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DIY Dowel Brackets

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2015



Dowel, 1 1/4", $10 for 72"; and zinc-plated dowel screws, 3/16" by 3", $1.25 for 3,
Paint, in Van Gogh Yellow and in Hollandlac Brilliant finish, $50 for .75 L,


  • Handsaw

  • Dowel, 1 1/4 inches

  • Painters’ tape

  • Paint

  • Drill and 3/16-inch bit

  • Pliers

  • Dowel screws, 3/16 inch

  • Level

  • Wall anchors (optional)


  1. Using saw, cut eight 10-inch dowels and four 5-inch dowels.

  2. Wrap tape 2 inches from one end of each dowel; coat ends with paint. Let dry overnight.

  3. Predrill a hole in center of other end of each dowel.

  4. Using pliers, screw dowel screws into holes.

  5. If possible, mount dowels directly into studs in your wall, using level to ensure they go in straight. If not, use appropriate anchors for your type of wall, then mount dowels.

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