Hello, wonderful people!
It's deep couch sitting, Olympic watching, me.
I forgot how much I love volleyball.
Watching volleyball, I mean.
I don't remember watching ANY of the London Summer Olympics.
WHAT WAS I THINKING??
I haven't been completely unproductive.
I've been rebuilding a roadside find for the August Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest.
So I'm committed to this piece.
Otherwise I would have put it back on the curb after I looked at it more closely.
But let's not talk about that.
Let's talk about the cool giant peg board I built for storing a bunch of my kitchen stuff.
You may remember that my kitchen is small - and low on storage areas.
I have pared down the kitchen stuff I keep, but I like kitchen stuff and don't want to get rid of all my vintage stuff.
So I have to get creative.
I decided to put the peg board in the stairwell that leads to my basement. There is a tiny pantry embedded in the wall on the left. I installed all this to the right.
Going down, there are two stairs, then a platform where the side door opens, then the rest of the stairs.
A good part of the hanging stuff can be reached from the kitchen doorway. The rest I access from the platform.
My first priority was to have a place to store my cast iron pieces. They are so dang heavy and cumbersome. My cabinets are too small for them and my pot rack is full.
I bought 3 sheets of peg board at an estate sale (at least two years ago, maybe three) for 50 cents each. I estimate that these pieces were at least 30 years old. These sheets will be referred to as "vintage" for the remainder of this post.
Once I had the vintage peg board I began to collect the hardware pieces for it. You know, those hooks and pegs and little racks and things that you hang your stuff on. I probably bought 3 boxes of random pieces for a dollar a box, or less, over the years.
So, one day I finally got a bug to get this done.
This is what I used for this project:
4 - 8ft 1x2
4 - 2x4 pieces of peg board
24 - 3 inch wood screws for mounting wood strips
48 - (a bunch) sheet metal screws for mounting peg board pieces
Black chalkboard paint
1 - 10ft corner molding
Various types of hanging hardware pieces
Drill with various small bits.
This is what I did:
1. Attached the 1x2 mounting strips to the wall with 3" screws. I pre-drilled the wood and the plaster wall. These strips should be spaced so that there will be room on each vertical half so that a peg board can be attached to each half. I used at least 4 screws for every 8 ft of mounting board. This wall is very thick plaster and I decided that I didn't want to mess with wall anchors. At the very least I probably should have used them for the top screw on each board. But I did not. I thought that the weight distribution of the finished product would reinforce the stability of the screws. Could I be wrong? Of course.
2. Attached the peg board to mounting strips with 2" sheet metal screws. I used three on each side. These screws were long enough to go into the plaster as well.
NOTE: mounting strips are necessary because the hanging hardware pokes through the holes in the board and needs wiggle room. You could easily use some sort of spacer or nut behind the board to create this space. That is up to you.
3. Fit remaining pieces of peg board to meet your needs. (I did have to remove the stair rail. I'm sure that I'll come up with something to take its place within a few years)
3. Mounted corner molding over edge of the edge of the side of the outside mounting strip.
NOTE: My board was against a wall on one side. If your peg board is exposed on each side you will want the corner molding around each edge.
4. Painted with black chalkboard paint. This could be done with any paint you desire.
Note: If you paint the mounting strips BEFORE you mount the peg board, you won't have wood showing through the holes in the peg board. I didn't figure this out until I was mounting my last piece of peg board.
5. Attached all the hanging hardware. I picked what I judged the best hardware for each individual item that needed to be hung.
Note: A big surprise was that my vintage peg board was thinner and had
smaller holes than the new piece that I had to buy to fill out the
new hardware is very heavy duty compared to the vintage stuff. It will
come in handy if I ever build a peg board for my tools and stuff.
6. Drew an outline around the cast iron pieces so I would know where they belonged.
And to be fancy.
This project was EASY.
I can't believe I waited so long to do it.
Shame on me.
I also took the time to finally hang the bottle rack I bought long ago...
I had actually planed to put this rack ON the peg board, but I guess I had more stuff than I thought!
I moved my Ikea lid rack from the end of the cabinet (and thus sticking into the doorway to the basement) to the same hallway above head level but reachable.
I'm so flippin' glad to have this thing done.
The hardest part of this project was taking the dang pictures.
I guess stairwell photography is just not my thing.
What do you think of my storage hallway?
Aren't you glad you don't have to store your frying pans in your hall?
Rustic & Refined