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DIY Shaker Peg Rail

by - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

We've been on vacation the last few weeks... which is obvious judging by the lack of any real big home projects around here ;) We did manage to finish one small project though, the DIY shaker peg rail. It's a really simple project and I have a feeling we'll be adding more of these peg rails around our house.

diy shaker peg rail,

A shaker peg rail is a timeless accessory that will fit in almost any style of home. It is functional, attractive in its simplicity, and a fairly easy DIY. You can buy shaker peg rails (here's an inexpensive modern version) but if you need something sized to fit, or want one in custom colours, consider making your own.

I have to apologize for the photos in this post. I only had my phone with me - and then I accidentally deleted some of the in progress shots! Oops. But the project is fairly easy so hopefully you can follow along.

How to Make a Custom Shaker Peg Rail


- piece of wood. We used a piece that was 4"wide x 5/8" thick. Ensure that your wood is thicker than the dowel end of your shaker peg so that the peg doesn't stick out from the back
- shaker pegs. I used these ones
- paint


1. Measure and cut your piece of wood the required length.
2. Mark the center of the wood with a horizontal pencil line.

diy shaker peg rail
diy shaker peg rail

3. Place the pegs along this center line and determine your peg spacing. My first and last pegs were placed 2.5" in from the edge

diy shaker peg rail

4. Use the peg dowel to determine what size hole you need to drill.
5. Drill the peg holes. The holes should go through the entire depth of the wood.

6. Determine placement of the peg rail on your wall. For maximum stability, the wood should be drilled into the wall studs. Determine where the studs are in the wall and mark their locations onto the wood. For our wood rail, we would hit three studs. If you are unable to determine stud location, be sure to use expanders with your screws.
7. Drill a pilot hole at each stud location.
8. Countersink the hole so that when the screw is inserted, it will sit slightly lower than the face of the wood. To do the countersink, take a drill fitted with a drill bit equal to the size of the screw head. Manually push the drill against the pilot hole and rotate the drill by hand to slightly bore out some of the wood.

9. Pick your paint colour. Paint the wood rail with two coats, giving the wood a light sanding after each coat. Paint your shaker pegs if desired.

benjamin moore paint HC-146, tranquility, palladian, constellation, edgecomb

10. Put PL adhesive around the dowel of the shaker peg. Insert the pegs into the holes and wipe off any excess glue. Let pegs harden for a few hours.
11. Screw the wood rail into the studs.
12. Cover each screw head with DAP spackling. When dry, sand off the excess DAP. Paint the DAP patches.

diy shaker peg rail, straw hat, country floral curtains, beach bag

And there it is, a place to hang our bags, wet towels, or sun hats. I decided to leave our shaker pegs unpainted to pick up some of the yellow tones in the curtain fabric. It pairs nicely with the wood paint (Constellation by Benjamin Moore), a soft blue green that has just a hint of contrast against the warm white walls.

What do you think, could your home use a DIY peg rail?

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