It’s Week 3 of the One Room Challenge and things are starting to come together nicely. I’m normally panicking at this point about all the things that need to be done, so this is a nice change of pace. I’ll admit that it’s a little frustrating to work on a work space. We find ourselves joking about needing a workbench to build a workbench. After hubby cut himself while rummaging through a cart of loose tools, installing a new pegboard became the next priority. Learn how to build a sturdy pegboard to hold all the tools!
I’m a guest participant in the One Room Challenge and I’m making over my garage in just 6 weeks! Huge thanks to Linda at Calling It Home for inspiring so many of us to get rooms done!
Our old pegboard was put up quickly without a lot of thought. It began to sag under the weight of all the tools.
Hubby was totes jelly of my awesome pegboards that I made for my craft space. Who can blame him? 😉 So new ones for the garage were in order.
How to Build a Sturdy Pegboard
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***While shopping, we found that not all pegboard is created equally. If you want a sturdy pegboard, you need to look for the thickest board you can find! In our store, that meant the 4’x4′ pieces that were not primed. Instead of buying 1 sheet of 4’x8′ pegboard, we bought 2 4’x4′ pieces because they were so much thicker. This also helps for transport if you don’t have a truck! Bonus!
- We started by spraying our pegboard white. I didn’t do a full coat because we planned on doing a fun wood grain painting technique over the top anyways.
- Once the pegboard was dry, we added our painted wood grain, which turned out super cool. Tutorial for painted wood grain is here. It looks more intimidating than it is. Promise. Two panels took about 30 minutes.
- Since we used gel stain, we had to let the wood dry overnight. Once it was dry, we flipped each piece over and added a 1×2″ frame around 3 sides. Since we were joining 2 pieces of pegboard, we centered a single 1×2″ to bridge the center on the 4th side. This adds stability without sacrificing too many holes. If you use a 1×2″ frame for all 4 sides of each panel, you lose 4 rows of holes total. It’s worth it to gain more storage. The wood frame was attached with a nailgun. (This is just to tack it in place. When you attach the panels to the walls, it will be nice and secure.)
- Using a level, make sure your panels are straight and screw them into the wall into studs through the 1x2s. Make sure that you leave enough space at the bottom for tools that hang low.
- Attach the 2nd panel. Because we used a single center 1×2 brace, it was a tight fit. Butt the pieces as close as you can get them and attach the second panel in the same manner.
- Admire your handiwork. It’s nice to have a pegboard that looks as cool as it functions! Bonus points if you painted it with a cool design!
- Fill with tools. This is the fun part. Notice how much space we gained even though we added larger tools to the space.
Please note that when you buy the thicker pegboard, not all hooks will work 100% with it. Some hooks work better with thinner pegboard. You’ll want the thicker prongs.
Join me next week to see more progress and learn how I’m organizing this space. Hint: we threw a lot away! 😉
Still to do:
- Finish organizing
- Wood panel wall
- Change light fixtures out
- Get garage doors installed
- Paint last workbench
It’s so nice that we’re able to work in the garage again. I’m loving how open it feels. My son had a friend over this weekend and his mom commented on how she had never seen such a clean garage. Lady, don’t look at the rest of my house!! Eek!