So do you remember meeting Man Podger Walter last week? He’s finally here for realz, with his first project! This kids’ DIY coat hanger is fit for a child’s room, or my room if you please. What I love about having Man Podgers now (besides that fact that both are amazing) is that both will surely do things differently than me (which is good) and teach me something too! Walter’s peg board is a perfect example. I’m not a pigment ink person, but I’ve always been interested in them. I think I’m getting ahead of myself though; Walter’s project is so fun and he’s got a tutorial.
Let’s jump in.
Make this awesome kids’ wall peg board, with an Ikea kitchen cabinet door and some wooden knobs? That’s right, and it is so simple!
I bought this door at Ikea in the odds and end clearance section for $2.00. This small door (15″ x 15″ ) is solid and has a nice recessed square in the center (8″ x 8″).
Let’s get started! Arrange the four wooden knobs onto the door. Once you decide where you want them to be, measure and mark the pilot hole with a pencil and drill a hole.
Next step, though optional is to lightly sand the area in the center that will be decoupaged. Tip: You should do this if the surface is very smooth and hard, makes for better contact!
Paint the knobs any color, I chose White. Tip: (Take thin dowels any length and insert them into the bottoms of the knobs, this makes painting the knobs easy! Insert the other END of dowel into a small block of styrofoam for drying.) While the knobs are drying… move onto the next step. Take plain white letters, found in most craft stores, I used the letters H, O, O, T for “Hoot.” I wanted the letters to match the illustration, so I used Folk Art (401 True Blue) paint and it dries fast. I squeezed a little onto my finger and smeared it over each letter.
Once the letters ( H, O, O, T ) are dry, I applied a image from a rubber stamp onto the letters using “pigment inks.” This step adds a interesting flair and dimension for each letter that also coordinates well with the illustration I designed.
You can use any image or photo for the center insert. I choose an illustration of an OWL that I created for the 8″ x 8″ center. Trim the selected image and place in the center to make sure it fits, Perfect! At this point lets do a dry fit. Place the center image, knobs and letters into place. Looks good, just like expected!
This next step is to decoupage the letters, one at a time. Once they dry (15 min), seal the knobs. Then give yourself plenty of room for the bigger piece. First coat the center of the door and 2nd: coat the back of the print. Then lay the print onto the center of the door. I use a Mod Podge Brayer to get all the air bubbles out, this makes for great contact. Let dry for at least 15 minutes. Then seal the image with Mod Podge too.
Once the 15 minutes of drying time have passed, I’m ready to attach the metal hangers to the back “TOP” of the door. I attached the hanger at about 2″ in, on each side. Mark the holes with a pencil first and drill a pilot hole, then fasten the screws with a screwdriver. I like to be safe and add a small rubber bumper in between each screw (see photo). Now for the last step, attach each knob (H, O, O, T), plus add a bumper to the “BOTTOM” of the back and voila! The project is complete and ready to hang!
Yay! Thanks Walter, for your awesome project. It rocked. Don’t forget to visit Walter’s Etsy shop – it’s pretty cool.