I was not a fan of the wood color, so I chalk painted them white. There are many different chalk paints out there, but I used what I had on hand and it is the Martha Stewart brand from Michael’s. Its actually called Vintage Decor paint, but it still give that chalky consistency. I think it works great and its only a few dollars a bottle. I removed the hooks with a screw driver to make it a little easier to paint. After they were dry, I distressed them a little with some sandpaper. I reattached the hooks and installed them. The hooks came with a template for easy hanging with drywall anchors and screws.