Upcycle a plank of wood into a stylish peg rail!

Bright hooks on a distressed rail are great fun – why not make your own and show off your treasures?

wooden peg rail with hooks

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

You can never have enough hooks around your home – for hanging essentials like bags and scarves or even providing ideal areas to practice your styling skills.

Our quick and easy project offers the perfect opportunity to upcycle an old piece of wood, such as a floorboard. If bright hooks aren’t right for your scheme, then try ones with an antique pre-loved feel and work the vintage look.

You will need:

Thin plank of 
old wood

Wood saw



White Tie Estate Emulsion tester pot, £3.95, Farrow & Ball

Paintbrush Pencil & ruler 4 x coloured 
metal hooks, 
£1 each,

Tiger Screwdriver 
& screws Drill & wall fixings

painting wooden plank with white paint

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

Step 1

Cut your plank to approximately L70cm x W9cm and sand any rough edges. Protect your working area with a newspaper and roughly paint the plank with the cream emulsion, brushing any excess off your brush before applying to enhance the distressed look.

fixing hook with screw driver

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

Step 2

Once the plank is dry, measure and mark 12cm in from one end, then three points 15cm apart from this first point (the last should be around 
12cm in from the other end). Then screw each hook in place, having decided which order you want the colours, using two small wood screws per hook.

fixing the hooks on wooden rail

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

Step 3

Measure and mark a point at 
each end 3cm in and drill a hole, protecting your table underneath with an offcut of wood. Using suitable screws and fixings for your wall, screw 
the hook rack in place.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.