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July 27, 2016

diy hook rack

DIY Hook Rack - No holes in the walls!
DIY Hook Rack - No holes in the walls, no power tools needed
Over the weekend when I wasn't playing Pokemon Go (YOU GUYS IT'S SO FUN I can't stop), I was attempting to organize the kitchen. I'm super late on my spring cleaning - or super early? Either way, between the five cupboards and four drawers in our mini cook space, & it gets really hectic. Even though I did some major rearranging, I figured I needed to create more space to organize. There were a few elements at play here:
  1. Apartment life means putting as few holes in the wall as possible. Which means no hooks directly in the wall. Reasonable enough.
  2. I didn't feel like hunting for a perfectly sized shelf or rack, so I needed to get materials I could alter if needed.
  3. Speaking of altering, I do not have a table saw, so I needed wood that was easy to cut with a blade.
  4. Why not try to make it? We can make anything, right?

DIY Hook Rack - Perfect for organizing in an apartment or dorm
Here's what I used:
  • 2 pieces of 1/8 inch basswood
  • 1/4 inch wall hooks 
  • Acrylic paint
  • Wood glue
  • Command strips (my favorite are the velcro kind because you can readjust as you hang)
  • X-acto knife (not pictured)
Basswood FTW
First things first - if you basswood is too long, now is the time to cut. Basswood is nice as it's soft, and cutting two 1/8 inch pieces is much easier than cutting one 1/4 inch piece. Once you have trimmed your basswood with an x-acto blade, glue both pieces together with wood glue. Clamp tightly, and let dry.

Next, paint (or stain) the wood.
Wall hooks make kitchen organization a breeze
Once the paint as dried, mark every 2-3 inches along your wood, and screw in the wall hooks. Basswood is soft, so the hooks should screw in easily - however, it's easy to over-screw so watch out for that.

Command strips to the rescue!
Press Command strips to the back of your hook rack. The velcro strips are nice because if you hang the rack crooked (like I always seem to do), you can readjust.
DIY Hook Rack - Organized kitchen = Happy girl
Put your prettiest kitchenware on display!
There's definitely something invigorating about a project that gets imagined & completed in the same day. Plus I found a Pikachu on my walk to the hardware store to pick up supplies. Yikes, you guys. I have a serious problem, & it's eating all of my phone's battery life.


P.S. Recognize these pot holders?

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