To me, it means lazy days at the pool and the beach. Sounds lovely. And it is until we get home with sopping wet towels and bathing suits. At first we were hanging them over the bathtub edge but since we go swimming pretty often in the summer, our bathroom started to look more like a locker room. Then we started to drape the towels and suits over the chairs on the back deck. This really didn’t work either. So I decided to make this…
A DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Towel Rack
I love it and it only cost me about $10. Much less than what you’d pay for one from Pottery Barn.
Before I show you how I made it, I need to tell you how we got a hold of the gorgeous vintage faucet knobs. I just love these beauties.
Would you believe that we found them in our own house? My husband and my father-in-law were gutting our bathroom to redo it and found these gems under the bathtub. Our house was built in 1928 so I’m pretty sure they are the real deal. When I saw them, I knew I had to save them. I only wish that we had found the one that said “cold” because I would have rather used that instead of the one that says “waste”. But after checking online to see if I could buy one and realizing how expensive they are, the word “waste” didn’t sound all that bad.
I bought the other knobs at Lowe’s and tried to stay with the vintage look. I bought an acrylic knob and a white knob with silver trim. I should have swiped a real glass doorknob from our old house. Can you believe we had them on every door! I really should have
taken salvaged them when I had the chance. For the wood, I used a piece of an old pallet that was leftover from this Pallet Art project.
Ok.. so here’s how to make your very own DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Towel Rack:
Measure out where you want your knobs to go on your pallet. Using a drill with a 1/2 inch paddle bit, drill holes for your vintage porcelain knobs.
The knobs should fit snugly into the holes. I added some hot glue in the holes before putting the knobs in just to secure them a bit more. You could also use epoxy to secure the knobs but I didn’t want anything that permanent just in case I want to use the knobs for something else down the road. The other knobs are just drawer pulls that screw in from the back and twist on. Use a regular drill bit for these knobs.
To hang the towel rack, we used masonry screws and anchors. The towel rack is hung on our back porch. Screw your masonry screws into the mortar and then place two screws into the back of the towel rack. Loop some floral wire around the screws to hang it. The picture below shows the backside of the pallet with one vintage knob on the left and the screw with floral wire to hang the pallet in the center. The screw on the right holds one of the other knobs in place.
I am in love with the way this turned out. No more bathing suits and towels hanging all over our chairs on the porch or over the bathtub! We hung it in the corner of our porch. Here is a better view of it in relation to everything else on the porch.
I’m so glad that I finally got to use the vintage knobs from our old house. I’ve never had a find like that and it was very exciting for me. I love that a little bit of our past is now present in our current home.
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