This post is sponsored by BEHR®; all opinions are 100% on my own.
Today is reveal day, my friends. I was excited to join BEHR for their #BEHRbox Challenge this year. I love challenges, and this one was a fun one.
Couple weeks ago I was sent a large box of items and three fantastic paint color samples. My job was to come up with something awesome and showcase BEHR’s 2018 colors. If you missed seeing the “What’s in my #BEHRbox“ post you can check it out here.
I had many goodies in my box, and I was inspired right away. I didn’t just want to build something, but I wanted to create something that we desperately needed. My little man’s room was lacking a study area. He is in first grade, and now it’s time for him to sit at the desk for a good 10 minutes every day and practice on his writing skills. So I decided to make an awesome study area for him that would also work as a shelving unit. I envisioned a large wall in my head (using the entire surface of one of the walls in the room), using big plywood pegboard sheets. I kept seeing this plywood pegboard idea on Pinterest for quite sometimes now, and I was itching to try it myself.
So here is the wall BEFORE:
Yes! This wall needed some love for sure. 🙂 And yes, this is how the boy’s room looks like when there is playing going on in there.
The project was easy to tackle, and in my opinion, it turned out fantastic.
Are you ready to make this simple but super fun project? Let’s do it!
Materials for the project:
- 2 – 4×8 sheet of 3/4″ plywood sheets
- 1 – 4×8 pegboard sheet
- 4 – dowel, 1″ diameter
- wood board for shelves ( I used 1×8-6FT common board)
- wood screws
- wood board for the desk
- 2 – dowel, 2″ diameter
- paint ( My choices were In The Moment and Off The Grid from BEHR®)
- hardware ( I used pulls and doorknobs) from Liberty Hardware
Tools for the project:
- 1″ Forstner bit
- circular saw
- stud finder
- safety glasses
To start the project, place the plywood on the ground and lay the pegboard on top of the plywood to mark out the holes. Using the pegboard will help to mark out the holes evenly. I measured every 9th hole horizontally and every 8th hole vertically. It didn’t take much time to plot out the holes, I promise. Use a pencil to make a mark through the pegboard. (I drew the lines on the pegboard creating squares, so the second time around it was a piece of cake plot out the holes.) Once done with this step, start drilling your holes. I used a 1″ Forstner bit.
I wanted to add on hardware to the wall to hold pencil boxes and baskets, so before we hung our plywood sheets on the wall, we installed our hardware from Liberty Hardware. I found these fun wood knobs, and I also used some simple bar pulls.
Before you secure the plywood sheets to the wall, find the studs using a stud finder. These plywood sheets are super heavy, and you want to make sure that the wood screws are are going into the studs. Install four wood panels (1×2) horizontally and screw them into the studs. Use the level to make sure all boards are leveled.
I used long wood screws to secure the plywood sheets to the wood boards on the wall. Then later on, when we knew where the shelves would be put on, I added extra screws to other spots to make sure the sheet is completely secured but the screws are not visible.
As you see in this image above, I also cut a hole out for the outlet, and I made it round to look cohesive with our project.
I painted my wood knobs as well.
I cut the dowels to size. I used 1×8 wood boards for shelves so I cut my dowels to be 9″ at least as the dowel should go into the holes and touch the walls behind the plywood sheets.
I pushed the dowel pieces into the holes.
And then I added shelves on. Once the shelves were put on, I secured them with a screw.
And last, I added the desk onto the wall. I used long dowel pieces to support the back of the desk, and I cut two sturdy legs using the 2″ dowel that we screwed on.
I truly loved how this study area turned out. What do you think?
I added some personal touches as the last step, and my little monkey was ready to sit down to practice on his writing skills.
And the mandatory BEFORE AND AFTER:-)
PIN THIS PROJECT FOR LATER!!
I hope you got inspired today! Check out BEHR’s amazing colors for 2018. They are all fabulous.