julia child kitchenWhen it comes to vintage kitchens — Julia Child’s kitchen is one of the most famous. And it wasn’t a fancy schmancy designer confection — it was a real kitchen. A cook’s kitchen. One of its most memorable features: Julia Child’s very practical — and very affordable — use of pegboard to keep her pots, pans and utensils close at hand. Quick! Grab the wisk! Can’t burn the beurre blanc!

pegboard-pot-rack1Pegboard and vintage kitchens work wonderfully together — we spotted a Julia-Child-esque setup in Kristin and Paul’s charming home. Since vintage kitchens sometimes have limited storage space, employing a section of pegboard — which can be found easily and cheaply — provides the perfect way to use vertical wall space for storage. Pegboard takes up much less space than a cabinet, shelf or traditional pot rack, making it ideal for tight or odd shaped areas. It can also be painted any color, allowing it to be matched to surrounding walls or painted an accent color to make a great backdrop to spotlight your collection of vintage pans.

retro-modern-kitchen1If your kitchen is more mid century modern, but you still like the idea of being able to display your prized pots, perhaps a more minimal wall display, like Doug created in his retro modern kitchen, is more your speed. Here we get the same storage benefit and visual appeal as Julia Child’s pegboard set up, but with a modern twist. An added bonus — pots, pans and colanders are in easy reach. No more digging around in the clattering mess that is your current pot cabinet.

Readers — do you have pegboard in your vintage kitchen — or elsewhere in your house?

  1. Mid-Century Mick says:

    How FUNNY that you posted this Pam! I’m just about to move into my next place, a teeny-tiny-condo and I’d already set my heart on doing a rendition of Julia Child’s pegboard pot wall – complete with the same blue-green color that she used! I also just recently scored an a-MAZ-ing find at a local thrift store: a complete set of barely used RevereWare pots & pans, which I can’t wait to hang! Thanks for another Monday morning smile, and a good read! (ps: Laurel: “Bar Keepers Friend” cleanser works wonders on pots and pans, and keeps shiny bottoms shiny! Give it a try!)

  2. Mary Elizabeth says:

    I actually used the Revere Copper and Stainless Steel Cleaner for three decades, and they still make it. There is something in the polish to retard the staining of the copper, so I only had to clean the bottoms every month or so.

    I’m not surprised you found some in great shape, Mick. I was very proud of my pots, and they came from three generations of my family. When I gave them away, they still looked almost brand new because we had taken care of them.

  3. Jody says:

    Our pegboard doesn’t have pots and pans, but it has all of our most-used utensils. I painted it orange, with large pink dots in a variety of shades. With all the utensils in the foreground, it’s much less noisy that it sounds, and adds a great color pop to our submarine-gray steel cabinet kitchen!

  4. Mark Pasich says:

    Someone was mentioning hole sizes in pegboard. Usually 1/8″ thick pegboard has 1/8″ holes. 1/4″ thick pegboard has 1/4″ holes. Therefore the 1/8″ pegs hooks will feel “sloppy” in 1/4″ pegboard. Just an FYI. Thanks

  5. linoleummy says:

    This is absolutely the best access to pots & pans. And to think when we moved in we thought that super-shallow space with pegboard behind the folding louvered door was a waste of space.

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