How to Make Driftwood Bathroom Towel Hooks

The towel bar in my daughter's bathroom didn't work!

Let me just preface this post by saying that I have 
not 1 but

teenaged daughters sharing the same bathroom!

Not only was I not a fan of the shiny silver.

For some reason, none of the girls could hang up a towel!

Hard to believe I know.


It must be a design flaw with this towel bar.

So I'm going to try something new...

 I removed the old towel bar by turning these little screws.

Then I removed the backing plate.

After adding hooks to a beautiful piece of driftwood I've 
been saving for years.

I screwed it to the wall with very long screws.

And with any luck at all...

 This towel holder is going to work!

Do you hear me girls????

Update: The towel bar worked for years! Girls moved out and the bathroom got a brand new makeover!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. So many towel rods come with that same design flaw. I will be checking up on this to see if it actually works.
    My teenage boy can't hang up a towel on our rods even if his life depends on it!
    *off to the beach for a new rod* *wink*

  2. Cute Susan, Keep us posted on whether it works for the girls or not. Love the black hooks on the driftwood. Thanks for sharing and have a great day.

  3. I actually think it WILL work!! It's a great idea! I have two teenagers.....I might have to put some hooks in their bathrooms! Might not be as amazingly cute as yours though.....

  4. Towel bars work as good as dirty clothes hampers, lol! This is gorgeous! I need one like this for my pool towels outside!

  5. Hi Susan - I found your blog when shoulda been working - oh my! Much more fun. Love your writing style. Just made a garden trellis from driftwood, so I was glad to see yet another idea of what to do with the accumulating pile of beach finds! I'm a new follower....

    Drop by my place when time allows. Will be back to visit more...

  6. Its gorgeous! If it doesn't work at your house, send it over here:) Although I am not so sure it would work.... 3 boys over here.

  7. Ha! I had the same design flaw with my towel bar. Hooks work so much better! I love this drift wood, though. So creative and beautiful! Where did you find it?

  8. Okay, that is incredibly cute! I love the rustic weathered look of the wood. What a great idea. Love it!!

  9. I absolutely love this. What a difference! I was just going to say my towel bar doesn't work....but I realize, my son has started "hanging" his towel...but it's really a big clump/shove towel at the one end. I just give up.

  10. This is hilarious! It must have been a design flaw keeping those towels from haning up! ;) I love this idea!! I've thought about doing something similar - except I don't have a gorgeous piece of driftwood! This is so much nicer than that shiny silver rod!

  11. wow what a gorgeous piece of wood and what a gorgeous project...i'm going to have to go for some long walks on the beach and start collecting so i can try!

  12. my boyfriend just jams it in there and it gets all wadded up between the wall and the bar. Then it smells funny.

    He needs one of these! I love it. So cute and rustic :)

  13. LOVE that piece of driftwood! So fabulous! And it looks great with the hooks on it. I sure hope it helps with hanging up the towels! Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

  14. Our 4 boys share a bathroom and they also dont know how to hang up towels. I love how you used driftwood, wish I could get some around here.
    Thank you for sharing this lovely idea!
    Simply Creations Link Party

  15. I love drift wood used like this - and great for a bathroom. We did one awhile ago in our living area and I love it. So much more attractive than the run of the mill towel rails.


  16. Hilarious post!! Hoping it works out for you!!! :)

  17. I have been wanting to do something similar with driftwood, except for my entryway. Never thought to use it in the bathroom for towels. Now, I might just have to do this in the bathroom too!

  18. That is so great! I love driftwood. My dad got me into driftwood when I was younger. I would not have thought to add hooks to a piece. Love it!

  19. Love this project. Love your blog. First time visitor.

  20. Susan,
    Very nice change! I like that a lot as an alternative to the home store towel bars. Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  21. haha! I have three boys at home with the same problem! LOVE the towel bar! Only one it's to cool to cover up!

  22. This is gorgeous! I love it against the bead board. Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

  23. Love the drift wood so much more, looks great. winks-jen

  24. I really do love the look of this
    drift wood it so cool looking and feeling so "nature-y"
    I am visiting fro the blog link at It's So Very Cheri

  25. LUV LUV LUV this, Susan!!!!

    xoxo laurie

  26. What a great idea! I've never thought to use hooks instead of a towel bar. Good luck getting the girls to hang their towels. :)

    Thank you for sharing at the Weekend Warrior Link Party.


  27. This is just beautiful. And I bet it will work and the towels will get hung up. I would love for you to share this project at my linky party.
    Thanks for the creative inspiration.
    carolyn | homework

  28. You are so smart! I am going to change out my boys bath towel bar to hooks.
    Your driftwood and hooks is so creative.

    Your new follower

  29. Very, very cute!!! I love how the towel bar turned out!


  30. Visiting by way of your feature on The Shabby Nest. This is beautiful and brilliant. I think I'm gonna head down to the beach today to see if I can find a perfect piece o' driftwood!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  31. Hi Susan~

    Your driftwood towel rack is brilliant! I love the contrast of the rough beach wood with the dark metal hooks! Genius! :) I hope it solves your towels not hung up problem! :)

    By the way, I saw driftwood for sale at Michael's Crafts. It is kind of spendy, about 12 or 13 dollars per piece, BUT if you use one of their coupons, it would not be as bad. And I think they would be large enough for at least a two, maybe even three, hook rack. Just wanted to let you know, in case some of your readers live in a non-beach area or can't find the real deal! :)

    Thanks for sharing this, it is one of the most creative ideas I've seen! {Not to mention gorgeous!}


  32. I love this! The "new" driftwood towel rack looks amazing!
    Thank you so much for linking to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  33. Just wanted to let you know that I featured your project yesterday on "You Sew Rock Me Fridays!" Awesome job, I can't wait to see what you come up with next! :)

    Here's the Link

    You actually had a ton of projects that I loved so check back because I am definitely going to feature a few more!

    Jamie @

  34. I love the driftwood towel bar and thought of doing this myself. However, I am concerned that wet towels won't dry very well if they are hung on hooks as opposed to spread out on a rod.

    1. I've never had a problem with the towels not drying and it's been up for over a year now.


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