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Trash to Treasure: A Pegboard Makeover

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“But Abby,” you’re thinking, ” you told us that office updates were going to be on WEDNESDAYS! Today is TUESDAY! What are you doing on here with an office update!?” I know, I know. I did say Wednesdays, but I have an extra special event going on tomorrow, so you get to see office updates one day early! Woohoo!

If you haven’t guessed from my Instagram and Facebook sneak peeks, this week has been all about the pegboard! I am so excited about this transformation because this is my very first pegboard in the history of forever, and also because this baby has come a long way. It started out like this:

Trash to Treasure A Pegboard Makeover at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Ick. Not pretty. Like my office chair, I found this little gem in a building that had been donated to my parents’ non-profit, and it was destined for the trash before I brought it home and rescued it. It may have started out rough, but I had big plans for it!

The first thing we needed to do was cut it down. This thing was BIG and since I wanted it to fit between the bookcases in my new office, we sliced off a couple inches here and there until it was the perfect size. After we had cleaned it up, it was time to paint! Much to my hubby’s dismay pure exuberance, I chose Behr’s “Rosy Lavender.” Not the manliest color ever, but hey, it’s my office and femininity is a must!!! We rolled it on with a little roller…

Trash to Treasure A Pegboard Makeover at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

I think that my favorite part is that Donnie’s saw horses are now sprinkled with Rosy Lavender, which will look extra masculine when he pulls them out to do his next man project. 🙂 Two coats of paint did the trick, and I followed that up with two coats of poly acrylic just to make sure the paint didn’t scrape off when I added my pretty pegboard accessories. 

Trash to Treasure A Pegboard Makeover at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Looking better already, right?! Next it was time to frame it. Similar to our framed in bathroom mirror, we used pieces of baseboard molding and cut them down to the dimensions we needed. We used wood glue to adhere the frame to the pegboard and clamped it down to let it dry.

Trash to Treasure A Pegboard Makeover at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Worried that the glue wouldn’t be enough, hubby also used screws to attach the frame to the pegboard from the bottom so that they were inconspicuous.

Trash to Treasure A Pegboard Makeover at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

When we were confident that the frame wasn’t going to fall off the pegboard, it was time to hang it up! I was all, “Just throw it up there on the wall!” but for some reason my hubby likes to do things the right way. Go figure. 😉 He screwed two boards into the studs of the wall to make sure they could hold the weight of the pegboard.

Trash to Treasure A Pegboard Makeover at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Using flat wood screws, we screwed the pegboard to the wood frame behind it using the existing pegboard holes. I gave the trim a few coats of bright white paint, and I had the beautiful pegboard of my dreams!

Trash to Treasure A Pegboard Makeover at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Now I thought about waiting until the big office reveal to show the pegboard with all of it’s pretty accessories, but– let’s be honest– I couldn’t wait, so here it is {!!!}:

Trash to Treasure A Pegboard Makeover at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Before and after, anyone?

Trash to Treasure A Pegboard Makeover at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Love, love, and more love!!! {Just in case you’re new to the whole pegboard scene and are clueless on where to buy pegboard supplies like I was, the little baskets holding the decoupage and paint are from IKEA’s Bygel series, I found the little pails at Target’s Dollar Spot a while ago, and the dowel is from Michael’s.

I got all of the pegboard hooks as part of a kit at The Home Depot.} I am so excited  about the pegboard part of this room, and I absolutely cannot WAIT to see the rest of it come together!

Everything seems to be falling into place, so it won’t be long now! Yippee!!! I’ll be sharing even more sneak peeks of the finishing touches on Facebook and Instagram, so be sure to follow along!

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66 Comments

  1. Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family says:

    It looks great! I love how you framed it.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Megan! You are the sweetest! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  2. I am doing up my craft area right now too and this is my latest project!!! I have always hated pegboard but it has grown on me all of a sudden. I love your girly space so far!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Oooh your craft area sounds like it’s going to be lovely! Hooray for pegboards! 😉 Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Gorgeous, Abby! I desperately need to do something like this to organize my laundry/craft room! 🙂 The light purple shade is so subtle and pretty. Can’t wait to see the whole office reveal.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Danielle! You are the sweetest! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Christine at More Than Mommies says:

    I really like this project, Abby. When I think “peg board” images if hardware stores and garages come to mind. But you made this one fun, functional AND pretty. I’d live to have one gracing my office as well!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank so so much, Christine! Mine definitely looked like it was meant to store hardware at first, lol! But nothing a girly paint color can’t fix! 😉 Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Debbie Fletcher says:

    This is so cute. Very organized and I love your color selection. Great job.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Debbie! Can’t go wrong with Rosy Lavender, lol! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Wendi @ H2OBungalow says:

    Love your idea! What a smart way to keep clutter off a desk and still see your suplies!! Pinning!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Wendi!! I’m loving it so far! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  7. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says:

    I want to come craft with you in your new space already! This has to be the prettiest pegboard installation I’ve ever seen! Sharing and pinning! XO

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Christy! You are always invited to come craft with me any time! That would be SO fun!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  8. Mandy Hank says:

    Awesome girlie! I bet you are feeling so good to be getting this done and organized!! Can’t wait to see it all done 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, friend! It’s coming along slowly but surely, lol! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  9. Love how it turned out!!! I follow you on Instagram and have been curious how this project was going to turn out. You guys did a great job!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Tahnee! You are the sweetest! “See” you on IG! 😉 Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  10. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    Looks beautiful and so handy, Abby!! Thanks for a sneak peak! There’s not many projects I love more than turning something headed to the trash, into something amazing! Way to go!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Kendra! I love a good upcycle too! Enjoy your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  11. Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos says:

    This came out awesome! I could totally use something similar for all of my jewelry supplies.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      OOooh that’s a great idea, Jen! Maybe I need a pegboard in every room of my house… 😉 Thanks so much for your sweet words! Enjoy your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  12. Selene Galindo says:

    Oh I love it, Abby! And the color coukdnt be more feminine which is perfect!!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Selene! Hooray for girly! 😀 Enjoy your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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  14. Paige @ Reasons to Come Home says:

    Love this! Such a good idea for storage. Pinning now!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Paige! You are the sweetest! Enjoy your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  15. JaneEllen says:

    Aren’t you the clever decorator, using quiet serene colors in your new office/craft room? I love the lavender, would love that color on our bedroom walls but have changed my colors of lavender/light mint green to aqua and coral. Our room is good size, cold in winter, hot in summer so want something that looks cool and soft.
    Your pegboard project looks so pretty and a great spot to hang it. You’re really doing things up awesomely. Looking forward to final total reveal.
    Happy Spring

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Oooh your bedroom sounds lovely, JaneEllen! Thanks so much for your sweet comments! You are always so encouraging! Enjoy your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  16. Renee Beaucage says:

    I have to say, I totally lack the patience to do that. All that clamping and drying and waiting, oh my! But, I suppose knowing the outcome makes it all the better.

    Love the colour too!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Lol! The key is to keep myself busy with other projects while I’m waiting so I’m not just sitting there staring at it the whole time! Otherwise, it would totally drive me nuts! Enjoy your weekend, Renee!

      ~Abby =)

  17. Reichal Winn says:

    Great work!! I love the step by step and being able to see the before and after. I can not wait to see the final reveal.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Reichal! It’s coming along little by little, so it shouldn’t be much longer now! Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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  19. Christine says:

    soooo awesome!!!! pinning!! Christine from Little BRags

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Christine! I appreciate the pin! Enjoy your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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  21. LOVE how this turned out…it looks brand spankin’ new! Kudos to your hubby for roughing through the pretty paint, what a trooper! And GENIUS to add the poly acrylic…I didn’t think of that, and my pegboard thing already has some scratched paint on it 🙁 Can’t wait to see more on this fabulous office!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank YOU for the heads up on Facebook! I had the poly from another project, but I don’t know if I would have thought to add it if you hadn’t said something! You are the best, my friend!

      ~Abby =)

      1. Oh I’m so glad I said something, then! Has it held up pretty well so far, no scratching? I’m having so much fun following along on your room makeover journey! Plus, it’s so fun to share ideas and whatnot! 😀 Today I’m working on some curtains…just finding it hard to commit to a pattern/color for them LOL

        1. justagirlabby says:

          No scratching yet! Woohoo! Have fun with your curtains– I know they will be beautiful!

          ~Abby =)

  22. Jen @ Migonis Home says:

    Ohhhh Abby! I just love this… my OCD is going crazy with envy! 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Lol! OCD bloggers unite! 😀 Now if I can just get the rest of the room in order, I’ll be good to go! Have a great weekend, Jen!

      ~Abby =)

  23. Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

    Love the peg board, lady! So great that you could use something that would have been thrown away and instead made it awesome! Such a great job!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Allison! It was fun to see it transform! Thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  24. Very nice. I’ve seen so many pegboards projects lately and I’m inspired to try my own.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Andrea! I love a good pegboard! I say go for it! Enjoy your weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  25. Taryn @ Design, Dining and Diapers says:

    This is beautiful!!! What a fabulous organizational tool. Great job! I could use this 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Taryn! I’m loving it so far! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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  27. This is such a pretty pegboard! Can I add a link to this for my craft room plans? This is exactly what I was looking for!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Absolutely! I’m honored! Have fun with your craft room, Amber!

      ~Abby =)

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    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Emily! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  30. Mindie Hilton says:

    Featuring on at party this week!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      You are the best!! Thank you so much, friend!! <3

      ~Abby =)

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  34. Awesome, pegboard! Your office looks great! So glad you mentioned the detail of screwing two boards into the studs of the wall to make sure they could hold the weight of the pegboard. How long were the screws? Thanks

    1. Donnie Lawson says:

      Hi Irene! Honestly, I can’t remember how long the screws were but I’m guessing 3-3.5″.

  35. LessThisMess says:

    I am so painting my pegboard in my newly organized workshop! Thank you for the idea!

  36. Shelley Collison says:

    Abby it is so pretty! Love the colour??

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, thanks so much, Shelley! Hope you’re having a wonderful week! <3

      ~Abby =)

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