When you move to a new house, you know there is going to be a lot of picture hanging. Usually I hang the easy stuff first but I’m trying to change my ways. At our old abode, I had a tendency to have corners where difficult- to- hang items liked to loiter until one day they just weren’t noticed anymore. Like a chameleon they blended into the surroundings until the inevitable collision of a wayward toe or perhaps an overeager Swiffer operator occurred.
I swore that in this home I would finish what I start so I decided to begin with the tough stuff to make it easier to accomplish that goal. Brilliant? Maybe. Time will tell.
Enter my cabinet-hutch-shelf thing for the kitchen.
I thought about hooks that you screw in so that you could run a wire through but I didn’t think that would stay balanced well. Other hooks didn’t seem sturdy enough. I’m sure a DIYer since birth would have no trouble coming up with a solution but I was proud of myself when I stumbled upon a french cleat in Home Depot.
You can read about how to make a wood one at This Old House.
So how did I hang it at the old house? My dad actually drilled into the shelf itself with long screws that were driven into the studs. The negative of that is that there are holes in the shelf that I have to cover with plates. I didn’t want to make new holes and the old holes did not line up well with where I wanted it on the wall which forced me to find a new solution. Enter the french cleat, my new friend.