while my parents and brother were here, we were able to make a change that definitely started the ball rolling in that direction.
The bones of the kitchen are really great, it’s just the finishes that I would like to change. It’s not that they are bad, just not to my personal taste.
So, the first thing I wanted to remove was those pendant lights. They were way too modern for me and I had another plan for the space above the island.
I bet you can guess what that is…
Yes! The pot rack! (Well, the title of the post really gave that away…)
I wasn’t sure if the pot rack would work in this kitchen, but I told Jeff I wanted to at least give it a try. You see, I love my pot rack. It’s practical and I like the warmth and lived-in look it gives the kitchen. And yes, I really do use those pots and pans as my everyday cookware!
Some of the antique copper pieces need to be re-tinned, so they are more decorative, but otherwise the pieces are all functional cookware.
And as soon as it went up, it felt more like my kitchen. I was worried it would look awkward hanging in the middle of the space, but I really love it.
In order to hang the pot rack, we had to remove the pendant lights and replace them. I wanted to replace them with recessed lights, but two out of three of the lights were on a joist (meaning the electrical boxes were very shallow and wouldn’t allow for the installation of a recessed light.) We either needed to install a flush-mount light or move the position of the lights, which would involve cutting more holes in the ceiling, patching the existing holes, moving the wiring, etc. It was just a bit more than I wanted to get into.
So, I selected some flush-mount lights that I felt would serve as nice task lighting for the island, but would be fairly unobtrusive.
You see them. They’re there. But they are pretty neutral in the overall space.
Since the pot rack was going to hold a tremendous amount of weight, we used heavy duty screw hooks that were secured directly into floor joists. We used a stud-finder to locate the center of the joists that were positioned the best, drilled a pilot hole, and inserted each screw hook. Because these ceilings are higher and the chains are hanging at an angle, we did need to purchase more chain to extend the length.
It took three separate trips to Home Depot, but we got it done in the course of a day (with other projects sprinkled throughout.)
It’s amazing how much cabinet space it frees up to have all of my pots, pans, and colanders hanging! I’ve been collecting them for over 15 years, so I have a lot. It started with an amazing Tuesday Morning (the store) score. I found a $700 set of stainless steel pots and pans for $70. They weren’t top notch, but it was a very nice set that got me started. I’ve since upgraded most of those pans to All Clad. (I do still have a few of those pieces, though.) Since All Clad is expensive, I’ve bought them mostly at Home Goods and TJ Maxx. Special pieces, like my 2 quart Saucier, I’ll get for my birthday or Christmas. They can be rare finds at discount stores, so hop on one when you see it! I’m always on the hunt for pieces I don’t have. (I just found a couple yesterday, in fact!)
I am really enjoying this kitchen so far. It took me a while to get used to the layout and working around an island, but it’s functional and definitely conducive to doing some major cooking (which I hope to do more of!)
I plan on starting the cabinet painting next week, as long as the weather is nice.
Next up, I’ll talk about the shelves we installed. You can see a preview of them in the picture above.