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DIY Towel Holder for the Bathroom

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How do you get a DIY towel holder for the bathroom out of an old porch baluster? By accident of course.

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.

Old, chippy paint porch baluster.

I never found the perfect project so they went into the basement and eventually made their way to North Carolina with us.

picture of outside of house and windows
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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 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. I had to come up with a better solution fast.

Yes…my vintage porch baluster finally had a purpose.

I was going to turn it into a rustic bathroom towel rack.

Old porch baluster and new coat hooks.

So easy to do, too.

Making a towel holder

The original paint 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.

To do that I drilled small pilot 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.

Attaching new coat hooks to an old porch baluster.

Much better than an old 2×4 and it adds a little character to the room. It turned into the perfect towel holder.

I knew I would find a place for it…eventually.

An old porch baluster turned towel holder in a bathroom.

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.

DIY towel holder for the bathroom.

Check out the other projects I’ve done in our small bathroom.

Old porch baluster DIY towel holder for the bathroom.
 

35 Comments

  1. Ooooh! I wasn’t quite sure what a “baluster” was so I looked up the word AND image and I was on the right track, lol. What a marvelous piece that you put to great use. I want a baluster now! Thank you for sharing your projects.

    1. Thanks so much Sandra! I never know what to call it but Google says “baluster” and Google knows all. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. i subscribe to a few blogs, but yours is one of my favorites! You guys always have such great ideas. I wonder how you think of all of them.
    I will finally be retiring from my job as an Immigration Paralegal at the end of this year. You can imagine how stressful it has become just by watching the news. Can’t wait!

    I will be picking your brain for ideas on starting a blog if you don’t mind. I hope to do this with my daughter-in-law and include her great ideas that she comes up with for kids.

    P.S. Your place is really looking great!

    1. Awww, thanks MJ. I have too many ideas and no time to do them. The hubs would say it’s a curse. πŸ˜‰

      I’m so happy to hear from you again. I know you must be excited about retiring. It’s been a long time coming.

      A new blog…how exciting! It’s a lot of work but so rewarding, and you meet the most wonderful people (like you and all of my other awesome readers). πŸ˜‰

  3. Love it!!! Where did you get that beautiful towel? I’m always looking for beautiful neutral Turkish towels!

  4. Great idea. I’m glad you finally found a fitting use for it!

    1. Thanks so much Pam! I’m so happy that I didn’t get rid of it when we moved, and that it finally found a good spot in our home.

  5. So glad you held onto these! They look great in your bathroom – such a perfect and creative idea!

    1. Thanks so much, ladies! I don’t usually hold on to things but I’m glad I did this time.

  6. I love the story behind this project…and the diy towel rack turned out to be the perfect use for the balustrade!

    1. Thanks Cindy! I’m happy that I was finally able to use it. πŸ˜‰

  7. I just love this. Your while bathroom has great personality!
    Thank you for sharing your talent and vision.

    1. Thanks so much Meegan! This tiny space has definitely been a challenge to decorate but it’s coming along.

  8. Marjorie Dineen says:

    Once again you have done a fantastic find and how to use it. You really have a good eye for finding the unusual. Love it.

    1. Awww, thanks so much Marjorie, you really made my day! So glad you like it. πŸ™‚

  9. Cute, unique, one of a kind, and thrifty all rolled into one!

  10. Sharon Warren says:

    Pure cuteness! A small space makes character pieces show better!

    1. Awww, thanks Sharon! There’s not much space in here to display so I’m glad I could use something a bit decorative. πŸ™‚

  11. Marlene Stephenson says:

    What a cute idea and so perfect. I love using old pieces,thanks for the reminder of ways to use them.

    1. Thanks so much, Marlene! I’m just glad that I finally got to use this piece. πŸ™‚

  12. I love this so so much. It gives me hope for all the random things that I have held on to for years.

    1. Thanks so much, Jessica! I’m afraid I have way too many random things that I’ve held on to that I’ll never use. Must. work. on. that. πŸ˜‰

  13. LOVE that towel rack…love it. I knew you would do something fabulous in there.

    1. Thanks so much, Jillian! Not a lot of space to add the “pretty” so I need to add it where I can. πŸ˜‰

      Appreciate you stopping by.

  14. As usual, just perfect. You’ve given me an idea for hanging towels in my own personal “master” (also tiny, tiny) bath.

    1. Awww, thanks for that, Pat! So glad it’s inspired you! πŸ™‚

  15. Oh my goodness! Love it!!!!

  16. Great job! Love the way you used them. It’s like they were waiting for the perfect place.

    1. Thanks so much, Kim! I think you’re right. They were waiting for the perfect spot. πŸ™‚

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