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How to Build a Pottery Barn Teen Inspired Beadboard Peg Shelf

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!


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.

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.


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

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.


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.


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!!



 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!)


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.

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.

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