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DIY Inspiration Pegboard (+ A Reader Contest with BEHR!)


DIY Inspiration Peg Board

I have always been the #1 fan of inspiration boards! I took a fashion class at FIT during high school and our first assignment was to make an inspiration board. I went to a fashion book store (Wahhh! Miss you NYC!!) and bought a zillion international fashion magazines and spent hours making mine.

I’ve since been talking about making an inspiration board for the studio for years. While I love the internet as much as the next girl (I mean, it is the reason I have a job, right!?), sometimes it’s just nice to see some inspiration in real life! We had the idea of turning a peg board into our inspiration board because we could hang items, easily move them around and add shelves, too!

We teamed up with BEHR® to help execute this project and I’m pretty impressed with how it turned out, if I do say so myself!! In addition to it housing our inspiration, we decided to put a few words that Studio DIY lives by on there, to ensure every time we look at it, we know what we’re striving towards. The best part? BEHR and I are giving away a $100 gift card so you can get your inspiration on too! Keep reading to find out how to enter!

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We used BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Flat Paint & Primer in some of their top 2017 colors and I gotta say, if this is what 2017’s color palette is going to look like, I am ON BOARD. Bring on the PINK!

The paint is low odor and zero VOC (so the rest of the team didn’t have to leave the studio when we were painting!) and it’s a paint and primer in one… AKA this lazy girl’s dream. If you’re planning to use your board in a higher trafficked area than we are, I’d recommend trying BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® Interior Paint & Primer which has scuff and scratch resistant technology in it.

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DIY Inspiration Peg Board

Total Time:


Two 2'x4' Pegboards
BEHR® Premium Plus Interior Flat Paint (I used Everything's Rosy, Shades On, Peek a Blue, Jade Dragon and Lemon Burst)
Paint Roller or Large Paint Brush
Small Paint Brushes
1/4" Thick Dowels or Pegs
Small Wood Spheres or Discs
Scrap Pieces of Lightweight Wood for Shelves (They often having these laying around in the lumber section at the hardware store and you can purchase them!)
2" Letter Stickers
Strong Glue (Like E6000)


1. Use the paint roller (or large brush) to paint the entire pegboard your desired color (Ours was Everything's Rosy). Let dry completely.
2. Decide what phrase/quote/words you want on your board and use a scrap piece of paper to draw out how you want them laid out. We wanted ours centered in the middle of the board, so we could use the edges for hanging inspiration images/items.
3. Lay the two boards next to each other and find the middle point of your now-larger board. Use a light pencil mark to mark it. You'll want to place the center of your phrase/words here. Begin laying out your letter stickers lightly. (Don't press them all the way down, in case you want to move them!) If you don't have enough stickers to write your whole phrase at once, just do one line at a time. Once you're happy with how they look, use a pencil to trace around the letters.
4. Then, remove the stickers and continue placing and tracing until you've drawn out your entire phrase.
5. Use a small paint brush and a contrasting color of paint (Shades On, in our case!) to fill in the letters. Let dry.
6. Paint the small wood spheres various colors. These will go on the end of your pegs to help hold things on! Let dry. Additionally, Sand any uneven edges of your scrap pieces of wood and paint as desired.
7. To make regular pegs for hanging things, glue the spheres to one end of small wooden pegs. To make longer pegs for holding up shelves, trim longer dowels down to the same width of your shelf (plus about 1/2" for inserting into the board). Glue spheres onto one end.
8. Assemble the board as desired and add all of your inspiration! We just leaned ours up against the wall, but you could hang yours or set it on a narrow table to display.

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Photos by Jeff Mindell

I can’t get over how fun it turned out!!! Oh, and yes, that is a lollipop on our inspiration board. In case you were wondering… haha!!

Now… about this contest!!

I am giving away a $100 gift card, courtesy of BEHR®, to one lucky reader to use towards your next paint project!! To enter for a chance to win, tell me below in the comments which of BEHR’s 2017 color picks would work best for your next paint project, and fill out this Google Form! The contest will end on Monday, February 6th and a winner will be announced here shortly thereafter!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES. All entrants must be the age of majority in their respective state as of the date of entry and over 18 years of age. BEHR(R) Color Trends  (“the Sweepstakes”)  opens at 12:01 a.m. PDT on January 30, 2017 and closes at 11:59 p.m. PDT on February 4, 2017. Void where prohibited by law. Participation constitutes entrant’s full unconditional agreement and acceptance of the Official Rules, Terms of Service, Privacy Policy. “the Sweepstakes”)  is sponsored by POPSUGAR Inc. (owner and operator of having an address of 111 Sutter Street, 16th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104. One grand prize valued at $100.

This post was created in partnership with BEHR® and ShopStyle. All content and opinions are that of my own! Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep the Studio DIY party going! Read more about my editorial policies here.



  • Michelle

    It’s so cute, I’ve always wanted a pegboard! I love the colours you used!

  • Gabi Valladares

    This inspiration pegboard is absolutely adorable! Love the colors oh so much.

  • Michael Woods

    Laid Back Gray would be terrific for when we re-do our dining room!

  • Sophie

    I love the ice cream cone next to the pegboard. Is it a DIY?

  • Erin VerHines

    Lemon burst! My new home needs it!


    Jade Dragon or Wanderlust would be great for repainting my dresser! Definitely loving artful magenta though, so maybe I’ll have to find a spot for that too!

  • Catherine

    That Comfortable palette has my name allll over it! Love that blush pink, it would be perfect on an inspiration board of my own!

  • Jessica

    Peek a Blue is the perfect shade of blue that I’ve been wanting to paint my bedroom!

  • Jessica Brito

    Peek a blue would be perfect for an endtable I’ve been dying to update! All these colors are so dreamy though.

  • anna

    Life is a Peach is perfect.

  • Gina

    Love Jade Dragon for our basement accent wall!

  • Brooke

    I love the composed palette and if I had to pick one it would be wanderlust!

  • Renee H johnson

    I love the comfortable retreat colors, but the Jade Dragon is everything!!

  • Rachel

    I LOVE the lemon burst. I’m working on my bedroom makeover now and I just painted the old dingy yellow with a soft bright white. The color goes perfect with my linens and would look lovely as an accent for for my fireplace mantel as well as the top for my desk. <3

  • Les

    i LOVE fired up.
    i feel like against my white walls, that would REALLY pop.
    and id LOVE to do a mood board, but for cups!
    i LOVE coffee cups!
    i dont drink a lick of coffee (okay VERY RARELY) but i love all of the coffee cups in the world! i need to stash them somewhere!

  • Hannah

    I came here for the awesome project and was surprised by the big giveaway. Thanks, Kelly and Behr!

    Hannah | The Outfit Repeater

  • Jessica Irvin

    A pegboard like this has been on my to-do list! Now I definitely need to actually make it happen. Beautiful!

  • Helen Dauka

    I moved into a house a year ago and every wall was painted a shade similar to Life is a Peach. I have been struggling to nail down a palette that will work with the current color (because I was really groaning at the idea of painting an entire house) but would be able to incorporate my favorite color, yellow. After seeing the comfortable palette, I would love to use colors like Close Knit to repaint my side tables, and Everything’s Rosy for an accent wall. This palette is exactly what I needed!

  • rosemary k

    definitely adding this to my to do list! we have a pegboard in our spare room / office and i’ve been wanting to do something with it – this is the perfect idea!

  • Rebecca

    Loving me some Artful Magenta. So pretty!

  • Caitlin

    Midnight Show could really get the party started on my sophisticated Jumanji dining room!

  • Camille

    I need to make one to help keep me inspired! So cute, you have the best ideas!

  • Abbey Kobylinski

    I love the composed pallet but Midnight Show would be great for a my next kitchen!

  • Chloe

    I love this sooo much!!! I have no idea where I would put it but, I NEED to make this!

  • Vanessa Bowden

    Life is a Peach! It goes perfectly with my colour pallet!

  • Kelsey Christensen

    I have a dresser in my bed room that is dying to be painted, and I think Wanderlust is just the right color for the job!

  • Kara

    Into the Woods and That’s my Lime as an accent! My classroom is in desperate need of a face lift!!

  • Brenda

    Love this so much! Lemon burst and peek a blue would be the perfect color for my project!

  • Stephanie

    I love how Peek a Blue is looking! I can see this working for so many of my projects! I totally have intentions of stealing the peg board idea, though 😉

  • JessZ

    Lemon Burst, Laid Back Grey and Peek A Blue! I love color and I have a thousand projects for our house, and this would be awesome! Also, definitely painting a phrase on my craft room peg board after seeing yours!

  • Megan

    Yikes tough to pick! I’m a sucker for blues…LOVING the Peek a Blue and Polished Aqua! Soft but so pretty! Board is really fun!

  • Eliza

    I would use close knit for my living room!

  • Taylor Collery

    Was just looking at Close Knit yesterday for our nursery. It’s the perfect nuetral for whatever gender we end up having!

  • Katherine

    Has to be everything’s rosy since my favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day…..paired with vibrant red that color combo is my dream!

  • Linda Meyers-Gabbard

    Love the inspiration pegboard you made. Beautifully decorated and designed.
    The color I could use for my next project would be Midnight Show.

  • Rebecca

    Everything’s rosy!

  • Katherine

    Not only do I love Everything’s Rosy for a good set of walls, but I kind of want every article of clothing I own to be in that exact color!

  • emmanesta

    The lifes a peach color is AMAZING!! This is so cute!

  • Katy Beth

    I LOVE YOUR INSPO BOARD! I totally want to do one above my desk! Penthouse Veiw is one of my favorite BEHR paint colors! I would love to use it as the back of my own inspo board!!!

  • Sue roush

    Jade Dragon, Jade Dragon, Jade Dragon! Oh did mention Jade Dragon!!

  • Eva

    That peek a blue would help perk up my dark windowless half bath!

  • Leigh

    I love Everything’s Rosy! It’s just the color I’ve been looking for to paint my bedroom. And I definitely need something no VOC and paint + primer! So excited!

  • Donna R

    Love the Peek a Blue. Reminds me of Tiffany. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Isabelle

    This is a cute DIY! The pegboard is awesome!

  • amanda

    Jade Dragon is beautiful! I have been debating a green accent wall somewhere near my kitchen and this would be perfect….. or I could paint a few future shelves with it. The options are endless!!

  • Wynona

    Jade Dragon would look so good in our guest room.

  • Emily

    I’m currently designing/putting together my first baby’s nursery. I love “Midnight Show.” It would be perfect shade of blue to go along with the nautical theme.

  • Johanna Dahlstedt

    I would choose lemon burst. My bedside table is currently stained wood but it is scratched and in need of a paint job!

  • Christina

    Oh man Jade Dragon is literally perfect, I think my boring white bookshelves need a makeover!!! 😍

  • Abby

    LOVE your inspiration board! Close knit or laid back gray would work for me!

  • Brittany Shore

    Life is a peach!!! <3 So much love. Would be the perfect color inspo for our kitchen project! Now just have to get the boo on board with pink 😉

    Thanks for the amazing DIY

  • Danielle Gough

    I’ve been wanting to paint the insides of a white bookshelf to give it some fun color! I love Jade Dragon, or lemon burst.

  • Brittany Goetting

    Midnight Show. That color is my jam.

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    I’m really loving Lemon Burst! I really want to paint some of my old ikea furniture. It’s black right now, but I think with some new paint it would be a perfect pop of color for my dreary living room!

  • Bryn

    I love midnight show. It would look so great as an accent color in my bathroom

  • Jennifer

    Add this to my never ending house makeover list! I seriously need fired up and that’s my lime in one of the hallways or maybe my closet! so tempted to paint our bedroom darker like midnight show….I’m such a sucker for a navy.

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