Introduction: Decorative Pegboard Frame

Pegboards can be a fun, organized way to display your tools and keep you in a crafty state of mind. Unfortunately, they often come with ragged brown edges that look a little too rough to display inside. This tutorial will show you how to create a sub-$20 wooden border to nicely frame your pegboard and cover those raw edges. You can even customize your paint color to coordinate with your craft room.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

You will need:

  • Moulding for the entire perimeter of your pegboard (I purchased mine at Home Depot for $1.37/foot)
  • Handsaw and Miter box or saw of your choice
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • Liquid Nails or similar wood glue
  • Sealant (optional)

This project came out to just under $20 for my 4' x 2' pegboard. Let's get started!

Step 2: Measure and Mark Moulding

First determine a consistent direction for your moulding. Traditionally, the more detailed side faces inward. Then carefully align the edge of your moulding to any edge of your pegboard, making sure your desired side of the moulding is facing inward. Make a light mark on the outer corner of the wood where the pegboard ends, as well as an arrow from the outer corner towards the middle of the pegboard. This will help ensure that you saw in the correct direction. Repeat for every edge of the pegboard.

Step 3: Saw Moulding

Set up your moulding in a safe, well-lit location and saw at a forty-five degree angle according to your markings. Sand away any rough edges. Align your four pieces with the edges of your pegboard and ensure they sit smoothly against one another before putting away your saw.

Step 4: Paint and Seal

Cover your workspace and grab a large paintbrush. Apply 2-3 generous coats of acrylic paint to the front and sides of each piece of moulding. I recommend painting the angled sides as well in case there are gaps between your wood pieces. If you'd like to add additional gloss and protection, follow up with an application of sealant after the acrylic is completely dry. Make sure your project is in a location where it can remain undisturbed for the entire drying time of the sealant.

Step 5: Glue to Pegboard

Quickly dot wood glue along one edge of your pegboard, align the moulding, and press down thoroughly. If you do not have clamps to help the wood bond to the pegboard, consider recruiting a helper to hold the pieces together for several minutes. Repeat for every edge of the frame. After gluing down all pieces, use a toothpick to remove any glue spillover. Let your frame sit for several hours before handling.

Step 6: Mount

After your glue has fully dried according to the bottle instructions, you're ready to hang or display your pegboard however you'd like. Enjoy your polished new frame!

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