Whip It Good
This is indeed a giant wire whip. It fits an 80qt. commercial mixer. No, I’m not putting a commercial mixer in my kitchen. I can’t even imagine washing this beast, let alone the bowl or trying to fit the massive mixer in my kitchen. I do, however, plan to turn this into a light fixture.
This wasn’t my idea. My friend who is also my next door neighbor mentioned that she had wanted to install a hanging light in her kitchen made from a “vintage” whip, except that the only ones she could find were several hundred dollars. I thought it was a cool idea too, but set it aside as the price was too high and the rusty vintage look wasn’t quite what I had in mind. The look that I was initially going for was this beauty from Pottery Barn. the timing was also perfect since it was 50% off!!
However, I decided against buying this because of the hundreds of crystals, which I knew I’d never be able to keep clean* so I was back to looking for a light fixture. (Our home backs to open space & dust collects in a day. We just installed a “servery window” which meant the kitchen would be fully open to the outside. At least I can stare at it and share it with everyone here >>>
Back to the computer. Pinterest-click. Bakery-click. Google-click. Restaurant Supply Store-click. I found these “generic” commercial sized whips, consulted my neighbor about sizing and then I purchased 3 non-returnable giant whips BEFORE figuring out exactly how I was going to make them. Good thing I like a challenge.
I was super excited to show my friend who gave me the idea until… the first thing she said when she saw them was that they might be too large. I appreciate her honesty, but now I’m a little apprehensive. If they end up being too large, I can always buy 3 smaller whips.
Funny story. My husband and I had to go to Home Depot because we are also doing something creative with the lights on our patio and needed to search out supplies. We brought this beast with us. It’s bigger than a baby so we ended up putting it inside of a shopping cart so we could push it around the store. People stopped us several times to ask if that was a giant mixer thing in our cart. My husband was happy to respond, “yes it is, but we are going to make a light fixture out of it.” Everyone that we told said that it was a really cool idea.
Thanks to Pinterest, I have also added Tori’s Bakeshop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to my “places to visit bucket list”. Aside from the fact that it looks super cute her bakery sounds intriguing. The webpage reads, “Tori’s Bakeshop is an eco-friendly, all-natural organic bakery that offers dairy-free, egg-free, casein-free and refined sugar-free treats of all sorts! We also carry a sumptuous choice of gluten-free products”
Did you notice the light fixtures??