A while back (over a year? has it really been that long? yikes!), I shared some before and after picture of our kitchen. If you missed it, you can see the post here. We’ve got big plans for the kitchen that I’ll post about later, but before I do that I wanted to share about one of my favorite things in the condo – our new pot rack!
When Matt and I got married and we were blessed with wedding gifts, space in our kitchen filled up quickly. Since our pots and pans dominated most of a double cabinet, I started scheming about a different way to store them. I didn’t want to buy anything expensive given that the condo isn’t where we hope to be long term, so I needed something inexpensive and relatively easy. When I saw this picture on Pinterest, I thought it was the perfect alternative for our kitchen –
According to the post on Creekbed Threads, it’s simply an Ikea Grundtal shelf with S-hooks. The pots and pans hang from the S-hooks and the lids can stand up between the poles that make up the shelf. I measured to make sure that the 31.5″ shelf would fit between the pantry and the right wall of the kitchen and I was elated to find out that it would fit perfectly! When we went to Ikea last fall, we picked up a Grundtal shelf for $20 and a few packages of S-hooks for a few dollars each – well worth the investment!
As with all Ikea products, there was assembly required, but putting together the shelf was fairly straightforward. Everything came in a narrow box and I attached the horizontal poles to the end brackets. Not that bad at all! When it came time to put the shelf up on the wall, I first used a newspaper template to get the spacing of the screws just right.
I taped newspaper together to get a strip as long as the shelf, and then actually taped the shelf to the paper to keep it from moving.
Through the holes in the wall bracket (slightly covered by the green tape in the picture above), I marked on the newspaper where the screws would need to go. Then Matt helped me tape the template onto the wall and adjust it to the correct height. We used a level to make sure that the marks for the screws were straight and then used a nail to poke through the marks into the wall so we would know where to put in the anchors.
Once we got the shelf up on the wall, I added S-hooks and hung the pots and pans. The bigger pots sit on top of the shelf and the lids fit snugly on the shelf between the metal bars. I absolutely love how easy it is to grab a pan whenever I need one!
I love the towel in the last picture! It was a birthday gift last year from my sweet mother-in-law and it makes me start humming every time I see it 🙂
What do you think? How do you store your pots and pans?
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