A Wall Of Hooks


Do you want to try a super fun and easy project?   I was watching the DIY Channel a few months back and there was a segment on creating a “man cave”.  This man cave included a bar with a rustic wooden top.  It turned out to be pretty cool looking.  I was intrigued by the fact that they used a blow torch and immediately I wanted to try this.  They also mentioned having an extinguisher near by.  Okay, I can do that.  I don’t live on the edge that often so I thought this would be one of those living on the edge moments for me.  I knew when the time was right, I would use this project for something.  Well, as you know, I am working on my son’s room.  I came up with the idea to use this technique to make him a row of hooks that will be on one of his walls.  I would rather him decorate the wall hooks with sweatshirts and hats than decorate his floor with them.

When I was at the Country Living Fair with the Hometalk group, Rust-Oleum gave us a great tutorial of how to use the Rust-Oleum Tile Transformation KitsThey also gave us some goodies to try.  I was fortunate enough to get the Varathane Wood Stain in Weathered Gray.  I knew right away I was going to use this in my son’s room.  I wanted a vintage look here, but a look that was clean and masculine.  This stain over the burned wood gave me the exact look I was going for. 

Vintage Wall of Hooks

Let me show you how I did it.

We purchased a piece of 1×8 pine.  I wanted pine because of the knots and texture it has.  This piece of wood was going to cover the entire length of the far wall with a window in between, so cutting two pieces of wood was necessary to fit on either side of the window.

Board of Hooks

 Now… bring out the blow torch! 

I made sure to have an extinguisher handy just in case.

Hook Board

I burned it until I achieved the look I wanted. 

I knew the wood stain would mute it as well.

Rustic Wall of Hooks

Rustic Wall Hook Board

I then applied the Varathane Wood Stain.

Rust-Oleum Wood Stain

I immediately was excited… it was EXACTLY what I wanted.

Rust-Oleum Wood Stain Varathane

Here you can see a little of the natural wood showing through, I really liked that, but decided to go with two coats to give it a deeper color.

It is really easy to apply… I wiped the stain on the board with a rag and wiped off the excess.  It dries quickly too.

Once the board was stained and dried, we hung it up in the room. 

Hook Board

Then attached the hooks. 

My son and I both decided we liked the antiqued brass hooks over any other finish.  Normally I am not a brass girl, but I felt this antiqued look really works here.


What do you think about the antiqued brass?

Hook Board

You may be curious as to why we didn’t hang the hooks on the board before hanging the board on the wall.?

I am a visual girl, I need to see it on the wall to make sure it is right.

Are you like that too? 

Voila… it is complete, and was easy! 

I am happy with it and, most importantly, my son is too!

Thank you, Rust-Oleum, for supplying me with the Varathane Wood Stain! 

I am thrilled with the end result!

Rust-Oleum Hook Board

Just to note…  I didn’t have to use the extinguisher, and it was quite fun to let loose and live on the edge.


Thanks for stopping by today!

See how it all comes together when I reveal the entire room… coming soon!



****The wood stain was provided for me by Rust-Oleum.  I was not compensated for this post

and all of the opinions stated above are my own.****

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  1. I remember that episode and thought it was a cool idea. I like your vision of a smaller dose of it- the gray stain looks great for toning it down a bit. Looks great, Angie, can’t wait to see the whole room! 🙂

    1. Thank you very much Sheila! I can’t wait until the room is complete too. It is taking FOREVER! 🙂

    1. Thank you Niki! I love the weathered gray stain, and truly, it was really a breeze to use. I would love to hear what you are going to use it on.

    1. Thank you Erin! My room is coming together much slower than your boys bedroom, which turned out really great by the way. 🙂

  2. Oh, this looks great, Angie! (And how fortunate for you to find a blow torch lying around.) I like the extra long length of the board you used. It would work well in my son’s room, too!

    1. Thank you! Yes, I know… I can’t remember why my husband purchased a blowtorch, we’ve had it for years. I am glad I could put it to good use. 🙂

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