When in lockdown…DIY!!! I have been making the most of this time, getting all the projects off my chest that I have been thinking about for so long. In true Anna style I have lots of unfinished projects going on in the house & now is the time to get my butt into gear & finish them off. Does anyone else start a project then move on to next before finishing the other!!?? (No just me then).

This wall in our kitchen connects the back wall of the dining space & the main cooking area. When we first moved into this house, there were so many unnecessary units & work tops here, eating into the space!

Once I had smashed my way through everything (the best bit!) and finally revealed the wall, I decided to add batten & board to add some interest but felt like it needed something more on the top half.

I had seen so many inspiring squares on Instagram with these shaker style peg rails, homing anything from kitchenalia to vintage collections. I like the ‘on show’ look so this idea was perfect especially with the amount of chopping boards I have piled up ready to be hung.


  • Large (8.8cm) Hardwood shaker pegs (I used 11 for this space)
  • 2.4m(L) x 38mm(W) x 22mm(T) sawn timber
  • Liquid nails/Wood glue
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • 12mm drill bit
  • Wood filler
  • Sand paper
  • Raw plugs & screws
  • Spirit level
  • White paint



There are so many places online that you can get these shaker style pegs, I found these on EBay for a really reasonable price. These ones are 8.8cm (Large) wooden shaker pegs, a perfect size for the job & mega strong as they are made from Birch. If you plan on hanging coats I would suggest sizing up.


I used a 2.4m(L) x 38mm(W) x 22mm(T) piece of sawn timber that I had sitting in the garage. To mark out the positioning of the pegs I measured where the centre point of the wood was & thats where I placed the first peg.

I used a pencil to draw around the base of the peg. Spacing is personal preference…I decided on 10 inch gaps as I knew I would be hanging large items & didn’t want them to overlap too much.


I used the biggest drill bit I could find (10mm) to drill the holes for the pegs but if i’m honest I had to wiggle the hole bigger. For this size peg, ideally you will need to use a 12mm drill bit.

I didn’t drill all the way through the wood, just deep enough for the base of the peg to fit. The key is that the peg fits snug!


The next step is to knock in the pegs! For extra strength I decided to add some liquid nails into the hole before knocking the peg in gently with a hammer.

I then used the excess glue to fill in any gaps around the base of the peg.


Once all the pegs were in place I measured the desired drop (27cm) from the ceiling to where I wanted the rail to sit on the wall & marked with a pencil. The walls in our house are far from straight so a spirit level was my friend.


I was home alone at this stage of the project so had to attach the rail by myself which was quite tricky but I had a plan!

Holding the rail securely with one hand I drilled a hole through roughly the centre of the wood, straight through to the wall.

I then knocked in a raw plug & screwed the rail in. This meant that the rail was secured to the wall & could easily be pivoted into position on both ends…no need for a man or a diy buddy!!

I then continued to add 2 more screws either side using my spirit level as I went along.


Yay! The rail was up & actually straight…you can feel proud of yourself at this point!

Now time to fill & paint. I used a wood filler to fill any screw holes & gaps, allowed to dry & sanded smooth before painting.

I had some white paint left over from when I painted the wall so I set to work. I think I did 4 coats in total.

And thats it! This honestly turned out better than I thought.

I’m so glad I had the time to complete this project, it really is a great addition to our kitchen. Not only is it functional but it also gives this wall character…I 

I had so much fun deciding what items to hang, finding a balance of things we used & things just for show. How cute are these wire baskets I repurposed!?

For the Spring season I gathered items that hang & tie in with the open shelving decor I have going on.

I went for warm tones of wood & hints of grey, green & copper…The styling options are endless!

I’m thinking I might try this in another room in the house, maybe the bathroom or in Matty’s bedroom.

I hope I have inspired you to try a peg rail in your home! If you do decide to tackle this project, tag me in your photos on Instagram @makinghomematter, I would love to see!

Thank you so much for reading the blog today! Happy DIY-ing friends! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Lots of love

Anna xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Close Bitnami banner