As is the case with many homes and the couples that reside in them, I have a fairly lengthy backlog of projects to do. Two weekends ago I tackled one of those projects: putting pegboard on the closet doors.
The Mrs. has a good sized collection of jewelry, and she had been storing it on the back of her closet door. It was adequate at first, but grew to where it was just an amalgamation of necklaces, bracelets, and other shiny and colorful things. She had been wanting pegboard put on the back of closet doors for a while, and relatively speaking it’s a simple project. So we emptied her current storage apparatus, made some measurements, and headed to Lowes.
The material list is pretty short:
Box of assorted pegboard hooks
The materials were easy to pick out. Of course, the thing to make sure when by any lumber is to make sure you’re buying straight without any bowing or the like. The screws were just picked them off the shelf. We bought the pegboard with a white front to make it look more finished.
Once home, made exact measurements of the area of the door the pegboard would cover, making sure to make room to allow the door to close and to still be able to use the door knob. Looking back, I should have been as concerned as making sure the furring strips were square in the corners as I was with making sure they didn’t get in the way of the door shutting.
I made measurements for and cut the furring strips, whose purpose is to be a spacer between the door and the pegboard so the hooks have room to go behind the pegboard. I attached the furring strips to the door with deep drywall screws since they serve as the anchoring material for the pegboard, but I didn’t use too many screws as I didn’t want to damage the doors too much since they are original to the house. Also, after I drilled the first few screws in, I realized I should be drilling pilot holes for the screws, otherwise the wood splits. This is good advice for any size screw.
Once the furring strips were attached, it was time to attach the big piece: the pegboard. Oftentimes when I’m doing projects, I like doing the ones where it’s unlikely my work will be seen as I’m not the best at having a good, clean finish to my projects. With this project, I had to cut a six foot piece of pegboard all at once, which provides ample area to have my saw go askew. The furring strips didn’t have to be perfect as they were going to be covered by the pegboard. I measured precisely the area to be cut, down the the sixteenth of an inch. I measured the height and the width, allowing room for the door handle. I used my square to make sure my lines were straight as you can trust a tape measure or much of anything else to mark a straight line.
I cut the pegboard according to the measurements. I took the cut pegboard and attached it to the furring strips, putting the screws through pegboard holes to make it look better.
The pegboard will hopefully help the Mrs. out with her growing stable of jewelry items. For functionality it should do great, but I wish it looked a little more finished. I still need a steadier hand when I do woodworking. I perhaps should have used a circular saw instead of a jigsaw so it is easier to cut in a straight line. Also, in making sure the furring strips wouldn’t be in the way of the door closing, I should also have made sure they were precisely square. They look good and should be very beneficial, but they could look more polished.