Hubby and I had been wanting to make pot/pan wall hangers for quite some time now, and we finally finished our little project. My wonderful husband had gotten me a very nice stainless steel set of pots and pans, and they were just too nice to let our son play with. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a place to store them without him getting to them. So, we immediately started brainstorming about what to do. We looked up a whole variety of pot/pan hangers, but they were all more than we were willing to pay for. Hence, the decision to make our own. And here’s the finished product . . .
Nice, huh? I’m not trying to toot our own horns, but I absolutely LOVE how this looks in our dining/kitchen area!
In my last post, I promised that I would write a tutorial about this when we finished it, so I will try my best to do that right now. We absolutely love antiques, so most of the stuff we got came from an antique store. Here are the things you’ll need for this project:
1 full-sized outside window shutter (can find them at an antique shop)
matching small door knobs for as many things you want to hang (found ours at an antique shop)
1 pack of leather strap shoe string
4 long screws or dry wall screws that hold over 100 lbs each.
paint color of your choice
1. Saw the shutter clean in half.
2. Paint each shutter piece with the color of your choice. Do not remove the original paint, because it is prevalent for the weathering part of the shutter. Once the paint has dried, you can put on a second coat if desired.
3. After the paint has dried . . . Using your course sandpaper, make long, quick strokes across the wood until you start seeing the paint underneath show through in random places. You can see what I mean in the picture below:
4. Next, you’re going to add your doorknob hangers. For this, you need to first lay out your pots and pans according to how you want to hang them. This way, you can know exactly where you need to place the knobs so that the pans hang properly. Mark your measurements. (Be sure you are doing this on the flat edge of the shutter and not the rounded edge.) We chose to hang our largest pan on the side with our utensils.
5. Our doorknobs had long metal “prongs” coming out the back, so be sure you have doorknobs with something sticking out the back. Using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the prongs, drill holes where you made your marks.
6. Then, very carefully push a knob into each of the drilled holes.
7. Now you’re going to hang the shutters. Find wherever you want to hang them on the wall and make sure they are level. Then, using your screws or drywall screws, put one screw on each side of each shutter. (You’ll want to cover the screws with small dabs of the paint you used on the shutters.)
8. To hang your pots/pans/utensils, cut off same-size pieces of the leather shoelaces, making sure there will be enough to make a knot and allow the item to hang. Put each leather piece through the holes in your pots/pan/utensils and tie off the ends with a tight knot.
Now, you may be wondering about the box in the middle. That’s something we added for necessity and aesthetic purposes. We used it to cover up our security system touchpad, and it acts as a nice place for us to store our salt and pepper shakers.