We don’t have a lot of wall space at Old Salt Farm. Lots of windows and an open floor plan contribute to it, plus we have several barn doors throughout the house eat up some of the wall space we do have. I love the look of foyer tables in the entry area, but because of the barn doors (which I adore and wouldn’t change), I don’t have that option. There is a small open hallway around one side of our stairs that leads to our family room, and you can see it from the foyer, so I figured that would be the next best place to put a bench or table.
We ended up making a bench that matches our kitchen benches (which I will be posting about soon!), and I adore it. It’s perfect for pillows and a lantern, and any seasonal decorations. It makes such a difference from the big empty wall that was there before! Because the closet in our entry is used as my cleaning closet, I thought DIY wall hooks would be perfect for above the bench–not only are they super cute and add a ton of vintage charm, they’ll also be practical for guests as well. I LOVE how they turned out, and best of all, it’s SO SO easy! You can have it done in an hour or less!
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SO cute, right? I found these hooks at Hobby Lobby that I LOVE LOVE LOVE, and ordered them online when they were 50% off, so they were only $3 each. They’re the same hooks I used in my mudroom on the lockers we built, and I adore them. Amazon also has a collection of hooks if you like something a little different. I think finding the right hooks makes all the difference on this project, and will really give you the look that you want. I think knobs would look super cute too–Hobby Lobby has lots of cute ones, and I’ve seen some on Amazon as well.
Once you have the hooks you want, it’s really a matter of staining your board, letting it dry, and adding your hooks. Easy peasy! Here’s the step-by-step:
DIY WALL HOOKS
-1×8 pine board, cut to desired length
-any required hardware for hooks
–sander and medium grit sandpaper
*Cut your board to the desired length. When deciding on a length, consider the space it will be hanging in, as well as how big the hooks are, how many hooks you have, and how far apart you want them. I bought a 1×8 in the 6 foot length (it comes in longer lengths as well), and I ended up using the whole thing! Once I laid out my hooks and looked at it against the wall, I realized that I needed it to be that long. I’m glad I didn’t cut it any sooner.
*Stain your board with a lint-free cloth and let dry completely. Once it’s dry, sand the front and edges as desired. I like mine to look a little weathered, so I went over it until it looked the way I wanted it too.
*Add your hooks! My hooks didn’t come with any hardware, and fortunately we had some on hand to use, but otherwise I would have had to wait until I went to the store. It’s a good idea to have them ahead of time, especially if you’re impatient like me!
And that’s it! I told you it was so easy! I seriously love my wall hooks!