This is our DIY towel rack:
First, we went on a hunt for hooks. I found these at Home Sense for $4.99 each. I then saw them at a fancy schmancy store for $15 each!
|You can use any hooks that appeal to you but remember that if your are keeping them outside they need to be weather resistant|
Steps to getting this look:
1. I purchased a piece of untreated pine wood 3/4 inch thick by 6 inches high and 8 feet long (the size depends on how many hooks you need and the size you want the piece to be). I used untreated pine because it's cheap ($7). The wood plank was cut to the desired length (6 feet).
2. Spray paint the wood red and let it dry.
|We used Rust-oleum American Accents in Colonial Red|
|We used Rust-oleum American Accents in Blossom White|
4. Using sand paper, lightly sand the white paint so that the red paint shows. This gives the plank a distressed look.
5. Seal the entire plank and also the hooks with a weather protector.
|This is what we had on hand but any type of outdoor wood protecting sealer will do the job.|
6. Using a drill, screw in rustproof screws to hang the hooks at equal distances.
7. To hand it on the fence, I drilled two holes at both ends of the plank so as to pass a long tie wrap that would hang the towel rack to the fence post.
|The holes were drilled behind where the hooks would be located so as to not be visible in the final product.|
8. Hang the hooks on the screws and install on the fencepost.
9. Hang your towels!
With the remaining two feet of the wood plank, I repeated the process and installed garden tool hooks (also purchased at Home Sense).