Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks

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

Wood Scraps

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.

Wood for making my DIY coffee mug holder with vintage cup hooks.
Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks
wood measured and ready to go for my mug rack.
Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks

Sand the corners and edges

Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks

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

The bottom of my Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks with wood burned date and initials.

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.

The Hooks

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.

Cup hooks on Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Holder with Vintage 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.

Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks
Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Mug Holder with Vintage Cup Hooks

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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Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks


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.

Amy Howard Light Wax

Antique Twisted Wire Coat Hooks from Etsy

Walnut Hollow Wood Burning Tool

Folding Compact Adjustable Workbench

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29 thoughts on “Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Cup Stand with Vintage Hooks

  1. 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

    Barb 🙂

    1. 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?

  2. 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!).

    Enjoy yours,
    Barb 🙂

  3. 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

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  6. 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!

  7. 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. 🙂

  8. 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,

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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