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DIY Shutter Towel Rack

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In our upstairs bathroom, which is primarily used as a guest bathroom or when my other daughter comes home for a weekend visit, I needed to come up with a functional yet decorative way to keep bath towels in the bathroom because the space doesn't have a lot of storage. I decided I would make a piece that could be displayed as a wall hanging, but it would also double as a towel rack for my daughter or our guests. After a few hours of thinking up designs, I had it..I would make a DIY Shutter towel rack! I purchased these old plastic shutters (4) of them at a garage sale for $5.00, and hubby shakes his head thinking I am crazy, but wait till you see the finished rack, and just think, 4 less piece of plastic tossed out. :-) But the best thing, this project costs under $10! ;-)
Here are the items you will need to make this functional DIY Shutter Towel Rack wall hanging for your bathroom:
- House Shutters $5.00 (garage sale find we used 2 and saved 2 = $2.50)
- Spray paint ($4.00 - Lowe's)
- 8 big gardening hooks ($1.00 each on sale close out Lowe's garden center)
- Screw driver
- Screws (to set hooks to shutters - found in our garage box)
- Drill
- 2 pieces of 1 X 2 pine (out of the scrap box)
- Nuts and bolts (found in our garage box)
- Level
Want to make it? Here are the steps:
1. Spray paint the shutters (I found two old plastic ones at a garage sale) before you do anything, this will get all of the surfaces covered so there is no white showing through on your finished product. I used Rust-Oleum® Universal Paint and Primer in One in a Hammered Brown. I find that you may pay a little more for it, but it has a texture to it and it also sticks to any surface.
2. Take the two painted shutters after they are dry and flip them over so the front is laying on your work surface. Clip the two shutters with a clamp and the 1 X 2 and drill four holes in the wood and shutters and fasten them together with the nuts and bolts.
3. After the shutters are secured together flip them over so you can start putting on the hooks. On the thick molding of the shutters place one hook on each side then, on the other shutter stagger where you put the other hooks so they aren't right next to the hooks you just drilled in. Keep doing this until you have four sets of hooks with two hooks on each molding. Drill in the hooks after you have the hooks evenly spaced from one another.
4. Take the finished DIY Shutter Towel Rack into the bathroom you are going to hang it in and measure where you want to drill holes to hang the piece. After measuring and making sure the piece will be level, drill the holes into the wall and place mollies and use screws to hang your rack. Our shutters came with large plastic screws attached - so we simply marked our wall, made holes and screwed the large plastic bolts into the wall board.
5. Place your rolled up towels into the hooks and enjoy your functional but decorative new DIY Shutter Towel Rack !
Enjoy your DIY Shutter Towel Rack – Have a great Friday and happy crafting!
-Linda :-)
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $10.00 Difficulty: Easy

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Got a question about this project?

  • Teri
    Teri Ferndale, WA
    on Dec 29, 2013

    Cute idea.Thanks for sharing

  • Julie Moyna
    Julie Moyna Santa Clarita, CA
    on Dec 29, 2013

    oh i love that...I just scored about 30 sets of antique shutters and antique doors! I am going to do that! Thank you!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I New York, NY
    on Dec 29, 2013

    This is FABULOUS!

    • Linda Crandall
      Linda Crandall Chandler, AZ
      on Dec 29, 2013

      @Miriam I Thank yo Miriam. I love making things like this - you get something new, and it keeps it from being tossed out. :-)

  • Fastnacht Shavout
    Fastnacht Shavout
    on Dec 30, 2013

    i have a one butt bathroom in the front of my home i have been banished to, this would be lovely to hold my towels on!

    • Linda Crandall
      Linda Crandall Chandler, AZ
      on Dec 30, 2013

      @Fastnacht Shavout It was a fun, and easy project. If you only have room for one shutter, you can just go 4 towels straight down even with 4 holders.

  • Fastnacht Shavout
    Fastnacht Shavout
    on Dec 30, 2013

    the photo is of the floor region in my bathroom, and all the room there is. there is no room between the toilet/sink or the toilet/bathtub. so i must place a thin rolling cart in front of the toilet. i also have to find room for 2 trash bins. one for regular waste and another for medical waste. :(

    • Linda Crandall
      Linda Crandall Chandler, AZ
      on Dec 30, 2013

      @Fastnacht Shavout check out my post later today on Master Bathroom Storage option that I think will help you out :-)

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