This last month we have been working on finishing off the transformation of our guest room to the school room. We needed a place to for supplies to be easily accessible and organized. We decided a peg board would suit the purpose well, given this room has lots of wall space and no closet. I wanted the room to look nice so the kids will enjoy their time spent in this room and wanted it to somewhat match the desk we just built for the room (see our DIY farmhouse desk post) so we framed it. Keep reading below to see how we pulled it off.
DIY Framed Peg Board
List of Materials:
*4’x4’ sheet of pegboard
*premium 1x2” trim (we used Hemlock)
*Phillips head screws
*Drill and drill bit
*lint free cloth
*220 grit sandpaper
First, determine what size of a pegboard you want. We decided to cut ours down to 3’x4’ using our table saw.
Next, measure your 1x2” trim pieces that will surround your board to make the frame. We added about 2-3” on each end to ensure there would be enough room for a nice 45-degree angle.
On your table router, install a 1/4” straight bit, and raise it to a cut depth of about 1/4”. Adjust your router table fence so that you can miter a slot long way down your 1x2 trim. This will allow you to seat the pegboard into the trim.
Place a 1x2 trim along the top edge of the peg board, with a pencil, mark the ends of the pegboard on the 1x2 trim piece. Using your miter saw, set it to a 45-degree angle to make the cut. Make sure the short side of the trim is the side that was slotted. This will be the inside, toward the pegboard. Repeat this process for the remaining three sides.
Gently sand the city’s just made on the miter saw to clean up the edges.
Lay down a long piece of trim, a short piece of trim, and then a long piece of trim end to end with the slotted side down.
Use the painter’s tape to tape each piece together. Gently roll them over so the slotted side is up.
Place some glue on each angle and then fold them in towards each other.
Lay the trim on its side, then use the speed square to ensure the corners are 90-degrees and square. Use tape or other items to secure them while the glue dries.
While the frame is drying, spray paint the front of the board and let dry.
**note- you can purchase white pegboard, but our local hardware store only had 8 foot sheets available and we didn’t want to have that much extra board hanging around.**
When the frame is dry, stain all the pieces. After the stain is dry polyurethane the frame. We used spray poly. When the poly is dry add glue to the slots of the trim pieces and slide the pegboard into place. Immediately wipe any glue that drips. Then glue the last piece of the frame on. Use clamps to secure the trim to the pegboard while the glue dries.
Once the glue is dry, it’s ready to be hung. We placed some spacers between the pegboard and the wall so it stands off about about a half inch. You could use washers or nuts or any other item your screw will easily pass through. By adding spacers, this allows you to securely tighten the mounting screws while the pegboard face will remain flush and even, not being sucked towards the wall.
Use a stud finder to find your studs., Mark with a pencil, and drill a pilot hole. This will make it much easier to align your mounting screw with your pilot hole. If needed, tape the spacer to the back of the pegboard so its is in place when mounting. Positioning your board then attach to the wall using four screws. Choose a screw length suitable for any spacer you have used.
Now that the pegboard is hung you can place pegs and hooks on the board to help hold and organize school, office or crafting supplies. I love how it turned out and matches our desk. We used paint, stain and poly left over from our desk project. There are many different ways to frame a pegboard, this is just the way we did it. Have fun and be creative.
Head over to our Instagram @beaus_and_belles to see more of the school room reveal.