DIYdiy projects

peg board project

by Grace Bonney

as much as i loved my kitchen corkboard project, ac was right- it’s not the most practical thing for the kitchen. it turns out i don’t need to pin things up as often as i thought, so i decided to take a tip from julia child (via domino) and build a peg board for my pots, pans and cooking utensils. i bought a piece of pre-cut peg board at home depot for $10 and then had two one-inch thick pieces of wood cut to form a frame behind the peg board and then painted it to match my favorite le creuset pot. ta-da! instant function. i even have my countertops back now. it was a fun way to bring some color into the kitchen, too. if you’d like to build your own homage to julia child just click here. (sadly, this project is no longer available online, but you can find a similar tutorial for installing pegboard here.)

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  • Cute idea . . . In one of the recent issues of “Readymade” they had a similar peg board project they created as a craft station. It used contact paper to create the silhouettes of the item so it was easy to know where to put it back.

  • Great job! and you have my favorite knife in the whole world, that santoku. Isn’t it a joy to use?

  • Grace it looks great !
    i really like the green color of the board and it looks really neat.

  • ann

    the santoku is my baby– i looove that knife. i’m due to expand my knife collection soon- i’m looking to get a really nice chef’s knife and some new paring knives. will have to get to sur la table soon…


  • This looks really GREAT, Grace!

    Although it looks perfect, I’m worried about your fabulous Jen Garrido piece in this new location WITH steam, splashes, etc…


  • thanks nuala!

    jen’s work is a nice distance away from the sink- i promise i wouldn’t dream of putting it in harm’s way ;)


  • That looks fantastic! I’m so glad, too, because bought a hunk of pegboard over the weekend to do exactly the same thing. So nice to see how it looks in real life.

  • What a fun idea. I think that is so cute. I just moved this weekend, perhaps we can try this out in our new kitchen.

  • Great project! A word to the wise… you may want to turn all of your pans, utensils, etc. toward the wall (as the top pot is) so they will 1) lie flat and 2) not gather dust in the usable area.

  • is that knife rack from crate and barrel? everytime we pulled a large knife off ours it would fly off the wall! do you have that problem? we are also doing a pegboard, need more cabinet room for baby bottles!

  • What a great idea, Grace! I think this looks much nicer than the cork board, and am thrilled to see that we have the same knife holder.

  • I *heart* this. I saw the previously mentioned ReadyMade craft station too. Between that and this, I’m already scheming how to hang pegboard over my dresser with a mirror, small containers, and all my jewelery attached.

  • I don’t have a large enough wall in my kitchen to do this, but have been thinking about putting peg board on the inside of my cupboard doors, to maximize storage inside there.

    I just haven’t made it down to home depot to see, if that is feasible, as I am afraid that it might take screws that are longer than my doors are thick.

  • I once did a photo shoot in Julia’s kitchen before it was moved. Did you know that she outlined every item on the pegboard in black marker so it could be put back in the exact place for a quick, organized clean-up.

  • What a fantastic idea! It reminds me of my dads tools in his workshop. He had outlined all the tools on the board for quick reference when he was turning wood.

    Thanks for memory that I had certainly forgotten.


  • I love the pegboard project! I definitely want to do it in my kitchen. I tried to suggest that my guy might want to do this as a weekend project, but I got the “you’re a crazy person” look, so I’ll have to do it myself I suppose. I just need to decide what color I want to paint it. Great idea to match the color to your favorite pot!

  • heather

    it’s a totally doable weekend project, you should try it! it’s all about prep work- proper measuring for the frame and the wall (be sure to drill the frame into studs or some sort of reinforcement so it can hold heavier pots and pans) and several light coats of paint so it doesn’t drop into the holes :)


  • beautiful!
    my boyfriend and i had been planning to do this on our kitchen wall after seeing it in domino magazine.
    with the cloudy weekend ahead, it looks like we’ll be pegging our own kitchen in a bright aquamarine blue.

    thanks for the lovely reminder!

  • Love it next to your painting! Plus, the cork was a bit dark. And proably sad and depressing in the winter, like day old snow. The peg board is more like freshly mowed then dirty sidewalk.

  • I just did this last weekend and I really love it. Ours is a sort of paprika-y red, and our kitchen has warm gray walls. Can’t believe I never did it before – it was so easy! You can also buy a bag of hooks from your local hardware store that will have round spacers to go between your walls and the board if you don’t want to build the wood frame.

  • What is the thickness of the pegboard? I noticed 1/4″ and 1/8″ available at the hardware store. Thanks, it is super cute!

  • mine is 1/4. i would definitely stick with that rather than anything thinner.


  • great video- fun to see you’re at william & mary, too. i went there for undergrad :)


  • HOOK ME UP! Do your hooks fly off the board when you lift off a pan? If not, can you tell me specifically what kind of hooks you used? I’ve tried a few:

    1) “S-hooks” don’t fit into the pegboard and
    2) if you don’t use the visible black plastic component of the “Locking Peg Hooks” the hooks fly off the board during use.
    3) Even the “Curved Peg Hook” that appears to have an extra nub that hooks into a 2nd hole on the board comes off with the lift of a pan.

    It seems so simple — but I am not having any luck. Specifically, what brand, what name, a description, anything! THANKS!!

  • anon

    i learned (like a moron) after a week that i need “pegboard” hooks. they sell them right next to the regular s hooks at any hardware store. they work perfectly and don’t slip off when you pull pans off. just walk into the store and ask for “pegboard” hooks. they come in a small and large size. i bought a handful of both.


  • Thanks for the great idea — we were this close to installing an ordinary store bought metal pot-rack before spotting your article (in fact, I sold it as soon as I saw that beautiful green pegboard of yours!).

    We went the easy no-painting route of the silver coated pegboard — though I do love the idea of using the pot rack as an opportunity for a color splash in the kitchen, too — mounted on a frame, then anchored into drywall. We used straight pegboard hooks for hanging. Nice to have all the gear within reach, and nice to look at. Thanks again!

  • The link, describing how-to make this project, is broken. Would someone who’s made it, knows how to make it, or knows of another link, post and enlighten me? My tiny kitchen and my sanity thanks you.

    • eliza

      it’s broken because sadly domino magazine is no more- basically you just:

      buy pegboard, cut to desired size
      buy small wooden pieces (mine are like 2 inches thick) to build a frame

      first, prime the pegboard with a super thin coat of primer (too thick and it will fill the holes) laying flat
      second, paint the pegboard and frame the desired color (if you want a color), laying flat

      once dry, drill the wooden pieces into the wall to form a frame you’ll screw the pegboard onto.

      once the frame is on, drill the pegboard directly on top of the frame (you need the frame to create space between the pegboard and the wall, so you have room to hang hooks)

      once the pegboard is attached, use pegboard hooks to attach your pans :)

  • I really love this look for my kitchen! My husband and I have a tiny kitchen, with absolutely no storage space; so this is a perfect solution for us!

    Thanks for all the great comments, tips and pictures!!

  • is there any way to retrieve stuff from the deceased domino site? because i would really like to make this peg board project and am actually one of the domino subscribers who got screwed when they went belly-up.


  • Hi Grace,

    LOVE the detail steps


    first, prime the pegboard with a super thin coat of primer (too thick and it will fill the holes) laying flat
    MH: do you have brand name in mind when you brought the primer?

    second, paint the pegboard and frame the desired color (if you want a color), laying flat
    MH: when you said paint, did you spray paint? Did you paint by hand, if by hand did you use a brush? Roll spong? What brand or weight was the paint? I’m afraid if I paint it by hand the holes will seal off by the paint itself…
    Please help
    I really want to do this project but I need careful details before doing it plus the $$$$

  • Many thanks!!!! I can’t wait to start my project. Home depot here u come! :0)

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