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Peg Rail Shelf Thrift Store Flip

Thrifting with the Gals

Since I needed a Peg Rail Shelf for our beach cottage, I decided to flip an Ethan Allen shelf I found at a thrift store and make it a Shaker Peg Rail with a Shelf.

I’ve probably had the shelf for at least 2 years.

It was such a good deal, I knew I’d eventually find a use for it. Do you ever do that?

Did you know that Shaker Peg Rails are very popular right now?

Well, with my husbands help, we literally flipped the thrift store shelf and made it into a Shaker Peg Rail with a Shelf.

Great Quality Thrift Store Shelf find that can be repurposed as a Shaker Peg Rail with a Shelf

Thrifting with the Gals

My post today is part of our monthly Thrifting with the Gals blog hop. Each month we all share vintage and thrift store ideas with you.

Each month I am joined by my co-hosts, Ann from Dabbling and Decorating, Kristin from White Arrows Home and Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest. We all live in different parts of the country but have connected through our love of vintage decor.

We are so happy to welcome our guest blogger this month, Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm. If you are joining me from Renae, I’m so glad you stopped by. Can you believe those amazing vintage finds she shared?

How to Make a Peg Rail Shelf

Here are the items we used to make the Peg Rail Shelf from a $5.00 Thrift Store find.

Thrift Store Deal

Deconstruct the Thrift Store Shelf

First, the side brackets were removed to allow the shelf to be flipped over.

Remove side brackets to make a Shaker Peg Rail with Shelf

It was easy to re-attach the side brackets using the same screw holes but from the other side.

Re attach the side brackets to the other side of the shelf

Now we are ready to add the shaker pegs to the new board or rail.

Shaker Pegs

Build the Shaker Peg Rail

Brad helped me by drilling the holes for the shaker peg rail.

First, we measured the distance between each peg and marked the board accordingly.

Then, using a drill bit the size of the pegs and a cordless drill, he drilled all holes for the pegs to fit into.

Drill holes for pegs

Next, using a touch of wood glue, we added the shaker pegs to the rail.

Make a shaker peg rail to attach to the shelf

Add Shake Peg Rail to Shelf

The peg rail was cut to fit exactly between the side brackets on the existing shelf.

Shelf with Peg Rail Attached

Begin by drilling two pilot holes in the side bracket and then using wood screws, attach the rail to the shelf at the side.

Attach the peg rail rack

Remove trim

I couldn’t decide about the decorative trim on the shelf but after attaching the peg rail, I knew it had to go.

Removed decorative trim to make a Peg Rail with shaker pegs

With the trim removed, several holes needed to be filled with wood filler.

Repurposed shelf disassembled

Next, wood filler was added and allowed to dry. Then using an extra fine 220 grit sand paper the holes and surrounding area was polished smooth.

Paint Peg Rail Shelf

Next it was time to paint the project.

First, removed any dirt or grit from the sanding with a tack cloth before adding paint.

In order to give a little contrast, I decided to paint with two different colors of Chalk Paint.

Therefore, the shelf was painted with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint and the shaker peg rail with Graphite also by Annie Sloan.

Once the Shaker Peg Rail and Shelf is dry, a clear wax was added to seal the paint.

Peg Rail Flip repainted

Install the Peg Rail Shelf

There was a deep sigh of relief when we arrived at the beach cottage and the Peg Rail Shelf fit the space I had planned it for.

I had failed to measure before we left the beach and was really hoping the shelf would fit.

Shaker Peg Rail with Shelf painted two different colors installed

Once the shelf was secured to the wall, I quickly began to add decor.

We have been remodeling the 1940’s, 460 sq. ft. beach cottage and with limited space, I knew a Peg Rack with a shelf would be a perfect addition.

If you’ve missed the Kitchen Remodel Sneak Peek you can see it here and you can see how we built our Open Kitchen Cabinet here.

Shaker Peg Rail with Shelf decorated

I’ll be revealing more of this wall and probably rearranging the decor as we finish the project. I can’t wait to show you the full reveal.

Thrift Store Tips

I have several posts about How To Shop Thrift Stores and post such as What I’m Shopping for this year.

However, today I wanted to speak to wooden items.

Any items made of solid wood will be something to take a few minutes to explore. Hardwoods are very expensive at this time and if you are a project person, you can save a lot of money by repurposing solid wood pieces.

Here are a few wooden things that I take a second look at when the price is right.

  • Solid wood shelves (surprise!!)
  • Candle Sticks and Wall Scones – Remove the finish or paint.
  • Art Frames – even if the art is ugly – custom frames are expensive. Remove the art and reuse the frame.
  • Trays, Bowls, Bread Boards – all great for building vignettes and tablescapes.
  • Wooden Plaques or signs – repaint and add a new slogan.
  • Furniture that can be repurposed, disassembled, repainted, etc. It’s hard to find new quality furniture today.

In closing, one rule to follow – if you have a project that requires wood, check the thrift stores first and keep an open mind.

Example: Here was one project where I stumbled across a cheap thrift store item which was perfect to made a Corn Hole Score Board that I had been planning.

Another solid wood thrift store find

See finished project here.

I have another project coming up and I can’t wait to share my next thrift store shelf flip with you.

Up next is Ann from Dabbling and Decorating and she’s sharing a This Seasons Thrifting Trends.

Dabbling & Decorating –This Seasons Thrifting Trends / White Arrow Home – Adding Beautiful Decor wThrifted Finds

Robyn’s French Nest – 3 Favorite Thrifted Finds / Peacock Ridge Farm – Vintage Finds that You Wont Believe

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.



Wednesday 12th of July 2023

Looks very nice...I have one, already made and very vintage and recently {after trying to sell at garage sale, for $1.00} use it to cover a space on my pier and beam house, to deter critters from crawling under. Really could not find a suitable place for the shelf in my limited space old school house. lol


Thursday 13th of July 2023

Emma, That sounds like a great piece. Wow an old school house, how cool. Thanks for stopping by.

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Saturday 26th of February 2022

Thanks so much for sharing.

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Saturday 19th of February 2022

Yay! Thank you so much for sharing on Fabulous Friday Link Party. We sure appreciate you. Hugs and blessings to you.


Monday 21st of February 2022

You are welcome Renae