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

of I Heart Naptime

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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21 comments on “Headboard towel holder {DIY project}”

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

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

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

  5. Jess from Cox's Corner Reply

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

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

  8. LOVE this!! It’s so cute!! :D

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

  10. What a cute project!

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

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

  13. 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. 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) Reply

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

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

  17. 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?

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

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

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