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

    The pegboards look great, and the iPod dock is uber- cool!

    You like maps? Then you’d enjoy the roller blinds I made for my son. I used vintage classroom maps. I made then in 2004, and I’ve loved them every day since!

    Plus, they were super useful during the Gulf war to talk to my son about where Iraq was in relation to the rest of the world.


  2. Leah says

    How did you hang the cutting board? I bought the same one and have been wanting to hang it on my wall, but haven’t been able to decide what would be the best way. Thanks!

  3. Jenelle says

    I love your pegboards, and I think the cutting board is awesome. But I have to say… that’s a sad, sad representation of Michigan! Texas and Florida got their peninsular glory, but Michigan is kind of a pitiful lump somehow attached to Wisconsin. Sad face.

    • Kelly says

      I didn’t notice that until reading your comment! I’m from Michigan, and I don’t think I would have bought the cutting board because of that!

  4. says

    I love the amplifier! I was looking for a little portable box for my boyfriend to play his music in the garage or basement. My basement is under renovation right now, and my workshop room will be tackled after the living area. Your workshop is my inspiration. It’s looking awesome!

    • 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).


  5. Amee says

    I saw the cutting board on sale at Target and totally needed to pick it up. I thought I’d probably use it as a piece of art somehow, but decided I like to turn it into a magnetic knife rack. My question to you is, can I, I mean do you think it’s possible? Do you think the width of the wood is okay for this? I know I need to get pretty specific and leave around only an 1/8 of space between the front of the wood and the magnet so the knives hold. Thanks for any help!

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