Please excuse the poor photos - no natural lighting = grainy photos!
I've been wanting to share this project for quite a while. Several months back I had my hubby redo the towel rack in the kids bathroom. This was a project that I actually wanted to do in our last house but hadn't gotten a chance to do it before we moved.
When we moved into this house the builder had already put in towel racks in the bathrooms. And while they were the cheapest ones possible, I was still thankful that that was one extra thing I didn't have to worry about right away. If you've ever bought a new house there are a lot of 'extras' that you don't think about having to buy til you move in. We learned that the last time & were more prepared this time around.
Well, fast forward about a month or 2...my son, in an attempt to pull his towel off the rack, yanked on it & broke the towel bar right off the wall. Like I said, cheap. And typical Ben when he gets frustrated!
The kids bathroom is a typical new house bathroom...small and square. And with 3 kids sharing it I have to maximize space wherever possible. I thought about putting towel racks on the back of the door but then worried the same thing would happen with those...and then I'd have holes in my door!
So I put the hubby to work. I grabbed some trim pieces from Lowes. The ones I used were already primed & rounded on the edges. All I had to do was get my hubby to cut them to size, then I painted them.
The first trim piece was screwed directly into the wall since the screws would be hidden by the next trim piece.
I was going to use actual doorknobs for the towel hooks, but then I found these cute crystal knobs at Joanns. They were on sale for 50% off, $7.50 for all 3. Yey! The knobs were attached after painting the smaller trim piece turquoise, then the turquoise piece was nailed to the white trim piece with a nail gun, the nails were set in a bit, & then the holes filled in & painted over with a little more paint. I thought I had more pics of these steps but I guess I don't, sorry. But it's really simple!
I used 3 knobs because I obviously have 3 children. I found the wooden letters at Joanns. I think they were a buck or 2, already white. They're just nailed on, the 'B' I had to use 2 nails to keep it straight up and down. Sometimes they move, I just adjust them back.
And now there's no question who's towel is whose! My daughter also used a hair wrap towel thingie (technical term here!) so with the towels hanging by the ribbon hooks there's room for her to hang that here as well. Although I didn't show that cause it would take away from my pretty photo :)
My only 'complaint' with this project (and it's too late now to fix) is that I would have put the outer knobs a bit closer to the edges. We centered all of them, not realizing that it would've looked better to have them spaced a bit more. Oh well, I still love it anyway!
Since my son cannot hang something up to save.his.life, I also added a ribbon 'hook' on the towel to make it easier and avoid picking towels up off the floor! Nothing fancy, just sewn on the towels about an inch from the center.
One final thing that I thought I'd add...
I like to change things up a bit in my decorating. I get bored if things stay the same. In a bathroom you can't really change things up much. I would like to pain this bathroom but it will still essentially stay the same.
So what I do is I change the shower curtain every few months. I have a few that I use, about 3-4 that I switch out. I have a Christmas one, then the snowflake one that goes up after Christmas until spring. And then I have 2 'regular' non-seasonal ones.
Check it out...
The one on the right is the one we have up now. I just make sure to stick with similar colors, & maybe switch out some of the towels. I usually stick with greens, turquoise & an accent color. And when you switch out your shower curtains they'll last longer. I've had that snowflake one for years.
And this way the room looks like it has gotten a makeover every few months!