DIY A Minimalist Pegboard for Home Decoration

Hello all, I am so excited to be sharing this home decor centered blog post! If I could sum up my style in a few words, I would use buzzwords like: minimalist, boho, earthy, and mid-century modern. This blog post will be on how I created my very own natural and minimalist pegboard. What is a pegboard you might ask? Well I took my inspiration from Aspyn Ovard’s old house which got decorated by the popular blog, Vintage Revivals. Here’s a link to their blog post on how they created theirs, but I had a few tweaks. I hope you all enjoy and don’t forget to check out my last outfit post when I was in Japan!

When I was researching on how I could achieve or buy this wall decor, they were running upwards of $250 on Etsy. Not only was it $250, that didn’t even include the shipping which would be around $80. W-O-W. That was too costly for me, and I took the plunge and decided to DIY it myself. These two boards, the shelving, french cleat hangers, and pegs only cost me around $110. That is a fraction of the price on Etsy and I made two! That $250 price tag was only for one pegboard!

I made two pegboards because the wall I had was extensive and needed to be filled. Prior to this, I didn’t have any decorations on that wall. I decided to throw in some hanging plants on the wall and my guitar to give it a boho feel.

DIY Minimalist Pegboard

To build this board, you’ll need:

  • 2′ x 4′ x 1/2″ sheet of wood per panel
  • 1″ wood dowels
  • 36″ x 6″ x 1/2″ plank of wood

Tools:

  • Hand Drill set
  • 1″ Spade Bit
  • 1″ Steel Hole Saw
  • Screwdriver (preferably for your hand drill)
  • Circle Saw Cutter

Creating Your Pegboard

1. Designing the hole spacing for the Pegboard

Personally for me, I wanted my holes to not be too close and not too abundant. I decided to leave a 2″ space from the edge. Using that as a starting point, I measured 4″ and marked that at the top. I did that along one short and one long side. From there, I created a grid.

2. Measuring the Dowel and Shelf spacing

In terms of measuring the shelves, it all depends on how abundant you want your shelving to be and of varying sizes. Personally, my plank of wood was 36″ overall, I wanted to utilize as much of the wood as possible. Thus, I chose to cut each piece of wood in sections of 16″, 12″, and 8″ pieces, which is 36″ all together, huzzah! I was a mathematics major in college, if you couldn’t tell (haha).

For the Dowels, I made them 6″, which is the same size of the width of the shelves. Since about 1/2″ of the dowels will go into the pegboard, the end of the shelving wouldn’t be flush with the end of the dowels. Personally, I preferred this, but if you want them flush, then add another 1/2″ (or whatever the depth of your pegboard is).

For the actual heavy work, we utilized a hand circular saw. It was easy and accurate compared to a hand saw (which I tried cause I was afraid of the circular saw).

3. Drilling your holes

I don’t ever DIY anything and this was my first DIY project. Thus, I didn’t know that the drill I got wouldn’t actually drill through… A spade bit will not go through and thus I used it as a template for the other drill. Because the point is sharp, it was easy to use that first to create a template hole at the exact middle of your measured grid.

After drilling that template out, we used a 1″ steel hole saw on the hand drill. One of the things we found out was that by brute-forcing the task and just sawing through one side, the other side would get messed up. So plan to measure and put your grid on the side you want to showcase. Unless you want to drill part way one side, and flip it over to do the other. We decided to just brute-force it.

4. Sanding your pegboard and parts

This isn’t really a tutorial, but I chose to keep the measured side as the one I wanted to display. Because of that, I decided to just sand the pencil markings off. That was easy and quick and made the board a little more smooth. I chose to sand down the shelving and dowels as well. Personally, I wanted them smooth and there were some markings from the store.

5. Installing the Hardware to Hold it to the Wall

When I was reading the Vintage Revival DIY tutorial, I wasn’t satisifed or wanted to drill into the wall that many times. Since we had a sizing difference, I decided to go with a french cleat. This is a sort of bracket that is thin and long to allow your pegboard to be flush against the wall. I chose one that was meant for 200lbs of weight. Am I going to put 200lbs? No, cause I’m scared.

It’s simple to install and can be done so by just screwing in the screws provided into the board. I used an anchor and screw to install the other bracket into the wall.

When I was reading the Vintage Revival DIY tutorial, I wasn’t satisifed or wanted to drill into the wall that many times. Since we had a sizing difference, I decided to go with a french cleat. This is a sort of bracket that is thin and long to allow your pegboard to be flush against the wall. I chose one that was meant for 200lbs of weight. Am I going to put 200lbs? No, cause I’m scared.

It’s simple to install and can be done so by just screwing in the screws provided into the board. I used an anchor and screw to install the other bracket into the wall.

6. Designing your Layout

The greatest thing about the pegboard is the customizability of the shelving. I chose to focus on a specific design of one shelf or dowel as the focal point. For the left board, I already wanted to hang my polaroid camera on it. Therefore I put shelving beside it and filled it in as I got stuff.

Personally, besides the polaroid camera, I wanted lots of plants. I made sure to have a quite a few short and medium shelves to put a multitude of different plants of all different sizes. I also wanted to incorporate a few lone pegs that would hold something that would hang. You can really be creative with your layout and what you can display! Since I’m not the only one living in the house, I wanted to incorporate my boyfriends favorite hobby: baseball. He loves the Houston Astros and so we put a few signed balls and a signed cap.


There you go! This is how I decorated my pegboard. Besides the pegboard, I added my guitar and hanging plants that supported by pegs (to match the aesthetic of the pegboard).

I’ll link as many items that I filled it with below. This was one of the best DIY’s I’ve successfully created. It definitely gave me confidence to create more and you bet I will DIY more! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and let me know if you create this pegboard.

Shop The Pegboard

Target Star Figurine Metal Tabletop
UO Modern Instax Frame
UO Instax Patterned Photo Album
fujifilm Instax Instant Camera
Ikea Nypon
Ikea PÄRLBAND
Ikea HÄRLIGA
UO Roxy Rose Gold Mini Watering Can
Hexagon Wall Mirror
Black Felt Letter Board 12 x16 Inch
Chickidee green emerald embossed glass candle lantern
Liv 5” Footed Planter

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