While we intend to renovate our laundry in the future I was sick of looking at the drying duct hole in the wall left from the previous owners. This was a great reason to try my hand at making a pegboard to hide the unsightly wall. It is pretty easy to do all you need is some materials and a good drill.
You will need;
Piece of ply Hand Saw Spade Drill Bit
Dowel Power drill Smaller drill bit
Pine Measuring tape Liquid Nails
1. Measure up the wall that you wish to mount the ply onto and work out what size sheet you will need. I bought a 1200 x 1200mm sheet of ply while still in the shop I got 300mm cut off one end to use as a shelf. You also need some timber (I used a piece of pine - 65mm x 19mm that was 1.200mm long) for mounting the board to the wall, and some lengths of 22mm dowel. Be sure that you have a spade drill bit the same width of the dowel -my drill bit is 22 mm.
2. Next you will need to work out how to space the holes on the board, as my sheet was 1200 x 900mm I decided to space the peg holes out at 300mm. Mark these out on the board in pencil.
3. Place the smaller drill bit into the drill and cut the holes in the pencil marked space. Then using the larger spade drill bit, put the drill in reverse to indent the top layer of the ply so it was less likely to split the first layer of ply when you start drilling. Then drill the larger 22mm holes, try and keep drill as still and straight as you can.
5. Flip the ply to the "wrong side" and pre-drill holes for the screws into the top part of the mounting blocks. Then apply the liquid nails to the back of the blocks and screw them into the ply. Make sure that the screws you are using are not long enough to go through the right side of the ply.
6. Next tape the other half of the mounting blocks to the ply where they will sit when the board is on the wall. Add a dab or two of toothpaste to the lower part of the block, then carefully place the board onto the wall where you want it to go.
7. Line the lower blocks up with the toothpaste marks on the wall and mark in pencil where they need to be mounted. Pre-drill holes into the blocks and then glue and screw them into the wall in the marked positions. Locate the studs in the wall and position the blocks there, use longer screws so that it can go through your pine block, plaster board and through to the stud. Leave the glue the required amount of time for it to set before putting the peg board up. There is a diagram below showing how this would look in if you were to cut a section through one of the blocks.
9. Using the hand saw cut your dowel into pegs, I cut mine to be 200mm long. I also cut the left over ply from my board to be shelves.
Now all you need to do is dress it. I have created a small area where you can wash your hands after using the adjoining toilet. As well as pretty storage for my washing powder, much nicer to look at than the ugly damaged wall.