A couple of months back, we ran a contest asking many of you what your favorite organizational tips were. In honor of National Organizational Month, we read through all of your tips and tricks, and have decided to feature a new one each week for the month of January. Because we obviously don't want to share tips with you all out there unless they work (and because we love a little DIY project here and there), we will be posting a new tutorial on creating these great space-saving organizational projects right here on the blog. Follow along and watch as we get our hands a little dirty, and our sewing rooms cleaned up!
This week's featured project is a framed pegboard. In her comment, our customer's tip said, "I put a decorative frame around a pegboard and hung it above my cutting table. It's great for hanging scissors, rotary cutters, and more for easy access without cluttering up your sewing space."
I thought this was a great project, and one that I could do with some items that I had laying around the house. In total, the project cost me $18.58, and I love the end result.
Step 1: Gather your supplies.
For this project, you will need:
- Decorative frame, any size you prefer (I got mine from an estate sale for $3. I highly suggest shopping second-hand stores before buying new!)
- Peg hooks (variety pack is a good option)
- Wood glue
- Hammer and small nails
- Paint and flat-surface roller (optional)
- Table saw to cut pegboard to size (some hardware stores can do this for you)
- Masking paper and some tape to hold it down
Step 2: Measure and cut!
I measured my frame and found that I had space for a 2' x 2.5' pegboard, after I added 1" around all edges for easy gluing and nailing. Once I had that information, I made my marks on the pegboard and headed to the table saw. As I said before, many hardware stores have the equipment to cut the pegboard down to size in-house. I would suggest that if you don't have a table saw laying around (we do a lot of home renovations), bring your measurements with you and see if they can't give you a hand.
Step 3: Paint your pegboard and/or frame
Since most of my house's paint colors match well with neutral colors, I decided to keep my frame brown. Because the color of my pegboard looked a little matchy-matchy with my frame, I decided to paint it a creamy off-white color to add a little contrast, but keep the colors in the same goes-with-everything color family. We recently renovated our basement, so I decided to use the leftover paint sample that we had for the pegboard. The tiny little sample jar that I had was more than enough to cover the pegboard with three coats. As you can see, the roller that I used is smaller and is intended for very flat surfaces with no wall texture. This type of roller is ideal, though if you don't have one, it's probably not 100% necessary.
I encourage you to go as crazy as you want with this step and customize your framed pegboard to your heart's desire.
Before you paint, I suggest laying down some masking paper. Even if you're the world's most accurate painter, pegboard has holes and the paint will most likely drip through.
Because I did get a few drips going through the pegboard, I simply took a screw and scraped around the edges. Doing this prevents any holes from being painted solid and allows for easy use with your peg hooks.
Step 4: Align and attach.
Before you attach your pegboard to your frame, you want to make sure everything is lined up and you don't have crooked holes. After that's done, I like to mark around the edges so that when I lift up to apply my glue, I have an easy guide for where the pegboard will go back down.
Now, simply lift off your pegboard, apply a thin layer of wood glue around the edges, and lay your pegboard back down. Once that's done, simply nail (using thin nails!) your pegboard in place. I used a compressor nail gun because I wanted my nails to go in quickly without damaging the front of my frame. If you're using a regular hammer and nails, simply put the front of your frame down on a slightly softer surface (think a couple sheets of paper), before nailing away.
If you have any glue trying to pop-up through the holes, you can simply wipe it away with a rag, or leave it be. Once your glue is dry, your pegboard is done! Now, all you need to do is use your handy pin hooks and arrange your cutting table tools how you desire.
This was a really fun project, and I am so glad we did it. My sewing area looks so much more organized, and is wonderfully functional. Hooray!