As some of you may know, my boyfriend and I bought our very own apartment last year! While on one hand we needed to get used to the amount of space we suddenly had (separate rooms! Doors! Our own furniture! Cats! Foster dogs!), we also needed to deal with some of the spaces more creatively than in our studio apartment (believe it or not). The only thing that made us doubt our purchase was the size of the kitchen. A space that can never be big enough for two people that love to cook. Read on to find out how we created more space in our 7m2 kitchen.
What I wanted to share with you today is how psyched I am about the pegboard that we made in our kitchen. After browsing Pinterest for DIYs, I finally came across Dille & Kamille’s blog, which seemed to be the only one to have somewhat complete instructions. I still found myself a little confused about the details, so that’s why I made this step-by-step post to help you out! I also included links to where you can buy your hardware (for those that live in the Netherlands). Have fun!
What you need
- pegboard: €19.25
- doorstoppers (we used 8 small ones): €3,58
- washers: €2,79
- screws & plugs: €4,19
- sandpaper: we borrowed some!
- paint + paint roller (a roller gives a smoother finish than a brush!): €12 at a discount store
- hooks: S-hooks or proper ones: €9
Total cost: €50 including the hooks! And we have a lot of leftover paint for other projects 🙂
First you will need to measure out how big you want your pegboard to be. We initially made some complicated measurements, but eventually decided to use the entire thing, which was 90 x 200 cm. The peg board is actually a thin sheet of wood that is used in bed frames, and can be found at Gamma. If you want yours to be smaller, you can get it cut to size in the hardware store!
The best way to measure out the holes for drilling is to hang the pegboard up by one upper corner. From there you can mark the wall with a pencil where the other screws will be. We used 8 in total! Three along the top, three along the bottom, and two in the middle so the weight is distributed equally. Don’t forget to mark the holes on the pegboard too! We used a white chalkboard marker. Insert plugs in the holes you’ve drilled before the next step.
Most DIY blogs have used a wooden frame to suspend their pegboard on. We decided to use these doorstoppers, but because they were slightly too small we added some extra height with washers. Be sure you have enough space between the wall and board for the hooks.
Remember that one corner was already attached, so prepare all the other screws like this:
Once all eight are in, you can screw the screws (haha) in by hand.
Yay! The board is up, and you are ready to paint! Lightly sand the surface of the board, and you are ready to go. A few top tips from my stepfather-in-law, who teaches at an art academy (basically, he knows what’s up when it comes to paint. Take his word.):
- Use paint very very sparsely on your roller
- Paint in two directions: sideways and up +down
- Always finish your stroke upwards because gravity will make the paint drip downwards (even in thin layers)
Our paint didn’t need a primer, and only needed two layers for a perfect coating! Once the paint dried we used S-hooks that were recommended by the Dille & Kamille blog… However, we needed to manually bend the hooks in order to make them fit. Bummer!
We ended up ordering some online, (bottom three hooks not pictured in first photo), which fit perfectly! The pots were left behind by the previous homeowner and now serve as plant pots. They are from an old IKEA collection, and perfect because of their flat backside. Dille & Kamille has cute little pots that you can hang up too!
Best kitchen hack EVER imo. What do you think? 😀