A long time ago I showed you my bathroom. And it pretty much still looks the exact same as it did a year and a half ago. The room is nice enough that it hasn’t warranted an immediate makeover (I’ve had bigger fish to fry), it’s just boring. Builder beige walls, builder beige tile, etc.
There is one serious flaw though that has driven me nuts. The room is seriously lacking anywhere to hang wet towels. They usually get hung over the shower door or even worse, over our actual doors. I’ve pretty much lived with this nonsense for 2+ years.
I’d finally had enough. I was at our local hardware store last week and saw some large robe hooks that looked really nice. I was going to buy these hooks and mount them on some primed and painted MDF and then attach it to my wall. I got lucky though. For almost the same exact price I found 4 robe hooks already mounted on a very nice board. The whole thing was ready to go, and frankly, it is much prettier than what I was going to create out of MDF.
The only problem is I didn’t really have anywhere to hang it. I have one empty wall in the entire bathroom that isn’t taken up by mirrors or windows or a shower. However, it was currently sporting two angled ladder-style shelves I picked up at a garage sale last year, our laundry basket, and a barstool that my kids use when I do their hair each morning. (It’s easier to just do their hair in my bathroom than for all of us to go upstairs each morning and do it there.)
The wall is pretty much full from the entry door to my vanity. However, I don’t really use all the shelves so getting rid of one of the shelves seemed like a good idea. That would free up enough wall space to mount the hooks.
I consolidated all my stuff onto one shelf and moved the other one up to the guest room. Now I have room for my new hooks.
It was so easy to install. After just a few minutes it was hung. (I just followed the directions that came with it.)
I chose to buy a pre-made hook rail because it was only $2 more than purchasing the hooks separate. Plus it looks a lot nicer than whatever I was going to make. Sometimes the best solution is not always to make everything yourself. It’s really just about doing what you need to do to make improvements on your home without bankrupting you.
In addition to providing much needed storage, I think the new hooks really make the bathroom look better. I can’t stop staring at them. It reminds me of a spa.
When you walk into the bathroom this is how the hooks look. The shower, Ben’s sink, and the tub are on the left outside of the image frame.
Now if only I can get to the other two thousand little projects like this on my to-do list. I really should start working on these little things more frequently. It’s amazing how much gratification you get doing a 15 minute project like this and just checking it off the list.
Here’s a source list in case you want to know where I bought something you see in the pictures:
Shelves: from a garage sale
Wicker laundry hamper: Target clearance last year
Barstool: see here
Wooden spa bath mat in front of shower: see here
White towels: IKEA
Apothecary jars with soaps: Costco see here
Small wicker basket with hair supplies: Garden Ridge
Large fish bowl full of hair bows: thrift store
White scale: Wight Watchers brand
Clock: Wedding gift 14 years ago
Mirror in hall: IKEA
Mounted Wall Hooks: our local hardware store