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.
Pretty neat right??!! She fits in beautifully with the rustic, natural decor of the downstairs bathroom and she’s super easy to make too.
What you need to make a branch towel rack
Probably the most important thing when making this towel rack is to find a branch that’s got a good curve. We have tons of trees in the garden, so that wasn’t a problem. Leave the branch for a few weeks to dry out and give her a good spray to get rid of any bugs. You’ll also need:
- sandpaper (60 grit and 120 grit)
- waterproof stain or sealer
- gorilla glue (optional)
- curtain accessories
We’ll only be using the bits you screw into the wall that keeps the curtain rod up.
How to make a branch towel rack
Once the branch has dried out nicely, trim her down to size and remove any small side branches.
If your branch has lots of flaky bark like ours, you’ll need to take it all off to avoid snagging the towels. OMW, 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 has been removed use some 60 grit sandpaper to get rid of all the 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.
To finish off, use a 120 grit sandpaper to smooth her out. Stain and sealer the branch towel rack with a waterproof sealer. We used some of that beautiful walnut stain we had leftover from making the luggage chest of drawers. Such a pretty color don’t you think?
Hanging the branch towel rack
To get the branch towel rack ready to hang, cut the ends off of the curtain accessories with a hacksaw.
You should end up with something like this.
Use the spikey bit of the cut-up curtain accessory to figure out what size drill bit you need and drill two holes on either end of the branch.
To hang the towel rack, simply mark where it needs to go on the wall and attach the cut-up curtain accessories.
We found it easier to mount the curtain accessories first before adding the branch towel rack. There’s more space for the drill and screwdriver. If the towel rack feels a little bit wobbly, put some gorilla glue in the holes first.
And that’s it. So easy and it hardly costs a thing.
An inexpensive, one of a kind towel rack to make up for a very expensive, but oh soooooo gorgeous impulse buy 😉 I added a little bag we made from an old pocket to store a few bathroom necessities on the one end of the branch.
What do you think? Would you make a branch towel rack for your bathroom?
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