May 02, 2018
I have a long-standing obsession with pegboard walls. The pegboard wall at Homeday Studio (above) is one of my very favourite things about our space. Perhaps it's my love of mise en place (a french culinary phrase for “everything in its place”) or the graphic minimalism of those tiny grid-like circles, but I think there’s a place for a pegboard wall in every home. Read on for some simple tips for installing a pegboard wall in your creative space.
1. Buy and Paint. Pegboard panels are available at your local hardware or lumber store, and come pre-cut in many different sizes. For the panel above my sewing desk, I used a 24" by 48" pegboard panel, and painted it with a roller in Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. I'd recommend using spray paint or a spray gun instead, otherwise you'll end up, like me, filling in all 1152 holes with a tiny artist brush where the colour was missed by the roller (uh… neurotic, I know). Alternatively, you can save a bit of your sanity, and leave the pegboard in its unpainted state (usually white or brown hardboard).
2. Hang it. When you’re mounting your pegboard, don’t hang it directly against the wall. Shimming the pegboard out from the wall allows space for the back of your pegboard hooks. We stacked six 3/8" washers in each corner to shim out the pegboard from the wall. I also stacked some felt floor protector pads halfway along the top & bottom of the panel so it wouldn't bow inwards.
3. Accessorize. Now for the fun part! I used standard pegboard accessories from the garage organization section of my local big box hardware store. A few other things to try: rest a dowel between 2 hooks for ribbon or washi tape storage; drill holes in plastic containers and hang on a hook for pen/marker/plant storage, use 2 L-shaped hooks to set a framed print on.
That's it! Give it a try- you'll love tidying up after yourself, I promise.
Looking for more ideas? Here's more pegboard inspiration from around the web.
A pretty pink pegboard for your kitchen.
For the true DIYer, I love this minimalist pegboard wall organizer.
Pegboard & plants- why not? Such a beautiful living focal point.
You know it's a good idea when IKEA starts making it. Check out the new SKADIS line of pegboard walls and accessories.
Convinced? Good. Happy Organizing!
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November 24, 2019
Back in August, an editor at the U.K. magazine Mollie Makes emailed me to ask if I would be interested in designing and making a trio of punch needle animal stuffies for their December 2019 cover. I’ll admit I was intimidated- the deadline was tight considering my kids were still home with me for summer break, and I had more than a bit of performance anxiety (what if they’re just “meh” about the final product?). In the end I said yes, and I’m so thrilled with how this project turned out!
November 03, 2019
November 01, 2019
This month I was featured in an article by Chatelaine Magazine on bringing punch needle into your home décor. The article touches on the current trend of punch needle, its history, and profiles a number of talented punch needle artists selling patterns, supplies, and finished work. Writer Iris Benaroia interviewed me for the article and included a great little write-up of me and my work. I love the quote she included of me describing punch needle as “the least frustrating craft I’ve ever tried”. Perfectly summed up!