Do you remember our laundry room makeover from last week? I'm still so very happy with the space, and I was thrilled to find out that it was featured on Good Housekeeping and Country Living this week! What a pleasant surprise. (I immediately phoned my mommy, of course!) Today, I want to share with you how we built and framed the giant 6 x 8 foot pegboard that's on the West wall of our laundry room. It's really my favourite part about this room, and I think it's what makes our laundry room makeover unique.
This giant, wall mounted and framed pegboard was a team effort. My hubby picked up the supplies and installed it, and I caulked and painted it. It cost us about $80 in supplies and took a day to make.
I wish I could show you a straight-on photo of the wall, but our laundry room is so narrow that I'd need some sort of fancy wide angle camera lens (that I don't have)! Hopefully you can get the gist of it from the photos I have. It really is HUGE!
Originally, I wanted the pegboard to measure 6 x 6 feet, but the pegboard sheets come in 8 x 4 feet so Hubs convinced me to add a couple of feet to the top of the peg board to best use the material. I'm really glad he did, because I'm loving the extra space on top! I thought it would be wasted, but I hang my long-handled tools up there (like my broom, mop and ironing board) and I can easily grab them from the bottom.
If you're curious about the things I've hung on our pegboard or want to see a video tour of the laundry room, head on over to this post.
Here's how to make a giant, wall mounted and framed 6 x 8 foot pegboard just like ours:
- 2 sheets of 4 x 8 foot pegboard (we found ours at Lowe's)
- 8 foot long pieces of 1" thick plywood that you can cut into strips on a table saw (what we did) OR four 8' long 1 x 4" or 1 x 3" pine planks
- two 6' long 1 x 3" pieces and two 8' long 1 x 3" pieces of MDF or pine (for frame)
- wood glue
- nail gun
- latex caulk
- latex paint, brush & foam roller
Start with a clean, bare wall.
Nail and glue the four plywood strips / pine strips vertically to the wall. Space them evenly. This will make the pegboard sit away from the wall so that it functions. Let the glue dry and ensure that the strips are securely fastened to the wall.
Cut 2 feet off of one of the sides of one of the pegboard panels so that you have one panel that measures 8 x 4', and one that measures 8 x 2'.
With a nail gun, nail them the panels to the strips that you've mounted on the wall. The joint should be nailed onto one of the wooden strips.
Cut your frame pieces to size and nail them to the plywood / pine backing pieces. The frame helps hide the gap and adds a bit of detail to the pegboard. We opted for blunt cuts on the corners of our frame, but you could also mitre them if you have the urge!
Caulk all of the gaps around the frame and outside the frame. Once the caulk has dried, paint the frame and the entire pegboard your desired colour. I chose to keep our pegboard white, and painted it the same colour as our trim in the room.
That's it! Your giant pegboard is finished and you're ready to decorate it and hang all of your tools. If you want more info & links to where I found all of my pegboard doo-dads, they're all on this post.
Have a great weekend, DIY friends!