Rustic Modern DIY Pipe Towel Bar

 
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I moved into a new apartment about a month or so ago, and I've had a lot of fun decorating and furnishing my home. It's a little bit difficult and slow, since I've prioritized a few goals in the process: minimize consumption (i.e., buy used), try to make things, and be frugal. This means that many of the projects on my DIY to-do list are home-related, and I'm very excited to share my first - a towel rack made from pipes! Inspired by several Pinterest posts and Etsy shops, this towel rack is perfect for a modern, industrial, and/or rustic look, and has much more character than your standard chrome bar from Bed Bath & Beyond.

This project is super easy, but installation may require a helping hand to make sure your towel rack is secure (although this is true of any towel rack installation!).

Things you will need:
You should be able to find all of these in the pipes / plumbing section of your hardware store. The materials cost about $40 total.
- Two 1/2" floor flanges
- Two 1/2" elbows
- Two 1/2" nipples
- One 1/2" pipe of your desired length (mine was 18" long)
- Eight wall screws, and wall anchors, if needed
- If needed: Spray paint and newspaper/scrap paper for floor protection (I used Rust-Oleum Flat Spray Paint in Black)

Spray paint is needed if you want to change the color of your materials. My local Home Depot didn't have black piping, so I bought galvanized steel and painted it black. Home Depot online and other stores sell black pipe / plumbing hardware.

Instructions

 Before spray painting

Before spray painting

 Spray painted

Spray painted

 Assembly

Assembly

  1. Spray paint your materials, if desired, and let dry. Make sure to spray paint all angles of your pieces (which may require you to do a few rounds, letting the pieces dry in between)
  2. Assemble your towel rack, in this order: elbows onto pipe, then nipples onto elbows, and then flanges.
    You probably won't screw everything in completely tight. When you screw the elbows onto the pipe, make sure the open ends of the elbows are pointing parallel. When screwing your flanges on, make sure you the holes for screws are in the same position on each side.
  3. Install onto your wall. Use a leveler, wall anchors, and tape measure to make sure your towel rack is aligned and secure. My dad installed mine, which was a tremendous help!
Rustic towel holder

How cute is this? And I get a chance to admire it every time I'm on my toilet! :)

This would look really cute with some wood shelving, like below. 

 Modern Industrial Towel Bar with shelf, sold  here

Modern Industrial Towel Bar with shelf, sold here

While these pipes are screwed into the shelves, you can also just install shelves above the bar, and even use pipes again! Also inspired by Pinterest, I've decided to use the same concept to install wall shelves, not in my bathroom, but in my living room - stay tuned for that post!