DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack
So sorry for the delay on today’s post, y’all! Sometimes I have so much going on that it’s hard to keep up. This is one of those days.
If you ever get the idea that I have my act together, just toss it out the window because I don’t. Ever. If my brain were a browser screen, it would have a million tabs open all at once.
One of those little tabs this week was this idea I had for a fun towel rack in our hallway bathroom makeover.
Antique door knobs! I’ve always wanted some. These in this project aren’t “real” antiques, but we don’t have to tell anyone that, right? It’ll be our secret.
Y’all probably already know this, but I’m a repurposing junkie. Literally, a junk-ie. I hate seeing potentially great craft supplies go to waste. We have this fabulous wood pile in our garage from project leftovers that I’m always digging through.
So far, thanks to that handy wood pile, I’ve made this anniversary sign, this arrow growth chart, this mail organizer, and this oversized sheet music.
This time, I decided to put a few leftover pieces from our bathroom plank wall to good use.
Supplies We Used: (Affiliate links are provided below noted by asterisks. For more information, see my disclosure policy here.)
- 2 1x6x8 pine boards (Cut to make 9 16″ lengths)
- DIY stain or stain of your choice
- Marine grade polyurethane* (if putting in a bathroom to protect from moisture)
- 4 antique door knobs (I used this one and this one from Hobby Lobby.)
- Continuous hinge* or thin metal strip with drilled holes
- Hack saw*
- Hangman wall mount*
Since our boards were already cut, stained, and sealed before being cut to fit behind our tub from our bathroom plank wall, putting the rack together was really quick. (Another reason to love leftovers. Woop woop!)
I lined up my 9 16″ boards face down on the ground to measure how long I needed my continuous hinge to be. Robert and I looked all over the hardware store for a thin metal strip like we’d used on our wood beam doorway but had no luck. A metal strip would have been cheaper, but at least with the hinge, the holes were already drilled.
Robert cut the hinge to the length we needed using a hack saw and laid it across the boards.
Then, I drilled the hinge in place with screws to connect all of the planks. We cut up the remainder of the hinge to connect the bottom parts of the planks too.
I found these cute door knob hooks at Hobby Lobby for 50% off that I knew would be perfect! They ended up being $6.00 each, which is a bargain considering how much real antique door knobs usually cost.
We screwed them in place where we wanted them on the wood planks, hung up the rack using a Hangman wall mount, and we were finished!
I love how the blue/green knobs look with our bathroom wall color, Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.
I don’t like getting really matchy-matchy, so I used these bronze ones too.
The wood scraps we used aren’t perfect, but I actually like them like that.
They’re not all cut perfectly, and there are a few dents and dings. I mean, we’re all imperfect anyway; might as well let our homes reflect that too, right? Embrace the imperfect.
It’s a big challenge taking pictures in this small, window-less bathroom, so the photos don’t do it justice. This thing is sooo stinkin’ cute!
This is our daughter’s bathroom that functions as a guest bathroom on occassion so I love how it adds just enough whimsy without being too over-the-top.
Kids are more likely to hang their towels on hooks instead of towel bars anyway, right? (I know that’s probably not true. Just let me dream.)
What do you think? A good use of leftovers? At least now, I can close that tab on the browser screen in my brain. One down, 999,999 to go.
By the way, I have a big transformation that I’ll be showing off next week! I hope you’ll be as excited about it as I am. Eep!
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