How do you add a fun pop of color to an otherwise neutral room? Try Pantone’s Color of the Year for something you may not normally choose. The Lowe’s Creative Idea March challenge was to use Valspar’s Radiant Orchid. Just a small touch adds elegance to my white and gray space.
Inspired by PB’s Gabrielle system, I created a wooden peg hook organizing caddy from scrap wood.
Materials I used: Most of my wood was purchased at Lowe’s and is left over from previous projects with the exception of the .50 yard sale find piece shown below. Adjust measurements according to your own needs or scrap wood measurements. Inexpensive pine works well for this project.
- 1″ x 10″ x 18 1/2″ (back)
- 1″ x 6″ x 18 1/2″ (bottom)
- 1″ x 2″ x 4″ (sides)
- 1″ x 2″ x 18 1/2″ (front)
- 1″ deep (or however thick your peg hook rack is) x 1″ tall x 6″ wide (back stop piece)
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- 1 1/2″ wood screws
- Wood filler
- Valspar Radiant Orchid
What I did:
Mark the center top of the back piece of wood. Hold up to a peg on your coat rack, lining the center with the center of a peg. On the wood, mark the center of each peg placement.
Decide which hole saw bit is just a little bigger than the pegs.
You’ll want your holes to be near the top end. I used a ruler to measure down about 2″ from the top and a level to make a cross mark to show the center of each hole. Drill tiny pilot holes where the pencil marks meet.
Attach the hole saw bit to your drill and using the pilot hole as a guide for the center drill bit, drill/cut holes. I think our hole saw bit is a little dull so the back side of my wood is splintered. (Thankfully no one will see that side!)
Sand and wipe clean all wood pieces. Hang on pegs to ensure holes line up.
Using wood glue, wood screws and clamps, assemble your caddy and let dry. I attached my screws from the bottom and back so they weren’t seen but you could also countersink screws, fill and sand.
I thought that was it for the construction until I tested it hanging on my peg hooks. Oops, front heavy. Using just wood glue and a clamp, I attached the back stop piece to the center bottom of the back. This ensures that the caddy will hang level.
Using wood filler, fill all seams and cracks. Let dry, sand smooth and wipe clean.
Paint the entire wood caddy. Mine took two coats. Radiant Orchid wouldn’t have been my first choice but it’s growing on me and it’s nice to do something bold and fun for a change. I love the Valspar sample size paint…more than enough and perfect for adding colorful accents. Down the road all it takes is a new coat of a different color to re-freshen things up.
Now I have a shelf/tray for decorative items, toiletries in the bathroom
Great for keys, wallet, sunglasses, change, cell phone near the door in the mudroom or entryway.
My peg hook is located in my bathroom but I’d really love to have something like this near the door as well. How about you?
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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. The blog post above is what worked for me. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.