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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Log Towel Holder!

Have you ever been walking, seen something on the ground and thought "Hmm.  I need that."  You pick it up and leave it in the garage for three months, then finally bust it out.

Yeah, that's what happened with this. 

I was walking on campus with my bestie one day and saw this log.  I knew I would use it for something so I threw it in my car.  After being in our house for almost eight months I finally had time to paint our guest bathroom.

See, it was pretty bland before.  A huge eye sore for me.

I hated the cheap, ugly towel holder.  So I decided to use my log to make a new one!  First I painted the bathroom in Valspar's Aqua Dance. Dreamy!

Originally I was going to chip away half of the log, but I could only get about 2/3 of the back to break off.  I also intended to keep the chippy bark on there, but it all kept chipping off so I just used a scraper to get the rest off.  After I sanded it down I rubbed some Minwax dark walnut stain on, then finished it with satin poly.  Here it is before and after stain.

I would have liked to just put the log on my wall, but I had to keep the anchors in for the ugly towel holder.  We won't be in this house for more than a few years and I wanted to keep the towel holder for the next homeowners.  So I found some scrap wood from my office renovation, rounded the edges with my jigsaw, then sanded it down and painted it white.

In order to attach the log I positioned it where I wanted it then tied in on real good.  At this point it kind of resembled a big terd! Haha!

Next I flipped it over, predrilled my holes, then put in the screws.  The one on the right didn't go in all the way, but it didn't matter.

Now I needed a way to hang this on the wall.  I put two screws on the back then wrapped a lot of garden twine around it.  Whatever works, eh?

Up to this point I had not spent any money.  The only purchase I made was the three hooks.  I spent $10 on all three. 

I absolutely adore the new color in the bathroom! It looks so much better! And I love my new towel holder!!

I also repainted one of the picture frames that was in the bathroom.  I love the green against the blue! Gorgeous!

I hope you all have had a great weekend! I'm working hard to get a lot of projects done!!

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  1. This log towel holder would look great in Mel's Cabin Designs 1952 blogspot....I've made hanging racks for quilts and ladders out of branches, including just wall art using two eye screws and twine...cute and cheap art...Mel..pop over sometime...

  2. That is a great project! Very well done ... and the wall color is gorgeous! I will now be on the lookout for some wood so I can do my own! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  3. what a fun towel holder. So cool! I'd love for you to link these up to my linky party.

  4. Amazing Katie! You're so creative! I love this and I lovelovelove the color of those walls! Your guests are gonna be pretty happy when they stay over :-)

  5. So creative! I can't believe you thought of that just from passing by a log. I need to open my eyes and look around a little more, I think!

  6. I love it! The best thing is that its honest about the fact that your towels are not going to get folded...mine usually look like an ugly mess on the towel rack and I feel "a little* bad about it. This is guilt free!

  7. What a great idea! I love how it turned out.


  8. You are so cute!! I love this log and especially that you compared it to a turd. You crack me up!!

    Looks great and unique in your bathroom!!

  9. Cute! I think you'd like my blog... you should check it out :)

  10. The most basic recycling! BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  11. What a good idea...and it looks perfect on those blue walls!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

  12. this is so cute. and i love the color you used on the guest bathroom.

  13. Clever, clever I didn't realise it was a log!

  14. Cool idea. Pinning it.

    We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

  15. Cute! Looks great! I wonder if I could figure out a way to cut a log in half length wise so it's flat on one side. That would probably make it REALLY easy for me to mount on the wall! Thanks for the inspiration.



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