Hi there, welcome to The Old Summers Home! Today I’m going to share our super easy DIY Mop & Broom Holder with you. It is even quicker if you own a Silhouette, Cricut, or another cutting machine.
If you are tired of searching for your broom or don’t have a convenient place to store them then this tutorial is for you. No matter what skill level you have I believe you can make this too.
This project took me all of 30 minutes start to finish. In fact, it went so quickly I forgot to take pictures (oops). So let me break it down for you in the following tutorial.
DIY Mop & Broom Supplies List
This list will appear to be quite extensive but I’m breaking it down as much as possible for all the beginners out there who would like to try a DIY project. Some of the items on the list will have alternatives which I will explain a bit later in the tutorial.
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- piece of wood 22″x4″
- palm sander or sanding block
- Minwax stain in Ebony
- paint stick for mixing your stain
- rag for stain
- gloves (I prefer nitrile)
- drill bit to predrill
- 2 small single coat hooks
- 4 1/4″ screws
- 4 1 1/4 inch screws (I used drywall screws)
- drill bits Robertson or Philips
- cutting machine (alternative option 1)
- oracle 651(alternative option 1)
- printer (alternative option 2)
- clear sticker paper (alternative option 2)
- 4 drywall plugs for 1 1/4″ screws if going into drywall
Step 1. Prepping your wood
Firstly, you are going to cut your wood to 22″x4″. If you do not have a saw at home most lumber yards will cut your wood to size for a small fee. Ask for good one side 4-inch cut to 22″ if available.
Then you are going to sand your wood. A palm sander makes this quick and easy. If you were able to get good both side finished wood then you will probably only need to use fine-grit sandpaper (220 is what I used). You will need lower grit sandpaper to use first if you were unable to get good side wood to work with (100 grit or so). If you don’t have a palm sander then a sanding block and a bit of elbow grease will work perfectly.
The last step for your prep is to wipe off any excess dust or debris that may prevent a smooth finish.
Step 2. Staining your Diy Mop & Broom-Holder
When I work with stain I wear gloves before I even open the can otherwise I get it everywhere. Stain is a lot harder than paint to get off. I like to use nitrile gloves because they are more durable and withstand a longer period of time. You can find them in most automotive sections or follow my link above in the supplies list to order some. Then open up your stain and using your paint stick give it a really good stir. Make sure to break up all the sediment on the bottom of the can. When you’re using stain for a long period of time be sure to frequently so that it does not settle.
Now you are going to take a rag, I often use old t-shirts for rags because they work great and well most importantly they are free haha. You just need a small piece, let’s say a 6″x6″ piece. Dap it into your stain and then wipe it on your prepped wood. Do not use too much stain, rub it in well and wipe off any excess and rub into a blank piece of your wood. Repeat these steps until your wood has good coverage all the while ensuring it is not excessively applied. Your drying period with this method is very quick as a result and within minutes it will be dry to the touch.
Step 3. Applying your quote
Alternative Option 1
This option is for those of you who have a cutting machine and some permanent vinyl on hand. In your program software create your quote or check out the Shop to purchase my cut file design “Bless this Mess”. I used permanent oracle 651 in Matte white because I didn’t want a sheen and I prefer the look of flat paint and vinyl. I cut my decal to fit above the hooks and centred on my sign. If you are using the cut file from my shop it is already the size that I used. Then you will cut your vinyl out using your Matte adhesive vinyl cut settings. Weed your vinyl and apply to your stained wood using transfer tape. Make sure it is centred and you get all your bubbles out otherwise, if you are anything like me, it will drive you crazy.
You could alternatively make a stencil and paint it as seen in the Grocery Sign tutorial. I chose vinyl because sometimes I like to change things up and I could easily remove the vinyl if I felt the urge to change my quote
Alternative Option 2.
This option is for those of you who do not have a cutting machine but have a printer on hand. You can purchase my Printable “bless this mess’ file in the shop! Then all you need to do is print onto clear adhesive sticker paper cut to size and apply to your wood top and center.
Step 4. Attaching your hooks
Remove your hooks from the packaging and check to ensure the screws will not be too long otherwise they will go through your wood. My hooks came with #1 Robertson 1/4″ screws. For my DIY Mop & Broom Holder, I needed my hooks to be approximately 10 inches apart due to that my Swiffer mop head and broom head so that they would not push at each other.
If you are using the same measurements I have been, then place your hooks approximately 5 inches from the end of your wood and flush with the bottom edge. My hooks allow for one bottom and one upper screw on an angle from each other so I just used the screws to make a little indent in the wood so I knew exactly where to drill. Because the holes will be close to the edge and my wood is thin I predrilled my holes using the indents as a guide. Switch to your corresponding drill bit. I prefer Robertson screws as they do not strip as easily however if your screws that came in your packaging are the right length use whatever bit you need. Then place your hooks and drill into place.
Step 5. Hanging your DIY Mop & Broom-Holder
When I originally hung my DIY Broom & Mop Holder it was on a drywalled wall. Therefore I used drywall plugs to prevent my hanger from tearing away from the wall. Now it hangs on the back of our Pantry door so no need for drywall plugs. This is the reason I used drywall screws which coincidentally camouflaged well with the ebony stain I used.
I predrilled my holes and I have countersunk them using a countersink bit which if you do not have one it is no big deal. This helps the head of the screw sink into your wood a bit, therefore, the head is under the wood’s surface rather than flush with the wood. I used a level to ensure it was straight and screwed it into place.
Step 6. Utilizing your DIY Mop & Broom-Holder
You are now all set to start utilizing your new mop & broom holder. Not to mention you can finally hang your most frequently used cleaning broom and mop up with this piece of fine decor. Stand back, admire and give yourself a pat on your back!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY Mop & Broom Holder tutorial! If you are new to the world of DIY and this was not quite broken down enough please feel free to contact me on our contact us page or drop a comment below and I will do my best to help answer any of your questions. Another quick and easy tutorial I think you might love is our Picture frame lantern post, check it out! Thanks for visiting The Old Summers Home today.
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