Christmas gift…

Every year, there are a couple gifts that I’m really excited to give – this sign happened to be one of them this year. In Steve’s family, we rotate which sibling we give to and this year we gave to his youngest sister. She is a mother to five boys and this is their family motto. I had the idea to turn that motto into a large wooden sign with each letter cut from wood. (similar to some signs I’ve previously made shown below).

It’s been a while since I’ve made one of these and now my wheels are turning again for all the holiday signs I want to make!

DIY Pegboard bookshelf…

I am the queen of thinking up grand (and not so grand) projects; my intentions are always to start and finish said projects speedily but my record has shown this is not usually the case!

Case in point:

Over four years ago, I purchased some white book shelves for a peg board at Pottery Barn Kids at an extremely discounted rate. All I had to make was a frame and purchase a pegboard at the Depot. I bought the pegboard to start the project and in our flooded basement tragedy the pegboard was ruined. The shelves remained in their plastic wrap. They were packaged and moved across the country. They were unpacked a year later and for two years sat on a shelf in Hunter’s closet. They finally made the to-do list and today was their day to shine. Introducing the DIY Pegboard Bookshelf.

DIY Pegboard Bookshelf
I used inexpensive 1×3 boards to make the frame and supported the back side with a few 1×3’s cut down to smaller sizes (to support the pegboard.)
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Pegboard Bookshelf
I purchased a 2×4 sheet of pegboard and painted it blue.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Pegboard Bookshelf
I stained the frame Minwax Jacobeanand used some brass bracket hardware that I sprayed painted using Rustoleum Hammered Paint.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Pegboard Bookshelf
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Pegboard Bookshelf
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Pegboard Bookshelf
I think I spent more time deciding where to hang it in Hunter’s room than I did to build and finish the whole project. I have things leaning against walls because I am quite cautious when it comes to putting holes in my wall. Can they be repaired? Of course! But that would just be one more thing to add to my fix it list, so I make sure of where I want to hang things before I pull out the drill or hammer.

Once it was hung, I positioned the bookshelves using the peg system. This is what the back of the shelves looks like:
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Pegboard Bookshelf
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Pegboard Bookshelf
Done and done. If I kept to-do lists longer than a year long, I would’ve done a happy dance as I crossed this off the four years and running list!