Angela Ploetz

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Angela’s House: Laundry Room Pegboard Makeover

by Angela on September 13, 2012

Ahhh…organizing bliss.  This is my newest organizing project and I just keep wanting to go into the laundry room and stare at it.  I know I’m kind of geeky like that!  But that’s when you know you’ve done a good job.  But it didn’t always look this dreamy.  No, no it did not.  It started out like….

this!  AHHHH!!! Oh my, this picture makes my blood pressure go up just looking at it.  So this was a big problem in our laundry room.  When we moved into our house two years ago my first instinct was to get a broom holder up, but I hesitated.  I wanted it to go on that wall next to the window but I hated to put something so ugly and utilitarian there.  Months past, years past, and still I had nothing. But over the last few months I have been getting little sparks of ideas.  If you follow me on Pinterest you may have seen a few months back that I was pinning chevron patterns like crazy.  I also pinned a lot of things on peg boards a while back.  So all that flew around in my brain into a fantastic idea.

I started out by measuring my space and deciding what I really needed.  I quickly discovered we had WAY too many things we did not use.  I was able to reduce items by donating two and putting the toy mop in the playroom.  I made my way to Lowe’s one day after a consultation with a client in heels and dress.  I managed to grab a 4′ x 8′ sheet of peg board and get it loaded on my cart (in heels).  I am woman, hear me roar!  I found a nice Lowe’s employee to cut the peg board to the dimensions I needed. Score! This was great because I didn’t have to bring it home and ask my husband to do it! I was so excited!

Back at home I printed up some of my chevron pattern instructions and grabbed the Frog Tape, scissors, cutting mat etc. and I was off to the races!  It was a slow race.

My husband was quick to let me know that I was crazy for attempting this on such a large surface (about 2′ x 6′). Taping each individual chevron would take FOREVER he told me.  But I was determined! I was a woman on a mission.

Then my level headed husband said “have you tested the paint to see if it even sticks to this material”?  What a novel idea!  He grabbed a can of paint from the garage and did a little test on a piece of the peg board. Once dry we found that the slightest and lightest scratch would EASILY take the paint off.  **Here is what I learned and where I made MY MISTAKE**.  I bought the more expensive white pegboard because my husband always tells me to buy wood or trim that is primed already.  When I saw this white pegboard I thought this is great it’s already white all I have to do is paint one color.  NOT the case.  It was not primed it was “coated” with a glossy finish.  UHG!

I was devastated. I was at a loss for about three months on this.  I knew I wanted the chevron pattern but couldn’t figure out how to make it work. Then one day at a craft store I ran across this fabric and that was it! Inspiration restored! I remembered an awesome post I saw from Lookie What I Did and used that as my starting point. We laid the fabric down, folded over the edges and stapled them down with a staple gun.

I laid out the tools that “made the cut” so I could get an idea for how I would space them.  I reduced again after deciding we didn’t need that small broom in the middle of the picture.  I had room to spare!  Woo!

I decided I wanted a reverse frame so I wouldn’t lose any of my much needed inches that might be covered by a frame.  We bought some 1″ x 3″ lumber (not moulding) which was about 8′ long.  I had to get two pieces and it was about $5 a piece.  My husband painted the frame with our existing trim paint that came with our house.

In the photo above you can see the inside corners of the frame where my husband used L brackets (metal corner bracket that he already had) to hold the pieces together. He also added two picture hanging “D” rings.

We attached the pegboard to the frame with basic wood screws.

Here is a picture of the blank slate of the laundry room wall.

Since the pegboard was covered I tested the hooks on a extra piece of pegboard to see how the brooms and other items hung.  This helped me determine which hook to use and how to better calculate my spacing.  A mistake here could throw your entire project off if you put the hook in the wrong place.  So, give this some thought if you have to cut fabric like I did.

Then I procrastinated for a few minutes because I was nervous about making the first cut!  Butterflies… measure, layout everything again, and again…and make the first cut with a box cutter. You really only have to make a slit. I also discovered that with the fabric I used it really was not that big of a deal if I made a mistake, the holes were there but not that noticeable.

On an unrelated trip to Target I ran across these baskets near the bathroom accessory section.  So I grabbed them.  They were $9.99 but then I turned a corner and found the EXACT same baskets on clearance for $6.98 so I put the other ones back and grabbed these!

I used the Adhesive Metal Small Bookplates from the Martha Stewart Collection at Staples to label the baskets.

I didn’t think the labels would stick to the baskets so I pierced the back of the adhesive tape and looped two medium jewelry jumprings through the holes to attach the bookplate to the basket.

I added Martha Stewart ElastiNote Tags to the hooks like this hook for the fly swatter (the label says Shoo Fly).

I used bookplates for the “table broom” and the floor dust pan and brush.  I did use the adhesive and just stuck it to the fabric. It seems to be holding well.

Ta da!  Project complete!  I love it!!!  I hope this post gave you some ideas for your own space.  I know it was long, but I wanted you to see that sometimes mistakes happen, sometimes our plans fall to pieces, sometimes you have to put a project on the shelf and let it simmer for a while and that’s okay.  I started this project in May and then put it on the shelf for 3 months! Once I got the fabric I was able to complete the project relatively quickly.  What do you think?  Would you rather embrace the holes and traditional look of a peg board or try to give your pegboard a little style?