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How to Install a Cookware Peg-Board

Free up precious cupboard space with this updated version of a pots-and-pans rack devised by French-cuisine queen Julia Child.

Photo by Justin Bernhaut / June/July 2007

cookware peg-board

Every tool has its place, thanks to handy painted silhouettes.

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Transform your cook's nook into a chef's zone in a couple DIY days.

What You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Peg-board panel (like the DPI 4' x 8' hardboard from Lowes)
  • Hooks
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • #120 sandpaper
  • Paint roller
  • Paint brushes (one small and one medium-size)
  • Oil-based primer (like Benjamin Moore Fresh Start All-Purpose Alkyd 024 Primer)
  • Oil-based background paint (like Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo Enamel C235 Paint)
  • Oil-based silhouette paint (Use the same paint in your desired shade. We did a pale gray background with white silhouettes.)

  • the process

      1. BUILD: Measure the wall to determine how many panels you'll need. If you'd like your board to wrap around cabinets or outlets, as ours does, use a jigsaw to saw the board into the shape you want (or get an expert to help you).

      2. MOUNT: For maximum stability, position screws at the board's corners, along the perimeter and on either side of each seam where panels meet. With your drill's screwdriver bit, mount the peg-board to the wall. Screw into the studs (the beams behind the drywall), especially if you plan to hang your board with heavy cookware, á la Le Creuset. TIP: If mounting onto drywall, you'll have to lay down a wooden framework to hold pegboard at least half an-inch away from wall.

      3. PAINT: Once the board is up, lightly sand it with #120 sandpaper, then add a coat of oil-based primer (oil paint will wear better, but make sure to keep the room well-ventilated while painting). TIP: Don't soak the roller; do thin coats so the paint doesn't pool in peg-board holes. Let dry completely. Next, apply a coat of paint or two in your chosen background color—we selected a neutral that wouldn't compete with our floor's checkerboard pattern. Let dry.

      4. ARRANGE: Haul out your prettiest pots and pans, along with other cool-looking kitchen accessories. Insert assorted hooks into the peg-board, carefully reconfiguring until you've achieved a backdrop you like. Also, consider how you use the wares—in general, it's a good idea to keep heavy pots on the bottom and lighter items up top. BTW: If you plan to hang a knife magnet, use long screws that can go through the board and into the wall behind it. Anchors are also a good idea.

      5. SILHOUETTE: Draw the outline of each item, and remove everything from the board. Then, with a steady hand, a small art brush and your second oil-based hue, paint inside the pencil lines, creating a silhouette of each skillet, rolling pin, pot lid, etc. Follow with a slightly larger brush to fill in the shapes. Allow paint to dry thoroughly before putting items back on their hooks.

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