DIY Brass Kitchen Rail

If there’s an opportunity to bring European charm to a space, you know I’m here for it! I love an English country kitchen. One thing that comes to mind are copper pots hanging from a rail against a charming stone wall. Over the past couple years, I’ve seen the brass kitchen rail take center stage more in mainstream interior design, and it makes my heart (and eyeballs) happy!

Brass kitchen rail with wooden utensils and brass pan, against cream subway tile

As these became more popular, I thought Great! Now they’ll be easy to shop for! Well, not just yet. I haven’t found one for less than $100, and even more for one that will span longer than a range hood. So… I made my own to add to my modern traditional kitchen. Here is everything you need to make your own DIY brass kitchen rail / utensil rack / pot rack under $20. And it doesn’t have to be brass. With Rub ‘n Buff we can make it any color we want!

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Tools + Supplies

  • Hollow metal rod at desired length (I used 36″ long and 1/2″ diameter)
  • Split rings hangers (to match diameter of tube)
  • Copper end caps (to match diameter of tube)
  • Rub ‘n Buff color of choice (I used Antique gold)
  • Drill
  • Carbide tipped drill bit (if installing on tile)
  • Latex gloves
  • Screws and anchors (see notes)
  • Some form of adhesive
  • Rubbing alcohol + cloth
  • Fine-grit sanding block

Some notes:

  • Your rod doesn’t need to be hollow but I didn’t want the extra weight, or to worry about finding studs.
  • That hole at the back of a split ring hanger is larger than the screw size you’ll want to use. So find a thin screw, with a large head so it doesn’t fall through when it’s screwed into the wall. I used drywall screws, and found anchors that fit the size of the screw.
  • I used 2 split ring hangers. I’ve seen longer rails using 3 or more. Go with whatever you think looks best.
Be careful to choose a thin enough screws to not ruin your tile, but with a bigger head than the threaded hole

DIY Kitchen Hanging Rail Instructions

Step 1: Clean the metal tube/rod

Clean the pipe with rubbing alcohol. Then sand it with a fine grit block. You’ll know its clean when it starts to shine. I recommend using gloves to prevent your hands from turning black.

Step 2:  Apply Rub n Buff

With a soft cloth (and gloves) apply Rub n Buff evenly to the metal rod, end caps and split hangers. For the smaller pieces you may want to use a small craft paintbrush. This stuff dries pretty fast so try to make it smooth and even right away. Let dry.

Step 3: Determine placement of the tube/rod

I installed mine one inch below my range hood. I wanted the width 1-2 inches wider than the hood on each side. The split ring hangers will attach about an inch from each end, so mark your wall there.

Step 4: Drill the hole!

If you have tile here, don’t worry! They make carbide-tipped drill bits especially for drilling small holes through tile without cracking them! I start with the smallest drill bit size and work my way up, to be extra careful not to crack the tile. If you don’t have tile, then you get to use a regular drill bit!

Step 5: Insert anchors

If you happened to hit a stud, you may have noticed the resistance while drilling. Otherwise, just be safe and install anchors for your screws. I hammered them in using a potholder as a shield between hammer and tile.

Step 6: Install first half of split ring hanger

Take the split ring hanger apart. Screw in the back half with the screw going into the anchor. Just tight enough so it doesn’t wobble, but no tighter. You don’t want to crack the tile, and the rod will help hold it level.

Step 7: Attach second half of split ring hanger

Basically put the split ring hanger back together with the screws they came with. If the rod is a tight squeeze, keep the screws a bit loose until after the rod is in.

Step 8: Hang the rod

Slide the rod through both hangers. If you don’t have room to do this, you can also hold the rod up while a second person screws the other half of hangers on. Tighten hanger screws if needed.

Step 9: Finishing touches

Finally, attach your end caps! If the fit is loose use adhesive (I used liquid nails). Then hang your matching S hooks and you’re ready to hang your utensils and/or pans!

I really hope this tutorial helps you get the charming kitchen stove area of your dreams! Feel free to ask questions in the comments, or if you try this, let me know how it goes!

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