Kitchen Gallery Art: How to hang difficult pieces

So you may have noticed in my Kitchen Gallery Art Tutorial that I had a few pieces that don’t traditionally hang on a wall and therefore required some extra ingenuity. Specifically, I had my grandmother’s cutting board and this Mississippi spoon rest.

I had heard a few things around the blog-o-sphere about these bad boys, The Original ‘Invisible’ Disc Plate Hanger and I knew this project was the perfect opportunity to try them out.

I clean the back of both the cutting board and spoon rest as directed.

And then moistened the back of each disc hanger. The instructions say to wait 5-10 minutes for the backs to become tacky and I found for me that 5-6 was plenty.

I then attached them to the center of each piece but as it turns out, I got just a little bit too much water on the back and the adhesive began to ooze out. Before you attach each disc hanger you may want to mark the center so that each piece will hang correctly, I have a pretty good eye so I typically just guesstimate on projects like these.

The back of my spoon rest had a small lip so I made sure to hang the ring just over the edge. Side note: the ‘neck’ of each disc hanger doesn’t have adhesive so it allows you a little wiggle room in situations like this one.

Once each disc hanger was in place I added some weight to make sure that the adhesive sealed all the way around. Now these little birds might not look like much but they are heavy. I mean as in, ‘if you ever break into my house I will throw one at you’ heavy.

They sat over-night and the seal was perfect! I even gave each disc hanger a little tug, as recommended in the directions, to make sure it was securely fastened and soon the cutting board went up without a hitch!

The spoon rest however, required a little bit more attention. I wanted to somehow hang the spoon rest in a frame because I hope to paint my kitchen yellow in the fall and I didn’t want to have yellow on yellow. My initial thought was to glue a piece of paper into an open frame and then attach the spoon rest to the paper. This plan fell through when I realized that the spoon rest was far to heavy for paper and thus I moved to Plan B!

I mounted the open frame (with paper attached) to the wall where I wanted it and then cut another piece of paper to be the same size as my spoon rest (I also marked the ring of the disc hanger on this piece of paper).

Next, nailed the spoon-rest-sized piece of paper on top of my frame so the nail would be placed correctly. I then removed the extra piece of paper and was left with a perfectly placed nail for my spoon rest!

Here’s the final result and I have to so I am very pleased with the was it turned out.

Now it hangs every day, just below my Texas cake pan as a reminder of home.

What do you think?