When I shared a sneak peek of this DIY kitchen storage project on my Instagram stories, I asked y’all to guess what you thought the finished project would be. A couple people guessed it would become a towel rack or a coat rack. I actually really liked a lot of the ideas y’all came up with! But I have had a very specific idea in mind for a few weeks! I’m so excited to share the finished piece here on the blog today!
This old gun rack was Papa’s, and my mom says it hung in the living room of the old house for her whole life. While this may not be the best before photo, you get the idea… I actually never realized it was a gun rack growing up. There were usually hats hung up on either end, so in my mind this was for sure a hat rack! The innocence of childhood memories can be so funny sometimes!!
This rack has sat on my porch begging to be fixed up for months now! I had the best of intentions, but kept wavering on where to use this piece. With Christmas coming up, my mind’s been thinking about holiday baking a lot! I decided this gun rack would be the perfect addition to my little baking corner in the kitchen!
First I painted it with Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Ironstone and used the wax resist method detailed here before distressing it. Then I attached 4 “eye” hooks evenly spaced across the top board, and then hung 4 “s” hooks on the “eye” hooks. It’s the perfect hanging spot to display my Hearth and Hand measuring cups and measuring spoons, along with some home made potholders.
I strung up a few of my favorite Christmas shaped cookie cutters, and our kitchen is feeling more festive already! This DIY kitchen storage project is giving me all the Holiday Vibes. Let the cookie baking begin!!
I hope this post inspires you to think outside the box with your storage solutions and your sentimental hand-me-downs. A gun rack may not be the most traditional kitchen item, but it works for us, and the story it tells is priceless to me! Anytime I can incorporate a good story into our farmhouse’s decor, I am all about it!! Thanks for following along…