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When you’re revamping on a budget you need to count every penny or try to anyway 🙂 We were
really pretty strict on how we spent our money and tried to follow some ground rules – don’t buy something if you can make it. And if you can’t make it always pay cash. I only broke the rules once and went completely bonkers when I bought a silver Moroccan basin for our upstairs bathroom on our credit card. Silly me, but in my defense, it’s abSoooooLutly gorgeous. So after my slip up, we had to compromise a little. The cash now went to paying off the credit card instead of getting those bathroom accessories that were on sale. Bummer 🙁 So we reverted to rule number one and made this towel rack from an old branch.
We found a beautifully curved branch in our wood stash and some curtain accessories. You only need the bits you screw into the wall that keep the curtain rod up.
We cut the branch down a little and removed the side growths.
I used a blunt knife to deflake the branch. The bark was quite rough and I didn’t want it to hook the towels. Man it’s not easy deflaking a branch and those little side twigs hurt, but when you’re feeling a little guilty then you have to persevere 😀 Once all the bark had been removed I took some sandpaper and sanded any leftover rough bits. It took quite a bit of sanding (more punishment) until it was nice a smooth and I had to saw off a few more knobs and bumps as I went along.
Once we were happy we stained the brain a beautiful dark brown and sealed it with clear, matt marine varnish. Such a pretty color don’t you think?
To hang the towel rack we cut the ends off of the curtain accessories with a hacksaw.
We used the spikey bit of the cut up curtain accessory to figure out what size drill bit we needed and drilled two holes on either end of the branch.
To hang the towel rack we simply measured where we wanted to hang the rack and then attached the cut up curtain accessories to the wall.
We found it easier to mount the curtain accessories first before attaching the towel rack – there was just more space for the drill and screwdriver. The towel rack was a bit wobbly on the one side, so we put some Gorilla glue in the hole and then reattach the towel rack.
That’s it. An inexpensive, one of a kind towel rack to make up for a very expensive, but oh soooooo gorgeous impulse buy.
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