Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. To kick off the week, I wanted to share a project I did in our kitchen a couple weeks ago.

The pegboard pot rack is definitely is not an original idea. I’ve been holding onto a piece of pegboard for quite some time, just waiting to hang it on the wall. A couple weeks ago I finally did and I’m so glad I did. It was pretty easy (I did it completely on my own) and was finished in two nap times (so we’ll say, 4 hours). In my opinion, it’s a project you can do even as a renter (like us). But if you’re unsure, always ask your landlord. It’s something that can easily be removed, holes patched and painted over when it’s time to move out. (Or left up, if your landlord allows it).

This isn’t going to be a thorough DIY post. You can find the tutorial I followed (loosely) to hang my pegboard. And here are some notes on how I did my project:

  • I didn’t have to cut the pegboard, like they mention in the tutorial, as I had a precut piece from Home Depot (that was 2 feet by 4 feet). You can also get a large sheet of pegboard if you want something bigger. They can cut it for you at Home Depot (and I assume Lowe’s, too).
  • I used 1×2 boards for the frame, the same as the tutorial. They are cheap! I used a regular old fashioned hand saw to cut the frame boards. Then I sanded the edges. (My husband has informed me that a miter saw is the technically correct saw to use for this kind of cut. Thanks love!)
  • I don’t have a stud finder, so I always use the old fashioned method for finding studs. I tap horizontally across the wall with my pointer finger knuckle and listen for the sound to change. When you tap over a stud, it sounds less hollow. Then I take a small nail and hammer where I think the stud is. If, in fact, a stud is there, the nail will go in and stick into the stud. You’ll feel it. If there’s no stud, you’ll feel that you didn’t hit anything. Try again! Depending on when the house was built, studs are typically 16 inches apart, from the center of one stud to the center of the next. So, if you find one stud, it should be easy to find more! Just measure 16 inches. I didn’t use any dry wall anchors because I screwed directly into studs.
  • I painted the pegboard to make it look less like it should be hanging in a garage. I used spray paint. If you use a can of paint and a brush, make sure to water the paint down and apply very thin coats so it doesn’t clog up the holes. I painted the side that was already white, after lightly sanding it. The back side that’s brown is porous and soaks up paint like crazy (and it doesn’t look very smooth, either).
  • I made a frame for around the board after it was up. It made it look more finished and also less ‘garage’. I painted the frame the same color as the board.

Pegboard hooks can be found at Home Depot (or Lowe’s… maybe even Walmart).

And the best part… the cabinet that once held all my pots and pans and was jam packed is now much more manageable and easy to access!

If you have any questions about hanging your own pegboard pot rack, I’d be happy to try to answer them!

The pegboard is hanging over a thrifted dresser. I painted it white and spray painted the knobs an antique gold. It used to be in our dining room and now lives in the kitchen. The top drawer holds canned goods and the bottom two drawers are (relatively organized) junk drawers. I put old crates on top of the dresser and use it at open storage for some white dishes. Beside the dresser I have 4 old apple crates stacked, which hold my cook books, crock pot, rice cooker and blender.

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