We live in a smallish house. As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t have a separate laundry room, we have a tiny laundry nook in our family room instead. There’s no room for a broom cupboard so our cleaning supplies are tucked away throughout the house. As I was sitting on the toilet recently, I was struck by inspiration (that’s where all great ideas happen, right?). I was staring at the side wall of our laundry nook and it occurred to me that I should just hang the brooms right there on the wall.
I started surfing Pinterest for inspiration (I may or may not have still been on the toilet). I’m totally loving this casual, light, rustic vibe in decor lately:
(Source: Imprint House)
The wooden peg rack in the picture above would be perfect to hang a couple of brooms from … but since $129.00 is a little steep for me, I decided to make my own DIY broom rack for free.
I started by cleaning my piece of decking … with a scraper.
The back of the board was even worse.
After scraping, I sanded.
Then I set to work making the pegs. This part was surprisingly easy (which never happens!). I cut the broom handle into peg-sized pieces.
Clamp each peg to predrill your holes. There’s probably a fancy piece of woodworking equipment you could use (a drill press maybe?) but I just eyeballed it and drilled away.
Both the decking board and the pegs appeared to be made from a blonde wood but I never know how dark a timber really is until I oil it.
I was shocked at how dark the pegs became once oiled – I honestly thought the old broom handle was probably made of pine. Now it’s as dark as jarrah. The decking is merbau which has a lot of variation of light and dark.
Once the oil had soaked in, I hung the broom rack on the wall by drilling a couple of screws straight through the decking piece and into the wall studs. The glaringly obvious screws bothered me so I dabbed a bit of black paint on them to make them blend in better.
After hanging my broom rack on the wall, I realised that the pegs were way to big to fit through the predrilled holes in my broom and dustpan. Not a problem, I simply made a leather strap for each handle.
Sweet, right? How great is it that shops like Kmart are selling really cute, wooden cleaning equipment at really low prices? Bravo, Kmart! (This isn’t a sponsored post, I just love a ton of Kmart’s products. They’ve really upped their decor game in the past few years.)
I think my broom rack will get a little bit lighter in colour as the linseed oil dries properly. Either way, I love it.
I didn’t want to drill a hole through my Enjo floorcleaner so I simply tied the leather strap to the handle instead.
This is my favourite view of the broom rack – from the bathroom. You can see that even though the pegs are quite substantial, they don’t come anywhere near blocking that door if we ever need to open it.
Here’s the view from the family room. (The portable heater makes for a lovely side-table vignette, don’t you agree 😉) I love the way that all the different wood tones in this room tie in together, yet it doesn’t feel dark and heavy because of all the white.
I’m so pleased with my broom rack. It looks great, it works perfectly and it was FREE. I’m all about the freebies, people. I hope you like my broom rack too. If you prefer a Scandinavian style, be sure to make your broom rack out of a blonde wood like pine. And as always, send me pics!