For the last week I have been working on tutorials for pinch pleat drapes and a beginner upholstery project, but between slow mail and damaged fabric both of these projects are waiting for supplies. However, I am not going to let a little thing like a lack of a finished project sway me. I thought today you might like to see how I built an Accessory Wall with supplies from Home Depot for my daughter’s closet. I did this project last August before I had planned on blogging, so I don’t have a picture for every step, but I promise this one is so simple that you won’t need them.
Both of my girls like it when I make them things for their birthdays. This is pretty easy to accomplish with stuffed animals and skirts. It got considerably harder once my daughter decided that her wardrobe consist of geeky t-shirts and jean shorts and I decided that I was sick of stuffed animals! Since we had just moved in and decorated her bedroom, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to make. Then I noticed the top of her dresser. Every necklace or bracelet she has ever owned were tangled up and looking like a metal and plastic tumble weed.
I have found that with kids, jewelry boxes just don’t cut it. Since their jewelry is not expensive, people give a lot of fashion accessories to girls (which they treasure). I knew the solution would need to hold a lot of stuff. I also knew that I wanted something that would grow with her, so that I wasn’t figuring out this stuff over and over again (read – she is never going to throw anything away). It had to be affordable and it had to be something that I had spent time on.
That is when I came up with the idea for the accessory wall (actually we called it the accessory and robotics wall, but the child has still yet to organize her tools and robot parts on the wall a mere 9 months later). Adeline has a big closet. There was one large wall behind the closet door which was wasted space. At first I was going to do a 2 foot square pegboard, but the more I thought about it, I liked the idea of making the board as large as the space would allow. This way she could add belts, hats, robot parts, or even art supplies.
I went to my local home depot and picked up 2 white pegboards and a pegboard accessory kit (I went with the cheapest accessory kit). Then I spread out a drop cloth on the garage floor and lined up the pegboards. I had a reusable stencil border at home and some left over purple paint from when I painted Adeline’s room. From there I just lined up the stencil and went around the pegboard. I would tape the stencil border on with painters tape, roll over it lightly with a small 4″ high density foam roller, pull up the tape, re-position the stencil, and repeat. The only tricky parts were the bottom corners where I could not get the stencil corner and border designs to match up. For that I basically did the best I could and tried to make the parts where it did not match up exactly blend in. When it had dried, I covered it with a coat of clear coat (very likely unnecessary, but it was right there in the garage).
You can see from the picture above that the bottom corners are not exactly like the top ones. This is where I just did the best I could, it blends in and is not noticeable when it is hung on the wall. You might also notice the borders are not in identical spots on each board. If you go with two pegboards, like I did, they may not have all of the holes lined up exactly between the different sides. I decided to keep the lines even and not worry about the edges. It is a matter of personal preference if you want the peg-holes to a line or the edges of the pegboards. You can avoid this issue all together by cutting down one giant pegboard to size, I choose two for ease of loading in the minivan and it was way lighter and easier to work with.
After everything is dry, you can hang the pegboards on the wall. The kit that I got included spacers for hanging a pegboard. Basically, the spacers look like thick washers and keep the pegboard sitting slightly off of the wall so that you can easily put your metal holders into the pegboard (if you are using two or more pegboard pieces, just make sure you get 4 spaces per pegboard). I hung the boards by holding them up to the wall and then putting a level on the stenciled edge. I did the stenciled edge instead of the edge of the pegboard since I figured that would be more noticeable if it wasn’t straight. I used a pencil and marked the holes where I would screw into the wall. I drilled right into the studs when possible and used drywall anchors when not. After the holes were drilled I held up the spacers and then put the screw right through the pegboard hole and spacers and into the wall.
This is one of the few organizational items that my daughter actually uses. She absolutely loves it!
After I finished it, I wondered why I never made one of these before. It was super helpful and easy. Would you ever use a pegboard for organizing your accessories?