Adding Function & Fun To Our Basement Pegboard

So I finally finished decking out the other half of my Instagram-arted basement pegboard. Yup, I added a little makeshift shelf that I primed and painted, got a non-electrical music device (how’s that for mysterious?), and even hung something kitchen-related as art. Actually a lot of you guys have been asking what we did with the cutting board that we picked up a couple of months ago as part of The Shops At Target collection, so… I give you… America The Pegboard-iful.

I just thought it made for some cool (and sawdust-proof) art, since I’m into maps and all.

It worked out nicely that the blue-painted edge of it coincidentally goes with my navy pegboard. Although down the road it might be fun to paint it a more contrast-y color (or use decorative tape). Or do something else entirely to add some more interest.

I contemplated painting the shape of Virginia on it to mark where our home state is located, but I think it would work better if we lived somewhere that floated in the middle of the country (like Utah or Missouri) since painting such a small coastal state like ours might not make much impact.

The other thing I’m enjoying up there is my new iPod dock, which I purchased for $45 through an Etsy seller (Index Drums). Gotta have tunes while I saw and drill to my heart’s content, right? And sometimes getting myself a little “prize” for organizing/upgrading/taking back a room that has long been neglected makes the process a little more exciting. So since I tackled a ton of projects in the basement using just sweat equity, scrap wood, leftover paint, and pre-existing pegboards – buying this guy to add some function to the room feels like a nice reward.

I stumbled upon it while looking for an affordable but unique music dock that also didn’t require me to plug it in. I knew I wanted it to sit up on that pegboard, and having a big cord coming across my workspace would be obnoxious. So this plywood dock was perfect – especially since it never has to be charged or anything. It basically is just an echo chamber that naturally amplifies the sound that comes out of my iPhone’s built-in speaker.

The custom listing I purchased from even allowed me to indicate the type of case that my phone was in so they could carve the slot to the exact proportions of my device. I also got to pick the painted design and the colors. I’ve been very happy with it so far. It’s no BOSE speaker, but it looks good, sounds good, and I like that it doesn’t require any batteries or charging.

I quickly put together the shelf that everything sits on by just notching out and painting a piece of scrap wood so that it would balance on a couple of pegboard hooks.

As for the other stuff on the shelf, I grabbed a white elephant (from book project #197) and one of these Warhol soup cans to hold my pens. Er, well, pen for now.

And with those simple but functional additions, I’ve officially used all of the pegboard space in the basement. Not gonna lie, these little functional/organizational coups can feel just as exciting as building a deck or gutting a bathroom. I have no idea why. Maybe just because when you stand in a space all the time, and actually know where everything is and like the way it looks, well, that’s a special kind of house-love going on. And you know I have a thing for my pegboards…

Has anybody else hung anything unusual (on pegboards or just the wall at large) lately? When you look at this project, I put a cutting board, a chunk of scrap wood, a soup can, and a plastic elephant on my wall. I think that counts as unusual, right?


  1. says

    I love that America-shaped cutting board. My sister-in-law bought it for me for my last birthday and shipped it all the way over here to Europe. Now that I live in Germany, I’ve become much more nostalgic about the US and my home state (Maryland! state neighbors with you guys!) and enjoy collecting things like that that remind me of home!

  2. Maureen says

    Ok, so I have some serious basement envy going on. I am currently completed overwhelmed with everything we need to do/have going on in our house to the point of taking a step back and doing nothing (which then causes guilt. lol). Even though I have a couple of years on you guys, when I grow up, I want to be the Petersiks.

  3. says

    We got an awesome pineapple cutting board from our Hawaii vacation that I plan to hang on the wall as art! Also, we just finished installing our own navy pegboards and Chris couldn’t be more in love! You’re not alone, John!

  4. says

    I love seeing the man-spaces! My hubby will totally geek out so I need to make sure he sees this. Right now his poor workspace is our 1-car garage, which he shares with no less than four bikes, an exersaucer, a lawnmower and a bunch of other stuff. Suffice to say…he’d love to clean it out and have a kicking man-space like this. I also just like to say man-space.

  5. Audrey says

    You know what else works great as a speaker amplifier – a metal mixing bowl! That’s what I use when I am in the basement….

  6. Brenda says

    Looks great! Now I feel the itch to get my organizing on. I bought containers to organize my shelves and store things under the bed, but they’ve just sat there on my floor. So things are actually less organized now than before.

  7. kristy says

    Could you come organize my life? If I need a Phillips head, I can find 42 flatheads and vice versa. On day… One day…

  8. says

    I got that same cutting board on clearance and since I live in the middle of it (Kansas), I’m totally outlining my state and putting a heart over KC. :) What if you pinned your book tour locations on it and connected it with string? Is that lame? lol

    • says

      That’s fun! We have a cork map that we pin already in the frame hallway – can’t wait to update that with pins for the tour (we’re going to do them all the same color).


  9. says

    My husband would kill for some pegboards like those. Maybe I’ll hook him up for Valentine’s Day?

    I see you’re into Two Door Cinema Club! (I can recognize that album art from a mile away.) Now I know you’re cool. :)

  10. Katie says

    So jealous of your amazingly organized and well decorated work space! I could get a lot more done if I had a place like that to work instead of hunting all around my house for the supplies!

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