Headboard towel holder {DIY project}


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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

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Ruthie posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm (#

    Omgoodness! That is ADORABLE! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this with us! :)

  2. Andrea Worley posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm (#

    this is really cute and very creative. :) good work, love the yellow!

  3. Midsommarflicka posted on August 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm (#

    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 ;)

  4. Ashton @ Something Swanky posted on August 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm (#

    This is really so adorable!! I’m in love with the yellow!!

  5. Jess from Cox's Corner posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm (#

    This is such an awesome idea! It looks way cute!

  6. Jane S. posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm (#

    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. ;)

  7. WHitney posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm (#

    I love it! So cute! And I have the same yellow towels in my kitchen…. Love me some Target! Cute project :-)

  8. Kristyn posted on August 10, 2012 at 5:16 am (#

    LOVE this!! It’s so cute!! :D

  9. Randi-Dukes and Duchesses posted on August 12, 2012 at 5:25 am (#

    I love that so much! It’s exactly what I want to do in my kids’ bathroom. What an awesome project!

  10. Comeca posted on August 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm (#

    What a cute project!

  11. Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House posted on August 20, 2012 at 11:17 am (#

    Cute! I have a thing for yellow, and I’m pretty sure towels just like that are also available at World Market :)

  12. Beckie posted on October 23, 2012 at 6:41 am (#

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

  13. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real posted on October 23, 2012 at 7:06 am (#

    I adore this! We were just talking about making a new coat rack, so I’m thinking this may be the way to go…LOVE it!

  14. Kala posted on October 23, 2012 at 7:22 am (#

    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!

  15. Alyssa McVey (Giveaway Overload) posted on October 25, 2012 at 1:44 am (#

    That is such a cute idea. SO much better than a towel rack! Bathrooms never have enough hanging space.

  16. carissa posted on October 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm (#

    seriously you are so talented! using this as inspiration for a client’s bathroom install!

    • Jamielyn posted on October 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm (#

      Thank you Carissa! I love finding ways to reuse things! :)

  17. Judy posted on June 30, 2014 at 9:57 am (#

    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?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm (#

      Hi Judy! For my hand towels, I have them on hooks and I haven’t found that they take too long to dry! :)

  18. Crystal posted on August 25, 2015 at 9:41 am (#

    I love this!! How were you able to hang it?

  19. Cabidor posted on February 4, 2016 at 2:36 am (#

    This is awesome! Great idea. Thanks for sharing this, Jamielyn!