We live in a smallish house. 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.
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $0 Difficulty: Easy
I decided to make my very own DIY broom rack using recycled decking and an old, wooden broom handle.
I started by cleaning my piece of decking … with a scraper.
The back of the board was even worse.
After much scraping, I set about sanding. I made sure the front was super smooth to touch as I wanted it to feel like a really old, well-loved piece of furniture. (I didn't bother sanding the back as it would be against the wall )
Then I got to work making the pegs. This part was surprisingly easy (which never happens!). I cut the broom handle into peg-sized pieces.
(When you’re cutting the broom handle, brace a piece of wood against it so the saw doesn’t spin the handle and break your finger.)
Then I clamped each peg in a vice and predrilled a hole in the end. I then simply glued and screwed each peg to the decking board.
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.
Here is my completed broom rack:
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 lighter-coloured wood like pine. For more details and pictures, feel free to head on over to my blog
Materials I used for this project:
- Decking timber
- Broom handle