A Julia Child’s Pan Wall

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1 Hour

Happy November— and what am I talking about? Let’s just say I love to cook, I have lots of cooking vessels, and storage is/was, complicated. Then there’s the fact that where I had my pans, was too much work to get to them. That is where channeling a Julia Child’s pan wall comes in!

I remember watching a documentary on Julia Child and seeing her wall of pans/cooking supplies, and thinking—way too cluttered for an OCD person like me. But then fast forward to the last 3 years, running a B&B, and cooking a whole lot more than I ever have.

My OCD had to temporarily be put on the back burner. At least while I envisioned how much easier my life in the kitchen would be should I be able to just reach for the pan I needed.

Without having to hunt, dig, stack on top of stack just for that right pan. Just like that. So I had to have a talk with my Boo and explain what I had in mind. A wall of pans. Our scullery would be the perfect spot! (At least to satisfy OCD Belle as well as semi-norm Belle!)

Several months ago I had bought 20 bronze hooks just for my wall of pans! Out they came for this reality. It was time!

My sweet Boo grabbed a couple of old barn wood boards and went to town with very little help from me, I might add.

He anchored the 80" long planks with 3" wood screws using his impact driver. Anchoring on the wall studs for support.

We then added the iron hooks and spaced them for each pan I had.

Planks are sturdy and spaced evenly for each piece!

All of my pans have a new spot on this wall and they aren't going anywhere.

A Julia Child’s pan wall

Just like that, as if I’d twirled my magic wand—-all of my pans were relocated and organized.

The sheer pleasure of thinking I would no longer have to lift those super heavy cast iron pans back and forth to reach the one I needed… brought me so much joy!

Boo didn’t understand my enthusiasm and probably thinks I’m so easy to please. And he’s right!

Only one with an insane collection of cooking utensils and supplies can probably understand this kind of excitement!

Now for my rolling pins 😗

Suggested materials:

  • 3" wood screws   (hardware store)
  • Wood planks   (gift)
  • Iron hooks   (Amazon)

Belle Jaeger
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  • Becky Becky on Nov 22, 2021

    Does the wall not get marked up from taking the pans off and putting them back? Seems to me it would be best to have the lower board up a bit so the bottoms of pans cane rest on it rather than the wall. Hooks for the bottom board lower on the board and add a third board for the lower pans to rest against. Just an idea. Love what you did.


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  • Love this idea! I need to do this to my ever-growing pan collection! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Fran Fran on Nov 26, 2021

    It looks fab … but I’m a keen cook and use a max of 3 pans , I’ve never seen so many pans outside of a professional kitchen! They look fabulous !