Hi everyone! Did you see my post on entryway storage hacks? Come summertime, our house’s entryway (which is pretty small to start with) becomes a jumble of flip-flops, pool gear, outdoor toys, and…did I mention the flip-flops? And since the kids are in and out of the garage door so much more often than during the school year, that space begins to stress me out. So I decided to annex a portion of our garage for storage. To help, I made a pegboard organizer just outside the door to store our sunscreen, sunglasses, and other summertime essentials.
I had some leftover pegboard from my gift wrapping supply closet, so I cut it to fit the spot on the wall and then I decided to paint a pattern on it for fun. And then I used items from the hardware store to organize our stuff. Pipe straps make great storage for sunglasses.
And jars hung with hose clamps are perfect for holding sunscreen sticks and a few bucks for the ice cream truck.
Here’s what I used to make my pegboard organizer:
Nap Rating = 3 naps
Tools and Materials
- Sanding sponge
- Scrap piece of cardboard
- Various shades of paint (I used leftovers from other projects)
- Paper plate
- Small angled craft paint brush
- Acrylic sealer
- (3) Pipe straps
- (2) 3″ Hose clamps
- (2) Small canning jars
- 1 x 2 x 8 (cut into 3 equal lengths to fit width of pegboard)
- Electric drill
- 7/8″ drywall screws
- First, cut your pegboard to the dimensions you want. (You can ask someone at the hardware store to do this for you.)
- Use a sanding sponge to sand any ragged edges.
- Use a ruler to draw a horizontal line across the pegboard wherever you’d like your paint pattern to stop.
- Next, draw a vertical line from the top of the pegboard, right down the middle to your horizontal line.
- Now, use a ruler to draw a triangle on a piece of cardboard and cut it out to use as your pattern. Mark the bottom of the triangle with a star so you always align it the same way.
- Position the triangle pattern so that the starred side sits right on your vertical guide line. Trace the triangle. Move it over and trace it again and again until you get to your horizontal guide line.
- Once you have a line of triangles, draw a vertical line down to connect all of the triangle points. This will create two rows of interlocking triangles.
- Use this new vertical guide line to trace a new row of triangles. Repeat steps 6 through 8 until you’ve covered one half of the pegboard.
- Now, repeat steps 6 through 8 to create the pattern on the other side of your center vertical guide line.
- Using different shades of craft paint, color in triangles in a random pattern. There was no rhyme or reason to how I did this. I just picked a color and painted in several triangles, then washed my brush before switching to a new color. I chose to leave some of the triangles unpainted.
- When the paint is dry, spray it with acrylic sealer.
- Now, cut your 1 x 2 into three equal lengths that are the width of your pegboard. Position them on the back of the board at the top, middle and bottom but don’t screw them into place yet. These will serve to keep your pegboard away from the wall so that there is space to hang baskets or hooks through the holes. They will also give you a support to screw your hardware into.
- Using drywall screws, screw a row of pipe straps through the holes on the pegboard and into the 1 x 2 positioned on the back of the pegboard.
- Use the same idea to attach hose clamps to the pegboard, utilizing the 1 x 2 braces on the back as support.
- Slip small canning jars into the hose clamps.
Now if I can just get our kids to actually use this storage system, we might succeed at keeping our entryway free of summertime clutter. Here are some related posts you might like: