Add a Shelf With Hooks Without Removing the Towel Bar!

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Towel bars are definitely not good for kids because they will never put the towel properly. The towels would always fall and stay on the floor (ugggh!! ) We live in a rental and can't really make any holes in the wall. So, I came up with a solution without taking off this distorted dysfunctional towel bar.
This dysfunctional towel bar was in the kids bathroom. It was distorted in the middle from being bumped by the door. I challenged myself to update the bathroom for $100 and have everything temporary and removable since we live in a rental. I tried to see if I could take it off but it was very securely screwed in. Taking it off would also reveal all the layers of paint underneath and holes in the walls. There was no way I was going to deal with all of that.
While playing around with the towel bar, I realized it was really quite sturdy and I decided to use it as an anchor. I started by making a shelf the size of the towel bar using some scrap wood.
On the other side, I added a longer piece of plywood to hold the hooks for the towels. A (affiliate) Kreg Jig makes joining so much easier!


Place the shelf over the towel bar and attach the letters and hooks. I spray painted them in the colors to coordinate with the rest of the bathroom. I used E6000 to attach the letters.
Place the shelf over the towel bar and attach the letters and hooks. I spray painted them in the colors to coordinate with the rest of the bathroom. I used E6000 to attach the letters.


Get more detailed how to and tips and tricks on my blog post.(link at the bottom)
Did I mention how sturdy this thing is!! The shelf is a pretty snug fit over the towel bar and does not move at all! I love the fact that the towels are so accessible to the kids and they have been doing a great job hanging up their towels! Well… at least for now


Be sure to check out the rest of the $100 bathroom makeover which included a countertop update!
Suggested materials:
  • Wood   (lumber store)
  • Letters   (Joann)
  • Hooks   (Home Depot)
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Anika Gandhi
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