kitchen bar area with pot rack

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Happy Friday, friends! The kitchen nook area got a nice little update this week with a new set of pans and a wall-mounted pot rack.

It’s been something I’ve had in mind for a while, but it took a lot longer than I expected to find a pot rack idea that fit the wall and still left room underneath (since the house isn’t open concept, there’s a small TV I’d like to add on the same wall to just enjoy watching shows while I cook).

Wall Pot Rack

kitchen bar area with pot rack

The last time I posted about this area was around this time of year in 2016. It seldom gets any love because it’s the spot right before the sliding glass door (aka, the dumping ground for all of the tools and supplies while I work on the shed and deck outside).

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It looks even better though when you compare it to how it looked the first year I moved in!

kitchen nook area 2011

Funny how we just need the proper motivation to get organized sometimes, right? For me, the trigger to clean up this area was that white cookware set. I found them at TJMaxx and was immediately drawn to the white enamel and faux-wood handles. K and I discovered the first pair of pans while trying to kill a little time before meeting my parents for dinner one night, and we went on a hunt to Homegoods and another TJMaxx for the rest.

UDH tip: I assume it’s common knowledge, but just in case you didn’t know: if you find something at TJMaxx or Homegoods or Marshalls but it doesn’t have a full set, you can often find matching items at the other nearby stores (they often carry the same products). You have to take a little bit of a gamble on it, but I was pretty confident we would find more pans (given how many duplicates we found of the pans we bought). And if you’re interested on these kids of shopping tips, I have more here and here.

Anyway, the purchase of the pans made me finally buy the pot racks, and not having any room in my kitchen cabinets for either finally made me go through my pots and pans and get rid of some old ones. After K moved in this year, there’s been a lot of re-organizing to either get rid of duplicates, make room for his collections (he’s got a few, so it’s a challenge!), or just buy new sets of things to better match our combined tastes.

kitchen wall pot rack with-walnut-butcher block countertops

With this addition to the kitchen as well as some new appliances courtesy of Amana (they offered me a new set just before Christmas last year, and I’ve been basically doing a long test to make sure I’d recommend them to you guys! I LOVE my new fridge and stove!), this also means that the House Tour page for the kitchen is getting some new photos as well.

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More will be posted about all of that soon, but you can head over there now to see some updates. This house really feels a lot more like home with additions like these, so it gets me in a trigger-happy mood to whip out the camera.


And speaking of reorganizing, I’m planning to move servers for this site over the weekend. That isn’t really going to change how things look, but rather just trying to get a lot of technical stuff dealt with behind-the-scenes so I can then make more improvements. So, if you see something funky over the next couple days, there’s a good chance I’m already aware of it and trying to fix it, but still feel free to let me know. Whenever migrating, there are things that sometimes disappear (like even this post, so I have held off on my next deck update until I know for SURE I won’t have to do that work twice)!

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

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8 Comments

  1. hey! Have you thought about hanging a strip of wood or something (painted the wall color) near the bottom of the pans? It would be a buffer to help prevent them from scratching the wall; like a bumper. I had a wall rack like that for a while and wished that I had that forethought to do that.

    1. That’s a really great suggestion! I was thinking of putting a small TV right at the bar (just under the pans — not touching), but perhaps if I surround the TV with a wood frame then the top of it will keep the pans from scratching the wall. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Hi Sarah, love the handles on those pans, can you share the brand of cookware? I think it’s lovely that you have found someone who shares your interests and daily life…enjoy! It’s more fun sharing tasks and projects with someone…

    1. Sure thing! They’re called MasterClass (I keep having to look at the bottom of the pans because every time I’m asked, I think it’s “master chef” which is the name of the TV show, ha!). I haven’t been able to locate a set online and these look to be a UK brand, but these are about the closest in resemblance. I found them by scouring Homegoods and TJMaxx. Hope that helps!

  3. LOVE IT! We dealt with our measuring cups and spoons flying around loose in a drawer for… ever. I saw a friend had hung them all inside a kitchen cabinet overhead door with command hooks. I’ll never do it any other way. This is that on steroids! and now I just need cute pots and pans…

    1. Yeah I used to have a knife display thing and took it down when I added the backsplash, but I’ve been itching to put it back up! It makes reaching for certain things so much nicer!

  4. Hey Sarah! I used to think the right place for a pot rack is above the island but this idea of hanging the pans from the wall is simply ingenious! Anyway, I absolutely adore the whole decor! Looking forward to seeing more of your nifty tips moving forward! Happy Holiday!