Easy DIY: How to Make a Decorative Crown Moulding Hook Rail

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Easy DIY: How to Make a Decorative Crown Moulding Hook Rail

This is such an easy DIY project that’s practical and attractive, too. This DIY crown moulding hook rail uses simple materials easily found at The Home Depot.

We’ll show you the materials we used to create this piece, but you can easily modify it to fit the decor of your mudroom, entryway or where ever you plan to hang this decorative coat hook. The possibilities are endless. Depending on the crown moulding, hooks and paint you choose, you could make this for decor styles ranging from rustic or shabby chic to transitional or modern.

Just follow the step-by-step instructions to make this easy DIY crown moulding hook rail for your home.

Materials Needed for DIY Hook Rail Project

Materials for This Crown Moulding Hook Rail

Tools


Before You Begin

We recommend that you anchor your Hook Rail to a stud in the wall, which can affect the size of your final piece. Most walls have studs 16 in. apart, but some walls have them 24 in. apart. Therefore, before you begin, you should determine the location and placement of the Hook Rail.

If you are not using a stud, you will need to purchase additional wall anchors to secure the piece to the wall. A Home Depot store associate will be happy to help you determine the correct size you’ll need.

Step 1 – Center the Backboard to the Shelf

Center your backboard and shelf piece to ensure an even overhang on each side of the shelf. Use a tape measure to mark off the ends of your backboard. You will use the center of the marking as an outline for applying your wood glue.

Centering the backboard to the shelf in a DIY hook rail project

Centering the backboard and shelf pieces in a DIY hook rail project


Step 2 – Wood Glue Base of Unit

Apply a thin beading of wood glue along the shelf piece from mark to mark. Lay the Hook Rail unit on the backboard side, and press the shelf piece into the backboard to secure.

Applying a thin beading of wood glue along the shelf piece of a DIY hook rail project


Step 3 – Nail Together Base of Unit

Lay the edge of the backboard piece on the floor with the shelf piece perpendicular and hold it securely. Using your nail gun, secure the two together by nailing the ends of the unit.

Flip the unit over so the backboard is resting flat on the ground and the shelf piece is perpendicular. Use a nail gun to secure the unit together by nailing along the seam. We secured a nail every 2-3 inches to ensure a tight fit.

Tip: When you are nailing the base piece together, it is best to start on one end and work your way to the other. This will ensure a tighter seam and can overcome certain imperfections in the wood, such as bowing.

Nailing together the base of an easy DIY hook rail project

Using a nail gun to secure the base of an easy DIY hook rail project


Step 4 – Attach Corbel to Unit

Apply a thin beading of wood glue along the interior side and the top edge of the corbel. Lay it flat against the side for the backboard and bottom of the shelf at a right angle.

Allow the glue to dry for several minutes before nailing it in place.

Ataching the corbel to an easy DIY hook rail project


Step 5 – Nail the Corbel to the Unit

Using your nail gun and 1½-in. brad nails, affix the corbel to the unit by nailing the seams along outside of the corbel towards the backboard and the top of the shelf towards the top of the corbel.

Then use your nail gun to affix the corbel to the shelf by nailing along the seam. Repeat for the other side of the unit and the second corbel.

Nailing the corbel to a hook rail made from crown moulding

Nailing the corbel to a hook rail made from crown moulding


Step 6 – Attach the Crown Moulding

Apply a thin beading of wood glue to the crown moulding. Lay the crown moulding at an angle between the bottom of the shelf, the corbels and the backboard.

Using your nail gun and 1-in. brad nails, secure the crown moulding to the unit. Start at the inside corner (we started with the left) and secure the top and bottom, then move along the top or bottom seam towards the center of the unit.

By following this process of corners first and moving along the seams towards the inside, you will create a tight joint between the moulding and the unit.

Tip: Before moving on to the next step, you can use wood putty or wood filler to fill in any nail holes along the seams. Fill holes with a light coating of filler and sand lightly after drying to give your shelf a seamless, clean appearance.

Applying wood glue to a piece of crown moulding for a DIY hook rail project

Using a nail gun and 1 in. brad nails to secure crown moulding to a DIY hook rail


Step 7 – Paint the Hook Rail 

Before applying the first coat of paint, use a coarse sandpaper to smooth any rough edges or imperfections in the wood.

Apply a liberal coat of paint moving in the direction of the wood grain. We used Behr Moon Rise Satin Interior for a nice clean look to match our entryway.

Allow for paint to dry thoroughly, and apply a second coat. You can sand any paint imperfections before applying second coat, if needed.

Painting an easy DIY hook rail project


Step 8 – Measure and Mark Hook Placement

Use a ruler to measure and mark the placement of your hooks. The length of our backboard is 23¼ in. We wanted to use four hooks, so we placed our hooks about 41116 in. apart.

We measured 41116 in. to the center of the hook and then marked the exposed mount holes on the hooks.

Tip: We recommend measuring both horizontally and vertically for the most uniform hook placement.

Measuring for the placement of hooks on a DIY hook rail

Marking where to attach hooks to a DIY hook rail project


Step 9 – Pre-drill and Attach Your Hooks

Using a 3/32 drill bit, pre-drill holes where you have marked for mounting your hardware.

Using your markers and drill, mount the hooks onto the backboard of the hook rail.

Tip: Your hooks will come with mounting hardware, but depending on the depth of your pine board you may need to purchase smaller screws to ensure the screws don’t extend through the back of your base. For example, our hooks came with #8 x 1¼ in. screws, but we used #8 x 1 in. screws so that the unit would flush mount to the wall.

Predrilling holes to attach hooks to a DIY hook rail project

Attaching a decorative hook to a DIY hook rail


Step 10 – Mount Your Hook Rail to the Wall

Determine how you will mount your shelf to the wall by looking at the corbels. Our corbels were designed with key hole mounting slots, which means you will need to screw hardware into the wall, and slide the screw into the key hole on the back of each corbel.

If your corbels do not have key hole mounting holes, you can purchase hanging hardware at The Home Depot.

Now, style, decorate and enjoy!

Key hole mounting slot on the back of a DIY decorative hook rail

Using a drywall anchor to mount a DIY hook rail to a wall

Easy DIY: How to Make a Decorative Crown Moulding Hook Rail

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