DIY Wire Utensil Rack

Make a wire utensil rack with items found at the hardware store— click through for details!When I was planning my kitchen renovation, I didn't want to miss my chance to add some dream elements to our new space. For me, kitchen dreaming is more about providing function, not just beauty, but sometimes those two qualities can collide. One of my dream elements was pretty simple— a utensil rail. A few of the kitchens I saved on my Pinterest kitchen inspiration board have rails or hooks for convenient utensil storage, and I loved the quirky look and functionality the display seemed to add to each space.

Make a wire utensil rack with items found at the hardware store— click through for details!When I first considered how to implement visible utensil storage in my own kitchen, I thought I would mount a rail on the wall below the upper shelf and use S-hooks to hang regularly used utensils. But I had such a large, open space on the backsplash that was begging to be filled, so I decided to fashion a wire rack instead— one that could hold skillets and strainers as well as utensils. I love the industrial/country quality it adds to the space, and also the versatility of the rack. I can hang as many or as few things on it depending on how clean or cluttered I want this wall to be.

Check out how simple and inexpensive it is to make your own wall-mounted wire utensil rack!

Make a wire utensil rack with items found at the hardware store— click through for details!Materials:
-wire mesh rebar— $7 (found in concrete section of hardware stores)
-ceiling hooks— $8 for a 10 pack
-variety of S-hooks— $5-$10
-bare metal primer (rust preventing)— $4
-appliance epoxy— $4
-rust removing cleaner (I used CLR)- $5

Total Cost at Most: $38
My Cost* (not including CLR): $28
*I had plenty of primer, paint, and mesh left over from other projects.

-industrial wire cutters or metal grinder (like I used)
-gloves (chemical safe + fabric protective gloves) (not shown)
-safety glasses
-cleaning brush or metal scratchy pad
-tape measure
-power drill (not shown)
-pencil (not shown)

Make a wire utensil rack with items found at the hardware store— click through for details!Step One: Measure the space where you want to hang the wire rack. Then decide how big you want the wire mesh to be and cut it to size. You will have to round down to the nearest square. Each square measures 6". I cut mine to 24" x 24".

Step Two: Cut the wire mesh to size. If you are using a grinder instead of industrial wire cutters, you should probably wear long sleeves and protective fabric gloves because sparks will fly. Lesson learned on that one. Definitely wear safety glasses, as you always should when doing any kind of cutting or grinding.

Make a wire utensil rack with items found at the hardware store— click through for details!Step Three: Clean the rust off the raw steel with your preferred cleaner. I found CLR worked nicely with some elbow grease and a metal scratchy pad. Rinse and completely dry the steel when finished.

Make a wire utensil rack with items found at the hardware store— click through for details!Step Four: Prime the wire mesh and metal hooks with bare metal primer. I used rust-preventing primer because the wire mesh is made of raw steel, which rusts easily. The S-hooks and ceiling hooks are already coated, so you don't necessarily need rust-preventing primer on those, but I used it anyway.

After priming, paint with epoxy paint in the color of your choice.

Make a wire utensil rack with items found at the hardware store— click through for details!Step Five: Hold the dried wire screen up to the wall where you will be hanging it. If you don't have horizontal lines to use as a guide, as I did (thanks to my paneling), you may need someone to hold up a level to make sure it is straight. Mark the corners where your support hooks will go. I used 6 support hooks for a 4 x 4 grid (24" x 24").

Make a wire utensil rack with items found at the hardware store— click through for details!Step Six: Drill pilot holes for the ceiling hooks. If you are not drilling into studs or wood (as I was), you will need to use drywall anchors to keep the hooks from pulling out of the drywall. They can be painted to match your wall color.

Step Seven: Screw in the hooks. Then hang the rack! You may be able to see here, but I only painted the ends of my hooks to match the wire rack. The neck of the hooks I painted white to match the wall. This is just a matter of personal preference.

Make a wire utensil rack with items found at the hardware store— click through for details!I used various sizes of S-hooks to hang my utensils. I also plan on hanging skillets here, maybe, but I'm pretty sure the steel mesh wouldn't hold up to something really heavy, such as cast iron. You can hang somewhat heavier items at the joints of the wire mesh where it's least likely to bend. As far as the load capacity goes, that depends on the drywall anchors you use and the strength of the wire mesh, which can only be determined by testing it. If the wire bends against the weight of a skillet, I'd suggest storing it somewhere else.

Make a wire utensil rack with items found at the hardware store— click through for details!Make a wire utensil rack with items found at the hardware store— click through for details!I still store the bulk of my utensils in a drawer so they don't get dusty or create too much clutter. But I sure am loving having my regularly used spoons and strainers hanging out within arm's reach. How about you? Are you someone who likes to hide your utensils or put them out in caddies or on rails? -Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella of the Signature Collection.

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August Favorites

Giant tiled photo artAugust was an awesome month at the ABM office, and it went by waaay too fast. Summer is almost over and we are all trying to get in a few more bbq's and weekend trips before it ends. :) We shared tons of awesome DIYs and recipes last month, and we made some exciting annoucements! Let's take a look at some of the highlights.  

Creamy pea & fresh herb fettuccineBacon cheddar pierogiesTomato toast with basil cream cheese(Easiest Ever) coconut lime pieWe shared some amazing recipes, including creamy pea and fresh herb fettuccine, bacon cheddar pierogies, vegan biscuits and gravytomato toast + basil cream cheese, (easiest ever) coconut lime pie, cornmeal churros, banana bread granola and more!

A beautiful mess products (coming soon)We announced our upcoming product line and the official A Beautiful Mess instagram account!

Herb garden coffe tableMake your own media cabinetJosh shared some of his awesome wood-working projects, including how to make an herb garden coffee table, media cabinet,  porch swingmodern pet bed, and more!  

Emma's 5 secrets to successEmma shared her 5 secrets to success, and we discussed the process we've undergone (and what we've learned along the way) when developing our apps.

Fast and easy large tapestry wall hangingVintage copper letter DIYDIY simple bed frameMake your own fabric beltsWe loved this vintage copper letter DIY, large tapestry wall hanging, simple bed frame, fabric belt DIY, giant tiled photo art, instagram picture heart display, DIY cake dome & cloche jars, and sister photo book

Happy handmade homeOur new book Happy Handmade Home was released, and we couldn't be more excited!

Bohemian festival knot braidWe love beauty posts! Katie showed us how to create this pretty bohemian festival knot braid, we learned how to fill your eyebrows in like a pro, and how to apply false lashes.

Peaches & whiskey ice cream floatStrawberry basil lemonade cocktailElsie shared some of her favorite cocktails like this amazing peaches & whiskey ice cream float, strawberry basil lemonade cocktail, and more! 

A new site design!Last but not least, we launched a brand new site design. We hope you love it as much as we do! 

Have a great weekend :) - The ABM team

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ABM Headquarters Tour (Part 2)

A Beautiful Mess officesA Beautiful Mess offices ABM officesToday I'm excited to show the second part to our headquarters (you can see the first room here, in case you missed it).  As I mentioned yesterday when we shared the first of our two office rooms, we wanted a space that allowed us all to feel connected and be able to communicate with each other quickly, but that was also a little more spread out and less distracting. That was a big part of why we decided to move upstairs and disperse our team into a couple of different rooms. 

ABM office space     ABM office space    ABM office space        ABM office space   In this second room, you can usually find me (Emma!), Sarah, and Jacki. Jacki was on vacation the week we snapped these photos so that's why her desk looks abandoned. :)

Probably my favorite feature in this room is the striped ceiling. It's so fun!

ABM office space  ABM office plantsCook book libraryStrip ceilingABM office space We have quite the art collection going in this room too. On one wall we have our bulletin mood board, on another wall is a large vintage map, and above my desk area I used Mandi's tutorial to create some fun pop art prints of my three dogs. 

ABM office spaceI love our little office space. It's simple, colorful, and has everything our tiny team needs. Next up we'll be showing you Elsie's office. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy. Desks + chairs/Amazon, rug/Target, curtains/Target, file cabinet/Poppin, giant map + dress form/vintage, color wheel clock/DIY, book shelves/Target, and light fixture/West Elm

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate pumpkin bread (click through for recipe) September is here and we all know what that means: time for internet ladies to lose it over pumpkin spice everything!

I'm kidding.

Ok, half kidding. 

But you totally know it's true. I'm a total internet lady myself, so you can bet I hopped in line for my pumpkin spice latte first chance I got this week. :)

Chocolate pumpkin bread (click through for recipe)  So if you're feeling pumpkin crazy, I have a suggestion. Make this bread. I don't get anything if you do. I'm just saying, it's tasty and could easily find it's way on to a breakfast plate or beside your afternoon coffee. I mean, pumpkin AND chocolate? Yum!

Chocolate pumpkin bread recipeChocolate Pumpkin Bread, makes one loaf.

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons greek yogurt

We're going to be mixing things, and then dividing them so we can get that pretty marbled look. Don't fret, it'll all work out in the end. 

Chocolate pumpkin bread recipe In a bowl, combine the sugars and softened butter. Mix well. Stir in each egg and then the vanilla extract until just combined. Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Remove half of the mixture to another bowl (yes, a third bowl), and to this add the cocoa. Now divide the butter mixture in half between these two bowls. Add 1/4 cup pumpkin puree and a tablespoon of greek yogurt to each. Stir until just combined. 

Add the batter to a buttered loaf pan in large spoonfuls, dispersing the two colors throughout. Then use a knife to swirl the batter around. 

Bake at 325°F for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing it from the pan.

Chocolate pumpkin bread (click through for recipe)    Serve warm with a tall glass of milk and a side of autumn vibes.

No? That got a little goofy at the end? Yeah, ok. I can see that now. 

xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. 

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Book Tour Dates!

Happy Handmade HomeElsie and I are super excited to share a couple of book signing opportunities we'll be hosting this month. If you are in either of these areas and would like to get your copy of Happy Handmade Home signed, please come by!

September 20th- Springfield, MO

We are super excited to be hosting a book signing at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore. Since this book is all about homes and home decor, we thought they would be a fantastic organization to partner with. You can bring your own copy or you can purchase a copy when you arrive. We will have 100 copies for sale ($13 each), and ALL the revenue will be donated to Habitat for Humanity!

We'll announce even more details the week before the event, including a map of all our favorite Springfield spots in case you're from out of town.

Habitat for Humanity Restore
2410 South Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
4pm to 6pm

September 27th- Nashville, TN

We feel so grateful Urban Outfitters is carrying our book, and we are stoked to host a book signing at their Nashville store! You can bring your own copy or purchase one there. We'll be bringing a DIY photobooth, so get ready to see our cheesy smiles. :) 

Urban Outfitters
405 12th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203
5pm to 7pm

We are hoping to host a West Coast event as well, but we're waiting to hear back from our publishers. We will let you know the details as soon as we can. 

If you are in the area or a short (or long) drive away, we hope you'll come by and say hi. Honestly, it is SOOOO fun when we get to meet many of you in person. It's the best. So please come by if you can.

Let us know if you have any questions or if you plan to stop by one of these dates. xo. Emma + Elsie

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photo edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

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