I think every mama to be dreams of decorating the perfect nursery. Of course, Pinterest doesn’t help our obsessions and I’m sure as many of us have had secret wedding boards, we have also had secret baby boards. I know I created one as soon as I knew I was pregnant and began planning for a future nursery that at the time I thought would be gender neutral because we weren’t planning on finding out the gender at the time. Since then one of my biggest dreams for the nursery was creating a nursery peg board. I saw a few on Pinterest and knew I had to have one in our future babe’s nursery. So when I teamed up with four other bloggers for a fabulous nursery blog hop and giveaway, I knew this had to be my project!
I totally wish I was a super savvy with all the power tools, but luckily I had my dad around to help me with this project. Steven totally could’ve helped me too but dads always seem to have this random knowledge about projects that they might not have ever done before. Somehow he knew exactly how to assemble this entire project without ever having made a peg board before.
If you don’t have power tools at your disposal, you can also have the peg board cut at Lowe’s or Home Depot for just a few extra bucks. Which you may need to do anyway if you have a smaller car. The board comes as a 4’x4′ board and barely fit into my SUV.
The prep time for getting the board ready was fairly minimal, what actually took me the longest was deciding what all to include on the board. Here are the basic steps to creating your own pegboard:
DIY Nursery Peg Board
- 1 peg board (I cut mine down to 3’x2.5′)
- Circular Saw
- Miter Saw
- 3 pieces of 1’x2′ board (cut three inches shorter than the width of your board)
- Optional: 4 pieces of molding for frame
- Peg board accessories (hooks, etc.)
- Cut peg board to desired size (using circular saw)
- Using miter saw, cut 1’x2′ board into three pieces 6″ shorter than the width of your peg board
- If you’re making a frame, measure board for frame to be the width/height of your frame minus 3 inches. Put a mark where that measurement lines up and miter the edge at a 45 degree angle. You’ll need to make sure to cut the top and bottom pieces exactly the same sizes and the two side pieces the same sizes as well.
- Spray paint board and 1’x2′ pieces the same color. The 1’x2′ pieces can be roughly painted, just enough to not show wood through your painted peg board.
- Spray paint frame, if needed
- To assemble frame, use wood glue to glue the bottom and two side pieces together. Then glue to board, using a clamp to secure while drying or heavy books.
- Once frame is dried to board, take 1’x2′ pieces to mount to the wall. Be sure to measure how high off the ground you want the board to be. Predrill three holes horizontally along the 1’x2′ pieces drilling into a stud in the wall, starting with the top piece. Make sure your piece is level after drilling the first hole and securing with a screw. Then continue with the next two screws to secure (right side first then middle).
- Repeat steps for bottom piece, making sure it is lined up with the top piece and also level. The middle piece can be eye balled for where the middle is, just be sure it lines up with the other two and is level also.
- Then it’s time to mount the peg board to the mounting boards you just installed. We decided to do three screws again just to make sure it’s secured into the wall. You’ll need to predrill the hole through the peg board material then secure with a screw. Follow the same pattern as the mounting boards, leveling along the way.
- Finally once you have your board installed, glue the final piece of frame onto the other frame pieces and the board. Use clamp to secure or hold with your hand until dry.
- Add your peg accessories and decorate!
I really wanted the things I hung on the peg board to be cute but also functional. These peg board baskets were perfect for adding in diapers, a grooming kit and some washcloths so that the essentials could be in reach.
I will probably end up adding a second shelf and possibly staining them a darker color wood, but the shelf was actually my favorite part. I added the DIY Nursery Jar Lids I made as well as the elephant and wooden home that I found at Hobby Lobby.
When explaining this project to my family before making it, I described it as another way to do a fun gallery wall feature, without having to hang each individual piece on the wall. I love how versatile this nursery peg board is and that as time goes on I’ll be able to switch out the pegs since it is mounted on the wood instead of flush to the wall.