Making an Easy, Homemade Coffee Rack
If you elegantly suck down a pot of coffee a day like I do, then you likely have accumulated an abundance of coffee mugs as well.
I love my coffee mugs. They’re a happy representation of me, a collection of kindness gifted from friends and family. For the most part – I still have the one that says I am an asshole, given to me by an ex (but I still like it, hah).
I use my pretty, purple, floral-printed one for fancier occasions – it was a Christmas present from my former boss. My giant bunny mug, taken from an Easter get-together, is guzzled from when I need an extra dose of caffeine (always). My David Bowie one is used when I need to look cool. I appreciate my Germany mugs for nostalgia.
And because I have such a multifarious and wonderful assortment, it’d feel sacrilegious to stick them in a cabinet and not put them on full display.
Now – full disclosure. I made this mug holder years ago. Now that I actually own a screwdriver and a saw, it’s possible that, if I were to make a new coffee rack, I’d try something a bit more adventurous. However, at the time, I was a young, coffee-chugging college kid that was too cheap to pay $55.00 at Pottery Barn for a display.
So, if you are looking for a painfully simple and cute way to display your mugs, then this is definitely a viable option!
Making an Easy, Homemade Coffee Rack:
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- A shower caddy (this is the exact one I used – it is Mainstays from Walmart and has to be purchased in-store. However, I am sure different varieties of caddy could work!)
- Rust-Oleum Flat Black Spray Paint
- Nails or screws
- Purchase shower caddy.
- I felt the chrome color made the caddy look too much like it belonged in the bathroom, so I purchased a flat black spray paint to disguise it.
(I like Rust-Oleum because it is higher quality, and even now, years later, the black paint has barely worn off! Even with me frequently removing and replacing mugs.)
Take outside or in a well-ventilated area, and spray the shower caddy black.
- Wait to dry for at least 24 hours.
- Hammer nails or screw in screws in the desired location of where you want your coffee rack to be.
- Place coffee rack on nail/screw and ensure it feels sturdy.
- Begin adding coffee mugs to the rack.
- You’re done! Told you it was easy!
P.S. This is not even close to my entire display of mugs. The rest are on top of the fridge… Awaiting me to build a shelf for them.