Reclaimed Wood & Pipe Towel Rack

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Seems like I was always looking for a towel to dry my hands on after I used the kitchen sink. I would pull one out of the drawer, walk around the kitchen with it and put it down somewhere and the next time I needed it, couldn’t find it. So I decided to create a place to hang one right by the sink. I love industrial/farmhouse style so I decided to use plumbing pipe.
To make the bar I used:

(2) 1/2 ” flanges

(2) 1/2″ elbows

(2) 1/2″ x 2″ black steel nipples

(1) 1/2″ x 12″ black steel nipple

For the back, I chose this old piece of reclaimed wood we had out in our stash in all its weathered glory.
I assembled the pieces and scrubbed them down with soap and water to remove any grease. Then I spray painted them Oil Rubbed Bronze to a darker uniform color.
We then screwed the flanges to the wood and screwed it to the studs.

Once it was up on the wall, the silver screws we used to attach the bar to the reclaimed wood stood out like a sore thumb. I covered them up with some black craft paint.
So this project literally took about an hour to do and that included the spray paint drying. It cost me about $20 for all of the pieces of pipe. I’m sure I could find a plain towel rack for cheaper but who wants a boring old, run of the mill towel rack??
Give me something with character any day!
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Suggested materials:
  • Plumbing pipe   (reclaimed wood)
  • Spray paint
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