DIY Kitchen Storage

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!

vintage hanging wood gun rack

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!!

vintage wooden gun rack hanging in old farmhouse

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!

old wooden gun rack
white milk painted gun rack

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.

DIY kitchen storage project from an old gun rack

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!!

diy kitchen storage using painted white hanging gun rack
farmhouse style kitchen baking corner with kitchenaid mixer and supplied

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…

diy kitchen storage

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  1. Such a cute idea! I am always looking for new ways to use treasured items and this is a great way for sure.

    1. Thank you! We love a good DIY over here, and so glad I hung onto this piece!

  2. What a fantastic way to repurpose an item! I have never seen anything like this and imagine this would work in an office or really any other room to display items the way you have. Cute idea!

    1. Thanks so much! An office would be a cool spot for this too! Good idea! I’ll save that idea in case I decide to move it… 🙂

  3. What a great idea. It’s nice that you can find a practical use for the gun rack and be able to keep a family keepsake. Looks great!

    1. Well thank you! That’s so sweet, and I’m so glad I found the perfect spot for it!

  4. This is an adorable idea. Such a great way to repurpose an old piece of furniture. Plus it is even better because it has sentimental value. Such a great share. Loved how it turned out!

    1. Thank you! I love sentimental stuff too, it just tells such a cool story when you’re able to repurpose stuff like this 🙂

  5. This project looks perfect on your kitchen wall. I think it’s a great example of repurposing an old piece. I will have to look into the wax resist method you mentioned. We are home so much, all these projects are staring me in the face.

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, same! I think lately I’ve mainly been sharing DIY’s because that’s what I’m up to these days… Also, wax resist sounds fancy, but I literally just rubbed a candle all over it before painting. It helps the paint to chip more easily!

  6. Okay, this is adorable! I love how you repurposed the gun rack. It looks right at home in your kitchen!

    1. Well thank you! I sat on it for a while until I thought of this exact project!

  7. I love your style! This is such a clever idea to repurpose something sentimental in this way. It’s just not taking up space; it’s actually practical. No one else knows it’s a gun rack, but you get beautiful decor, a practical storage solution, and a great memento from your family. Inspiring!

    1. Well thank you, that is such a nice compliment! I’m glad you “get it” and I’m happy to have you here friend 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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