With the living room decor basically finished, I am thrilled to be moving on to the kitchen. We have been blessed with the most gorgeous orange toned oak cabinets (blah). I really think painting them will kick it up a notch in the looks department. This summer has been super busy with vacations and all of the other usual summer activities and we haven’t had a good stretch of time to devote to painting the cabinets. So until that time rolls around I have decided to make a few less time consuming updates.

I’ve been wanting to hang my pots and pans from a rack above the island because I’m lazy I prefer to have them right there instead of having to dig through the cabinets for them. I looked at some racks online but I wasn’t finding anything that really stood out to me. Then, inspiration struck and I had the idea to use a ladder as a pot rack. I knew I could easily build one because I had made one with some of my Christmas decor last year.

Lucky for us, the previous owners of our home left the hooks to their pot rack installed, so we didn’t have to worry about finding the studs and mounting them ourselves. Score! It’s all about small victories when it comes to DIY. 😉

DIY Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

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Materials:

I started with two 1×4 boards, cut to 5 feet. I also had a 3/4 inch wooden dowel cut into 11 inch segments to act as the ladder rungs. I stained them with Rustoleum Dark Walnut stain and distressed the corners and edges with a sander once it dried.

Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

I spaced out how far I wanted my dowels (11 inches apart) and drilled a few holes (equal to the diameter of the dowels) halfway through the sides of the ladder so that the dowels would sit countersunk into the sides for better support.

Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Next I used a drill bit pre-drill holes through the dowels and the sides of the boards so that they wouldn’t split when I screwed the dowels into the sides. I used 1 1/2-inch screws and wood glue to attach the dowels to the boards. And the ladder was complete!

Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Time to assemble the hardware. I attached some 1 3/8-inch screw eyes into the ends of each side of the ladder.

Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

To hang the ladder, I used a chain that was cut into about 11-inch segments (7 chain links each).

Time to assemble the hardware.

I also used a few quick links to attach the chain to the screw eye hooks. You can unscrew the little bolt part and then tighten it back up when you’re done hooking it through the screw eye.

Time to assemble the hardware.

With the mounting hooks from the previous owners already installed, all I needed to do was hang the ladder pot rack! I used large, 3-inch S-hooks to hang a few pots and pans and also a colander and mixing bowl.

DIY Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Just imagine that the cabinets are painted a beautiful shade of white and all of our appliances match. We’ll get there. We’re actually in progress at the present moment. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

DIY Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

DIY Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

DIY Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

DIY Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

DIY Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

I just love it so much and it’s really nice to have my most used cooking tools right at my fingertips!

DIY Ladder Pot Rack | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

So, what do you think? Would you rather us share our kitchen updates as they go and then wrap it up with a lovely styled reveal of the entire space? Or are you more of a reveal first and then breakdown of the projects afterward?

This post was originally published at Domestically Speaking on April 30, 2015.

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8 Comments

  1. I really love this idea but I am way too short to reach the pans and if I hang it lower then it would be annoying to others. Any suggestions?

    1. Thank you, Cathy! You could try having a little step stool for the kitchen but I know that might take up too much space. I have seen other people mount it vertically to a wall and I bet that would work great if you have some wall space to accommodate it!

  2. Love this Sarah! I’ve always wanted a ladder pot rack but we don’t really have a great spot for it. Yours looks great though!!! Also, drooling over those chalkboards in the background!!! 🙂

  3. I like seeing projects as you go. Someone told me once that it left no suprise for the reveal (that stunk). I’d say do what’s easiest for you. I really love the ladder. I’ll definitely be adapting it for a project of my own here soon!

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