Chicago gets cold in the winter. Yeah, yeah, yeah I get it. As I gear up for the inevitable winds, wet, and snow, I've got coats, jackets, hoodies, capes, mackintoshes (you get the point) on the brain. My first instinct was to scour the local thrift stores for a vintage coat rack, but a. they're randomly pricey b. they topple, just at that moment when you—or worse, a dinner guest—finally find a spot to carefully drape your coat. I also considered buying Shaker pegboard by the linear foot, a design trick a friend pulled off in the hallway of her Brooklyn apartment. But on my latest Michaels run, I spotted a pegboard with four pegs—for $4.99!! Here's what happened next: Step 1: Buy two boards. Spray paint both boards white. Let dry.
Step 2: Tear off small pieces of painter's tape and surround the base of each peg with tape. I left an outer peg untaped because I'm planning to keep that peg white.
Step 3: Select a paint color for the pegs. Since these pegs will be hanging next to our china cabinet, I took one of our china saucers from the cabinet to the craft store and matched the blue color in the china to an acrylic paint. To mix the paint, I used a ceramic deviled egg platter. Not only did the platter keep the colors separate, but the paint was easy to wash out...and I love how it looked! Fill the first space with mostly white paint, then add a teeny drop of the other color. Mix the paint with a paintbrush, then wipe the brush clean before moving to the next color. Continue in this way to create a range of shades, ending with your darkest color.
Step 4: Paint one peg at a time using a small paintbrush. Be sure to wipe the brush clean after each peg. Let dry, then add a second or third coat, if necessary.
Step 5: Hang your pegboard on the wall. I drilled holes in the back of each board then hung the boards on two rows of nails.