Do you ever walk through a thrift store or flea market and see a bunch of random old things, thinking you just have to buy something because it’s all so cool?
But then you aren’t quite sure what to do with all this cool old stuff?
This happens to me all the time.
When I saw a basket full of old wooden spools, I just knew I had to do something with one of them. And then it hit me – it would be just perfect as a towel rack in our coastal bathroom.
This project is sooooo easy. It took us about five minutes to hang it up.
And then we kept talking about it for days because, really, how cool is it!?
Plus you guys are totally getting a sneak peek of this awesome mirror we got for the bathroom!
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Supplies for DIY towel rack:
- Wooden spool (you can find spools online here, here, here, here and here)
- A screw
- A drill
- Felt pads
How to make a DIY towel rack from an old wooden spool:
This is so easy it barely requires a step-by-step tutorial.
1. Feed the rope through the spool.
I was going to use twine, but true story, I couldn’t find it.
I know I have a few rolls of twine around here, and with everything going on around here, I apparently put the twine in a spot I thought was a good idea. Guess not, because it’s nowhere to be found.
We actually decided we like the rope with the wood so it all worked out in the end. It’s perfect for that coastal vibe we have going on in the bathroom.
2. Drill the screw into the wall.
If you already have a towel rack up on the wall, take that one down, spackle the hole and paint it first.
3. Tie the rope around the screw.
I was originally thinking I wanted the knot inside the spool so we couldn’t see it, but I like it hanging around the screw.
4. Attach the felt pads to the back of the spool where it hits the wall.
This will prevent the spool from scratching your wall.
How easy is this!? We’re obsessed.
I just bought this cute towel for the bathroom, too.
Have you used an old wooden spool for a fun DIY project? Or used anything unusual for a DIY towel rack?
You can see all of the bathroom makeover progress here:
- Coastal blue + white bathroom design plan
- Krypton blue painted bathroom
- Affordable storage towers for small spaces
- Make a DIY towel rack from an old wooden spool (you’re here!)
- 20 affordable farmhouse sconces
- The $100 coastal bathroom makeover reveal
And if you love thrifting, check out my list of the pieces not to skip at the thrift store!
The other $100 Room Challenge bloggers are sharing their progress below, and the full room reveals are next week. I can’t wait to share our finished bathroom!
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