One of the things that bugged me the most in our master bathroom is how the previous owners just spray painted the fixtures black.  I love me some spray paint, but not when it’s peeling off of the towel rack I’m using, and an ugly brass is showing through.  While Hunter was out of town, I decided I had enough, and was going to get rid of all the peeling black pieces in our bathroom, starting with one of the towel racks.

This particular towel rack was hanging kinda high on the wall opposite the vanity, and when a towel hung from it, it covered the light switch (so much wrong that I was sick of).  I saw inspiration at Nadeau, and decided to make a wooden back piece, with shower hooks screwed in it, to mount on the wall and replace the terrible rack

Shower Towel Rack

IMG_2951What you’ll need:

  • Thin piece of wood
  • Chop saw
  • Wood stain
  • Paint brush
  • Sander
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Shower hooks (4)

Start by measuring your wall and deciding how big your new mounted rack should be.  Then you’ll need to cut your piece of wood to that length.  Since Hunter was gone, I thought it was a bad time to pull out the huge chop saw we now own and learn how to use it, and opted to go to Jake’s house and have him help out instead.  Thanks Jake and Lexie!


Once the wood was cut to my desired length, I attempted to distress it some.  Using a hammer and sander, I banged it up to give it a little character.  Surprisingly enough, this wasn’t as easy as I thought.  Then I applied my driftwood wood stain to the piece, making sure to get the ends and sides too.


After the stain had a few hours to dry, I measured out the placement of the hooks, drilled my pilot holes, and then screwed the hooks into the wood.


Now the only thing left is to get it on the wall!  I’m pretty sure I’m going to use some D hooks to do this, but wanted to show Hunter before completely changing the bathroom — we’re a team updating the place, right?  Normally I would have just hung it and called it a day… We’ll call that progress.

More bathroom updates coming, and a finished pic of the rack on the wall!


Unfortunately this towel rack never made it on the wall 🙁  The wood was a little bowed, and we decided we wanted one the same color as our floating shelves… so we made a second version of this that turned out GREAT and is now happily mounted in our bathroom!

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