DIY Reclaimed Wood Bath Art and Towel Rack

Today, I am sharing the details of our bathroom remodel. To see the reveal and all the before and afters, go here!

DIY Reclaimed Wood Towel Rack
Reclaimed Wood Towel Rack: DIY
Bath Sign: DIY
DIY Reclaimed Wood Bath Sign
DIY Reclaimed Wood Bath Art and Towel Rack
Remember when our toilet was enclosed in this lovely outhouse with wood?
What You Need
A piece of wood cut to size-Use old wood, brand new wood, or to replicate the plank look that I have, use two pieces of tongue and groove boards (the type that slide into each other)
Minwax Dark Walnut Stain
Rusteoleum Weathered Gray Stain
Gloss Poly
Sanding Block

For the Towel Rack
Towel Hooks
Screws to secure into the wall

For the Bath Sign
Wooden Letters
Wood Glue
A nailtooth hanger

I hate throwing good wood out, so I decided to use it as “reclaimed wood” and use it in bathroom. This enclosure was ancient but the wood was still in great shape. I didn’t want to keep it white though and thought a barnwood finish would look better. I cut up the wood into pieces and then sanded it down really well. I then sanded it using an equal part mixture of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain and Rustoleum Weathered Gray. I love this mix of stain, it is a great color. I applied one coat to the wood and then let it dry overnight. Once dry, I sanded the edges again, using a sanding block, to give it a distressed look. I gave the wood one coat of gloss poly to seal it and protect it from scratches and little hands hanging their towels up.
For the towel rack, I purchased 4 hooks from Lowes and then screwed them in, measuring every 8 inches. We screwed the entire piece then into the studs to help secure it to the wall.
For the bath sign, I purchased the wood look letters from Michael’s in their dollar bin section. I didn’t do anything to the letters, they came with that stained, wood look. Using wood glue, I glued the letters on to the stained wood piece. To hang, I nailed in a picture hanger to the back and then hung it on a screw on the wall.
Both pieces were very easy and if you don’t have old wood laying around, brand new wood would look great, too. I would just sand it even more to give it an older, distressed look.

Now here are the details of the bathroom!

Wall Color: Smoke by Benjamin Moore, Color Matched to Sherwin William’s HGTV Paint in a Satin Finish.
Trim Color: (Off the Shelf) Ultra White Paint by Valspar.
Vanity Color: Indigo Streamer by Valspar in a Semi-Gloss Finish
Vanity Primer: My favorite, BIN 1-2-3 Primer

Painted Vanity Valspar Indigo Streamer

Flooring: Allure Traffic Master Flooring in Alpine Elm.  I loved this flooring! It was easy to install and seems very durable. I even started installing the floor backwards, which made it much more difficult, and it was still easy! It is supposed to withstand a flood and is guaranteed for 25 years. This flooring is great for bathrooms and laundry rooms or anywhere else with a lot of water.

Allure Trafficmaster Alpine Elm

In trying to stick to our budget, I shopped around in order to find good deals on the accessories for our bathroom and anything I couldn’t find, I DIYed.

Rugs and Towels: Nate Berkus for Target
Towel Ring, Toilet Paper Ring, Mirror, Soap Dispenser: Threshold from Target
Shower Curtain and Rings: HomeGoods
Stool and Shelf Ladder: HomeGoods
Trash Can: Purchased Threshold Wicker Trash Can from Target and painted it with Orange Acrylic Paint
Color Block Wood Shim Art: DIY (Tutorial coming soon!)

I have one more post coming on our bathroom, a full tutorial on the DIY Wood Shim Wall Art!

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14 thoughts on “DIY Reclaimed Wood Bath Art and Towel Rack

  1. Very nice! Does the gloss poly prevent the wood from going mouldy? We live in a very humid place so if it does then that would be great!

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