Reader Project: Upcycled Pot and Lid Rack

With space at a minimum, my wife wanted a way to store the pots and pans without using up all the cabinets. A pot rack was the ideal solution for above the stove.

My story is in the kitchen. Our house was built in the late 30’s with a small kitchen, compared to today’s standards. With space at a minimum, my wife wanted a way to store the pots and pans without using up all the cabinets. A pot rack was the ideal solution for above the stove. Why not make use of all that unused air space? I first set out to check the Internet for sales and styles. Of course, nothing was that exact item for a price within my cheap budget. Then I got the idea to just make it myself. I took a light fixture, a section of  314″ galvanized pipe with a screw on cap, and an old office chair to make the perfect “old school” pot rack over the stove. I took the old base off of the office chair, removed the wheels and polished it up. Then I turned it upside down. I attached it to the light fixture (with bulb removed) with a threaded rod bent and bolted through the holes I drilled in the former chair base. The galvanized pipe fit perfectly through the middle of the chair base and up through the ceiling where I attached it directly to one of the ceiling joists. That way it is plenty strong and will hold all of our pots. The rack also rotates on the pipe so the wife can easily select the pot she wants to use without walking around the stove. The hooks are made of brass brazing wire from a now defunct welding shop. Of course, this is only one of the many repurposed items in the kitchen alone as our kitchen table is made from a section of the local bowling lane, the stove backsplash is an old galvanized automotive oil drip pan, and the shelf above the stove  is made from extra 1-1/2-in. copper pipe and elbows. Like they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”…and the wife is happy. too. — Ernie Pereira

trash to treasure pot rack

trash to treasure lid rack

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