Make a Peg Rack
One way to help keep your house clutter-free is to have a place to put things when you walk through the door. Martha has solved this problem by outfitting her mudroom with peg racks modeled after a beautiful Shaker design.
To make your own peg rack, first decide how long you want it to be. To determine the number of pegs you will need, divide the length of the rack by 6 inches (the distance between each peg). Martha's molding is 67 inches long; so 67 divided by 6 is, roughly, 11 pegs.
- Colonial molding, or any other style molding, cut to the desired length
- Premade pegs
- 7/16-inch spade drill bit
- Wood glue
- Rubber mallet
- Stud finder
- 3/8-inch tapered wood plugs
- Paint or stain
Use a pencil to mark the placement of the pegs 6 inches apart on the face of the molding.
You will want the pegs to be centered on the flat surface of the molding. Martha's molding has a flat surface that is 3 inches wide. Therefore, the center is 1 1/2 inches from the top edge. (If you are using colonial molding, or any other decorative molding, part of your 3-inch surface will not be flat.) Make a mark on each end and in the center of the board as a guide.
Line a yardstick up to these points, matching the center of the stick (33 1/2 inches) to the center of the molding. Mark where the center pegs will go, and then mark at 6-inch intervals toward each end.
To attach the pegs, drill holes at the places you have marked, using a 7/16 inch bit, which is the size of the pegs' bases. (Other pegs may be a different size, so match the drill bits accordingly.)
Coat the inside of each hole with glue, and lightly tap each peg into place using the rubber-tipped mallet.
You want to be sure the peg rack is securely attached to the wall because the peg rack will support a lot of weight once it is loaded with bags and coats. It is best to screw the rack into studs along your wall; you can find the studs by knocking on the wall's surface or by using a stud finder, available at your local hardware store.
On the face of the peg rack, make pencil marks that correspond to the stud marks on your wall.
Where you've made your pencil marks, countersink three holes through the face of the rack and into the studs. You will need at least two holes, but more will make a sturdier rack, especially if it's a long one. Make sure the holes are sunk enough to prevent the screw heads from jutting out from the face of the molding.
Before screwing it to the wall, stain or paint the rack; make sure to do the same to the plugs, which will be used to fill the screw holes once your peg rack has been mounted.
Add the wooden hole plugs.