Flickr Finds: DIY Pot Rack Spices Up Tiny Kitchen

We are happy to kick off Kitchens and Bathrooms month with a great project from an ATDC reader. When Matt shared a picture of his DIY pot rack in the DC Flickr group, we knew we had to share it with our readers. We were delighted this weekend to receive an e-mail from Matt with details of the project, and more pictures...

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"Hi ATDC!
I made the pot rack as a Christmas present for my girlfriend. Her parents have one that hangs in their house, but I wanted to modify the design so that it fit in our tiny kitchen and that the material contrast would be more interesting with the brick.

The rack is made of raw lumber from our local hardware store (Frager's on Pennsylvania Avenue in Eastern Market). I had two 2.5" by 0.5" pieces of lumber cut at 30 inches to form the vertical sides, and made the horizontal slats out of several 1.5" by 0.5" pieces of lumber, each cut to 24".

I sanded all the pieces of wood and then stained them with two coats of a dark walnut finish (this stain was water based so that I could do the work inside--the paint store next to Frager's sells it). Then I aligned everything so that the horizontal slats were spaced out evenly and nailed each one to the two vertical slats (two nails per side). With black matte metal hooks (also at the hardware store) I was able to hang the pots from the slats.

The design works well to free up space in the kitchen,while also providing a visual rhythm with the various pots and pans hanging. Let me know if I can help any more!
Thanks, Matt"

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Thanks Matt for sharing this great project- we look forward to seeing more such projects posted to the ATDC Flickr group in the future!