DIY Kitchen Pegboard - Cloud Graffiti Design

DIY kitchen pegboard pots pans graffiti spraypaint

When I was living in Amsterdam with J, he wanted to set up a pegboard in the kitchen to hold all our pots and pans. The concept is basically a vertical board with holes in it, upon which you can hang hooks as needed.

It allows for a lot of flexibility and lets you use vertical space in a more efficient way. Our kitchen was tiny as, so it's a great idea for smaller kitchens if you've got empty wall space on hand.

kitchen pegboard

Image sourced from: Wanda Ely Architect Inc.

 

Buying the Pegboard

The pegboard was strangely difficult to find. After looking in vain all over Amsterdam at the typical home construction stores, J's dad got our's from GAMMA. I would check out your local home construction / DIY stores for it.

Next, my job was to come up with how we'd graffiti it. :)

 

Buying spraypaint

FIRSTLY, let's talk what type of spray paint to use. I'm gonna stress here that you HAVE to use good quality spray paint. I used MTN 94s. You can see the difference below.

On the left is some 2 euro spray paint I bought from Action (chain of discount stores in the Netherlands). The paint did not adhere at all, as you can see on the left picture. On the right, you can see how much more effective ONE layer of the MTN 94 was.

 Cheap 2 euro spraypaint from local discount store

Cheap 2 euro spraypaint from local discount store

 More expensive but better quality MTN 94 spray paint

More expensive but better quality MTN 94 spray paint

 

Creating the design

We ended up deciding on a sky and cloud theme, because we wanted to have something bright in the kitchen, especially on cloudy Amsterdam days. 

I started with a few practice rounds. As you can see below, I just cut out SUPER basic stencils of cloud edges on cardboard. The gist is that you use blue as the background, then hold the stencil slightly above and spray white on top, along the stencil edge.

DIY kitchen pegboard spraypaint graffiti cloud design

When I started on the full pegboard, I used two shades of blue to colour in the background, to give it a bit of depth. I also just had to, because these were the only two colours of blue I had haha.

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This was the first time I had ever graffiti-ed, so I basically just sprayed it splotchilly about. Also my blue cans were only about 1/3 full so I actually ran out of blue about half way through haha. This is why I couldn't cover the entire board in blue, and just had to do everywhere that wasn't blue as white clouds.

But you make do with what you got.

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Next, I grabbed the stencils and just did it exactly as I did before. Stencil placed slightly above the pegboard and then spray along the edge (using a fat nozzle). Basically, the fat nozzle helps to thin on the edges of the white, helping to create the wispiness of the clouds.

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The finished product

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DIY kitchen pegboard graffiti spraypaint cloud

Apologies that I don't have more details on the installation, which J's dad did. From memory, he may have used hooks on the wall behind the pegboard.


This was a really fun DIY project that I loved getting to do, especially as I'm such a beginner so it was nice to get the opportunity.

Would love to see anyone else's pegboard designs - feel free to share!