When I saw the whale-tail hooks on the Darice site, I stopped dead in my tracks. Usually I’m not one for clever knobs or hangers, but these were the perfect combination of style and kitsch. I needed them. My bathroom is slowly evolving into a nautical-inspired space and I knew these hooks would be perfect for a DIY towel rack. Of course, I couldn’t help but imagine them living outdoors as well. Perhaps by a pool?
- Darice 20 x 10.5″ Unfinished Wooden Sign
- 4 Darice Whale Tail Decorative Hooks
- Acrylic Paint (Titanium white, Medium grey)
- Cordless Drill & Bits
- Macrame Cord in Pebble
- Scotch Tape
- 3/4″ Number 8 screws
- Dairce Paint Brushes (You’ll want one with bristles)
- Paper Towel/Napkin
- Screw and Anchor for the wall
The DIY towel rack eventually found a home in my master bath. You can tell that I’m trying out a minimalist nautical look in here, hence the understated colors. If you are making your towel rack for a pool deck or cabin, I encourage you to go wild with your palette!
The sign got a coat of grey acrylic paint. I mixed medium grey and titanium white together to get a nice, muted grey.
Once the first coat has dried, I grabbed a bristle brush and the white paint. I mixed in a small amount of grey to get a very light off-white color. Then I dabbed the brush onto a napkin until there was hardly any paint left on the brush. I “dry-brushed” on a top coat of white paint in order to create a distressed look.
With dry-brushing, less is more, so I was careful to leave the surface slightly streaky and weathered looking.
Once that coat had dried, it was time to install the hardware and the rope! I drilled two holes in each corner of the sign.
I used macrame cording as the rope as I felt like it looked fairly nautical! (Plus, I had a ton of it!)
A little tip: tape the ends of the cord to create a little “needle” to thread the cording through the sign.
I secured the cord with a double-knot and then frayed the ends.
Finally, I attached the hooks with 3/4″ screws.
These hooks are solid! They’re big enough to handle the size of a beach towel, and can work both indoors and out!
I’m thrilled with how this nautical DIY towel rack turned out. From the cottage to the bathroom, it can live in many different spaces. Where would you hang yours?
Check out these nautical DIY oar wall hangers for more decor that you can incorporate into your bathroom or poolside settings.
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Tara is the creator, writer, and flurry of chaos behind her blog, Suburble.com. Her blog focuses on making a home (emphasis on “making”!), but not forgetting to have a laugh in the process. Her partners-in-crime, her two little girls, are often beside her when it’s time to get creative. A mug of tea, good friends, and a project (or three) are all this girl needs. Join the gang at Suburble and see what she’s up to!