DIY Floating Shelf With Hooks – Rental Bathroom Makeover

The week before last I showed you the Kids bathroom makeover complete with the DIY towel hooks and shelf. It is a rental space and I needed to do everything without adding anything permanent or making too many holes in the walls. I even updated the countertops to beautiful “marble” without replacing them!

As part of the makeover, I really wanted to give the kids hooks to hold their towels.

Originally, there was a towel bar that was already distorted from the door bumping into it. Now, it has a shelf to display art and a few hooks to hang their towels! And guess what, it is totally temporary and the old towel bar is still underneath!

DIY Towel hooks and floating shelf for kids rental bathroom makeover.

Towel bars are definitely not good for kids because they will never put the towel properly. The towels would always fall and stay on the floor (ugggh!! ) Given my constraint of not being able to make any holes, I had to figure out how to add hooks for them to use. I could take off the towel bar, but it would leave behind holes in the walls and also various layers of paint. Here is the before – the distorted dysfunctional towel bar.How to update a towel bar without removing it

While playing around with the towel bar, I realized it was really quite sturdy and I thought – why not use it as an anchor for a floating shelf. All floating shelves always have an anchor that goes on the wall and the shelf slides over it. That is exactly what I did! I made the shelf to wrap around the towel bar and use it for support.

Also, be sure to check out the inspiration behind the bathroom.

RELATED: Check out the Floating Ladder Shelf I built for our guest bathroom.

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Materials Needed to Make the DIY Towel Hooks and Shelf –

How to make a towel hook with shelf –

Important – Do a dry fit over your towel bar at every step before attaching to make sure everything works

Step 1 – Start with  the 1″ x 2″ board. Make pocket holes on the long side and attach to the 1″ x 4″ board using wood glue and pocket hole to make a DIY towel rack to go over an existing towel bar

Step 2 – Attach the 2 pieces of 1″ x 4″ board on the two ends using wood glue and finish nails.How to make a towel hook and shelf without removing the towel bar

Step 3 – Attach the 3/4″ plywood to the back side of the 1″ x 4″ board.Make a DIY shelf with towel hooks

Step 4 – Place the shelf over the towel bar and attach the letters and hooks. I spray painted  them in the colors to coordinate with the rest of the bathroom. I used E6000 to attach the letters.towel hooks for kids bathroom makeover

That’s it! Did I mention how sturdy this thing is!! The shelf is a pretty snug fit over the towel bar and does not move at all! I love the fact that the towels are so accessible to the kids and they have been doing a great job hanging up their towels! Well… at least for now 🙂Easy to make DIY towel hooks and floating shelf that goes over the towel bar.

Be sure to check out the rest of the tutorials in this bathroom – how I added a simple wooden valence to hide the ugly pink blinds or how I added some fun to the boring light fixture – and my favorite part of the bathroom – how I updated the old yellow countertops to look like beautiful marble without replacing them! Remember – everything is temporary and removable!

Can't get rid of the ugly towel rod? Make this! Easy Shelf and towel hook!

Are you a beginning woodworker? Find out everything about the basic tools you need!

I love easy and quick woodworking projects that help with organizing. Like this Homework station and organizer I built for my daughter from scraps –Make this easy homework station and desk organizer using wood scraps with this step by step tutorial

Or this fun Kids bedside table with book storage.

DIY Kids bedside table with book storage - Little Free Monkeys

The bathroom is now so well compatible with the fun and colorful Kids room I have been working on – like this Ikea Tarva dresser makeover – A fun, whimsical and colorful makeover for the Ikea Tarva dresser. Perfect for a gender neutral Kids room or a baby's nursery

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    1. Thank you Brittany! 🙂

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