Make This Midcentury Style Colorful Hook Rack

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Midcentury style seems to be all the rage these days, but what if you can’t exactly afford the authentic version from this design era? Vintage pieces can go for big bucks, and “real deal” new pieces cost a pretty penny, too. This is a great place to put your DIY and crafting skills to work, because you can snag the look for much less.

I’ve been particularly lusting after this designer, midcentury-inspired hook rack but wasn’t about to splurge on the $199 price tag. Instead, I visited our local big box store and picked up the necessary supplies to re-create the piece for next to nothing — just $15!

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Things You’ll Need

  • Wall-mounted hook rack
  • White spray paint
  • Cardboard
  • Acrylic craft paint in a variety of colors
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Plastic paint tray
  • Round wooden dowel toppers (or round wooden beads)
  • Super glue

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To make my hook rack match the inspiration piece perfectly, I chose to use white spray paint to mask the chrome finish.

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Just take your hook rack outside and lay it on a piece of scrap wood or cardboard. Then, give it two to three thin, even coats of paint. Allow to dry overnight in a well-ventilated area indoors. If your hook rack is already white, skip this step.

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While my hook rack was drying for the necessary 24 hours, I took an hour to paint my round wooden dowel toppers. These are essentially the same as wooden beads that you can pick up from the craft store, but their hole doesn’t go all the way through.

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I gave each topper two coats of acrylic paint in a rainbow of colors.

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I used my inspiration image as assistance when picking my colors — which ranged from minty blue and black to magenta and bright yellow — but use your preferences here to suit your style and color palette. Allow the beads to dry for an hour or two before handling.

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To finish, I grabbed my now-dry hook rack and placed it on a level surface. Next, I squirted a dollop of super glue down into the wooden toppers one at a time, and I also squeezed a line onto the tip of each hook. Then, I gently pushed the toppers onto the hooks, holding each in place for 30 seconds before moving on to the next.

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There’s almost nothing quite so satisfying as feeding my love for retro style without going broke in the process. All it took was a couple of hours to save more than $180, and now I have a one-of-a-kind place to display my go-to statement jewelry.

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Carrie Waller is the writer, designer and stylist behind the blog Dream Green DIY. Photos courtesy of Carrie Waller.

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