Kitchen rail turned hanging planter

Back in April I was fortunate enough to have this blog featured in the monthly Dremel Newsletter.

I took my idea of hanging a towel rail on the side of my cabinet to store my pots…

…and recreated it on another cabinet to use in the Dremel Newsletter. (They wanted a video tutorial of me installing it. ->video can be found here.)

When I hung the rail I really wasn’t sure how I would use it, but the opportunity with Dremel was too great to pass up, so I forged ahead and installed a 2nd one in my kitchen.

Now that all is said and done, the rail has settled in nicely. And I couldn’t love it more if I tried.

You may have caught a glimpse of the rail in my recent house tour post

…but I wanted to just take a minute and show you up close how I’ve been using my new rail.


I’ve turned it into a hanging planter!

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True, all the plants are fake, but I can’t keep a real one alive if my life actually depended on it, so the fake ones are perfect for me (plus they look real).


I love how the plants look from above. Having four plant containers (cutlery caddys) makes the plants really full and lush.


As for the pot rack that I installed in January, you may have noticed I removed the plant from it to allow for an additional pot. Also, crumbs kept getting swept into the plant, and that’s just plain ‘ol gross.

We never prep food on the other counter, so no crumbs or debris have gotten into those plants. They have stayed nice and clean and pretty.

Yup. There you have it. The update to the 2nd rail in our kitchen. I love how it adds a burst of color and life onto the side of my kitchen cabinet.


And for those of you who want to recreate something like this in your own home, here are all the deets on the products I used.

  • All the plants, hanging metal containers, and the rail are ALL from IKEA.
  • You can find the plants here, but unfortunately the rail and plant containers, which are actually cutlery caddys, are now discontinued.
  • However, here is an updated rod and cutlery caddy from IKEA that will work just as well, if not better.

Also, I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with IKEA. I am just blogging about them because that’s where I bought my supplies from. And because they are awesome and cheap.

Do you prefer to decorate with fake plants, or is it just me? Where are your favorite places to accessorize with plants?


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  1. Allison, this turned out great! I love the plants–they add a nice punch to the room. Also, i’m so down with fake–I kill all things living in pots. Great job girl!

  2. Now that’s just darn clever! Kudos:)

  3. I love it!!! So great if you do not have a lot of counter space. This is a fabulous idea for a kitchen herb garden!!!

  4. I have to say that is a darling idea and a great way to bring some outdoor life into the home! So darling!

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Fake plants are totally the way to go. I love how they add color to your kitchen AND your living room. This 2nd one turned out just as fabulous as the 1st!
    Missy & Kimi

  6. What?! Why haven’t I thought of this? Super cute! I’m def. going to need to copy you. 🙂 Great idea!

  7. What?!!! Capable Allison doesn’t have a green thumb? Well the plants look real in the picture. ROFL! That would be a great place to put Herbs too. Did you get the new IKEA catalog? I didn’t get it last year and was bummed. I love to sit and dream looking at it. Everywhere I go, I have to see their IKEA and Walmarts to compare what we have in Los Angeles. I’ve seen IKEA Seattle and Plano, TX. My mom does tons of our Christmas Eve Smörgåsbord. Both my parents are from Sweden so we have a major celebration then. 🙂

  8. very nice…I love the hanging little plants on it. I also love the painting on your wall next to the fridge !!!

  9. Love you. And your posts. That’s all. Just had to say it.
    Have a great weekend 🙂

  10. Oh I love it! Now I’m crying a little inside that I don’t have any ends of cabinets open in my current place. 🙁

  11. Totally recognized those plants right away! I bought like 15 of them last time I went to Ikea. Love, love love them! They DO look so real, and I love the texture of them. I put mine outside though, but hey unless I tell people they can’t even tell! You can see what I mean here

  12. LOVE your rack with the plants on it…SO cute! I’m pinning it right now. As always, thanks for sharing!


  13. Great idea. I would plant fresh herbs in those particular planters to give your kitchen a unique inviting scent.

  14. Love the planter idea.. real or fake plants doesn’t matter, its how they look that matters..and those look fab..I think you can also buy some little pots like those at Lowes in the paint department..We don’t have an IKEA here..If someone likes extra color you may be able to find colored ones at Lowes, etc. and mix or match colors as well.

  15. This looks great! I have the exact same set from Ikea and I think I am going to hang mine across the window above my sink. That window gets lots of sunlight if I choose to put real plants in the pots or I can opt for the fake ikea ones and have a great pop of color all year round as I did not inherit my moms green thumb:( Great blog, keep it up!

  16. I love this idea and the rails you used! Unfortunately, I cannot find rails that are even close to matching what you used. I couldn’t find them at IKEA. Any ideas?

    • @Pam: The Fintorp collection is what you’re looking for. This is the closest replacement for what Allison originally used. They’ll look just as lovely I’m certain! I was actually considering using this idea to make a little ‘window box’ for my little one’s play house 🙂

  17. Love this! I have some “copper” pails I found at the dollar store that I want to use to plant some fresh herbs in. The only thing I can’t figure out is what you used to hang your caddys (caddies?) from the rail. Did those hangers come with them?

  18. can anyone tell me if the plants come as a set from Ikea or are they sold individually?

  19. You know—it would be a great place to put cut herbs in a little water for a few days (like basil or parsley)—the ‘chefs’ on TV always show theirs by the sink, but this would be a great place too!

    Liesl in VA

  20. Love the look. Did you drill holes in the metal pots?


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