Making your own hardware.

Bits and pieces of hardware gathered from salvage yards and hardware stores.

I couldn’t find a style of hardware for our bathroom that worked/fit. I wanted a simple/industrial look that would work with concrete, wood, and metal. I ended up making towel bars, sets of hooks and a toilet paper holder from a few different things that I found while scrounging around in my favorite salvage yards and hardware stores. A person would never be able to find these exact same parts again (even if a person wanted to), but this shows you how you can make something from not much.

Hooks
The parts. I’m not even sure what these hooks were originally used for – does anyone know? I found them at Archie McPhee’s, our local funky specialty store that also carries yodeling pickles. I had two walls where I wanted repeating hooks so I got a bunch of them. They weren’t super cheap ($3.50 or so), but were very cool.
– Got little clamps (Stoneway Hardware) to secure them to a piece of douglas fir wood that matched the rest of the trim in the bathroom. We finished the wood by sanding (#150), then applying a coat of Benite (a wood conditioner), sanding with #220, and then applying 3 coats of satin Profin. These are great wood finishing products by Daly’s. After the final coat, we lightly wiped with 000 steel wool to knock the sheen off. We painted the shiny silver clamps with enamel paint, using a mix of black + “gold leaf” to give it an oil rubbed bronze look. To make sure the clamp was securely holding the hook, we cut a small piece of bicycle tubing and put it between the clamp and the hook.
– We measured and marked the placement on the wood pieces, pre-drilled the holes, and attached the hooks, painting the screws to match.
– With a stud finder, we found the studs on the wall, measured/marked with a level and attached the board to the wall using exposed screws/washers (also painted).
Towel Rack
The parts. The bar piece is an old rail from a sliding door (2nd Use Building Materials). The bracket/plates are huge steel washers (Stoneway Hardware) that just happen to fit – making the bar stand away from the wall so a towel fits and to make it look more finished.
– We cleaned up the rail with rubbing alcohol, cut it with a hack saw, located the stud in the wall, marked it. Then drilled, screwed in a galvanized lag bolt, and painted the bolt to match the steel.
Toilet Paper Holder
The parts. The piece that holds it on the wall is an old bracket from a towel bar (I think). The bar is an old piece of window hardware (2nd Use Building Materials). The bar was just the right length and fit in the bracket. We secured it using J-B 2 part cold weld epoxy. This is really good stuff if you need to attach things – it is really strong.
Ok, so with 11 hooks in the bathroom, there should never be towels on the floor again. Right?
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