Friday, November 16, 2012

Organizing with Pegboard

Here is a recent article I wrote for

I would like to introduce you to my secret weapon for organizing a space - - pegboard.  Not only is it relatively inexpensive, but it can also be used in many different areas.  Pegboard has long been stereotyped as an organizing tool in Dad's garage used to hold hammers, screwdrivers and rakes.  I am here to de-bunk that myth and share with you the many clever and functional uses I have found for this simple and cheap material.  

5 Easy Steps for Pegboard Organizing

1.  Begin with a piece of pegboard purchased from your local hardware store.  Most hardware stores will cut the pegboard to the length you need.  It is very important to know the size of the pegboard before going to the store.

2.  Paint the pegboard with a semigloss paint of the color your choice.

3.  I used 1" x 2" wood strips to frame out the pegboard on the back and secured it with wood glue and small screws.  You have to allow some depth for the pegboard and wall so the peg hooks can fit.  

4.  Secure the framed pegboard to the wall with wood screws into the studs.

5.  Add the pegboard hooks and hardware to the front of your pegboard.  I like to "map out" where I plan to hang items in advance to ensure optimum use of space.  For instance, in my most recent pegboard project, I created zones for my craft supplies.  The great thing about pegboard is that it is easy to make a change without having to start over.  If you don't like an arrangement, simply reposition your hooks / bins and start over.  

Here are some other ways I have used pegboards as organizational tools in my house.

His and Her Closet Organizers covered in fabric.  The fabric allowed me to "hide" the use of pegboard and give some style to the piece.

I painted and framed a pegboard for the mudroom to organize my sons school materials.  Having been in school now for about 6 weeks, I can tell you that this has been a lifesaver.  The other two pegboard projects were for my craft room and closet (jewelry organizer).

I have also made use of small pieces of pegboard to serve different purposes.  The black unit is a gaming tower my father and I built.  We use this piece in my son's game room to organize his video game controllers.  The white unit is in my craft room and holds some of my painting supplies.

I hope that you now see pegboard in a different light and find a use that works for you and your space.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Design Dazzle's "100 Ideas of Christmas Wonderful"

All of my Halloween decorations have been taken down and put away and I couldn't be more excited to have them gone.  It has been a slow transition getting in the holiday spirit with a new place.  I'm in the middle of putting up my Christmas decorations and I'm trying to find a place to put everything, but I'm going to have to accept that everything is just not going to fit.  Our house in Dallas was twice the size of our rental here in Calgary and it' been really hard to find a place for all of my decorations.  I guess I have such an emotional connection to so many of my decorations because they remind me of special moments, people and places we have been.

In the meantime, I am so excited to announce that I will be part of this years Design Dazzle's "100 Ideas of Christmas Wonderful" celebration that kicked off today.  I have almost wrapped up my project, but in the meantime please make sure to check out last years creative crafts, treats and decor by clicking on the button below.


I will be back soon to share some Christmas decorating treats!!!!
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