behind-the-scenes: paint + pegboard = dorm life, redefined!

okay, hopefully by now, y’all have seen on facebook that my latest issue of invironments magazine is out (oh, you didn’t? well, first…go to facebook + like my re-nest studio page! then, click here!)

now you know that my september/october issue was all about using pegboard (a garage staple) to bring organization inside your home. but this article + project was so much more than just the how-to you got to see in the amazing article, and i wanted to share some of the behind-the-scenes with you!

i am always, always, always up for a new project, a new challenge, and a new way to get a little messy. a couple of months ago, a dear friend (and huge re-nest supporter!) approached me with that opportunity. her son was heading off to college in the fall, and they had been to see what would likely be his dorm room. as any good mom would do, she felt he needed some more space…some more ways to organize his stuff, besides the three small drawers he was getting in the room. so, we had a conversation. about pegboard. 🙂

and, we landed on this: a custom-made headboard for a twin sized bed, and a very cool wall hanging/organizational piece for over his dorm room desk. now, the challenge was to make sure that both were masculine. 

i think we got there….you see, this upcoming college freshman was headed to ole miss in oxford, mississippi. so, there was really no question when we planned that the headboard would feature a very simple, clean university of mississippi logo. then for the over-the-desk piece, we settled on an american flag. (how cool, right?) and, after all of the creating was finished, these two very special pieces made their way to oxford and are settled in their new home for this academic year! (did you see the pic in the magazine article? isn’t that cool?)

of course, before the pieces got to oxford, there were some fun work-in-progress pics i took along the way that i thought i’d share! i’d like to give a big shoutout to lowe’s in dekalb for being so awesome (and not staring at me while i was buying pegboard sheets in heels during a lunch hour….see pic below!), and to my dear friend (you know who you are) for asking me to make something so cool, and trusting me with this project! 

and, now…the behind-the-scenes:

this might be the scariest looking thing ever.
the large saw at lowes in dekalb.
big props to the guys for helping get my pegboard
cuts just right!

post-cuts. yep, it was lunchhour on a monday.
i’m at lowes in a dress + these cute, green
kitten heels. no one stared.

wip shot on the american flag. getting the lines
taped + ready to paint!
painting the star overlay. big props to my silhouette cameo +
silhouette vinyl that made a fabulous stencil!
wip pic on the headboard. no joke, this was about 84″ tall,
so the studio moved out to the garage for about a week!
the last coats were done on the logo!
what do you think? love it? think you’d try this for your home? i have to admit, little mr. re-nest #2 will be getting a big boy bed in the next year or so + the thought has crossed my mind…. 🙂


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