I’ve been wanting to build a pegboard to store and display my son’s art supplies above his desk. This would also be perfect for a craft room. Today I’ll be sharing how you can create a DIY framed pegboard for art supplies, some ideas for organizing a pegboard, links for the best pegboard accessories, and the cost to make a diy framed pegboard of your own.
how to make a diy framed pegboard
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:
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- Pegboard 2’x4′
- 1″x2″x8′ Furring Strip Board- 2 pieces
- Cap Moulding- 2 pieces
- Paint- Frosted Sage
- Wood Filler
- Finger Sander
- Split Wood Balls
Accessories for the Pegboard
- Pegboard Basket
- Pegboard Cups set of 6– I bought 2 sets
- Paper Towel Holder for a Pegboard
- Pegboard Shelf Bracket– I have 2 brackets for one shelf
- Pegboard Organizer Kit– for the plastic jar, tool holder
- Rainbow Washi Tape– I bought 2 sets to fill the paper towel holder
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One of my favorite kid’s room has an amazing pegboard. I’m taking that for my inspiration and putting my spin on it.
The diy framed pegboard I’m building goes above the dollhouse desk I recently built. We used to store our art supplies in another room. Now that we have a desk specifically for doing art, it makes the most sense to put the markers and crayons in here. There’s space in the drawers for the art supplies, but my goal is to encourage creativity, so I wanted them more accessible.
Now let’s get to building!
step 1- cut and assemble
Start by cutting the Pegboard to size. I only have a small area above my son’s desk so the pegboard will be 48″ wide and 18″ tall. The easiest way to cut a pegboard is with a table saw. If you don’t have one, another option is a circular saw. A third option is to have the hardware store cut it when buying it. Of course, it could be framed the size it comes (2’x4′).
The next item that needs to be cut are the Furring Strips to fit on the back of the pegboard against the edges of the board. These will act as spacers so the pegboard isn’t sitting right against the wall. If the pegboard is right on the wall, there’s no room for the pegs to hang. The 1×2 boards also give structure to the pegboard so it’s sturdy.
Next, start attaching the spacer boards to the back of the pegboard. To do this, use 5/8″ nails in a nail gun.
Nail from the front of the pegboard onto the spacers. To finish the furring strips, use 1-1/2″ nails on the end of the boards to attach them together.
To frame the pegboard, I’m using Cap Moulding. It goes over the top edge of the pegboard and there’s a ledge on the side to hide the cut edge. This makes it look much more professional and polished looking. Cut 4 pieces of trim with mitered edges to frame the top of the pegboard.
Once the Cap Moulding is cut, use 3/4″ nails to attach the trim to the top edges of the pegboard. To finish the trim, use 1″ nails on the ends of the trim to. attach them together.
Once everything is assembled, use wood filler where the nails make holes on the trim. If there’s any space on the corners of the trim, use wood fill there too. Once the wood filler is dry, sand until smooth.
Here’s a view of the back of the pegboard so you can see how the spacer boards look once they’re assembled.
step 2- paint and hang
And now, it’s time to paint. For the wall where the pegboard is going, I wanted to paint it to match the trim (and soon, the pegboard). So I painted a few coats of paint on the bead board with a paint brush. I’m using the color Frosted Sage. It’s what all the trim is and the bed nook in this room.
I love the addition of more color! It’s my future vision for the space to paint the rest of the bead board around the room. I figure I’ll slowly paint each wall, one at a time.
Once the wall painting was done, I also painted the pegboard the same color. It was easiest to do it on a portable workbench so I could reach all the sides. I used a paintbrush and tried hard to not get drips around the holes.
To hang the pegboard, all you need to do is pre-drill screws into the four corner holes of the pegboard.
Then take the pegboard to the wall and measure to make sure the pegboard will be centered on the wall. Then use a drill to attach the screws on the pegboard to the wall.
Once that’s up, I took half round wood balls and painted them the same Frosted Sage. Once they are dry, use a hot glue gun to attach the balls to the pegboard on top of the screws. This looks intentional and like a design decision. Instead of seeing ugly screws.
step 3- add pegboard accessories and organize
Finally, it’s the fun part! Use pegboard accessories to put the art supplies on the pegboard.
I used Pegboard Cups for pencils, markers, pens, and colored pencils. We have so many markers, I split them in different cups and put them in rainbow order. I love that detail!
One of my favorite parts of organizing the pegboard is using the Paper Towel Holder to hold the rainbow Washi tape. It looks so beautiful! Plus Washi tape is super fun for crafts. I didn’t love how the hardware looked, so I added another peg hook to hold some art Don drew of a cat. Cute!
I thought adding a shelf on the pegboard would be fun. So I used two Pegboard Shelf Brackets and we cut wood to fit on the shelf. Then I painted it the same color as the pegboard. On it I put some oversized Crayola crayons (that we got from Wendy’s in the kid’s meal- lol). Plus I added a thrifted sofa for cats. Perfect for my cat lover- lol.
There’s a lot of crayons in our house. I have a bunch in a cup that we already use, so it worked nicely to put all the crayons in a Pegboard Basket. The glue sticks and watercolor set also work in the basket. Everything I couldn’t find a better spot for went in the basket.
A few years, we bought a Pegboard Organizer Kit for a pegboard at our old house. We haven’t re-used the items yet, so I took them over for this project. A plastic jar holds erasers, a tool holder holds the kid scissors (which is one of my favorite touches).
All of the art supplies are now in their happy home. It’s so nice to have them all put away.
I thought I’d share a zoomed out view of the diy framed pegboard in the room. I am IN LOVE with how it turned out!
It sparks something in my mind to see all the art supplies out and organized and in rainbow order. It does it for me!
For this project I spent $35 on the cap moulding. The pegboard and the furring strips I already had on hand. Those would have cost $17.
The biggest cost comes from the accessories (some of which I had on hand as well). The Pegboard Basket,2 sets of Pegboard Cups, and the Pegboard Paper Towel Holder cost $42. I also spent $19 on 2 sets of rainbow Washi tape. Which was a silly splurge, but the heart wants what it wants.
In total, I spent $96 on this project.
benefits of using a pegboard for storing art supplies
- It keeps the work surface clean
- Art supplies are easier to get to
- Promotes creativity
- The size is customizable to any space
- Works nicely for visual people
- The board is affordable
- It can be customized for any supplies or personality
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