This easy DIY mug holder is so easy to make! Stain or paint an unfinished premade wall shelf any color you’d like and add hooks for easy cup storage!
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Over the last few months, I’ve been all about finding new ways for creating storage in my house. A few months back, I talked about my obsession with white dishes and showed you how I added more space by adding farmhouse style shelves in my dining room. Well, it turns out, I found more white dishes for my collection, so I needed another storage option!
When I was at Round Top a few weeks ago, I went ahead and added a BUNCH of dishes to my collection. One thing I stocked up on were white espresso cups and saucers, tea pots, and tea cups. They can be kind of precarious to stack, so I knew I needed to come up with something.
While there I spied an amazing wall shelf with the cutest little hooks but the price was WAY out of my price range. Like $200 more out of my price range. The idea was planted in my head though, and so I had my wheels turning.
When I looked at the Walnut Hollow website the first time, I saw the wooden display shelf and I knew it would be perfect for this project. Do you know what makes it the most perfect? There is nothing to build. No saws to get out, no nail guns. I simply needed a drill to make pilot holes for the cup holders. You could probably get away without that, but I’m a weakling, so I needed it.
The shelf is solid raw pine, so the possibilities are endless. You could use a colored stain, chalk paint, any finish you’d like. You will add the wall hooks onto it, so you can pick which direction it goes as well!
This project took under an hour, with the exception of the stain drying time. Plan on an afternoon, but with a lot of time in between staining to get other things done.
So let’s see exactly how easy this was!
I started by grabbing my supplies. I used the Minwax stain I had on hand that was used for the dining room shelves. I always stain with an old t-shirt that has been cut into smaller pieces, and never stain without a disposable glove!
The plastic tablecloths sold at the dollar store are ideal for projects like this. I usually cut it in half, and use it to cover the surface I’m working on to make sure they are protected from any drips or spills.
I also gathered a friend to help me, but instead of engaging me in conversation, or helping in any way, he took a nap in the grass. If he wasn’t so cute, I might have been more upset!
When staining the shelf, I worked on the inside box first. Move it in all directions and make sure you get all the areas where the wood is joined. I did not stain the back because no one will ever see it!
After about 10-15 mins, wipe off any excess stain. I’m a messy stainer. I remember for years thinking there was this magic key to staining, but it’s really pretty straight forward.
Once dried, it’s time to measure for the cup holders. Your math will depend on how many hooks you place on the inside. I ended up doing 5. The tricky part came up at this point.
The shelf edges sort of block things in, so unless you have a ruler the perfect size, it won’t work. I solved this by using a fabric tape measure. I used a regular ruler to measure from the shelf point, and also from the bottom. A sharpie came in handy for marking the dots.
The cup holder hooks were tricky little suckers. I drilled the pilot holes with a drill bit that was one size smaller than their screw. It was tricky twisting them in. At one point I tried with a clamp tool and ended up merely breaking the hook part off.
That was a fail! I used the same clamp to unscrew the portion that was stuck in the wood. In the end, I used a towel and that allowed my hands to have a bit of cushion so it didn’t hurt as much. Next time I would just have hubs or one of the older boys do it! HA!
I used wall mounts that I had on hand, and used a hammer to drive the nails in. The next tricky bit was attaching the shelf to the wall. I always get nervous that I’ll place something on the wall and it will fall down. Well, let’s be honest. I have had this happen more than once!
The shelf is 12 inches wide, so I went about finding the studs in my wall. Naturally, my studs are 14 inches apart!
In the end, I placed a 2.5 inch wood screw into the stud on the right hand side, and then used a heavy duty wall anchor made for plywood and 100 lbs on the other side.
I’ve placed pressure on the shelf and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. I will wait a few months before claiming total victory though!
So what do you think? I think it would be so handy with several mugs and a basket to hold k-cups on the shelf! I actually grabbed 2 of these and think I will place the other one in our spare bathroom with hooks to hold hand towels.
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