When I came across these old stove-burner tops at the salvage yard, I was immediately struck by their variations in pattern and how interesting they looked out of context. I never knew burner tops came in so many different shapes!
After some heavy scrubbing, I found I liked them even more. They are nice, mid-sized objects with a bit of weight to them, which makes them great for home decor. For my kitchen, modern white was the way to go, but you could easily leave them au naturel or vary this design in a million ways. As long as you seal them with a good protectant and add some simple felt feet, they are perfect for handling hot pans or plates from the oven, and between uses they look great on the wall — as any good trivet should. With no tools or tricky steps, this is a great quickie project for rainy days, weekends and procrastinating :) Enjoy! — Kate
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- old metal stove-burner tops (these are usually easy to find at salvage shops and flea markets)
- spray-paint primer and spray sealant (other paint colors are optional)
- embroidery thread
- felt protector pads
- scrub pad and stove cleaner
1. Thoroughly scrub the burner tops until they are clean. You can use steel wool and a good scrub cleaner to get rid of most leftover debris. Rinse them and let dry completely.
2. Cover the burner tops with several even coats of primer, letting them dry between coats. If you want them to be white, you can stop here and coat them with the spray sealant. If you want them to be a different color, you can spray them with one coat of primer, then follow with a couple coats of color spray, then the sealant. Let dry completely.
3. Cut varying lengths of embroidery thread and plan out your design. Take one piece of thread and create a tight knot around part of the trivet with the knot on the underside. Leave a length of thread that is about 1.5 times as long as the length you plan to make your band of color. As you wrap the thread around the trivet, be sure to wrap it around the loose thread on the underside. When you are ready to end the band of color, take the wrapping end of the thread and tie it in a knot with the loose end of the thread from the beginning knot, on the underside. Snip excess thread.
4. Continue wrapping and knotting the different bands of colored thread in whatever pattern you choose. Wrap only one layer to keep the bands of thread relatively thin, and push the thread tight against itself so the trivet doesn’t show through the band of color.
5. When you are done adding the color bands, flip the trivets over and stick the felt protector pads on the corners of the trivet. This will prevent them from scratching any surfaces, and it also makes them level.