Easy Peg Rail Shelf

Update a boring wall with a modern peg rail shelf.

Putting together a dramatically downsized home is like piecing together an intricate puzzle.

I’ve learned that it takes time, patience, and a lot of experimentation!

This wall in our master bedroom was a particularly difficult piece.

It’s opposite our bed, and the door leads to the bathroom.

We quickly learned that placing my antique cedar chest at the end of our bed was going to mean broken toes in our future. It had to go.

We tried putting a cute sitting area in the corner. Oh, how I loved to sit there to read in the morning.

But, it jutted too far out in the room, too.

Then, we tried this antique dresser.

Like Goldilocks’s bed, it was just right!

It fits and functions just perfectly in that teeny tiny space.

But, then, I needed to figure out how to jazz up the wall behind it.

Here’s what we did:

Modern Peg Rail Shelf & Farmhouse Style Trim

Add interest to a boring wall by adding a modern peg rail shelf.

One long 1×3 board cut in half was turned into a shelf ledge with a modern peg rail.

peg rail shelf being leveled onto a wall

Once hung on the wall, it’s the perfect perch for DIY boho art and plants.

peg rail shelf with boho art above and plants on the shelf

It gives interest and height and doesn’t make the already small room feel smaller.

A basket with a handle hanging on one of the pegs of a peg rail shelf

The pegs offer a whole bunch of decorating possibilities, but for now I’ve hung a basket with faux greenery and a scarf with tassels. It seems to fit the Modern Farmhouse Boho style we were going for.

For more simple DIY shelf ideas, check out these:

A peg rail shelf with art above it, a dresser below it, and a door leading to a bathroom beside it.

Adding custom trim adds interest and style to a room

The boring bathroom door got a face lift with the same craftsman style trim treatment that we used for our hallway makeover.

We love the big difference those small changes made.

Cost of these projects:

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we’re trying to do this room makeover using up as many supplies we already have on hand as possible. I had a whole collection of wooden pegs that were the inspiration for the peg shelf. But we did have to buy some wood for the shelf and the trim. Here’s the cost breakdown:

  • Wood for peg shelf – $10.00
  • Additional wood for trim for 2 doors (we also did the main bedroom door) – $20
  • Paint – We had left over from previous projects

One Room Challenge Makeover

This post is part of the One Room Challenge Makeover series put on by Calling it Home and Better Homes and Gardens.

If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s an event where guest participants make over a room in 8 weeks. This week is week 7, and next week will be the big reveal!

We’ve chosen to do a Modern Farmhouse Boho Master Bedroom Makeover and can’t wait to show you its final look.

If you want to catch up on all the previous posts for this room makeover, here they are:

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  1. I love that antique dresser! I’m always a sucker for furniture with keyholes:) And your DIY pegboard will make a great place to change out cute vignettes. Looking forward to your room reveal!

  2. Hello! This looks great! I am making a leg rail shelf for our bedroom. How high did you hang this? Thank you so much!

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