DIY Kitchen Fixes

DIY Kitchen Fixes Make it Fast and PrettyPeg Yourself a Pot Holder

Pegboard, a hole-filled particleboard typically used in garages to hang tools, can be just as useful for dangling kitchen items. Pots, utensils, and even jars of spices can be attached to hooks so they don’t fill up limited drawer space. It doesn’t look like it came from a garage if you paint the board to match your décor.


  • Pegboard (as many sheets as you want for your potholder area; it usually comes in standard 3-by-4-foot sizes that can be found at most hardware stores)
  • 6 1/2-inch nylon spacers per each 3-by-4-foot pegboard
  • 6 wood screws or wall anchors per each 3-by-4-foot pegboard (check with your local hardware store to find out what type of anchor works best with your wall)
  • Spray-paint primer
  • Paint of your color choice
  • Hooks for hanging pots and utensils on the pegboard


  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • step 1Sand, prime, and paint the pegboard to match your kitchen.
  • step 2Hold each piece up to the wall where you want it, using a level to make sure it’s even and a measuring tape to make sure it’s centered.
  • step 3Using a pencil, mark each corner hole of each 3-by-4-foot piece of pegboard on the wall, as well as holes in the middle of each side.
  • step 4Using a stud finder, first make sure there are studs behind where you want to drill. If there are, you can use simple wood screws to attach the pegboard: Drill a slightly smaller hole than the size of your screw. If there aren’t, install wall anchors.
  • step 5Mount the pegboard, sliding the nylon spacers onto the screws between the wall and the pegboard.
  • step 6Attach hooks to the pegboard, and hang your pots and utensils.
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Researched, written, and photographed by Lessley Anderson, Michele Foley, Chris Rochelle, and Eric Slatkin

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