Industrial Towel Bar

I love a little Industrial style. I really love the new line at Target. Have you seen it? Too bad it’s all online only.

I also like some of the Farmhouse style. A little rustic.

I have been incorporating some of this into my new home.


I got this bookcase at Sam’s a few years ago on sale. I work there and have no problem buying the displays if it looks good. The fan and the chairs also tie into the Industrial look.lightsI love this light. I used this light throughout the house. The only difference really is that in the bathrooms it is brushed nickle. There is also one in the entry way, not pendant, but a wall fixture. I couldn’t find a long version to go where there used to be a chandelier in what used to be the dining room area. But I think the one I found goes pretty good. (The area now is just open space in front of the sliding door, with a pantry on the wall.)

Of course I knew I wanted to incorporate a DIY pipe project somewhere in the house. So I ended up making a towel bar for the hall bathroom.

towel bar 4

Using Roeshel’s idea from the DIY Showoff blog, I stained a cut piece of wood with Rustoleum’s Driftwood and then did several coats of a poly. I lightly sanded between coats to eliminate any bubbles. My brother screwed the board right into the wall next to the shower for me (using 1 stud for the middle of the board because I knew we could cover up those screws with the hooks).

Here is Roeshel’s shopping list (I used it exactly):

DIY pipe coat hooks

  • Three 3/8 inch galvanized flanges
  • Three 3/8 inch 90 degree elbows
  • Three 3/8 inch black caps
  • Three 3/8 inch x close steel pipe nipples
  • Twelve 3/4 inch sheet metal screws (these fit nicely for securing the flanges to wood)
  • RustOleum Universal Metallic spray paint + primer (oil rubbed bronze)

I put all the pieces together and then spray painted the hooks as 1 piece. I even put the screws in the bottom of a cup and sprayed them (however, they got blown across the yard and I lost 2). I connected the hooks in this order: flange, nipple, elbow, nipple, cap.

towel bar2

Even though I got more screws, I never got them spray painted and added. Right now, I couldn’t even tell you where they are. Too many projects since. Oops. After the hooks were all dry, after a few coats of spray paint, I also gave them a few coats of a clear sealer (I think Mod Podge). Then my brother screwed them into the board for me, centering the middle one.

towel bar 3

I added the towels and hung some pictures. I love how it turned out. I really ties into the beachy theme of the bathroom and the industrial elements of the rest of the house. I even did a single hook by the sink.

towel hook

I think I need to take better pictures with my real camera. LOL. A simple project with a huge impact. (When everything else in the house is complete, I would love to paint the shower tiles white. Someday.)

towel bar

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Published by Lili

Single mom trying to find fun and happiness thru the lens.

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