Finished Rustic Entryway Plank with Railroad Spike Hooks

I couldn’t be more happier these days, but I’ve missed blogging. I’ve been on a 6 month break from blogging. Not by choice, but due to time. I took 18 units in college while preparing our home to sell. We sold our home and moved in with family while purchasing our next home. Moving back to my home town, we found an amazing property with newer home on 2 acres. We didn’t move far, just about 15 minutes from our prior city. I am happier because I am near family, my two kiddos are near their cousins, Aunt/Uncle and grandparents and because this house is a clean slate just waiting for never-ending DIY projects that Perfectly Inspire me!

I spent the first two months turning our upper game room into a rental home. I’ve also tiled out walls, painted, tore down mirrors and prepped cabinets to paint .  Today I finished filming a review for the Omega Cube juicer, installed a new GE Profile Wall Convection Microwave Oven and wrapped up our entryway wall rack of hooks. This was between shopping and taking the kids to their activities. All-in-all, life is good. Just so busy.

But today, I was finally Perfectly Inspired to write and to share. I can take it down a notch and share my passions for quality brands and DIY projects, with all my wonderful readers once again. This is my first post since settling down in our new home, but not my first project or product. I have so many ideas and half written posts from the past 6 months. I thought about sharing them many times, but just couldn’t find the time. Here’s one I really want to share with you all. It’s super easy and looks so darn amazing if you’re into that farmhouse rustic style.

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Building an Entryway You’ll Love

Making your home something you love so much, you never want to leave, is not a bad thing. I lived at my last home for five years and I did so much to it that people said it looked like it came out of a magazine. I loved the work that I put into it, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t change the layout on my own. We even put a pool in thinking that would be enough to satisfy our desire for a view, but in the end it wasn’t. We did love that pool though. Our new home sits high on a hill, overlooking the town of Ramona to the East and the valley, airport and long range of mountains to the West. It’s amazing. The layout of our home is what we always pictured in our minds. You learn a lot about what you must have in a home the second time around.  Our new place felt like home even before we moved in and I was more than ready to tackle the interior and exterior design.

Something my last home was missing was an entryway. I have always envied those with mud rooms or large entryways. I am such a neat freak and so organized that I prefer to be able to organize in style rather than hide everything. There’s something homey about an entryway with your shoes and coats spread out and in view. My new home doesn’t have a closed off entryway, but it does have a defined and large entryway which is easy to separate from the living/dining room combo that it borders.

I wanted an entryway out of Ballard and Design’s or a Pottery Barn Magazine without the price tag. This is just the first phase of our entryway project. The next phase will incorporate a bit more. More on that later. We started with the essential part, the hooks to hang coats, jackets and school backpacks. It is also the least expensive part of this DIY project. This part cost us around $135. This could cost less, but we went with something unique and cool. The Railroad Spike Hooks. These hooks were purchased from Rush Creek Rustics on Etsy and ran about $10 a piece for the black painted hooks. The galvanized railroad spike hooks are $8.50. I liked the black for this design.

The other part that made the simple pine plank look so professional and rustic, was the screws that we used to secure it to the wall. I didn’t know you could order such fine hardware. We ordered some Decorative #18 Diamond Head Screws from Old West Iron. Honestly, if we had stopped after securing the plank to the wall it would have looked complete and just part of the design. We decided to span the wood over the entire 12′ wall, which gave the wall a farmhouse charm. Adding the railroad spike hooks was a bonus and gave it functionality, in addition to major character. I would be completely content with this design without proceeding to phase two.

Here’s the supplies you’ll need to match our entryway rack design

How to make your custom wall mounted entryway hook rack

Plan out your space. Take measurements of your wall and decide if you’re going to place the plank all the way across or make it shorter. Then decide how many railroad spikes or other hooks you would like to have. This will depend on your wall size of course. We spaced our hooks about 6.5-inches apart and we considered the decorative screws as a hook for purpose of even spacing. We used 10 Railroad Spike Hooks.
Decorative Screws and Railroad Spike Hooks
Purchase your supplies. We picked up the 12-foot x 6-inch pine plank from Home Depot. We purposely picked up a plank that had a rustic appearance. Knots and dings were okay. My husband made sure to pick a plank that wasn’t bowed. So make sure to inspect the plank before you buy it. If your plank is bowed, it won’t sit flush on the wall. The other supplies we either had or we purchased in advance from the above links – Amazon, Old West Iron and Rush Creek Rustics.

This project won’t take more than an hour. However, you will have to wait for your stain to dry before securing your plank. Lay down your drop cloth tarp. Place down 4x4s or other object to raise your plank off the ground.  Due to the length of the plank, I used three cardboard packaging bars we had laying around from the move- one in the center and one on either end. Anything will work to lift your plank off the ground. 4x4s is just an example. Make sure your plank doesn’t bow in any places. If you leave it on an uneven surface for long, you run that risk.

Lightly sand your board with 150 or up grit sandpaper. This is just to smooth out the surface of your new plank. I did this part by hand, since it’s just a quick sanding. Wipe away the dust. Spread the Danish Oil over the wood liberally. Make sure to get the sides. I used paper towels to lightly spread the oil over the wood. I waited about 15 minutes before removing the excess oil with new paper towels.

Next, apply the Minwax Express Gel Stain over the wood. I smeared this in with paper towels. I worked in sections and buffed the stain off with a paper towel.  I allowed the stain to dry for about 30 minutes. It was a hot day so it dried quickly. If you like the way it looks once the stain is applied you can stop there, or you can do what I did next.

Use a random orbital sander to buff areas out and distress areas. If you take off too much of the stain or don’t like the look, go back over the areas with the gel stain. It’s really trial and error. I applied stain and used the orbital sander a few times before I liked the look. The key is to play around until you are satisfied. My goal was to achieve a rustic appearance.
Staining the wood plank with danish oil and minwax express
Allow the stain to dry completely before applying a polyurethane finish.  I went with a satin poly by General Finishes. I use their High Performance poly for just about all my projects, but any poly should do. If you want a dull finish, then use a matte polyurethane. Satin is a good balance between matte and semi-gloss and is my go-to sheen. Apply a couple coats of poly using a foam brush.

Once the poly is dry, you can secure your plank to the wall. Have someone hold the plank in place until you find your desired location. Stand back and make sure you like the location. Mark the location with a pencil. Take measurements of where the studs are located. Place the plank on the ground and use an electric drill to pre-drill holes into the plank, where the studs will fall.  We decided to use a pattern for our placement, but inline with where the studs were. We placed 2 decorative screws per stud, but we skipped every other stud.  You can place screws in all studs if you want or whichever way provides enough support while looking aesthetically pleasing. For us, every other stud was plenty to secure the board to the wall and we thought this looked great.

Once the board is pre-drilled, place the plank back on the wall, then use a socket wrench to insert the decorative screws into the wall. If you have the right size socket for your drill, by all means use an electric drill to inset the decorative screws. This will save you time. We had to manually screw the decorative screws in. #18 head size is not something we could accommodate with our electric drill at the moment. Pre-drilling was essential since we did not have the correct bit for our electric drill. Your board is now secured to the wall and should look amazing!
Securing the plank to wall with decorative screws
Now, you can secure the railroad spike hooks into the plank. We used a measuring tape to measure out the space in which we wanted the ten hooks to fill. This ended up being 80-inches. In this space we had 3 sets of decorative screws in place. I pretended like these were three more hooks for the sake of placement.  I divided 13 into 80 to get my placement of about 6.25 inches. Then I placed the first sticky tab where the first hook would go. Using a measuring tape, I measured over 6.25 inches and continued placing sticky tabs. When I got to a decorative screw, I measured 6.25 from that space and kept going until all 10 spaces had sticky tabs.

My husband then used our electric drill and 1″ all purpose screws to secure the hooks in place. For extra precaution, he measured as he wanted to be precise. The sticky tabs were just a general guide for where the hooks would go.  I placed a few items on the hooks and we were done!
Attaching the railroad spike hooks to wall
This project was super easy and affordable, but it makes a big statement! What a difference a little DIY work can make. If you’re going for the farmhouse look, what better way then to use railroad spike hooks and decorative large head screws? Just a note, the railroad spike hooks are not all the same. There are slight variations in size. We had a few that were a little smaller due to how it was bent. I am a bit of a perfectionist so it took a minute for me to adjust to them not being perfect. Then I realized it just adds to the rustic appearance, or rather my hubby pointed it out. We placed the odd sized hooks every few spikes so that they didn’t end up next to each other. These spikes are handmade so it’s natural they wouldn’t be identical.

Our next phase will include converting the remaining wall into brick and adding a large farmhouse bench. The bench will be custom made and here in November. For now, the Sherwin Williams Repose Gray wall looks just fine until we can DIY the brick wall ourselves.

What do you think? Have you done something like this before. Please share! #PerfectlyInspired

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I'm a daughter, sister, twin, mom, wife, aunt, friend, designer, kitchen gadget craze, tech nut, home improvement enthusiast... I love the many hats I wear. My two kiddos are my world. I love reading and writing. I started writing as a graphic and web designer providing content, then started my own blog JennyLeeBlogs which progressed to Perfectly Inspired.  I'm an Account Manager by day and Blogger/Web Designer by night. I'm your everyday, 9-5, non-frilly, OCD, driven lady who tells it how it is and my posts will reflect this. I am me, as you are you ~ Love and Respect One Another 🙂

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