Giant Pegboard DIY

Following the latest season of Revamp Restyle Reveal, I’ve been feeling inspired to tackle the rooms of our house that just haven’t had much love, and our blank walled bathroom was at the top of he list! Over the last year I’ve gathered plenty of knick knacks that I thought would look great in our bathroom and I’ve been longing for a way to display my finds so that I can enjoy them while I have a soak. Never wishing to waste an opportunity to exercise some creativity and to hone my DIY skills, I decided that I wanted to more than just put up some shelves, and after a fair bit of Pinterest browsing I decided that a giant pegboard was the answer to my woes!  I loved the idea of being able to switch things up on whim and how this practical storage solution doubles as a quirky, industrial style, decor statement. If you like the sound of this too, you should definitely read on to find out how to make your own!

2 giant plywood pegboards mounted on a wall, styled with some littloe shelves and hanging plants.

Materials for this project:

  • Plywood of the size and thickness of your choice (my boards were 12mm thick)
  • Dowel (to make the pegs)

Tools for this project:

  • A drill
  • A Forstner drill bit (the same diameter as your dowel)
  • A spirit level (for mounting your board to the wall)
  • Goggles (because nobody wants to get flying bits of plywood in their eyes)

Overall, this was an extremely affordable project. One huge sheet of 12mm thick softwood ply cost me £28 and the hardware shop that I bought it from cut it to size for free. I insisted on taking all of the offcuts home for future DIY projects (so watch this space!). I wanted my boards to be slightly raised off the wall, so I also bought 4 pine batons to use for mounting the boards, along with a metre of dowel to make the pegs. All in, the materials for this project cost me less than £40!

Now, depending on the space that the pegboard is going in, the sizes and measurements will be different for everyone. In case you’re interested though, my pegboards were 100cm x 55cm and the peg holes were all 14mm. With a lot of careful measuring I worked out that I needed a gap of 7.5 cm at the top and the bottom of the board and a gap of 2.5cm on each side in order to space the peg holes 10cm apart. I took my time working out these measurements and marked out exactly where each hole needed to go before going anywhere near a drill. Remember, measure twice (or about twenty times if you’re me!) and drill once. Trust me, patience will save you A LOT of hassle in the long run!

After carefully measuring up, I put my plywood on a raised workbench, making sure that there was nothing underneath that I would accidentally make a hole in. I then donned my goggles and started drilling small 3mm pilot holes right the way through the board into every point that I had marked for the peg holes. This is an important step for reasons that will become apparent later on! Whilst doing this I made sure to keep my drill as upright as possible to ensure that the drill holes were not wonky, otherwise the peg holes would be wonky, and then the pegs would be wonky… and nobody wants wonky pegs.

Next, I swapped my 3mm drill bit for a 14mm Forstner drill bit and, using each pilot hole as a guide, I drilled approximately half way through the thickness of the plywood (again, keeping the drill as upright as possible). Now, why not drill all the way through, you might ask? Well, during my practice runs I quickly realised that if I drilled all the way through in one go, the drill bit would splinter the plywood on the way out. Not pretty!

The pegboard in progress. A picture of a drill and some plywood with one partially drilled hole.

Top tip: If you’re inexperienced with drills (like me!) use some scrap plywood to practice on. This way you can perfect your technique before making a start on the real thing!

Another top tip: You can actually buy guiding tools that will ensure that your drill holes are as straight as possible. I didn’t know they existed until after I’d completed this project (damn!). My pegboard still turned out great, but if you want yours to be the height of perfection then you might want to consider one of these!

After drilling about half way through on the one side, I then flipped the plywood over to drill the rest of the way through on the other side of each hole, creating a nice clean cut on both sides. Now, this is where the pilot holes really come into their own, because you can see exactly where you drilled through on the other side of your pegboard and you know that you’re going to meet in the middle!

A picture of the pegboard in progress. A drill on top of a sheet of plywood with lots of partially drilled holes. It's starting to look like a pegboard, but it's not quite there yet.

Yay! Now you’ve drilled all of your holes, you have a pegboard! On to the fun of mounting the board on the wall…

Every home is different, so you will have to tailor this step to suit the type of walls that you have. I have plasterboard walls, so for each board I opted to cut 2 pine batons to the same width and, after a lot more careful measuring, I used plasterboard fixings to secure these to the wall exactly where I wanted the top and bottom of each pegboard to go. I then attached the pegboards to the pine batons with screws, using a spirit level to keep the boards straight….Well, I say ‘I’ did this, actually it was ‘we’. Mounting these boards to the wall was definitely a 2 person job and I would recommend getting help from a trusted companion for this task!

Before the pegboards went up. Just an empty wall with one lone framed picture.
Before…
2 pegboards mounted on the wall
After!

When your pegboard is finally mounted on the wall, you can style it and rearrange it to your hearts content! I used some of the offcuts of my plywood to make little shelves and I also found it a great place to hang some plants!

This is by far one of the biggest DIY projects I’ve tried, and it’s also one of my favourites. I hope that it’s inspired you to have a go yourself! I would love to know what you think, so feel free to get in touch!

Industrial Decor on a Budget

Industrial decor takes inspiration from old industrial spaces and factories. It’s style rooted in simplicity and utilitarianism, yet, when done correctly, it looks absolutely stunning. Raw materials, such as cement, metal and wood, and a neutral colour palette are key to achieving this style, and at the moment it’s easy enough to find industrial pieces all over the place. However, despite being easy to find, these pieces can often be eye-wateringly pricey. In this post I’ll show you that this can also be a very budget friendly trend. So, whether you would like to decorate a whole room, or just incorporate a few industrial elements into your decor, read on if you would like some inspiration on where to begin without breaking the bank!

 

Keep things as they are: If you have exposed bricks or beams, leave them as they are! Elements like this are key to the industrial style and, if they’re already a feature of your home, will cost you absolutely nothing.

Simplicity: Industrial style is very utilitarian. Focus on what you want a room’s function to be and select a few key furniture items that fit this criteria. The occasional knick-knack can also help to add to the industrial feel of a room, but it’s best to be selective with these and be careful not to go overboard!

Neutral Colour palette: One of the cheapest and easiest ways to transform a room or a piece of furniture is with paint. The industrial colour palette is all about neutral tones, such as greys and browns, so there’s no need to worry about clashing colours. Use paints in this colour palette to spruce up your walls or give old furniture an industrial makeover.

 

 

 

Get salvaging: Never be afraid to go for pre-loved items! Charity shops and salvage yards can be a treasure trove of reasonably priced industrial pieces. Many items may need a bit of tlc, but the beauty of industrial decor is that it makes a feature of imperfections. Items like chairs, old leather suitcases, tarnished mirrors and metal bed frames are easy to find and can be picked up at very affordable prices!

Get creative: Re-purposed items are such a fun way to add an industrial twist to a room and provide great opportunities for a bit of a DIY project. Maybe you can turn a trunk into a coffee table, or make some scaffold boards into a set of industrial shelves (just make sure to give them a good scrub down with disinfectant first!).

Wall art: This is one of my favourite ways to inject some personality into a room. Vintage posters, adverts and educational charts can easily be picked up online and make a perfect finishing touch to any industrial style space, especially when stuck straight onto a wall or hung in a wooden poster hanger.

 

…anyway, these are just a few affordable ways that I’ve welcomed some industrial decor into my home, but there are so many other great ways to go with such a versatile style. Feel free to comment and let me know how you’ve added some industrial décor to your home!