Glass Rolling Pin Wall Display

Hanging a Glass Rolling Pin

I love vintage and antique kitchen items. My aunt sent me my great grandmother’s glass rolling pin around Christmas last year. This particular rolling pin was made between 1929-1941. The end piece comes off so that the rolling pin can be filled with ice to keep dough cold while it’s being rolled.

I’d been wanting to display it in my kitchen, but I had no idea how. I tried placing it on shelves, but I didn’t want it to roll. I tried placing it on a shelf with a lip, but it looked weird. I knew I needed to figure out a way to mount it on the wall. There were some rolling pin racks online, but a lot of them were designed for rolling pins that were narrower on the side.

I set out to Home Depot (which has felt like my second home lately) with the rolling pin, praying I wouldn’t somehow drop it on the floor while I was there. I went to the general hardware section and looked for various hooks. Nothing was the right size. I knew there had to be something. I finally found these brackets* for mounting a stair railing that seemed like they would work. (Link marked with * is an affiliate link, which means I receive compensation for purchases made using the link)

Here is how I hung it:

  • Decided where I wanted it to hang on the wall and measured the placement of the left bracket (based on a measurement of the hole from where I wanted the left side of the rolling pin to sit).
  • Installed a drywall anchor, mainly to make sure that it would stay extra tight. I did not use the hardware that came with the bracket because I couldn’t get a tight enough fit when I tried using it – the bracket was rotating. With an anchor and different screw, I was able to get it to fight tightly to the wall.
  • Set the rolling pin down on the counter against the the wall and placed the brackets against it where they needed to sit, then measured the distance between center of the holes in the brackets.
  • Used a laser level and tape measure to find the placement of the hole for the second bracket, and installed another drywall anchor. (Confession: I broke the first drywall anchor, so I had to start over and re-position the first anchor. Now I have a couple of holes to fill. Oops.)
  • Hung both brackets, then added the rolling pin. I checked it one more time with a regular level and wiggled it a little bit to make sure I was happy with how snug the fit was.

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