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Rustic Towel Hooks

Rustic Towel Hooks

All of our bathrooms had boring, builder grade towel rods when we moved into the house. This has been on my list of things to replace, but I have been trying to decide what to replace them with. I still have to replace the guest bathroom and the half bath but that will be saved for a later date!

In efforts to have a rustic or farmhouse style towel holder, I made his and hers towel hooks out of pallet wood for the master bath.

What you need:

-Pallet wood, you can also use regular lumber from home supply store if you prefer

Min-wax stain in dark walnut

-white chalk paint (I got mine here)

-Cricut and indoor removable vinyl (No Cricut, no problem! you can also use a paper and pencil outline transfer method, see the Scrabble Tile post for a step by step how to do this method)

– hooks of your choice (I got mine here)

Minwax Polycrylic clear coat sealer

What to do:

Cut the wood to desired size. Mine are 5.5″ tall, 5″ wide, and 1″ thick, but feel free to adjust your size to your preference. After cutting comes sanding (everyones favorite thing). Sanding the wood well and wipe down just as well to remove any dust,etc. Sanding will help with an even stain uptake. After  prepping the wood, apply the stain. I used a foam craft brush to apply the stain, let the stain sit for a few minutes, and then wipe away any excess stain with a rag or gently with paper towels.

After the stain has had time to dry, its time to paint the lettering on to the wood. This is where you have the choice on how you want to proceed using either Cricut and vinyl for stencil or using the paper and pencil transfer method to get an outline.

Using my Cricut to cut out the His and Hers on vinyl and weeded the “positive” (or actual letters), leaving the “negative” (or outline) to use as a stencil. Using transfer paper, remove the vinyl from the paper backing and place the stencil onto the wood. Once you have the stencil or word outline you are ready to paint. I used white chalk paint and I ended up doing a couple of coats because there is such a contrast in the color from stain to the white paint. 

After allowing the paint to partially dry, remove the vinyl and allow the paint to dry completely. In order to protect the wood from the moisture from humidity and wet towels, apply a coat of polycrylic to seal the wood. After the clear coat has dried it is time to install your hooks on the back and front.

In order to have a sturdy towel holder on the wall you will want to add solid hanger loop on the back. I learned the hard way that you want two (one on each side). Trying to use just one in the middle does not work really well as it just moves all over when you pull your towel off.

For the towel holder hooks I selected double robe hooks in oiled-bronze.

 Once you are ready simple hang them on the bathroom wall and you are done! I thing they turned out really well.

 I hope you enjoyed. I would love to see what your towel holders look like when you try this project.

I am not done with the bathroom so stay tuned for one more master bathroom project coming soon that will include a FREE printable for you to use in your home.