Garage Makeover: Pegboard Pollock

Sometimes when something feels off, you impulsively do what you can to solve it. In my case it’s paint, paint, paint! To catch up to speed, check out this post from yesterday.

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I mean, you can see above the pegboard looks fine. It’s just not right. It’s too much like a todlers-bedroom and not exactly a fun inspiring space that I want to hangout in. It’s Dullsville, population: pegboard.

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So, impulsively one rare rainy LA night, I came home from work, mixed my own paint color and rolled it on to the pegboard. Right there while it was still mounted on the wall. I didn’t even take down the board. How’s that for on the fly!

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Oh, crap. The color was too bright and just not me. Well, third times the charm right? Wrong.

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I decided to wait a day, and then I went over it a mature gray purple color. While I do really like this color, it’s also just not me.

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It’s just so… uninspiring. Then it hit me. I love white. On pinterest, I’m always pinning all white interiors that have small splashes of bright color. It’s what I like, and I need to accept it and stop trying to convince myself I need to paint everything a solid bright color. That’s the ticket! I decided to paint the bookcase, table and stools Dove White (Valspar at Lowe’s). And then my pegboard would be a Jackson Pollock inspired abstract bright colorful painting within the golden frame around my art-piece/pegboard. As soon as I connected the dots, I knew this was the answer to all my pegboard angst. Plus, for the painting I could use all my left over colors from other projects and save $$$.

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It’s funny that I bought all these colors at different times for different projects and had no clue that I was buying a rainbow of colors that all work really well together. I guess I was just drawn to this type of color palette. It was truly unintentional.

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Now is the fun part. Just go with it!I just played and played and played. Layering the paint, until you couldn’t even tell that this board was purple when I started. Even as I was making this, it felt so “me”. Especially compared to the solid colors I started with.

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Once I laid it out in the sun to dry, it was time to reinstall it. I’m really so happy with the results.

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You can see above, the all white furniture draws your eye to the pegboard, where the colors really jump (I like to think of it as my own Bill Cosby sweater, which truly was my inspiration). The frame makes it feel like art and less like a place to hang tools.

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But alas, it is for tools, so up they go. You can see I still need several coats on the stools, but there’s no rush on that project. I just feel relieved to have the garage makeover crossed off my list. Now on to my long list of things to make in my new completed workspace!

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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!

DIY Chalkboard

A while ago I got a gold $10 frame from a yard sale in Los Feliz. What a great find! I spent time sanding and repainting this frame which became my Christmas card holder (see that DIY here). Well I decided to take it a step further and turn it into a chalkboard where I could also hang cards and photos.

Step 1 was having wood cut to fit inside the frame. You can buy the wood and have them cut it at any Home Depot or Lowes type store.

Step 2 was making my own chalkboard paint. I bought flat regular ol’ house paint (so I could make the board any color I want). I also bought unsanded grout and added 2 table spoons into an 8oz container of paint ($3 at Home Depot). I used a mini paint roller and did a couple coats until it looked like…

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…this!!

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All the guides I found to making chalkboards recommended rubbing chalk all over the board and then lightly erasing the chalk (photo below). The light dusting helps keep the chalk from sticking in the future.

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Lastly I tapped up the board into the frame and included the twine and clips so that I could hang cards and photos and write fun messages next to them on the board.

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Isn’t it beautiful? I LOVE the blue green color. It’s so much more fun than a black board and has an antique green school board vibe. It’s perfect.

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Let the chalk fun begin!

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I’m so happy with the results. (The above photo is of my grandparents ❤ )