Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Pottery Barn Inspired Pot Rack

Edited Post ~ April, 2011.  Original Post from March of 2010.

No, I don't live under a rock, but sure felt like I did when I first discovered the world of
blogging just a few short weeks ago.  I had heard of Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, and Anthropologie, I just had never seen Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, or Anthropologie.  Can you imagine?  I am sure catching up and quickly.  Wow, a whole new world!

Mr. Norm and I have been designing, planning,constructing and completing our new farm house kitchen for 3 years now.  During that time we have been on the search for a pot rack, one that  would fill many requirements ~ function, style, versatility and $$$ense. 
I have many pots and pans of many shapes and sizes.  See the extreme size differences in these two.  The red one is my standard home stock pot.  The shiny one is one of my smaller commercial stock pots.  I have much larger ones still in storage, waiting to be put to use.  The red one fits nicely in my pan drawers.  The shiny one not so nice.  I need a place for easy access to each and every one of them. 

We decided that this wall would be the place to showcase the larger pots that are not used on a daily basis.

There it was, the inspiration I had been searching for over at, click on the props and you'll see it too.  Do you have any idea how long it took me to figure out what PB stood for? My inspiration is the feature photo on the banner of the prop page. They sell the ladder for $179.00.  Imagine my delight, when I realized that I had seen that very ladder, earlier that day.  I had it in my hands, ready to bring home, but put it back.  Anyone else like that?  Pick something up, put it back down, pick it up again.  Decide not to get it and then end up going back.  I have a hard time parting with money. 
 Would it still be there? YEAH! and it was marked 65% off.  $9.37 after tax.
Commercial S-Hooks are expensive.  They range from $6.99-$12.99 per hook and I found them too small to fit around the rungs of the ladder.  The solution: birdhouse hooks, 2 for $1.67. 
They are perfect!

With plenty of room for my big beauties waiting in storage.

See that plant hanging?  It is sitting on a wonderful little rusty white patina bench,  Grammie T. gave it to me.  It was a bench used in the old claw-foot tubs.  Works great as a plant shelf.  See more photos on my blog.   My farm house is a work in progress. The fire suppression guys are scheduled in this week to complete the hood and ansil system installation. 

 You can see, I've changed my mind with my kitchen gadget board.  Update coming soon at


  1. Wow! New to blogging and to Pottery Barn!? I wouldn't have guessed, because your blog and your project are so pro! The ladder for under $10 and the inexpensive hooks are brilliantly thrifty! :) I do that same thing all the time with items. Sometimes it's there when I go back and sometimes it isn't! :)

  2. This is awesome. I love what you have done. I am so happy to have found you. I am also a pretty new blogger. I will look forward to following you and seeing all of your great ideas.

  3. I have always wanted to do this with some old ladders I have....yours looks FABULOUS!!

    Good luck!


  4. thanks for sharing the tip about the S-hooks. i have that on my list of things to get, so now i guess i'm going to stop by a pet store instead of a hardware store! :o)

    good luck on SYTYCD!

  5. Sweet! Congratulations on another fine entry. I bought a double version of that ladder at an estate sale for $5.00 last summer. If only my kitchen were big enough for it! Maybe I can put it to good use in the potting area of my barn.

    Happy Monday!

    : )

    Julie M.

  6. Wonderful Laurie! My kinda pot rack! :) And my future plan for over my island if I can EVER find the ceiling studs. You're lucky you have help. :)

    I love your entry!


  7. It looks really cool and makes a big statement in your kitchen. You did a great job!

  8. and I are so much alike..we want what we want for our new house but we hate spending the money!!! I love this idea...going to try to figure out where to use it in my new kitchen..when and if...

  9. I love both your entries, both are very creative and just so darn good. It is always hard to choose just two to vote for, all you ladies are amazing. Good luck on contest. I look forward to next week to see what you gals have in store for us.

  10. I looked for three years for a ladder for our old house and never found the right one. Now we moved to a new house and there isn't a good place for it, so I guess it's good I never found it. Yours is absolutely perfect and I love, love, love how it looks. Terrific job. And if you have an Ikea near you, they have black hooks 10 for $4.

  11. I fabulous kitchen and a nice set of stock pots (clap clap)

  12. Love the rustic look. I'm a new follower.

  13. Great pot rack! I'm constantly getting inspiration from "PB" and trying to copy it for less $$$. Glad you found them :)

    Looking forward to exploring your blog more.

  14. Hiya I'm a new follower from the Creative Bloggers Party & Hop. I would love it if you would stop by A Little of This and a Little of That and follow back. I hope you have a fabulous week.

  15. I'm amazed!! love the cute red pan, so inspiring!

    i'm your newest follower from the Bloggers Party and Hop at TypeAdecorating.

    Susan at

  16. That is AWESOME! I can't think of another word. I love it and your kitchen is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Birdhouse hook? Who would have thought. Your pot rack looks awesome. Great job! Really appreciate you linking this up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

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