Pegboard is way more than just an ugly organizational wall covering for garages. It can dress your wall in a fashionable manner, marry form and function, and make your life easier. It can keep your tools, utensils, cosmetics, even your wall decor, or any other junk you desire organized, within reach, and easy to maintain with these 10 ways to organize your life with pegboard.
1. Frame in your pegboard with a dadoed 1×2. This will frame your piece nicely, space it away from the wall, makes it easy to hang (appropriately based on how much weight you intend to hang from the pegboard), and gives you an aesthetic opportunity to beautify your board with however you choose to finish the frame.
2. Your pegboard is your canvas. Paint it as desired. I screen print as a hobby, so I like to screen print mine. Solid color, pattern, portrait, faux finish, whatever. Just don’t leave it that horrible dirt color. Chalkboard paint, chalk paint, metallic paint, mod podge fabric over it (and poke holes through of course!) This step is what makes ugly pegboard into decor.
3. Spray paint your hooks. It makes them pop.
4. Keep your pegboard within easy reach. If you’re going to place it behind a work bench be sure that the bench isn’t too deep. You’ll be less likely to put everything away in a timely manner if you need to grab a stool to hang it. Any work bench deeper than 24″ is difficult to reach over for any average height person, and if it’s going to be taller than 24″ above a 36″ counter or bench, consider the top part decorative.
5. Cut tops off of soap & shampoo bottles and punch a hole in them, they make a great hanger for otherwise non-hang-able items. They too, can be painted, or covered with fabric with mod-podge. You could also use bins or bags made for hanging from a rod (I believe 31 has a product offering on this line) but my plastic bottle solution has style potential, is easy to clean and super cheap.
6. Check out all the hanger & hook options for pegboard. It’ll give you some ideas on how to use it best.
7. Consider larger framed in pieces of pegboard as a backdrop to your decor. This is a great idea for decor that you want to switch up or rearrange often. One might be so inspired to incorporate other, unorthodox wall decor into the arrangement, such as bunting or an air plant or a favorite coffee cup or faux taxidermy or favorite jewelry or something you might create at a favorite local art studio.
8. Use pegboard to back a shelf with. Mixing hanging decor with horizontal decor space is a great marriage of form & function.
9. Light it up! Charge it! Pegboard hides cords easily, and by design, supports the threading of cords. I wouldn’t go so far as to say hang your television on a sheet of pegboard, but it could be done, and it would be easier than threading cords through the wall. Light fixtures, speakers, ipod dock, whatever. Place it where you want it! Stick tiny lights through it like a light bright!
10. Cover the wall. I’ve never been a big fan of drywall. I wouldn’t go so far as to replace the drywall with pegboard, definitely not, don’t do that. But you can skimp on the taping step, I’m a DIYer, and I freaking hate taping. So screw spacers over studs, screw pegboard to the spacers, and cover the whole wall. The textural change will add interest to any room like an accent wall.
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