Organizing the Garage with DIY Pegboard Storage Wall

DIY Garage Pegboard Storage Wall Using Only 5.5 inches of Depth. Great for storing paint, tools and supplies. {The Creativity Exchange}



DIY Garage Pegboard Storage Wall. Cool Pegboard Storage Pieces. {The Creativity Exchange}


DIY Garage pegboard for tools, spray paint and supplies. Only need 5.5 inches for depth. {The Creativity Exchange}

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am about my garage pegboard storage wall that I just finished this week. This is another one of those projects that has been a very long time coming and something I wish I would have done years ago. I’m even more excited about this project because of the endless pegboard possibilities thanks to some of the latest pegboard hooks and accessories that I have discovered. If you’re thinking about organizing the garage, this is such an easy solution!

Over the years, I had never considered my garage as a  place for storage because our two cars take up all the space almost wall to wall.  I never dreamed it would be possible to eek out room to create enough space to store all of my paints, tools and little DIY stuff that I use. The minute I figured out that there was actually a way to do it, we went to town and built this pegboard storage wall using only 5.5 inches of depth! Halleluja!

Look at how narrow this is but how much it can hold:

DIY Garage Pegboard Storage Wall Using Only 5.5 Inches in Depth. {The Creativity Exchange}


As we were building my narrow mudroom wall that I shared a couple months ago, it occurred to me that I might be able to use the exact same design concept in my garage. But instead of the bead board, I could use pegboard:


Tutorial for making a built in mudroom for a narrow hallway (The Creativity Exchange)


narrow hallway mudroom (The Creativity Exchange)


Initially, I wasn’t sure that I would have enough room between the pegboard and my car door (when it was opened) but I measured and was so excited when I realized that I would have plenty of room to open the door (it’s that tight of a fit).  Keep in mind, as you look at this pegboard wall that this project could be used for almost anything like a craft wall, a wall of sports equipment or almost anything that you need to store and organize.

So today I’m going to show you the details of the peg storage pieces and basic layout and if you’re interested in the full tutorial, you can go to my post here with all of the measurements and details.

So just to give you a better idea, this piece measures 8′ x 11.2′ x 5.5″.  It will hold up to 96 cans of spray paint on the middle shelf (2 in depth) (I don’t have quite 96 but I’m closing in) and up to 34 gallon cans of paint on the floor! Music to my ears!   The frame sides and shelves were built on the floor and attached around the attached pegboard. (I will go into more details on Friday’s post on how we built the piece).

DIY Garage Pegboard Storage Wall. Cool Pegboard Storage Pieces. {The Creativity Exchange}


I haven’t done a pegboard in a long time and I have to tell you guys, I was so blown away with some of the cool and highly functional peg storage pieces that have come out.  It really made me realize that you could organize anything with a pegboard and a wall! Let me also tell you, Home Depot by far had the best selection that I could find. How awesome is this multi-purpose piece that I found at Home Depot.  As you can see, I’m using it for some of my smaller paint supplies:


Multi-Purpose Pegboard Storage Piece from Home Depot {The Creativity Exchange}


It has seriously a million different holes in different sizes and can be used for anything.  If you go to look for it, it’s actually gray and not white (I sprayed mine white because you know, I like spray paint)..

I also was so excited to fing that Home Depot had these perfect peg tool holders that are just right for all of my RYOBI tools:

Pegboard tool holder hooks from Home Depot {The Creativity Exchange}

Pegboard Power Tool Holders from Home Depot {The Creativity Exchange}


(My local Home Depot only had three of the power tool hooks, so you’ll notice that many of my tools do not have the awesome holders.  I will switch them out when I can get to another store).

They also had these awesome baskets and small hand tool holders that I’m using for screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers.  These pieces could be used for storing so many different things:


Pegboard Storage Pieces from Home Depot {The Creativity Exchange}


more baskets (they were gray and I spray painted them to match):


Pegboard baskets from Home Depot {The Creativity Exchange}


I also purchased a large box of misc. sized hooks and just used them throughout for different things.

I did purchase a few other things for my board that were not specific for pegboards because I figured out that you can pretty much use anything with a basic pegboard hook.  For instance,  I found these baskets at Tuesday Morning and loved them because they were deep and narrow and perfect for tossing things in them:


DIY Garage Pegboard Storage Wall {The Creativity Exchange}



If you look closely, you’ll see that all I did was just slide the basket over the hook and they lay flush and are perfect:


DIY Garage Pegboard Storage Wall using only 5.5 inches of Depth. {The Creativity Exchange}


I did the exact same thing with these awesome storage bins from The Container Store that I found that have holes in the top back  (for hanging) that makes it perfect for slipping in the peg hook and they sit snug and flush (this way I can move them around):


DIY Garage Pegboard Storage Wall- The Creativity Exchange


Lastly, I also made a magnetic board for the middle of the board that I covered with vinyl fabric for notes, misc. small tools, and notepaper.  This is a super easy project that I’ll be sharing next week and you could use this anywhere:


DIY Garage Pegboard Storage Wall using only 5.5 Inches of Depth. {The Creativity Exchange}



So many pegboard possibility my friends!  I really had no idea that pegboards and they accessories had evolved this much.  Makes me look at other areas and other things that I can organize.  I hope my project gives you an idea of the pegboard possibilities in your own home.

Again, I’ll be back on Friday with all of the details and measurements of this piece.  Next week, I’ll share the magnetic board tutorial as well and some other little details.

Thanks for stopping by today friends!



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66 Responses to Organizing the Garage with DIY Pegboard Storage Wall

  1. Bre says:

    Oh my goodness – this is completely amazing. I cannot believe that I am envious of someone’s garage! Beautiful! I’m in the planning stages of a craft room overhaul, and you’ve given me reason to think about using peg board. Wow – so awesome!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Bre! I am so thrilled to hear that my project has got you thinking about the possibilities. Yes, for sure take a look at pegboard and the accessories. The whole time I was doing this I was thinking how some of the accessories would be ideal for a craft space. You can also drill wall accessories to the pegboard if you can’t find something with a hook. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Wow, wow, wow! Beautiful! I can’t believe I’m calling a garage beautiful, but yours is! How nice to be able to find everything in one easy and organized area!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Kim! From one DIY’er to another, I cannot even begin to tell you how nice it is to finally have a spot for all that DIY little stuff. I wish I would have done this years ago and although it will never look this pretty and tidy again, everything will finally have a spot. Thank you girl and thank you for sharing on your Facebook page! It just made my morning when I saw it! xo

  3. WOW! This is spectacular Cyndy! I’m blown away at how much storage you’re getting with that pegboard – phenomenal! And I love all of the storage options you used too. I have a peg board in my closet, which I love, and I might have to look into some of the great organizing choices out there. Not to mention look into expanding our garage pegboard… Are you in a 12 step program for your paint addiction? They say the first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem… 😉

    • Cyndy says:

      The scary thing is that I’m low on spray paint! In the summer, that shelf will be completely full. As my mom says, there are worse things, I could be addicted to Bingo! Ha! Thanks girl and I am on the pegboard bandwagon now and eyeing all of the “prospective” spots in my home. Cheers!

  4. Virginia says:

    Great ideas here! This would never work in a garage in places where we get real winter weather as the sub freezing temps would wreak havoc on all the wonderful paint, but it certainly could work in a basement storage room. Thanks for the awesome ideas! May have to use some for my husband’s shop area, too!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Virginia! Yep, if I had a basement, that would be more ideal, especially if I lived in sub freezing areas. I miss the days of having a basement but trade it for being able to store paint and other things in my garage because it’s so warm here. This wall can be adapted in so many ways too! Thanks!

  5. Cyndy!!! That is fabulous!! Mine would have to be in the basement here in CO but wow you used that space so efficiently, you have my wheels spinning! I’m should be concentrating on my 2014 to-do list, and you already have my focus drifting to a new project!!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Pam!! Yes, yes, spin those wheels girl because there are so many new hook options out there that you can pretty much do anything. I had no clue! As you can see, you can paint to board any color, so it can look simple and chic. I hope this project can help you in some way!

  6. Amanda says:

    oh my gosh!! This is fabulous!! do you know I have like two whole walls in my garage covered in peg board and I have NEVER used them! I have like 3 pegs holding stuff but never knew there were so many cool hanging gadgets available!!! thank you for the inspiration!

    • Cyndy says:

      What?!? Two walls covered in your garage? Omg, I’ll be there tomorrow. Nothing worse than hookless pegboards girl! Yes, I know you can put them to good use! You have got to use them! Thanks friend!

  7. Dena says:

    I Love your Garage Makeover so much that I pinned it on Pinterest…I did supply your link here for credit and detail! Beautiful Job! I soo want to do this to mine this spring! You have inspired me!

  8. Ruth says:

    Wow this is fabulous! You are so creative! A true designer! We have white storage cabinets on both sides of our garage countertop areas with pegboard. I have never used them! Can wait to take a trip to Home Depot and see what they have. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas.

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Ruth! Yes, just run by Home Depot and look at their whole selection. Your mind will just churn! Trust me! You’ll have to let me know what you decide to do with them! Thanks for your note Ruth!

  9. katie says:

    Cindy–this is simply amazing. I can only dream that one day our garage will be this clean and organized! Great ideas and great way to stay organized!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Katie!! I too had dreamed of finally making this happen and when you see how easy it was (I’m sharing the plan tomorrow), you will see how quickly it can become reality. I’m sure you need it just as much as I did with all your fabulous DIY stuff. I wish I would have done it sooner!

  10. katherine shauger says:

    Cyndy, love the pegboard storage in garage. Something we did a lot of in 50’s. If I can only get my husband on board to put up pegboard. Love the shelf for cans of paint. My 2 big boxes of paints would love a shelf. Know I could install myself. Men think garage is their domain. You are really creative, great job. Katherine in Portland.

  11. Lynne E. says:

    When I saw your peg board my heart fluttered!! I’ve been working on reorganizing my garage recently, and already have pegboard up, and you’ve given me some great ideas!

  12. Emily says:

    I am new to your blog & all I can say is WOW!!!!!! I absolutely love this project & can’t wait to modify it for my garage. It is amazing & you are incredibly creative!!! Can’t wait until tomorrow’s post 🙂

  13. I love this!! It is definitely on my list for the New Year…completely organizing our garage..and my supplies! Now I want to do it more than ever.
    Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  14. Jenn says:

    Ummm, this is absolutely AMAZING!!! I have been putting off organizing our garage but I am now totally inspired to do it! {of course, we will see how long that lasts!} Pinned and shared on my Facebook page. Looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog!

  15. The Funster says:

    REALLY? This is absolutely amazing! I’ll bet you could eat off the floor of your garage! What a fantastic job. You have also stirred up in me a desire to get organized like this. Great inspiring post! thanks for the pictures and detail! You’re awesome!

  16. Cyndy this is so so cool!! What an amazing project and I love the size of it too. Great idea for a narrow space. You knocked this out of the park!!

  17. Okay, can I just say that I have fallen in love with you!! That garage storage wall made my heart go pitter patter, and I hope I can have something like it some day!!!
    And then you show your mudroom wall! I’m dying over here! I will be featuring both of these projects on my organizing blog!
    Thank you for the great inspiration!!!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Traci! Your note made my day and I’m thrilled to hear that my little project inspired you!Yay! You are so very kind and I so appreciate your sharing my projects on your fabulous blog that I love as well. Thank you again so much Traci!

  18. Are you kidding me?! This is what the internet was made for! Seriously, thank you for sharing! We’ve done this on a small scale for other garage areas but I never thought about using a whole wall on a narrow side, genius!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Tammy and yes girl, use that whole wall! I’m going to switch gears and do something similar on my husbands side of the garage now because ,well you know, there is a long wasted wall over there! I’ll have to ease him into slowly. Ha! Thanks again!

  19. Oh my goodness…LOVE!! My garage is just a mess and this is so fabulous! Can not wait to follow how you did it all!

  20. Jenn says:

    Absolutely the most organized garage I have EVER seen!!! Cyndy, you have inspired me beyond words – I am super excited to re-organize my basement workroom (maybe the garage over the summer, too)!! I am going to print out the pictures of your space (so I can tack them to the wall as inspiration) and then start my shopping list (for pegboard, hooks, and storage bins, and also for more power tools – lol)!! Thank you so much for sharing this!! ~Jenn

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Jenn! I wish I could say it will stay this pretty but I’m not the tidiest DIY’er. At least everything will have a place now. Yes, this would be a great way to create a basement workroom (I so wish I had a basement!). Yes, you need more power tools and at the top of your list should be that new RYOBI Airstrike cordless stapler. I’m obsessed with it and it has a compressor built in and I have been busy stapling everything in sight. Best invention EVER! Thanks for stopping by girl!!

      • jenn says:

        Cyndy – I have a few cordless RYOBI tools, so an Airstrike cordless stapler is just down my alley!! Brilliant suggestion and I will add that to the top of the shopping list!

        In Western Wisconsin I would not get much done most of the year if it weren’t for a basement space. BTW – talked to my DH and he is 100% behind the re-org project you have inspired. Having a home for stuff solves 75% of the problem (the other 25% of the problem is finding time to put things away again – LOL!)

        Thank you for being great and sharing with the world 😀 All my best! ~Jenn

  21. Ooooh aaaaah! My house came with great storage in the garage (several white cabinets), but this makes me wish I didn’t so I could do this. haha Love it!

  22. Katie B says:

    I love love love it! I bet it makes you so happy to walk in your garage and see your awesome wall now!

  23. Julie says:

    This looks really great! As part of our ongoing project to build out more useful space in our garage, once we have the walls up for my husband’s recording/music room, I’ll get to start organizing the garage-facing side of that wall with all my tools. I love this narrow shelving. We already have pegboard out there so perhaps I’ll just be adding in some framing and shelving to accommodate my tools. This is really great, nice work!!

  24. This is amazing! I am pinning and sharing on Google +

  25. Shay says:

    OMG, I need to be alone and smoke a cigarette (figuratively speaking). SO COOL. I have been trying to find the right pictures to help my loved ones understand what I have been dreaming of, and THIS IS IT. Made my day.

  26. Lori C says:

    I hate pegboard. We have it in the garage. Everytime I take something off a hook the hook falls off and I have to hunt around on the floor for it.

  27. Trasetta says:

    Who knew a garage could be beautiful. I am sooooo going to do this!

  28. Chelsea says:

    I am trying a similar project. What spray paint did you use on the baskets? I attempted to spray paint my baskets and it was a big mess. My can may not have been working properly. Any spray paint tips?

  29. I’m in love and possibly drooling a little. I’ve been planning an office/craft room make over with the intention of using pegboard but it had never occurred to me that I might be able to store my tools as well…. not to mention the options.
    hmm… might have to make a trip down to home depot to assess the options, and maybe adjust/create the budget for the project.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  30. Lauren says:

    This was so inspiring! Built one by myself this past weekend. Not quite as big as my garage is smaller but was amazed at how much I could fit! Still get giddy when I see it in the garage. Thanks for sharing!! And you’re right. Home Depot had better pegboard accessories. I still want to check out the container store for more.


  31. Shawna says:

    I followed a link from Pinterest to your mud room and have been happily lost down the rabbit hole of you fabulous site for the last 1/2 hour! One question though – where is the tutorial on the magnetic board? I totally need something like that in my kitchen!

  32. Wendy says:

    Just stumbled on this through pinterest and I’m in love. Great job! Did you spray paint that pegboard? What color did you use?

  33. Kay says:

    I came across your site today in search of bins I like for my pegboard on my cleaning closet and I am completely in awe!

    Would you please tell me what product line or the link to the storage bins you got from the container store? They are exactly what I am looking for but I can’t seem to find out on their website. Thanks!

  34. Maja says:

    ….must finish projects before starting this… Must finish projects before starting this….
    My new mantra. Because oh holy DINAH this awesomeness is killing me. I want to ditch everyhting I have got going on currently and make my garage AWESOME!!! Good thing it’s currently -40 or I might not be able to resist.

    • Holly says:

      Maja, your comment made me giggle because it reminds me so much of myself! As soon as I saw this I thought, how fast can I also implement this in our garage – lets forget the current ongoing projects – hallway, purging process, re-organization of basically every room in the house…but hey…I need this!

  35. Diane says:

    I just found this page/project. I love it!!! I hate our garage; we have so much crap. This is a perfect way to minimize my stuff, yet very, very efficient. Bring on the warm weather so I can get out there and do this.

  36. Beth says:

    How much did you spend to make this project?

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  38. Holly says:

    This is the first time I have visited your page, and I am so very happy to have stumbled across the link! I have total and undeniable garage envy right now – that is just a perfect storage system that we hope to, someday re-create in our current pit of a garage!

  39. Amy says:

    I am in love with your garage organization! It is truly amazing! There are no words for fabulous it is. If I could only get our garage to look that way I would be jumping for joy! Great job!

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  41. Stephanie says:

    I am dying for details on the magnetic board!! Please please share or point me in the direction of the tutorial!! Great job!

  42. Kelli says:

    I really love this! Please tell me what color grey you used?

  43. Oh my goodness, I need this!! Love it. I have a new love for pegboard.

    We are alike with the paint! LOL. I think Im at about 120 cans of spray paint right now. Mine are stuck in a closet…. one day I’ll have a dream garage..

    And thank you for sharing my Krylon Chalk Finish spray paint post! 🙂

    Have a great Thanksgiving! 🙂

    • Cyndy says:

      I’m SO obsessed with you Kelly! Spent so much time on your blog, just devouring! We are seriously like two long lost spray paint sisters!! I ran out and got the chalky spray paint and I’m obsessed now too! When I shared your post on Facebook, I was so bummed that you don’t have FB so I could tag you 🙁 although, hopefully you saw all the new visitors and read all the reader’s excitement! I’m sharing my project on Monday and I can’t wait for you to see it 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration and such a great post Kelly!

      • Awe thank you! 🙂 I stalk you too! He he. I know, I have a love hate relationship with facebook! LOL. I have a personal one, I never started one this blog… I saw hits coming from FB so I found your share. 🙂

        Im in love with the chalky finish too! Krylon did good, Im kind of a Krylon ‘hater’. LOL. I cant wait to try some other colors.

        We are so spray paint sisters! ha ha. Cant wait to see your project! 🙂

  44. Angela says:

    I am TOTALLY in love!!! This is on my list of projects to do as a plastic tote holds all my paints and stains. Can you, please, tell me where you got the file folder from?

  45. Sarah says:

    How did you hang the pegboard to the wall? It can be flush because of the hooks, correct? Thanks!

  46. Gabby Brock says:

    Hi. Loved the project! How much space did you leave between the wall and the pegboard? Im trying to stall pegboard in a frame I have and was wondering if the frame is deep enough! Thank you in advance!

  47. eliza says:


    Your pegboard idea is perfect for me; it’s functional and beautiful! I’m a beginner woodworker and I just bought 14 different Ryobi One+ power tools, and a few very large corded bench-top tools. I only have a few days before Home Depot delivers my new toys. So, in the meantime, I’ve been looking at storage/display solutions. Many, many of the storage ideas that I’ve seen online feature bulky “cubby holes.” In my opinion, they’re ugly… and they hide the size, shape and brand of the tools. I bought Ryobi brand tools because of the quality, the value and because they’re attractive.

    I’ll be using your ideas because they let me see where each tool is located and I can see how aesthetically pleasing a storage solution can be.

    Thank you!

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