Tools and Resources: • One 2x4-foot pegboard* • Two 4-foot 1x2 planks • Wood screws and plastic drywall anchors • Drill • Level • Tape measure • Pencil • Paint (we used some leftover Behr 510B-5 Jamaican Sea in semigloss) • Paint tray and roller • Assorted pegboard hooks *We bought our supplies at Home Depot, where pegboard, wood, screws, and hooks added up to about $30, but you could also find similar supplies at most hardware stores. Many hardware stores will cut the pegboard and 1x2s to a custom size. It's a good idea to use semigloss (or even high-gloss) paint for the finish, since it's easier to clean and wipe down.
Step by Step:
- With your tape measure, figure out where you want to position the pegboard on the wall.
- Use a pencil and level to mark the vertical (long) edges of the pegboard on the wall.
- From the vertical marks on the wall, measure 1 inch in and mark the spots for your drywall anchors. We used 6 anchors total (3 for each 1x2 support).
- Using a level to make sure the anchors are correctly aligned, drill your drywall anchors into the wall.
- Using the level again to check that your edges are straight, line up the first 1x2 against the wall, so that its broad surface is flush against the wall.
- Drill your wood screws through the 1x2 and into the drywall anchors.
- As you go, it helps to hold your pegboard up against the 1x2s to make sure it's straight and the edges line up.
- When you're finished, you'll have two 1x2s fastened to the wall, like train track rails.
- Hold your pegboard up against the 1x2s and line it up so that the edges are flush.
- Along the edge of the pegboard, thread a short wood screw through one of the peg holes.
- Drill the screw through the peg hole and into the 1x2.
- Repeat this step using as many screws as you think you need to hang the pegboard on its supports. We used 6 screws.
- Pour the paint into the tray and use your roller to coat the pegboard.
- Apply the paint in fairly thin layers. Otherwise, the peg holes will get gunked up with paint.
- Allow the paint to dry, then repaint with a second coat. We found that two coats were plenty for proper coverage.
- Arrange the hooks on your pegboard, hang your stuff, and you're all set!
We're really happy with the results. In addition to organizing our pots and pans, the pegboard adds a shot of color to our otherwise plain apartment kitchen. We worried about the pegboard looking cluttered, but the fact that everything's contained in a compact area makes it feel very organized. For more pegboard inspiration, check out these posts: • Heather's DIY Pegboard Organizer • 7 Places to Use Pegboard from Martha Stewart • Peg Board Roundup • Open Storage in Small Kitchens • How To: Install a Pegboard Photos: Sarah Coffey