I love coffee mug racks and have always wanted one. Above my desk on the side of my pantry I have a small section that I thought just might work to hang one. So I started to search.
I checked out Magnolia Farms , Dot and Bo and various other online sites that I thought might carry one. Either they were too large or to expensive. And several were out of stock.
I then went to Pinterest and I did like several of the racks that were posted. But the cost of the hooks you would need can really add up.
So believe it or not I found Hinge Pins at Lowes that are packaged 4 for 98 cents. ( I posted the link for the hinge posts below )
Yep that’s it. So why not use the hinge pins for cup hooks. Add metal lettering and you have a pretty neat coffee mug rack for very little money.
First step is to find your wood. Whether distressed wood or new, the size of your wall will determine how big you want your rack to be. The wood I used is 5 inches wide, so I doubled the width. The length again will be decided by where you want to display it. My area was pretty small so I cut the wood 30 inches in length. Completed size 10 x 30.
If you use distressed wood, you must first sand & clean it with soapy water, let it dry. If not painting the wood, seal the wood with food safe mineral oil or Min Wax also works as well. You could also seal with Polyurethane but I don’t like the finish. That’s just a personal preference.
I painted mine with a White Satin paint for easy cleaning. I lightly distressed just the edges.
In this picture you will see there are two wood mounts under the front piece that I ended up removing because it didn’t lay flush with the wall. Trial and error.
I used metal fasteners instead and it was super easy. You can fasten these metal straps in 2 minutes! Now it is easily hung flush to the wall.
Painted white I then started to think about lay out of the hinge pins. I wanted at least 8 but that was determined by the size of my mugs.
I wanted to either attach metal letters for the industrial look or you can even paint on letters spelling Coffee with Chalk Paint. Save even more money that way.
I got these great metal letters from Far Away Hood. They came raw metal so I sprayed them black. Love the industrial look.
Like I said before, Lowes has Hinge Pins, 4 per package. For the size of rack I knew I would only be able to have 8 cups. So total cost of 8 pins, $1.96…no kidding!
Find your drill bit to measure the size of your hinge pin.
Measure where you want each hinge pin to be placed. Make sure you allow for the cup to actually hang.
Drill at a 45 degree angle trying not to go through the backside of your wood.
Now this is important! Dampen each hole with water, then put a small drop of Gorilla Glue in each hole. The water helps activate the glue.
Tap in each hinge pin making sure they are each secure and at same level. Now walk away and let it dry. Don’t touch it!! I know you want to!
Because I didn’t want to put a hole in my cabinet, I used 3M adhesive strips and they really work!! Now the rack is flush to the wall and really secure. This isn’t coming down with an earthquake!
If your rack is larger you may want to use picture fasteners. You just don’t want it to lean forward.
TA DA!!! At there it is..ready for coffee, tea or hot water,lemon and honey!
An afternoon project that seriously cost a fraction of any I’ve seen. Try it out and let me know how your’s comes out. Send me a picture.
I’m attaching the link for the hinge pins and letters to make it easy.
In all my DIY’s, if this is something you would love to have but just don’t want to make it yourself, contact me under comments… Would be happy to make one for you!
Far Away Hood: http://www.farawayhood.com/