Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
Back when we were renovating our guest bathroom, I knew I wanted to add hooks for towel versus a traditional towel bar. But I ran into a snag when I couldn’t find anything that fit our style or without spending a lot of money. With it being the end of our renovation, money was already tight so we decided to make our own wooden hooks. And I have been obsessed with them every since!
Using a basic piece of 2 x 2 pine wood, we created these wooden hooks that ended up being the perfect finishing touch in our bathroom. Fast forward to now, I recently finished transforming my mother’s renter friendly entryway and once again went on the hunt for hooks. Until I realized I could do the same hooks in her entryway. But this time I spray painted them black versus staining them.
So not only did I get the exact hooks I wanted but I also saved a lot of money. Modern looking hooks can average $8 and up per hook. My DIY hook cost total? $8 for the pine 2 x 2 and $4 for the spray paint. Plus, you can get about 12 hooks out of one piece of 2 x 2 when buying a 6 foot section. And now you can make some for your own home. Here’s my quick and simple tutorial including a video if you’re a visual person like me on how to make your own wooden hooks.
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Step1: Cut the end of the 2 x 2 at a 45 degree angle using a miter saw.
Step 2: From the lower end/shorter side of the 45 degree angle, measure out 3 inches and mark it with a pencil. Make a straight cut on the three inch mark.
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have the number of hooks you need.
Step 4: Sand all the hooks especially the edges. Start with a 120 grit to remove the top coating and finish with a 220 grit for a smooth finish.
Step 5: Drill a hole in the 45 degree angled side for the dowel screw to screw into. You’ll want to use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the dowel screw. Make sure that the hole goes in straight and you want it going in the direction that will allow the hook to rest flush against the wall. Make sure to insert the screw in the exact same spot on every hook.
Step 6: Before you insert the dowel screw, stain or paint your hooks. Flagstone by Varathane is a great stain to use and flat black by Behr is a great spray paint option.
Step 7: Insert one side of the dowel screw in the pre-drill hole. Use pliers to help twist it in.
Step 8: Measure and evenly install drywall anchors where the hooks will be. From experience, the drywall anchors that can hold up to 100 pounds hold the hooks better in place. It isn’t because a lot of weight can be placed on them but it makes them more sturdy and getting wobbly over time.
Step 9: Screw in the other end of the dowel screw into the drywall anchor. That’s it!
You can also watch this quick video showing you majority of the steps when creating the wooden hooks for my Mother’s entryway. It really shows how simple this project is but with beautiful results.
There are so many places you can install these wooden hooks in your home. Your bathroom, entryway, kitchen, mudroom, laundry room, garage, office, etc. They would also make a great gift! Let me know if you make some for your home and I always love seeing pictures of your projects as well!
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