Workshop Pegboard Upgrade

Workshop Pegboard Upgrade

My current workshop pegboard situation has actually worked out really well for storing my hand tools. I like being able to see everything in one place and having easy access. The only problem? It’s now on the opposite side of my workshop! So, I knew that I’d need to do some changes. I decided to add a second pegboard, and thought: why not also make them look good too?

Basement Project Recap:

Painting the Pegboard

I could’ve kept the pegboard white, and it would’ve blended well with the wall. But, I thought, why not add a pop of color? I’m usually working down here in colder months, so trying to brighten this space up and make it more aesthetic ended up being pretty important to me. 

This ended up being really pretty easy. I used a foam roller and did two light coats using Valspar’s Palisade Blue. I have this color in a few places in my home (and it will soon be making its appearance in another spot-stay tuned!). To me, it’s the perfect light blue. I prefer blues with a more purple or gray undertone over the green, which can prove a little difficult to find, but this one hits the spot for me.

I would suggest making sure that the surface underneath is either protected, or you don’t mind getting paint on it. The paint will fall through the holes! I did this on my old workbench which is getting an update soon so I didn’t mind!

Painting my Pegboard Accessories

Which do you prefer? Gold or silver? I’m a gold girl through and through, especially when it comes to blues! I just think the combination is stunning, whereas silver can come across as too cold in my opinion. So, of course, I wanted these painted.

You can buy gold hooks, but I’ve found them to be much pricier, so I decided to spray paint! Again, this was such a simple process. I just laid out the hooks on canvas cloth and started spraying! After about 15 minutes, I flipped them all over and did the other side.

I chose Rustoleum’s Bright Coat Metallic Gold spray paint. Trust me on this one, not all gold spray paints were created equally! But this one really hits the mark.

Installing the Pegboard without Drilling into the Basement Wall 

I really didn’t want to have to drill into my basement cinder block walls to install this workshop pegboard. It just did not sound like it would go very well and I didn’t want to deal with the hassle. So, I came up with a solution!

I used these plant hooks with this rope and hung them! I pre-drilled holes in some wood in the ceiling rafters, then installed the hooks. Tip: Use a long drill bit or screwdriver to get leverage when installing these. Save your hands from the pain!

Then, I looped the rope around the hook and secured it to the pegboard by weaving it through two corner holes and tying it in a knot in the back. This worked perfectly to get them supported. They’ll definitely support the weight of my hand tools. 

Once you hang everything up, the rope will stretch a little bit from the weight, so you’ll probably need to adjust them to get them back to level. But, this is an easy fix!

Organizing the Workshop Pegboard Wall

Now to the fun part! I started by placing hooks on the workshop pegboard in general areas, knowing that I’d eventually move things around as I placed them on the wall. This was just a starting point.

Then, as I started putting the tools in place, I moved things around until I liked where everything was. The key here is to distribute weight but keep similar tools together. That will make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

And that’s it! This was as simple as a project as I had assumed it would be, and I’m so glad I decided to go for it!

The workshop is coming together really well and I can see the finish line!

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