Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Within arm's reach
Maybe if your arms were 4 feet long the towel would be within arm's reach. Probably you'll have to step out of the tub and drip a few drops of water on the floor before getting to this towel rack, but it is as close as I could get.
This is my new reclaimed wood towel rack in the basement bathroom. It is made from the same wood as the reclaimed wood vanity. The more I work with reclaimed wood, the more I love it. It's just so easy -- maybe because its flaws don't need to be covered? Maybe because it takes so much less time than working with new wood. The non-existent finishing step saves me hours. Instant gratification, I guess.
Affixing a standard towel rack to the wall would have been the faster way to go for this, but I wanted something a little more unique. This piece took me about two hours to throw together, including time spent wondering what to do after I ran out of the wood I needed to frame the piece. I was planning to do a deeper shelf on top, but when I ran out of the narrower wood that frames the bottom, I had to re-think it. Because with reclaimed wood, you obviously have to work with what you've got. Now that it is done and hanging, I'm happy I left off the deep shelf. I think it would have become a hazard for people getting up from the toilet. Smacking your head on a too-big shelf as you try to get off the toilet is never a fun thing. So I guess it all worked out.
I love the texture of the wood contrasted against the bling of the chrome hooks. Mmmmmm.
Psst...the rest of the basement is finished now! See it here.