So, even though I don't have a ton of tools, and I'm not churning out the home projects, I could not suppress my need for organization. (And my need to clean up the basement and make better use of the space down there.) I moved all my tools from a table/workbench on one end of the basement to a lower, wider workbench on the other end of the basement. I wanted to put up a pegboard for organizing my tools and getting them all up off the bench and not just on shelves. The only part that posed a slight challenge was that I was going to have to mount it onto a concrete block wall. I did my research and went on a very fun trip to Home Depot (using some wedding gift cards) to pick up what I needed. I came home, cut my boards to size and started in. And got no where. I'd read a few blogs (including this one from the great Young, House, Love blog) and, while a few talked about mounting on concrete, none of them mentioned anything about needing a hammer drill. Luckily, a friend of mine had one to loan me. ("Use ear protection" was his only advice) Once I had that, everything went smoothly. After it was up, there were many rearrangings needed to get the tools in the best alignment and incorporate some good ideas I'd seen on Pinterest. And there is space to the right to add one more panel of pegboard if I need to expand down the road.
Overall, I totally love it. Total cost of the project was ~$60. Those three wire baskets alone were $10, so don't get those if you don't need them and it could easily be a <$50 project! I got the small glass jars for free from a friend whose dad worked at a water treatment facilities and had tons of water sample jars laying around. Sylvia hooked me up with a small clipboard to hang on there as well (in the spot that is empty in the photo) with some paper at the ready for sketching or figuring.
I wanted there to be some unique touch to my board and decided on adding a quote to the front edge of my board. After a quick hunt and a little help from stoppable, I selected "Give us the tools and we will finish the job" which were delivered by Winston Churchill in 1941. I used a projector and some paper on the wall to see how big I should make the letters and get my spacing down. Then I free-handed them while looking at them on my computer. Outlined in pencil and then filled in with a Sharpie pen. I love how it turned out. I should probably give it a coat of clear stain to protect it and make it last longer.
I just go down and stand and look at it sometimes. Now I just need some projects to work on! And maybe a few more tools to fill on those spaces. :)