Step-by-step directions to make your own Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks for attractive mug storage
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 Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks
We used wood scraps leftover 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.
Display Your Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage 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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Rustic Farmhouse Coffee Mug Holder
If you don’t want to make your own mug holder, you can certainly purchase this just-as-lovely one that was my inspiration.
Antique Twisted Wire Coat Hooks from Etsy
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29 thoughts on “Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks”
Very clever! I love the scenic snowy backdrop best of all tho! #WordlessWednesday
This is such a fresh update for the old mug trees–great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
p.s. Just saw the coffee cup you were drinking out of… Just thought I’d share to be careful with really old cups. If there is ANY crazing inside, retire that mug from hot drinks as the heat brings out the lead… I gave myself lead poisoning one year back in my 40’s when I was using this really pretty antique transferware teacup I’d bought. It’s not pretty the hair loss, the headaches, losing 20 lbs in a month from two ways… But if they are completely whole, then enjoy!!! Just thinking of you. <3
Thanks for this advice, Barbara! I never would have thought of something like this, but it sounds horrible! I have a love of old dishes, but I will definitely be cautious now. Hope you are fully recovered from that scary situation?
Hi Niky! I love that you almost exactly copied your inspiration piece in making the coffee mug rack. It’s really good!!! Anyway, thank you for linking up last week to Share Your Style as I am happy to feature your cupholder at this week’s SYS #293! Great project and I might make one myself. It be fun to put one together for a coffee bar post (or two or more!).
I’m so glad you found it inspiring! I would love to see pics of your creation!
How lovely that you used those vintage hooks and mugs you got from your mom! I’m very sentimental and I absolutely love this project! You did a great job — nicer than the original:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen
Thank you so much, Kathleen! I’m very sentimental, too. Each morning when I stumble to the coffee maker, I enjoy looking at our creation and my mom’s hooks. 🙂
Hey there! This is so cute! I am no longer hosting the link party, but I am highlighting posts from last week’s party! This one is being shared tomorrow on my blog!
Hello, this is one of my favorites for Encouraging Hearts and Home, this week! I hope you stop by and say hello, this post has been pinned! Thank you for being a part of Encouraging Hearts and Home, we appreciate all that you share. Have a great week ahead!
Thank you, Melynda!
This is a great DIY project. Its a great woodworking project for beginners as well. Very nice.
What a lovely coffee tree. I adore things that are homemade and vintage. They have a special warmth about them.
Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
Love that old fashioned look!
Love this Niky! But then I ALWAYS love your projects and posts! Not only is it prettier than the original but it has a story behind it! Thank you! Have a great weekend,
Awww, thank you SO much. Your comments are always so sweet. 🙂
I love it! It looks so much better than the Amazon one. I love the hooks and the story behind them. It’s a great inspiration and I think I may give this project a go soon. Thank you, Niky!
This is wonderful! It looks beautiful and has sentimental value too!
I love it, Niky! I am ALWAYS seeing things, and thinking, I could totally make that myself. Ha! Your mug stand turned out great, and I love that you were able to incorporate a bit of family history into it. That makes these projects even more special. 🙂
I agree – I think yours turned out MUCH better than the one you set out to copy! I love it! Great hopping with you, happy February 🙂
Thank you so much Tarah. You are very sweet!
Your DIY coffee mug holder is fantastic! I love that you initialed and dated it. Your mom’s writing on the bottom is priceless.
Have a great week,
Thank you, Kippi. It was a fun project to create. I enjoyed “hopping” with you again!
Cute project. I enjoy projects like this.
I LOVE this Niky! It’s always so much fun to be able to see something that’s for sale, and make it even better than the original. This is so cute and I love the hooks. I love the light wax you used as well. So fun to be hopping with you!
What a fun creation, and a great space saver. So fun and everyone needs one of these. Thanks for sharing
I like how you showed the one you wanted to copy. Yours turned out much better though. The rounded edges make it look vintage. Nice tutorial! It was fun hopping with you.
Niky, this is really a great tutorial! I love the light antique wax you used as well. I don’t know about you but I LOVE my coffee in the morning and this is the perfect stand for all the favorite coffee cups. Thanks for sharing and happy hopping with you.