How do you get a rustic towel rack out of an old porch baluster? By accident of course.
This month’s Thrifty Thrifty Style Team project came about totally by accident, well…necessity really.
Let’s start at the beginning.
When we lived in Illinois, the hubs and I went to a flea market and were browsing the booths when I saw these cool vintage porch balusters for $2 each. I didn’t have a use for them at the time, I just liked the way they looked. The chippy paint and the color were just right, in my book. I bought 2 of them and put them all over the house, hoping to find the perfect spot to use them.
I never found the perfect project so they went into the basement and eventually made their way to North Carolina with us. Again, I moved them all over our new house to find a place for them but they eventually went into the basement.
It wasn’t until we were working on the bathroom that we found a use for 1 of them. I had put hooks up in the bathroom to hang our wet towels but they quickly pulled out of the wall, even with anchors. The hubs wanted to slap a board on the wall to give the hooks some stability but that wasn’t going to happen. Not in my house.
I understood what he wanted to do, and the reason why, but a 2×4 wasn’t going to cut it and I had to come up with a better solution fast. Yes…my vintage porch baluster finally had a purpose. It was to become a rustic towel rack for our bathroom.
So easy to do, too. The paint job was left alone (I mean…how can you mess with chippy paint perfection?) As for the hooks, I just picked up a couple at the store (*similar here) and attached them to the baluster. I did drill small holes in the wood before I added the screws so the wood wouldn’t split. A couple of wood screws were used to attach it to the wall and it was done.
Much better than an old 2×4 and it adds a little character to the room.
I knew I would find the perfect place for it…eventually.
I know I owe you a tour of this space but it’s just not ready for a reveal. We still have a few things left to do and then I can show you the rest.
It is a tiny space though. As in…the photos had to be taken from the hallway…small.
Teeny tiny…and not a lot of natural light. It’s one of the many quirks of a small, older home.
The ladies of the Thrifty Style Team are bringing their “A” game this month, as always. Make sure you check out their thrifty finds.
Check out the other projects I’ve done in this small space.
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