Remember that I was looking into buying some towel hooks for the newly remodeled pool bath? If not, check out that oldie but goodie, here.
I wanted something natural looking… you know? Organic feeling.
After much searching on the web, I decided to just make my own! How hard could it be? Honestly, not that hard at all!! This is what I like to call a nap project because you can go from start to finish in an HOUR! Promise!
Now, gather your supplies and wait for the perfect moment to turn the phone off for 60 minutes. No more towels on the floor!! Victory will be yours!
You will need:
-Wood dowel (or an old broom handle)
-Double headed screws
-Sanding block or paper
-Screw driver, clamp, scrap piece of wood, saw
-Optional* Stain and/or wood sealer
I decided to cut my dowel into random lengths with a 30 degree angle, all within 2.5-4″ long. So, cut down that baby with one side at a 90 degree and the other at 30 degrees. I cut 6 in total and still have about 1/3 left of my dowel for more!
Using your clamp, hold down your hook and make a pilot hole. Make sure to make it on the higher part of the dowel, the 30 degree side – not in the middle. See?
This will make it much, much easier to get the right angle drilled into the hook.
Now take your scrap piece of wood and drill a hole through it. This will be your guide.
Using a piece of tape (or whatever you have on hand) mark your drill so that you don’t drill too far into the hook. Then you will be sad.
Using the guide, carefully hold the hook tightly onto the wood, lining up your pilot hole to the hole in the guide. Ala…
Doing this will keep the hole for the screw parallel to the wall, which is exactly what you want. Yay! Just don’t screw into your hand – that would be bad.
Sand the rough edges, since you don’t want your beautiful towels getting pulls.
Now for the easy stuff… secure your anchors into the wall and manually screw in the double-sided screw into your wood hooks. Then just screw them together! (In case you’re wondering, I measured 4.5″ between my hooks which seems to leave plenty of room for pretty towel draping.)
If you want you can stain the hooks. I decided not to stain mine, but I did put on two coats of Acrylacq… I’m so loving that stuff.
I really love the way they turned out and I’m planning to put a few outside by the pool areas… Yes, I have lots of towel problems. But at least there is one less problem area. Go Me!
And this project was a measly $10 for 6 hooks, although I’m sure I can get another 4 or 5 out of my dowel – ($3.50 for the dowel, $3 for the screws and about $2.50 for the anchors)
Of course, you can do several variations, but I hope that this inspires you to give it a shot! And please, let me know if you’ve got some new hooks in your pad!
Happy Creating! Jessica