4 days after the killer food poisoning and I’m back to normal, exploring the city!
Though maybe my senses are still a bit off, I haven’t chosen so well this morning… (currently typing from a mediocre café not worth telling you about.)
But, since I’m here, already out of office, it’s a great chance to talk about a subject I have been neglecting lately: DIY.
It’s not that I haven’t been making stuff lately, I just didn’t write about it. Probably because none of the creations was a quick one-afternoon project. I have been working on big projects for my house. As the title says, those are things I did “from the side”, in a very slow progress.
When I added the pictures I came to the conclusion the post is too long, so I split it into 3 parts – peg boards, wall decor and small sewing projects.
Here we go with number one:
A couple of months ago I saw a picture of a pegboard filled kitchen. It looked amazing- both industrial & modern and a great storage solution.
I wanted to add one to our apartment.
Thing is, it wasn’t that easy to find pegboards. They are either sold in design shops for a very high price or by suppliers who sell only in big quantities. Not something that a mid-class working girl like me could put her hands on.
But, after 3-4 weeks of searching and asking around, I found an affordable solution!
A building materials store not far from our house was willing to sell me second-hand boards that used to be in their shop. They were so cheap I bought 3! It cost 25₪ (6$) per board.
Bringing them home was a bit of a mission impossible, but I found a way to get them through Dizengoff Street:
Now, let’s head to the first project I made and I’ll explain how to handle these things!
#1 Pegboard Project – MY DIY CRAFTING SPOT
Having a crafting table is something I always dreamed about.
Growing up in a house with 3 destructive boys it didn’t work out.
Now, that I have my own house, I made an affordable version of the beautiful crafting spots I saw on Pintrest, and this is how it turned out:
how do you make a building materials shop board into the main feature of your dream crafting spot?
You follow these steps:
- Clean – go over the boards with a dry mop to get rid of the dust. Then use some kind of cleaning material or cleaning wipes for a final cleaning touch
- Color – I used Liquitex turquoise matte spray paint and the results were fantastic! It only took 2 coats to look finished. I really recommend the spray I used but the brand doesn’t really matter – just don’t compromise on the paint. It’s a piece of furniture you’re going to hang in the house, you don’t want it to look cheap or chip overtime.
- Hang – Different boards are built differently (even in the batch I bought) so it’s better to ask for hanging advice when you buy it. Anyway, you’ll probably need a drill. If you don’t have one you probably don’t know how to use it. So you can take a risk, borrow and try to hang it or ask your neighbor for help, like I did.
- Order racks/hangers – or buy them in a store. In most places, people didn’t understand what I asked for and even if they did they had none in stock.
After 5 shops I gave up the hunt and bought a 60-piece pack online.
I made a mistake you shouldn’t repeat – I didn’t measure the distance between the peg holes before I ordered. When the hooks arrived we used a pliers to make them fit the board. It still isn’t perfect, yet holds what it needs to hold:
#2 PEGBOARD PROJECT – My JEWELRY RACK
This might be one of my favorite spots at home.
I want to be a cool minimalist ,but… I have a lot of colorful jewelry I am emotionally attached to. When we moved in I put them in a box and that wasn’t convenient. The box tool a lot of space in the closet and kept them out of sight, in a way that kept the jewelry unworn.
So this is the perfect solution for me:
The painting process was similar to the one I mentioned for the crafting spot. Even though it was originally white, I colored the board. It made it matte and hid some of the scratches and blemishes it carried from being hung in the shop.
Well, that’s it for post number one on the getting-back-to-sharing-my-creations series,
I’ll be glad to hear what you thought!
Hugs & Kisses,
*Ohh, and since I got a personal request, here’s something for you to pin: