The idea for this Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks was born in December, when I was prowling around on Amazon, looking for a mug holder for all the Christmas mugs that come out just for the holidays.
During my search, I came across one that I liked, but decided to hold off on ordering the Amazon coffee mug holder, because I knew I could make it myself. Even better, I had some vintage closet hooks that used to be my mom’s, and right away, I knew cup hooks would be the perfect way to use them!
On the left is the coffee cup rack for sale on Amazon, and on the right is the one I made!
How to Make Your Own DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand
We used wood scraps left over from other projects. Like the mug holder from Amazon, we needed four, square pieces of wood in graduated sizes to make the base on our DIY coffee mug rack.
For the base, we used various scrap pieces that were all one inch thick, and cut them into the following sizes:
- One 6.5 inch square
- One 5.5 inch square
- One 4.5 inch square
- One 3.5 inch square
Plus, we also cut one 2″x 2″ piece of wood to 11 inches in length for the center post.
Sand the corners and edges
I wanted the edges to be more rounded, so I sanded them using an orbital sander.
Wood Glue & Screws
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Then, we glued the bottom three layers of the base together with Gorilla glue, and clamped until dry. This made it easier to work with while we pre-drilled a hole from the bottom up and insterted a 4-inch screw right through the center post.
We only inserted the screw through three layers of the base, because it wasn’t long enough to go through all 4. We then added the fourth piece of wood to the base, glued, and then screwed it in with short screws in the 4 corners.
The building party of your Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks is done! Now all you have to do is decide on your finish.
Paint, Distress, Wax, Buff
After the assembly part was done, I painted the whole mug rack with white paint, sanded to distress it, and then gave it a coat of Amy Howard’s Light Antique Wax. This provided a layer of water resistance (since it’s going to be sitting on the kitchen counter), and also gave it more of an aged effect.
On the Bottom
On the bottom of my coffee mug holder, I added four felt circles to protect my granite countertops, and then used my wood burning tool to label it with our initials and the date.
Finally, I got out these antique coat hooks that we found in my mom’s things. She had a note in with them stating they came from inside the closets of the 100+ year-old house where she grew up in southern Iowa. Instead of having them packed away in a box where I will never see them, now they are displayed beautifully on my kitchen counter (right next to the coffee pot where I spend a lot of time! 🤣), so I can enjoy them every day. ❤️
They made perfect cup hooks.
Vintage Coffee Mugs
The finishing touch was to use my coffee cup holder to display these vintage mugs that I inherited from my mom. She wrote on the bottom of one that they belonged to her mother and grandmother.
When it was all done, I poured myself a cup of coffee in one of my mom/grandmother/great-grandmother’s mugs, and stepped back to appreciate our creation. I love it when an idea comes together with a piece of history, a family keepsake, or a memory. These are the best projects of all.
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If you don’t want to make your own mug holder, you can certainly purchase this just-as-lovely one that was my inspiration.
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