no ordinary towel bar-hang

Today’s project was repurposing our old hat rack that I bought on one of my trips down South to visit my momma- many years ago.  I couldn’t use it by my entry like I used to at our old house because of the space limitations. The decision was made to change out the commercial installed towel bar in the guest bath…so, lo and behold no ordinary towel bar.  I re-purposed my “hats and coats” rack to a TOWEL BAR.

no ordinary towel bar- rustic-accent

It was a very inexpensive change as I got the seven inch wood letters on sale at Hobby Lobby.

no ordinary towel bar-lettering

I then had the hubs sand down the old lettering on the rack since he already happened to have the sander out for one of his projects.

no ordinary towel bar-rack

Here’s the supplies that I used.  Crackling medium, black and white acrylic paints, foam brush, sand block, and liquid nails.

no ordinary towel bar-supplies

Started by white-washing the letters with the white paint and allowed to dry for a few minutes.  Then I added a bit of crackle – allowed it to dry completely and then came back with a coat of black.  The next step is allowing it to dry completely and then sand down the edges and curves.  (You can see the details in the “L” pictured).  Liquid Nails is one of my new favorite glues for small projects.  It dries quick, is odorless and glides on very easily. That was it–super simple for a new look!

Here’s the before and after!

no ordinary towel bar-collage

No ordinary towel bar

Totally repurposed and a whole lot more character than the other towel bar – don’t you think?

no ordinary towel bar-after

I love the size of this piece and it looks rustic and has adequate room for several towels.  Down the road if I ever decide to use it for another purpose it will be easy to remove the letters, sand, and re-touch with whatever new job it will have.

no ordinary towel bar-pin
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