How to Build a Beadboard Peg Shelf

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Here is another PB Teen item I hacked – the Beadboard Peg Shelf. This shelf cost me less than $20.00 to build! This would be a great Christmas gift or a baby shower gift and it would also be fabulous in another color!

beadboard peg shelf


Cut the pieces as follows:

  • 2 @ 1x6x30″
  • 1 @ 5-1/2″ x 30″ beadboard
  • 2 @ 1/4″ x 3/4″ x 5-1/2″ trim with one end mitered
  • 1 @ 1/4″ x 3/4″ x 30″ trim with both ends mitered

Start by cutting all of the pieces. Sand only the shelf piece, as the others do not have to be sanded yet.

beadboard peg shelf base

Since I had a narrow scrap of beadboard, I had to use three pieces and butt them together. I applied glue to the bottom board, place the beadboard, then secured with 5/8″ brad nails.

beadboard peg shelf glue application

  beadboard peg shelf adding beadboard

I repeated the process until all of my beadboard pieces were in place.

beadboard peg shelf finished beadboard

Next, I glued the longest trim piece (with both ends mitered) at the bottom of the beadboard, then secured in place with 5/8″ brad nails. I added the side trim pieces in the same manner.

beadboard peg shelf long trim

  beadboard peg shelf short trim

Drawer pulls are used on the front of the shelf for hanging a sweater, a purse, or a diaper bag. I marked the placement of the holes for the pulls using a pencil, then drilled the holes.

beadboard peg shelf mark holes for knobs

  beadboard peg shelf drill holes

I used Dry Dex to fill in the nail holes, seams where I pieced the beadboard, and any knots or imperfections. Once it was dry, I sanded with 220 grit sand paper. I hope the seams won’t show once the shelf is painted!!

beadboard peg shelf fill holes

  beadboard peg shelf fill seams

 beadboard peg shelf filler close up

 I ran a bead of glue on the underside of the shelf piece and held the beadboard piece there for a little bit – it is hotter than Hades here and I knew the glue would set up a little so I could nail the shelf to the beadboard. (Using 1-1/4″ brad nails!)

beadboard peg shelf shelf placement

  beadboard peg shelf secure shelf

I took the shelf inside and painted it. (If I did it outside, it would dry way too fast in this heat and have a funky texture!) I used Behr Ultra Premium Plus in  Ultra Pure White Satin, then I sealed it with Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane in Matte Soft Touch.

I didn’t have any knobs in my stash so I bought new ones and inserted them through the holes.

beadboard peg shelf crystal knobs

I’ve been trying to find ways to use the things in my projects that I already have at home. I decided to use soda can tabs as the hanging hardware for the shelf. I positioned them on the back, then positioned a washer and screw to hold the tab to the back of the shelf.

beadboard peg shelf soda can tab hanger

What do you think? If you have any questions regarding these plans, let me know!

beadboard peg shelf finished view


Originally posted 2012-07-05 08:00:09.


  • Annmarin123 says:

    I love this idea…never even thought of using drawer pulls, very clever!

  • […] When I was a kid, I had this peg rack that my grandmother sent me with soda can tabs as the hanging hardware! To me, that is one hanger that is incredibly cheap plus I’m doing my part to recycle when I use them! They are sturdy and can be completely hidden behind a frame or other artwork. I used them to hang the Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Organizer I made as well as the PB Inspired Beadboard Peg Shelf. […]

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