Welcome to Week 4 of the $100 Room Challenge – This week is all about storing the endless arsenal of Nerf guns that seem to multiply at our house! If you missed anything, you can catch up on all plans for the playroom – Playroom Makeover. In a nutshell, I’ve got one month (5 weeks in this case) to makeover a room or space in my house all while staying at or under $100. Erin from Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry started this brilliant idea a few years ago and there are so many amazing bloggers participating this time!
All the details can be found here from each week in the challenge:
I had grand plans for this room on a not so grand budget. Our kids have outgrown lots of the toys and also the furniture so it was time for a change. Plus, the wall color had to go and the clutter was overwhelming! Here’s a lovely before shot for your enjoyment:
- Paint walls – DONE
- DIY Desk – DONE
- Paint craft cabinet – DONE
- Hang art – DONE
- Paint chairs – DONE
- DIY Nerf Gun Wall – DONE!
- New Chairs
- $20 – IKEA Trestles for the Desk from the online yard sale
- $40 – Wood for the Desk
- $5 – Hardware for the Desk
- $0 – Paint – I used leftover paint from our Master Bedroom Makeover and finally found a use for a gallon of paint that’s been stored in my garage for months!
- $20 – I had to replace the roller for painting because I couldn’t find it anywhere and needed one for rolling the walls, also bought some new large tray liners
- $5 – Craft storage supplies from Dollar Tree
- $0 – Chairs – These were FREE from the online yard sale. The same person I got the trestles from was giving away 4 plastic IKEA chairs!! They were desperately in need of a good cleaning and a paint job, but free. Yes please. I couldn’t get there fast enough to pick these up! And I already had paint on hand.
- $0 – Nerf Gun Wall Supplies – we had everything already that was just collecting dust in our garage.
Total so far – $90, however, I was able to sell our old table and two bookshelves, so I’m at $5 out of pocket!
But onto one of my favorite DIYs so far!
DIY Nerf Gun Wall
Supplies Needed: (affiliate links provided – see my full disclosure here)
- Sheet of Pegboard
- Various Sized Hooks for a Pegboard
- 1×2 boards
Since we were putting this in the closet of the playroom, we had to trim down some of the pegboard. It had been hanging in our garage for years, but we weren’t using it. My husband had already cut it down for the garage, but we needed to take another 3 inches off the width for one side. I was planning on having the back and side wall of the closet used for pegboard. He set it on sawhorses and used a circular saw to cut it. Since it wants to slip around while cutting on the sawhorses, he used a small clamp to keep the cut end from flopping around. This made for a much neater cut.
Paint your pegboard whatever color you want. I used a brush and some leftover white paint. I also didn’t get too picky – it’s going in a closet. My son chose white, but you can do whatever looks cool to you.
I sprayed the 1×2’s with orange spray paint, but this was an unnecessary step. It’s barely visible at all behind the pegboard so feel free to skip this part.
Measure the width of your pegboard and cut the 1×2 at least the same width or a few inches wider if you have extra wall space. For example, one of our pegboards is 33 inches wide and the 1x2s are about 35 inches long. You need at least 2 1×2 supports for each piece of pegboard. Possibly even 3 evenly spaced supports if you are doing a really tall pegboard.
Assemble the Pegboard Wall
Measure where you want the top of the pegboard to be and mark it. Come down about 2 inches from that mark and mark that – this is where you want to put the 1×2 boards. Do the same for the bottom – mark where your board will end, come up about 2 inches and mark this. Find the studs in your wall and screw the 1×2 pieces into the studs. You really want to screw the 1x2s into a stud because pegboard is pretty heavy. If you just screw into the sheet rock, the weight of the boards, plus the guns may pull it down. Helpful hint, you can use a stud finder and most studs these days are 16 inches apart. And don’t worry if the screw splits your 1×2 a bit. Ours split a small amount on each end because our studs were so close to the ends.
Make sure your pegboard is level and screw it into the 1×2 boards on the wall. This step is definitely easier with two people.
And that’s it! Put several screws in the top and bottom supports so it’s secure.
And now hang up the guns! We had an assortment of hooks in the garage and I just picked out the ones that worked best for his guns. They aren’t the most secure things in the world, but they work. I know that when there are 5 boys in there grabbing guns off the wall, some of the hooks will fall out, but they are easily replaceable. I might actually find a way to secure the hooks, but for now they work great.
Update! A fellow blogger gave me a super helpful tip that I had no idea about! The little black plastic pieces that come in the hooks are what you use to secure the hooks! Who knew?? Maybe I was the only one, but what a game changer – genius! Just place your hooks and then secure them with the black thingys!
I use a plastic container to store all the extra Nerf bullets so there’s no more grocery bags full of them in there! This DIY Nerf Gun Wall was seriously so easy (special thanks to my super handy Mr Brown Dog for helping all my visions work) and I wish we would’ve done this long ago. And if I wasn’t on a budget I definitely would’ve bought some of that cool stainless steel or blue pegboard!
Don’t forget to check out all the other amazing bloggers participating this week and stay tuned for the final reveals next week!
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