I recently moved, and realized that I have way too much building-related stuff and nowhere to put it. I had it all in a tool bag before, but that made finding stuff hard. It was also kind of scary digging around in a bag full of knives and blades trying to find something. So, I figured I needed that one thing that all serious workshops have- pegboard! I thought I’d take it one step further, and use chalkboard paint so I could label the tools and doodle.
I’ve actually had the pegboard laying around for almost a month now, but never got around to hanging it up because I wasn’t sure how to do it. There are two tricky things about hanging pegboard. One, since you will probably be hanging a lot of weight from the board, you have to make sure to screw it into the studs in the wall. Two, since pegboard hooks stick out the back a little bit, you have to leave a little space behind the board when you hang it. I’m happy to report that it was actually pretty easy to hang. Here’s how.
I used two sheets of pegboard that were each 2ft by 4ft. I bought two 1×2’s and cut them in half so I had four 4ft pieces. I started by painting the pegboard, which was easy. I bought spray-on chalkboard paint and applied two coats about 10 minutes apart. I went through two cans of paint. After letting it dry overnight, I followed the instructions and rubbed a piece of chalk over the whole surface. However, I didn’t like how dusty it looked, so I wiped it down with a damp cloth afterwards. Doing so didn’t seem to affect the chalkboardy-ness at all.
First, use a stud finder to locate the studs behind your wall, and mark them with a pencil. I got lucky in that the studs were perfectly centered over the spot I wanted the board. I also go unlucky in that the placement of the studs was a little longer than the pegboard I wanted to hang. More on that later. I used one of my wood pieces as a stencil, and traced out where each piece of wood would go.
Next, hang the wood pieces up over your stencil, using nails. Nails won’t be strong enough to support the whole pegboard, we’re just using them to temporarily hold up the wood while we screw it down.
Now use two nails to hang the first pegboard from the wood where you want it to hang. I started with the lower board. Use a level to make sure it’s.. err.. level. Again, the nails here are just to hold everything in place while we screw it down.
Make sure the screws you use are long enough to go through the pegboard, the 1×2’s, the wall, and into the stud. I used 2 1/4 inch drywall screws because I had them laying around. They seemed to work pretty well.
Drill three holes in each piece of wood at the top, middle, and bottom of the pegboard. You’ll have 12 screws holding the board in place which should be more than enough. Then screw in the board. Here you can see the problem I ran into. The placement of the wood was a little wider than the width of my pegboard, but I couldn’t move them in or they wouldn’t be on the studs anymore. I decided that having a little frame around the edges wouldn’t be too bad so I went with it. I also discovered that the 1×2’s weren’t perfectly straight, which wouldn’t have been a problem if they didn’t stick out from behind the board. Grrrr.
Here’s a close up of a screw going through the pegboard, then the 1×2, then into the wall. Once the first board is hung, do the same thing for the top board: Hang it by two nails where you want it to be, drill holes in the top, middle, and bottom of each piece of wood, then screw it down.
That’s all there is to it. Once it was up I hung up all my tools and did a little doodling. My office is finally starting to feel like a workshop, it is really inspiring!