Railroad Spike Wall Hook Rack

Hey there! I’m back today with another powder bathroom update!

Because we love wood grain at the WGC, we decided to make a unique wall hook rack for our powder bathroom… with railroad spikes!

Woo wee, we love this thing and how it looks in there!

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

Here’s how we made it:

I raided my parents farm (again) and found a lovely weathered board…

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

It had naturally come to it’s unique shape and distressing and I loved all the knots in the wood. I had Anthony cut it down to 3 foot.

I also loved the color, but for the powder bathroom I was really craving something rich to pop against our white plank walls.

In order for the board to absorb the stain, I had to lightly sand it to remove the weathered finish…

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then I stained it with Early American by Minwax… Love that color!

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

Because the board had a lot of little pits and holes, I used Annie Sloan’s dark wax to fill them in. It gave it a fabulously soft finish.

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

Here’s what it looked like after I waxed it…

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

Now, for the spikes, our town is redoing our rail road tracks and a friend of ours owns land directly next to the rail road. I asked if he could grab me a few of the old spikes and he did! Can’t beat that!

Anthony took them to work and cut them down to 3 inches, then he drilled and tapped them. After all that, they looked like this:

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

We put 5 of them on the board and spaced them evenly…

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

The next night I had a softball game, so my handsome hubby drilled a hole for each spike, then attached them to the board. He didn’t take pictures. Sorry!

I bought these heavy duty picture hanging hooks and screwed them into the back of the board.

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once they were in place, Anthony attached it to the wall.

It’s perfect for the bathroom!

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

The same night that Anthony attached the spikes, he also cleaned them with lacquer thinner (to remove the oil that coated them), then he sprayed them with a few coats of clear poly. They’re the perfect hooks!

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

This piece is exactly what I envisioned for the room!

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

And it appeals to both me and my Mr.!

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

Railroad Spike Hook Rack by The Wood Grain Cottage

This little bathroom is coming together beautifully! I can’t wait to add all the little details that I’ve been collecting. It might just happen this weekend!

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Such a cool piece! I love it! I didn’t know you could stain old wood like that. I’ll have to give it a try sometime!

    • THANK YOU so much, Lisa! I am thrilled with how it turned out! At first even the lightest stain went on really dark. I freaked… but luckily I tried it on the back! :-D
      Sanding is the secret!
      -Shayna

  2. I have a collection of railroads ties. Now I know what to do with them. Thanks again Shayna,
    Another great idea!! :)

  3. love it! and i love knowing how to stain old wood now. nice work, shayna and anthony! :)

  4. How do you do it? I absolutely LOVE it! I mean really, YOU ARE so creative, beautiful! The texture is simply stunning…blessings & <3
    M

  5. OH my gosh…. I absolutely love this. I have some railroad spikes sitting around that are very special to my husband that came from his grandpa. I just may have to show him this because I’ve been wanting a rustic set of hooks for my knotty pine bathroom and we’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the spikes!

    Very, very creative. I love how the wood turned out after you waxed it. I just may have to play around with that product! I’ve never used it before. Thank you so much for sharing :)

    • THANK YOU so much, Kelly! I love how it turned out and railroad spikes make the perfect hooks! :-D
      You will love the wax!
      -Shayna

  6. Absolutely awesome project! I have a huge amount of old square nails that I’m trying to come up with a use for. Anyone?

    • THANK YOU so very much, Dianne! Square nails sound like so much fun! You could easily do this, but use the nails instead! Any sort of wall rack would be awesome! :-D
      -Shayna

  7. I LOVE the way that turned out!!

  8. Stunning Shayna! It looks amazing against your white planked walls… so rich and rustic. I love the railroad ties!! What a fab idea:)

  9. Beautiful Shayna! I really like the mix of white & weathered together….great piece!

  10. Gorgeous! I love the mix of the white board walls and the rustic wood and iron peg rack.

  11. Shayna,
    I don’t know how i missed this post, but I did.
    This is a really unique piece. It looks right at home in your powder room.

  12. Wow – I’m speechless. This looks amazing. I would never have thought to use the dark wax, but it makes such a difference to the depth of the wood. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Such a beautiful piece. Love it <3

  14. Do you know what size bolts your hubby used?

  15. What did your husband use to cut the stakes ? I collect railway spikes to be able to do this project , but we weren’t sure what tool could cut through them ! Beautiful projects by the way !

    • Hi Stephanie! THANK YOU so much! My hubby used a drill and tap to cut and drill the stakes. He works in a welding shop… I hope that helps! :-D
      -Shayna

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