Monday, November 5, 2012

Towel Hooks, Art, and Crashing Shelves

Remember a couple months ago when I was working on our guest bathroom? Yeah, well, I'm finally working on that again. I've had most of the big stuff done, you know, painting the walls and cabinets, but it has sat unaccessorized for the last month. So sad! Well actually, as of a couple weeks ago I did have pictures on the wall, but they were all from my college apartment and were all of my friends and I. So basically whenever anyone used that bathroom they thought I was ridiculously vain, and stuck in my college days. It wasn't intentional, I just happened to have those frames lying around and put them up to see how it looked, and well, it took longer than I planned to switch out the pictures.

It took me forever to figure out what to do on the one long wall in the bathroom. I knew I wanted some sort of art, but I didn't want anything too busy that would distract from or clash with the shower curtain. Then, my sister in law Kerry posted on her blog, La Conception Des Femmes, about some DIY artwork she did for her bathroom, and I decided that it would also be perfect in mine. So, I completely stole her idea. Thanks to Kerry's inspiration I turned this ...

into this...
Check out LCDF for the complete tutorial
 I also took care of the towel rod situation in there. It started out with two awful, uneven rods. DROVE. ME. CRAZY!

I've always liked the look of hooks instead of towel rod. It might sound weird, but I like the "hang" of the towel better on a hook. and since this will be a kiddo's bathroom, hooks just seemed a little more practical. Simply putting three hooks on the wall felt a little too boring, so I used the rest of the baseboards that I used for the mirror frame and put that up to add some interest. I used liquid nails and glued it the entire width of the wall.

After I glued the baseboard up, I screwed in the hooks. I then wanted to add a little shelf on top. For the shelf I used a door stop and just turned it upside down so there would be a small ledge for pictures. I love how it all turned out.

The next thing to do was figure out what to do over the toilet. I bought a floating shelf on sale at Target a couple weeks ago and, for once, Target has seriously let me down. This blasted shelf will not hold anything! The package says that it will hold up to 10 pounds, but it fell multiple times when I had no more than 2 pounds on it. AND when it fell it broke a vase that I had sitting on the toilet. So, I am returning that guy and finding one that will actually hold more than one hand towel. Here is my shelf in all it's glory, obviously with nothing on it for safety reasons.
Once I replace the shelf and the vase that broke, then I will start accessorizing this side of the bathroom. One step at a time folks, one step at a time.


  1. I prefer hooks over the towel rod myself. Your bathroom is looking good, and I love the art piece!

  2. It's looking great! I love the hooks in there...I need to do that :)

  3. Love your updates, the hooks and art made a huge difference!

  4. great bathroom updates! i love the hooks and where did you get that shower curtain? it is so cute!

  5. The bathroom is really coming together! Your DIY art turned out great; I like how dot-filled it is! Love the hooks! Great idea xoxo

  6. I love the bathroom!

    Thank you for linking up with Super Sunday Sync this week. Hope to see you next week!

  7. I reaaaally love the hooks! I might have to implement that in our ensuite as well! The bathroom is truly looking great!!

  8. What a bummer about the shelf! I LOVE the hooks you added though, and that DIY art!! That is so cute; going to go check out the tutorial!

  9. You have a lot of style!!:)

    A chic kiss ;)

  10. I love that DIY! How cute! I was going to do one very similar with gold circular patterns as a DIY on my blog! Too cute! Your bathroom is looking fabulous! Super great improvements, especially those hooks!

    Also, thank you for your sweet birthday wish on my blog :) You're too sweet!

    Holly Foxen Wells

  11. Looks awesome! I love the colors, and the towel hooks!

  12. New follower for the GFC hop! I love the look so far in the bathroom. I am totally a hook over a bar kinda gal. The bars are always akward and my towel never completely dries between showers.

  13. Great improvement! I love the look of hooks, too!

    Found you via the blog hop, now following along!

    julee @

  14. Hi there. I am looking to totally steal this idea and am wondering if you could tell me if you adheared the moulding with just the liquid nails? I'm worried the weight of the towels will pull the board of the wall.

    Looks great!

    Thank you!

    1. Thank you! I only used liquid nails, but I am a little paranoid so I probably used way more than necessary. I did use extra long screws for the hooks though, to make sure they went through to the wall. I haven't had any problems with the hooks or the board coming loose. But if you are worried about it, you could always use a few small nails for extra stability. The holes are pretty easy to cover up with spackle and paint. You could also try to line up at least one of the hooks with a stud for extra support. Good luck!

  15. Where did you get the hooks from? I really want these for my bathroom! Thanks!

  16. Where did you get the towel hooks? They're just what I want for my bathroom. Thanks!


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