Thursday, March 10, 2011

SAS Day and a Tutorial

I had several questions about the “towel rack” in the bathroom. It all started with the knobs. I found them at Hobby Lobby, and I immediately fell in love. I’m pretty sure it was my practical husband who accused me of “buy now/think later-itus”.

Nautical bathroom

What I didn’t think about at the time of purchase is how they were actually going to attach to the shelf. Oh, that and the fact that there was no way the towels were even going to stay on the rounded, slippery knobs. Woops.

Nautical towel rack

I spouted something like, “I’m sure you can make it work” to my husband when it came to attaching the knobs, and I went to work on the towels. I laid the towel out on the table to measure out the center.

kohls towel

I went through my ribbon selection to match something up. It didn’t have to be fancy really. I just wanted something that was somewhat sustainable.

towel hook

Once the center was measured out, I attached a three-inch stretch of ribbon and ran it through the sewing machine. I chose a surger stitch. No, that’s not the actual name. It’s just the stitch that I goes back and forth a lot. I thought it would hold better.

Towel Hook tutorial

We got a little lucky when it came to the knobs. They came with a little decorative screw in the center, but hubby replaced it with a black screw so it could drill right into the shelf. I didn’t take any pictures of this process because I was thinking about what was best for my marriage. He was not too happy about having to figure this out. :)

Coastal Towel Rack

When it was all said and done, the towels just got slipped over the “hooks” and were ready to go. I will say that this system has worked out brilliantly for the kids! No more wet towels all over the floor—totally worth the marital risk!

Okay. It’s your turn! I’ve got some highlights from the past couple of weeks to show you. You people are so talented!

32 comments:

Meghan said...

Ingenious!

Olivia @ Swan White Curtain said...

I was wondering how you got that to work! That's an awesome idea. I love how the towels drape so neatly. I may totally steal this idea. :o)

Southern Gal said...

I was looking to use knobs in my bathroom. Thanks for sharing the tips. I knew I'd have to do something to keep the towels on. Yours are so pretty.

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

You are brilliant. That is all.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Gorgeous bathroom.

Chrissie said...

What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and thanks for hosting today!

this blessed nest said...

LOVE HobLob for their knobs! you are so smart.

thanks for your comment on my birdcage the other day...i linked it up to your party.

it is a far cry from your gorgeous aqua one in your header! now that is a stunning birdcage!

have a super friday!
kellie

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

I love this re-do. I have 4 sloppy boys sharing a bathroom and I am SO going to do this to their towels!! Brilliant.
Thank you again for hosting the party!

Kimba said...

I love your towel rack, girl!!!! And I've been right there with you on the irritated hubby front. A couple of times I've gotten out the camera and gotten the "don't you dare" look.

Shaunna said...

Yep...I love this!! And those knobs. Thanks for hosting, girl, I think this is my first time linking up here!! Let me know about that book. ;-)
xoxo
shaunna

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

Great idea! Thanks for hosting!

Red Door Home said...

Yes - I do believe I have that same disease. Some how it all works out in the end just like your project. Love it!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Thanks for sharing the tutorial! {Can I ask where did you got your towels?!! I need the same exact color for my master bathroom :P }

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

That is brilliant! Great idea!!

Cap Creations said...

It's pretty darn great! What's Hobby Lobby? Is it not on the west coast?

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Adding the ribbon loop was a genius idea...no more falling towels! Hobby Lobby has the best knobs!

laxsupermom said...

Love the ribbon loop for hanging your towels! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing and for hosting this party each week.

Jocelyn said...

I was wondering how you got those to hang so perfectly.... Good job!

Playing It Cooley

The Extra Ordinary Bree said...

I just bought towels for my boys bathrooms... plan to embroider their initials and hang them on a hook but the knobs are so much prettier! Thanks for the inspiration and hosting the linky party! I've already had some crazy number of people come by my site and it's only been up for 30 minutes!

Ladybird Ln said...

What a great idea, they look fabulous!
Thanks for hosting!

Carlee,
ladybirdln.blogspot.com

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Thanks for hosting this party! Love this one! Have a great weekend.

Marianne@Songbird said...

I think I have a similar knob on my kitchen cupboard! It would never have ocurred to me to use them as a hook. Brilliant. And kudos to hubby for not only figuring how to screw them on, but also for letting you have your way. It payed out.
I am awefully late to the party but thought let's link up anyway.

Toya said...

My bathroon came without a towel rack and I've been searching for an alternative as my bathroom is tiny. I think this may just be the thing that keeps my OCD in check, thanks for sharing.

The Bathroom came out gorgeous!!!

Lolly Jane said...

Such a clever fix- your hubbs is so nice :)
Thanks for hosting!

Hollie - TheSevenYearCottage.com said...

The bathroom looks great! Thanks for hostessing.

Jenn Erickson said...

Thank you for hosting. So glad I found you through the linky directory at "What Allie's Making Now". Have a great weekend! Jenn/Rook No. 17

MojoMama said...

I was wondering how those were staying up there!! That's pretty great!!

Rachel @ A Tall Drink of Water said...

Thanks for hosting you Show and Share party! I love linking up and sharing what I've been doing just as much as I love checking out everybody else. Your ribbon and towel solution is so clever! You rock!!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

That towel rack is to die for, Chris!!! And I can't get over how much that first photo looks like it came straight out of a Better Homes and Garden magazine. Kudos on this one!!!
M.L.

Kristen said...

Nothing to share this week (can I photograph stress?) but I wanted to tell you how much I love your towel rack. Super cute talented lady! Hey...how is your cute mom doing? Well I hope!

Naturally Me Creations said...

What you did with the towels is such a good idea! I hate towels that slip off the hook.

Tnx for hosting!
:)

Maura said...

Thank you, thank you, for explaining the towel trick to me! I knew there must have been some sort of loop back there, but now that I see it, it is much more elegantly simple than I expected. We have hooks in our bathroom, and I know from experience they don't just stay there all politely like that. I'm the only one who knows how to fold the top edge of the towel just so to get them to stay on the hook, which results in way too many towels in the laundry. Some lovely ribbon loops will be my project of the week!

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