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Looking to add an accent wall and add some unique storage and organization to your space? This DIY Giant Pegboard is perfect to add functional vertical storage space to any room.  A peg board is great for so many types of spaces: Garage, gym, kids room, laundry room, or office. It is relatively easy to make and install (although it does take some time and muscle to drill all the holes.)

As I’ve been renovating our garage into a multifunctional workshop, gym and crafting area I’ve been getting creative and taking advantage of every nook, cranny and vertical space.

This Giant Pegboard has helped add some elegance to the space while storing some not so pretty garage items like bikes and helmets.

 I couldn’t be more excited with how it turned out. Check out the tutorial below for supplies and tools needed as well as step by step instructions and a video. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS (click to jump ahead)

BEFORE PICTURE

Here is the very sad and bland before picture of the wall I’m working on.

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PREP AND SUPPLIES

TIME: 5-6 hours

COST: $140 (dependent on size)

DIFFICULTY: Medium

To complete this project, you’ll need a few supplies. The biggest issue you may run into is getting these big boards from the store to your home. Keep in mind you can always ask the big hardware stores to cut your wood for you.

HOW-TO STEPS

STEP 1: PLAN YOUR SPACING

First, measure out and plot your spacing for your DIY Pegboard. These are pretty heavy so try to plan it out with as many wall studs as possible.

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STEP 2: MEASURE AND MARK HOLES

Decide on your desired peg spacing and mark your lines. I found it helpful to start on the center line and see how many could evenly fit.

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To complete this project, you’ll need a few supplies. The biggest issue you may run into is getting these big boards from the store to your home. Keep in mind you can always ask the big hardware stores to cut your wood for you.

STEP 2: DRILL HOLES

Use your Forstner bit to drill holes

Next, drill slow steady and straight. Drilling too fast will wear out your bit, and drilling at any sort of an angle will prevent the pegs from sitting correctly. (Your arms will be really sore by the time you’re done.)

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Be sure to drill through the side that will be visible.  The pressure form the bit will cause tear out on the last layer of plywood. You can avoid this by covering the back side with tape or drilling half way through the front then half way through the back.  

But since the back is not visible who has the time or patience for that?

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After completing a few rows of holes, stack the board on top of the other board as a template for your holes.

This will save you time to not have to draw out every single line.

Screw in Pegboards

Using a level, drill cabinet screws through the peg boards into the furring strips.

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STEP 4: INSTALL PEGBOARD

Attach Furring Strips

Furring strips are just pieces of wood that help the peg board sit off the wall, so pegs have room to slide in. Use long cabinet screws to install strips of wood into studs along the top, middle and bottom; just make sure they are spaced out correctly where they won’t block the holes.

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STEP 5: FINISH AND DECORATE

Sand and Stain or Paint

Finally, you can paint or stain your pegboard however you choose. Cut some 1″ dowels and style your DIY pegboard however you choose! I love this because it can be changed and adapt to whatever your future needs may be.

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Sanded with 120 then 240 grit
I stained mine with Varathane Cherry Stain
I used Varathane Cherry Stain

DIY GIANT PEGBOARD REVEAL

VIDEO TUTORIAL

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