Tuesday, Wednesday, friends! Yesterday I said I was going to do a fun little DIY Jewelry Organizer. And I had good intentions. But then my husband reminded me I have NO room in my closet for a jewelry organizer, so I switched gears. I decided I would make a DIY tool peg board/organizer instead! (Which I really need!)
In our new garage my husband built himself a work bench with a peg board over the top. He also installed heavy duty metal cabinets to hold all of his tools. Since I am always tinkering with a chandelier or DIY project, I think I need a work space in the garage, too! So, I’m going to carve out a little piece of the garage for myself. (With my husband’s help and encouragement. Oh how he loves an organized garage!)
I have a pretty green table I used in our previous house as a bar. (see picture below) I had a piece of glass cut for the top so it will be a great surface for projects. It has two drawers and a large shelf underneath which will be perfect for holding my paints, brushes and hardware. We don’t have a space for this table in our new house, so I’m glad I can put it to good use. I think I will put it on large casters in order to elevate it a bit and make it a more useable height for me.
So, today I made my own peg board to go on the wall above my work table. I started with a large vintage frame which measures overall 27″ by 33″. By adding a piece of pre-primed peg board, it instantly becomes a tool organizer! (or a jewelry organizer) Because I love a good black and white color scheme, I knew this would work perfectly! Plus, I always have black and white paint on hand. This is how it looked when I started:
I taped off the inside of the pegboard and then on top of that taped a plastic bag. Theoretically this would keep the paint from seeping through. (A little paint seeped through anyway.) In hind sight, I should have painted the frame and pegboard separately then assembled it. Live and learn.
I painted the frame with a semi-gloss in black by Rust-Oleum. It looks better already!
Once the paint on the frame dried, I removed the plastic and tape. Then I painted the peg board with a white semi-gloss paint using a small angled brush. Naturally some paint got in a few of the holes, so I used a clean cotton Q-tip to clean out the holes before the paint dried.
I love how my peg board turned out! My original plan for this frame was to make a jewelry organizer. Had this been the case, I probably would have painted the peg board black and the frame a gold leaf. This would have fit nicely with the jewelry theme. But black and white works better for my tools, and will look better in the garage. Hmmm, maybe my husband will want a frame around his peg board now, too?
After the paint dried, I added a few peg hooks to my new board. Once I hang the board in the garage, I’ll add a few more hooks for my regularly used tools such as my screwdrivers, hammers and pliers. For now, I have my favorite scissors my Mother gave to me and, a vintage tape measure. I am going to be SO organized this year!
This vintage tape measure belonged to my father-in-law and he gave it to my husband. Isn’t it cool?
This goes to show how a plan for a project can take a completely different turn. Not surprisingly this is how many of my ideas come about. I have one thing in mind at the beginning and then it morphs into something better! Soon I’ll share my husband’s work area which has become my inspiration. Mine will be prettier of course and may have a chandelier for task lighting instead of a spot light? It could happen.
What do you think? It’s amazing what one can do with a vintage frame and a little bit of paint, right? I have plans to add extra storage to my work bench area in the coming days. I’ll share those soon. Meanwhile, thank you for stopping by! You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see more of my projects and plans! Have a great day! xoxo Dell