How We Hung Our Mugs Under the Cabinets (Hint: Easy….!)

What up, coffee mug addicts!!  ðŸ™ŒðŸ»
Okay, so I get asked a LOT about how we hung my Rae Dunn mug collection under the cabinets, so prepare thyself for quite possibly the easiest DIY evaaahhhh.

You’re done!
See how easy?! 

No but for real, we just used a bunch of these little mug hooks (sometimes called C hooks or cup hooks) in a 1 1/2 inch size, spaced out equal distance between where we wanted each mug to hang, and then we (“we”….ha.  MY HUSBAND. 🙄😂) screwed them up underneath the cabinet!  

That’s it, guys!  Told ya…easiest DIY ever!  We don’t have space on our kitchen walls for a cool farmhouse mug rack (like this one I love…!!), so this was my alternative idea.  Big fan of the look of these Rae Dunn mugs (which can be found at HomeGoods, TJ Maxx and Marshalls), and I wanted to display them in a creative and practical way.  We use them for everything from coffee to snacks to soup to frozen yogurt, and hanging them on these little mug hooks makes grab and go quite easy!

Speaking of Rae Dunn, I’m announcing a fun little giveaway over on my Instagram [HERE] tomorrow evening…be sure to follow along so you won’t miss the fun!


  1. Mindy

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:20 am

    What a cool idea and easy way to showcase that beautiful Dunn! Love it! 😍

  2. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Thanks for checking it out, Mindy!

  3. Stephanie ferrell

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Awesome idea !! Love it ! Can’t wait to hear more about the giveaway 😍😍. No Rae Dunn here where I live 😩

  4. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:31 am

    For reals. It’s totally dried up around here these days, too. 🙄

  5. Brittany

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I’m a new Instagram follower of yours. I get such great inspiration from you! Love your collection of mugs…. My husband doesn’t understand the trend of labeling everything haha he would never drink out of a cup that said MR. (Insert eye roll) enjoy your alone time!

  6. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Ha ha! My girls are picky about which ones they want to use…it’s pretty cute. 😉 And yes! Alone time. Ahhhh. 🙌🏻

  7. Rachel

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Love this idea! I will be trading my chippy mug racks for subwile tile in our new home. A bittersweet trade off, but this is a great idea to avoid damaging tile. Xo

  8. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Oh yes, that’s a great solution! I wish I had wall space in here for one of those cutie mug racks, but this is a good alternative for now. 🙌🏻

  9. Carroll

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Always look forward to your IG stories and whatever you post! Girl, you are 😂 funny! Someday would love to see what the back of your hairstyle looks like . Such a great cut. I know people ask that all the time , sorry !!

  10. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Well thank you for keeping up with my crazy! 😉 And actually I think my hair stylist and I are going to film a story next time I go for a trim/touch up so she can tell y’all all the things I have no idea what to say!

  11. Shelley

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:46 am

    This is so fun! Do you need to predrill with these hooks? Or did your husband.😝

  12. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Hold on, let me ask him!

  13. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:52 am

    He said yep, pre-drilled and then screwed them in!

  14. Kris Carrig

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:47 am

    😂😂😂 you are hysterical!! ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Can’t wait for the bachelorette too 🍷🌹

  15. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Cheers, girl!! 🍷

  16. Nikki

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:47 am

    I love this! I can’t decide how I want to display my Rae. But this is a great idea if this is what we go with when we build. Enjoy your time!

  17. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Hey Nikki, thank you!!

  18. Joyce

    May 23rd, 2017 at 1:01 am

    I think you had mentioned how you inexpensively updated your kitchen and it involved chalk paint… or did I totally IG dream it?!?! If you did, is there a blog post I missed? I love my kitchen but I’m cursed with builder grade oak cabinets 😩😩😩

  19. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Hey Joyce, yes! We did chalk paint on the cabinets, but that was before I had a Cotton Stem IG or blog…so no pics. 😩 I wish I had snapped a few so I could do a blog tutorial!

  20. Joyce

    May 23rd, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Darn.. but glad I’m not going crazy and dreamed it. Lol!!

  21. Lynn Lam

    May 23rd, 2017 at 1:18 am

    OMG…..I seriously think we are twins….You make me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants….Best title of the YEAR……hahaha She is CRAY-CRAY!!!! LMAO

  22. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 1:21 am

    HA!! Please stay friends. 😳😂

  23. Lynn Lam

    May 23rd, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Oh girl you couldn’t get rid of me if you tired!!!! 🙂

  24. Squirrels

    May 23rd, 2017 at 1:20 am

    I miss Alone Time. 😩 (Mine would be SAT) 😂😂 Great tip! I might have to add some inside my cabinets, too!!

  25. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Oh that’s a good call, too! Hmmm I might need to actually do that….😂🙌🏻

  26. Merany

    May 23rd, 2017 at 1:56 am

    I’ve so enjoyed watching your instastories and following along! SupEr cute way to display your Rae. 😬 Enjoy your EAT. 😗

  27. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Well thank you for stopping by, Merany!!

  28. Rachel

    May 23rd, 2017 at 2:20 am

    I am more in love with your backsplash everyone I see it! 😍

  29. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Thank you! I like that it’s a little weird. 😉 Appreciate you stoping by!

  30. Alisha

    May 23rd, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Your kitchen really makes me want to chalk paint my cabinets but I’m super intimidated. Mostly because my kids are 6 & 2 and keeping their hands off of the polycrylic would be extremely difficult.

  31. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 23rd, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Ha! Good thing it dried pretty quickly. 😉 I wish I’d known I was going to do IG/blog when we did it last summer–I would have taken some pics!

  32. Brandi

    May 24th, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I love your kitchen! I was hoping you could share more info on your counters!

  33. Erin | Cotton Stem

    May 25th, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Thanks, Brandi! They are DIY concrete countertops, and, while we didn’t do a tutorial, we followed the one on Young House Love’s blog–check it out!

  34. Brandi

    May 25th, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Thank you! I thought that was what you did! It turned out so good! I’ve never seen it done on curved end ones which is what I have. I’m going to give it a try!

  35. Jaimelynn

    June 11th, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I love watching your instagram stories! Can you let me know where you found your kitchen cabinet hardware, and what color? Also, where is your flooring from, and color?? Thank you for making my Me time more enjoyable 🌻

  36. Erin | Cotton Stem

    June 14th, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Hey, thank you! The hardware is just from Amazon–search flat black cup pulls or something like that. The flooring is wood look tile from Lowes, Style Selections in Natural Cinnamon Timber!

  37. Marci

    June 16th, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I love this idea Erin! Would give me an excuse to buy more mugs!!

  38. Alexa

    June 17th, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Awesome ideas! We’re your countertops diy as well? I’m trying to figure out how to do a concrete look in my kitchen… I just love it!!

  39. Alexa

    June 17th, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Ugh! Autocorrect! Were*

  40. Gina

    October 10th, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Hi Erin,

    When you installed the C-hooks under the cabinet, did they poke through to the other side? That’s the only thing I’m worried about. Thanks in advance!

  41. Hope

    October 10th, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Love your curtains!
    Where can i buy those?

  42. Erin | Cotton Stem

    October 10th, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Drop cloths from Home Depot!

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