Since we moved in over a year ago, our mudroom has been one paint point in our home. It’s essentially an empty room with no storage. Think backpacks piled on each other, shoes scattered everywhere, etc. Well, I finally tackled a quick and easy project! I recently completed a mini mudroom refresh and added an easy DIY peg rail.
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With the start of summer just around the corner, I knew we needed somewhere to hang our summer essentials such as beach towels, totes, a spot for sunscreen, etc., and of course, I had to make it pretty. Keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial on how we created this shiplap accent wall with an easy diy peg rail in a day.
Shiplap is one of the more straightforward projects we’ve completed, probably because we’ve done it a lot (such as our previous bedroom, living room, and home office), so what better way to kick off our first summer weekend project than by installing some shiplap?
As I mentioned, this room is essentially blank. My goal is to add built-in mudroom lockers on the right side of the room. There is limited space on the left side, so the idea of a peg rail came in. We’ve created a peg rail once before with Poplar wood and love how easy and quick of a project it is. I’m all about efficiency these days.
Supplies + Material
- Primed Shiplap
- 1x4x8 Pine Board
- Wood Shaker Pegs
- HGTV Sherwin Williams Showcase Paint (I used SW Jogging Path)
- Purdy Paint Brush
- Purdy Roller Brush Handle and roller brush
- Paint Tray
- Nail Gun (we love this one!)
- Craftsman Battery Pack
- Saw (we used this circular saw for this project)
- Level or Laser Level
- Construction Screws
- Interior Spackling
I ordered everything through Lowes.com and loved how easy it was to select everything online and pick it up in the store. It made the process so much quicker, plus they have some great Memorial Day savings!
We purchased this Craftsman battery charger from Lowe’s, and we were able to receive a free Craftsman gift. There are many Craftsman items and tools to choose from, so take advantage of this deal! Nate decided on this Compact Circular Saw. It was so handy for this project and will be great for future projects.
Installing shiplap is pretty straightforward, especially when there aren’t any outlets or funky cuts to work around. Once ordered and picked up, Nate and I got to work immediately. Below is a quick summary of the process.
First, Nate removed our baseboard. Then, Nate and I tacked up a 1×4 to the exact height we wanted using a few finish nails. We used a few nails because we knew we’d take this down later to add the pegs. You can also use a laser level, but tacking up a board is much easier to create a straight line of shiplap.
Nate cut the 8′ shiplap boards in half, so we had 4′ pieces.
We hung the shiplap slightly above 4′ to avoid the light switch. The baseboard piece will cover the gap at the bottom, so I was okay with hanging them a little higher.
We did have to cut around the light switch. Nate made a template out of paper to measure precisely where the light switch would fall on the shiplap board. He then used an oscillating tool to cut out the outlet. I love that all our tools require the same battery so we can switch between tools easily.
After we nailed the shiplap (which only took about 25 minutes), Nate installed the baseboard on top of the shiplap. Then I got to work filling nail holes and caulking all the seams. Just look at this after and before! I’m always surprised by how much caulking makes a difference.
Next up, I started taping and painting. I decided to use HGTV Showcase paint because not only is it a paint with primer, it’s an excellent option for high-traffic areas. Plus, Lowe’s is having a great deal on paint. Buy one, get one 50% off select one-gallon paints.
I imagine the kids running their dirty hands along this wall whenever they enter the house. I opted for the color Sherwin Williams Jogging Path. This paint is durable and stain resistant. It’s the perfect neutral greige color! Our basement doors are this color, so I knew the color flows with our home color palette.
After I finished painting the shiplap and baseboard, Nate and I marked where we wanted the peg hooks. We took down the 1×4 board, and Nate used a drill bit to drill holes for the wood pegs. We then used wood glue in each hole to help secure each peg. Once the pegs were in, I painted the 1×4 board and all the pegs the same color as the shiplap, Sherwin Williams Jogging Path.
After the paint dried, we used two wood screws and screwed the 1×4 into the studs. Because we might hang heavier objects on the pegs (ie, backpacks), we ensured the board was secured into studs.
The easiest makeover/mudroom refresh that we completed in 2 days. It only took about 8 hours total from start to finish. I added a little stool for the kids to sit on when putting their shoes on. I also added a little hanging basket for keys, sunscreen, or misc items. I can’t wait to use this space for summer, and don’t forget to check out Lowe’s for all your easy weekend project needs!