Garage Makeover: Framed Pegboard

There have been MANY ongoing projects around the Life Absorbed household, so my goal for Memorial Day weekend was to finally cross several projects off my list. First on the list was finalizing my garage, and a big part of that was finishing my pegboard and color choices. To catch up to speed check out these other garage projects: Garage Makeover, Garage Makeover Update, and Garage Makeover: Lighting.

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There’s nothing like starting off the day by drinking coffee out in my studio/garage. With the garage door open, it’s like sitting out on a patio. Also, RISD represent!

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Time to tackle my pegboard! It came in white sheets that I cut to fit my work space. I also had to cut a spot for the electrical outlet (as it’s the only one in the garage and the source of all my power).

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I decided to go with a a paint I already own (saving moola), Valspar Tranquility in a satin finish (Lowes), see below. You can see above, the color looks nice.

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Look at my awesome lighting fixture next to my painted pegboard! Now I just need want a frame around my pegboard… to keep it fun and girly.

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I picked out this chair rail moulding from Home Depot. It has detail without getting too big and costly (the more detail the pricier).

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Thanks to my miter saw I was able to cut it exactly.

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Now it’s time to paint it gold! That’s my mantra. At work when I tell people about my projects, it’s often followed by “let me guess… you painted it gold!”

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Since my pegboard is in two pieces, first I needed to mount the pegboard and then mount the moulding.

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Doesn’t it look nice? Especially with my fancy (but super cheap and easy to make) light fixtures!

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Here’s the thing… I’m not satisfied with my color choices. While the pale blue is a nice color, it’s just not me. If you follow me on instgram or facebook, then you know what I ended up doing. But sometimes you need to make some mistakes to learn a lesson about yourself.

Up next: How did I change my pegboard? What did I decide to do with it? Find out tomorrow!

Garage Makeover: Lighting

If you’ve been following my garage makeover from start to soon finish, you know that I’ve been assembling a girly fun workshop space. Part of this challenge is adding lighting to my super dark garage. Currently there is just one low-watt light on the opposite end of the two-car garage. That’s unacceptable for a workspace and it makes for a super creepy garage.

Task: Come up with a cool way to add task lighting without adding a permanent fixture (I’m a renter) and do it on the SUPER cheap.

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Because of the task limitations ($), I started by looking at Ikea and found for $8 I could get this light socket with long cord, hooks, and bulb. I bought two of them ($16 total).

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Next, I found these light cages from LumaPro on Amazon for $7 each. I bought two of them for $14+shipping= $20. So for two lights I’m at $36.

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The cage lights come with a shiny black plastic coating, so I had to rub them down with scotch brite to get them ready for some gold spray paint.

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Look at the before and after above. The cages go from s+m-dungeon-master to parisian-birdcages. I love it!

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Above Im waiting patiently for the gold paint to dry. Waiting… waiting… waiting…

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In the meantime I taped up the cord and then spray painted the fixture gold to match the cages. This way it’ll look like it’s all connected and one unit.

It’s all finished, but I’m saving the final look to share with you for when I’m finished with the entire garage (which will be this weekend) so I’ll have more to share with you then. It’s all coming together- excitement!