As the master bathroom renovations were wrapping up (read more on that process here, here, here, and finally here), I began noticing that something was off. As much as I was loving the sparkly new shower and luxurious-looking granite, it was beginning to look more catalog and less home-y. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I knew I was craving some good ole character in the space.
It only took a few seconds for me to put my finger on the real problem. Everything was too new. Nothing was distressed or worn! *Gasp, whose house was I in??
Never fear, if it’s one thing I’m good at, it’s finding the good, the old, and the battered. The idea hit me as we began narrowing down our towel bar options. There was a shiny, new, brushed nickel towel bar that matched our towel rings and toilet paper holder but it seemed so blah.
Instead, I decided to find decorative hooks to line up in a row. I wanted something that was unique and would add that piece of character the room was missing. You’d think finding pretty, unique hooks wouldn’t be that hard. After hours of trolling Etsy and stores like Hobby Lobby, I only managed to find options that were either too standard/new looking or too expensive. I was starting to think I needed to reroute my idea.
But then I came across this battered piece in Garden Ridge.
And while one hook was broken, the other three were just what I was looking for. With an iron look, distress by way of white paint splotches, and the unique scroll-look, I knew I had a winner.
Chris gave me his usual “are you insane” look but knew arguing was a lost cause. Especially since it was also the cheapest option I’d found at a grand total of $7.99 meaning each hook ended up being $2.67 each.
Compare that with hooks I found on Etsy like the one below totaling $16 EACH (eep!).
Source: Etsy, Alacart Creations
We just had to get rid of the ugly white backing behind the hooks, screw them into the wall, and, voilah!, instant character.
Two hooks looked odd on the wall so we went with three. Two to hang towels and one to hang the awesome metal “W” I found at a flea market. Because you can never have enough initials in your home.
This was one of the more complicated sub-projects in the master bath, so I’ve created a detailed step-by-step guide. With the right tools, you can usually finish this in a weekend:
1. Get hooks.
2. Screw hooks into wall.
3. Have a beer.
It can be a daunting task, but it will definitely pay off in the end. Having a distressed thing that you can also hang towels on is a high-end solution to the everyday problem of style vs. being dry.