DIY Towel Rack with Vintage Knobs

diy towel rack


When you have 4 kids, towels just don’t fit on the standard towel rack. So as usual, I decided to come up with my own DIY Towel Rack. I love thick, dark, shanty looking wood pieces and I get giddy over a good wood project! I wanted to make mine a little unique so I made it into a towel rack with vintage knobs. And I LOVE how it turned out. It’s a clean, simple and modern look. Perfect for my modern farmhouse theme I’m going for in our Florida home!


There’s not much of a tutorial here, I basically stole some wood scraps from my husbands pile (I’m always saving him trips to the garbage…let NO wood go wasted!). I didn’t need a specific length here but I did cut them down so the pieces were the same size obviously. Screwed them together and gave them a sexy coat of my favorite stain.

Minwax in Dark Walnut


After that I sanded it down to distress.


I wanted something vintage yet timeless, so I went with these Hot/Cold knobs and I LOVE them. They absolutely make the piece!


Here are some other versions out there:



You can find vintage Hot/Cold knobs a number of places online. I found them on Etsy, Ebay and Amazon. But the ones I ended up purchasing were from Hobby Lobby HERE. I used a 40% off coupon for all of them. Yes, that means I bought them all separately but it was worth it!

I had the hubcap (husband) drill them into the board, but because the screw on the back was too long, he had to chop a little of the length off first.

I love the way it turned out. I’m a little jealous that my kids get to have this in their bathroom instead of mine!




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