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So about a year ago one of my friends gave me this old head board. I’m always up for free stuff… the hubs…not so much. He was thinking… “what are you going to do with this?” I told him exactly what he I would be doing. It only took about a year to get it done! But I DID get it done…and that’s what counts right?! ;)

This was such an easy project and I absolutely love how it turned out. I see old headboards at thrift stores all the time… so keep your open. There’s so many fun things you can do with them. I appologize I didn’t take step by step pictures but here is what I did to turn it into a cute and functional towel holder (it could be a coat hanger as well).

  1. Cut the legs off with a saw. You can take it to Lowes and they will do it for you if you don’t have one.
  2. Sand down the head board.
  3. Prime and paint the head board. I just used spray paint.
  4. Distress (visit my distressing tutorial here).
  5. Added hardware with a drill.
If you can’t find a headboard you can do this on a plain piece of wood. That would look really cute too!

I purchased these knobs from Hobby Lobby when they were 50%off. They were black and I spray painted them yellow. Never pass up something because it’s the wrong color…you can always spray paint it! :)

So what do you think? P.S. I’m obsessed with my new towels from Target. :)

Looking for more DIY projects? Check out: How to make a wood valanceChest turned coffee table, Make a cute tray from an old cupboard door, DIY stenciled dresser.

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Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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19 Responses to “Headboard towel holder {DIY project}”

  1. Midsommarflicka

    This is really cute idea, I love it!
    Thanks for showing!

    BTW, I always think, yellow’s such a great color when I see it in any blog, but it sadly don’t fit into my apartment… Gotta have to change that in the next one ;)

  2. Jane S.

    Okay, I’m seriously loving this towel holder! My husband is utterly against painting wood, but you know, if it was a re-purposed headboard maybe I could get away with it. ;)

  3. Beckie

    Wow! Creative idea… the yellow hooks and the towels are the finishing touch. Sharing it over on my FB today!

  4. Kala

    Such a neat idea! I really love the hooks! I also followed your link to the distressing technique and I’m definitely going to have to try out the vaseline method!

  5. Judy

    You obviously have a bigger bath than some of us. I wish I had room in my bath for something like this but it’s small. I have thought about just hooks for a hand towels but the thing with a hook is I think it would take too long to dry for a hand towel and nobody, including me like to dry their hands on a wet towel. What do you do for your hand towels? Any ideas for them?