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!
Check out these nautical DIY oar wall hangers for more decor that you can incorporate into your bathroom or poolside settings.