Learn how to make a gorgeous, heavy-duty, rustic towel rack with this step-by-step tutorial. It would make a beautiful coat rack or decorative piece, too!
Today’s project is brought to you by get-‘er-done… Otherwise know as Rachel’s VERY delayed motivation to finally finish that half bath she started months ago!
I jest… sort of. For some reason I was stuck on the finishing touches of this half bath. I shared more about it a couple of weeks ago with the reveal of my DIY triptych…
But suffice it to say that procrastination had set in. I think this DIY towel rack was worth the wait, though.
How to make a large, rustic towel rack (or coat rack!):
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- 1×6 board (cut to 3′ or your choice of length)
- 6 of these hooks (when I purchased mine, they came in sets of 4; I used two for another project, but you could use just 4 or 8 if you like)
- cordless drill
- hammer, chisel, or other tools for distressing
- stain (I mixed dark walnut and special walnut)
- d-ring wall hangers
I have seen similar ones for sale, sure, but they were all at least $60 for one this large. Making this myself cost $30 for eight of these hooks, and I had two left over for our mini mudroom. I already had the wood and the stain, but even those would not have been expensive. Plus, by making it myself, I got it the exact size I wanted and was able to stain it exactly the color I wanted.
It was so easy to build. Here’s how to make your own rustic towel or coat rack:
- (not pictured) cut board to desired size
- sand rough edges (tip: for a more rustic look, sand the edges to look worn)
- measure to evenly space your hooks (for an added adventure, be sure your one year old is there to keep moving the hooks you are trying to place)
- use pencil to mark your screw holes (tip: the hooks are NOT exactly the same, so put the hooks in whatever order you intend to use and mark the holes accordingly… then keep track of what order you put them in!)
- drill pilot holes
Now comes the fun part: giving it that gorgeous distressed finish.
- hire a 3 and 5 year old (preferably ones wearing knight costumes, of course) and give them hammers… tell them to go to town
- use a sharp instrument (I used a wood chisel) to gauge out sections – both in the center and on the edges
- lightly sand the rough places by hand… you don’t want to smooth it out, just remove the splinters
- stain to your liking, attach hooks, and finish with a light coat of wax or poly
Can you see how the gauges from the hammer (use both ends!) and the chips from the chisel took the stain differently? I love how it adds so much dimension.
And these hooks are just perfect: rustic iron, heavy duty, old school.
I think this would be just perfect near the front or back door to hold coats and bags, in the kitchen for aprons and towels, or even in the family rooms just for decorative purposes.
Where could you use one of these?
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