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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.

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

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.

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

Supplies We Used: (Affiliate links are provided below noted by asterisks. For more information, see my disclosure policy here.)

The Steps:

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.

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

Robert cut the hinge to the length we needed using a hack saw and laid it across the boards.

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

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.

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

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.

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

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!

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

I love how the blue/green knobs look with our bathroom wall color, Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

I don’t like getting really matchy-matchy, so I used these bronze ones too.

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

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.

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

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!

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

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.

DIY Antique Door Knob Towel Rack | Bless'er House

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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26 Comments

  1. Hi! I LOVE this! You have great taste. I plan on making one for my girls book bags and coats. I’m wondering if the door knobs are strong enough for a heavy book bag. What do you think? Thanks!

    1. Hi! I would say yes because they’re screwed into the metal in the back! As long as they’re reinforced, I would think it would work. I can’t be too sure, though.

  2. Dear Lauren,

    It’s so amazing. I mean, i can’t help my self stare at your blog for all night long (while side beside with the three). My head full of planning, wondering where to put this and that.
    Thank you thank you

    Love from Indonesia

  3. Where did you put the hangman on the back of the rack? Towards the top? ALso were your boards a little wobbly, or is that why you put the extra pieces towards the bottom? Love the rack!

    1. Yes, we put it about an inch below the top. The boards were a little wobbly when we were moving it around, but once we hung it up against the wall it didn’t move at all. We put the pieces at the top and bottom to help secure it.

      1. did you only use 1 hangman mount? it says it can hold up to 200 lbs, but i am still a little worried its a little heavy just for one…
        thanks,
        ashley

        1. Hi, Ashley. We did use only 1 mount, and we’ve had no issues with it at all. But you could certainly use 2 if you’d like. The wood we used was pine, so if you have a hardwood material, it might be heavier than ours.

  4. No- it’s true! I have six kids, and they all much prefer to hang their towels on hooks. It’s all I use anymore (but yours are much cuter!) Little guys can’t even manage a towel bar. Good job 🙂

  5. This might be one of my favorite projects of yours…… I love old door knobs and even those these aren’t “old” – I love the look!! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to see the big transformation next week! 🙂
    Enjoy the weekend,
    Lanita

  6. I did something similar in my master bath. We are in the middle of remodeling and we put up board and batton. Near the top of some of the boards we put antique glass knobs on and are using them as towel holders.I have some of the ones from Hobby Lobby in my entry way for coats, Love your idea too

    1. I bet that’s beautiful! I love both individually, but door knobs and board and batten together would look so good together.

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