The weekend is upon us. Yay! Do you have any fun plans? We’ve had some crazy thunderstorm activity the past few days, and thankfully that has caused it to cool down a little. Sweet relief!
So, I don’t know about you, but a lot of times when I’m in the shower, I’m thinking of all the “to-do’s” for the day. Sometimes I’m thinking of things I need to do in weeks coming up, things I need to remember to get at the store, or what the heck to get David for Christmas and his birthday (which fortunately is still 4 months away!). By the time I get out of the shower, dry my hair, and get ready for the day, I’ve basically forgotten all I’ve thought about whilst showering. Super annoying!
I came up with a way to not only help me remember things I thought about while showering, but also to move our towels closer to the shower. If I forget to grab my towel from the hook behind the door, then I have to quickly run from the shower to the door and back at lightening speed to make sure that I don’t drip everywhere, and more importantly, don’t get freezing cold.
I accomplished these tasks by creating a pretty “shower thoughts” whiteboard-towel-holder-in-one. I think it turned out super cute, too! And so easy.
I started out with a thrift store frame. I wanted to try out a new chalk paint I saw at Joann‘s, so I bought the Folk Art chalk paint in White Adirondack. They have a TON of gorgeous colors, I might have to try more later!
I sanded the frame a little, even though the directions said I didn’t need to. They’re probably right, but the frame had some weird spots where there were bumps. I brushed on two coats of the chalk paint, letting it dry in between. The paint went on super smoothly, and covered the frame beautifully. It was super easy to clean out the brush, too! The paint came right off.
After it was totally dry, I distressed the frame a little by rubbing sand paper along the edges. The sanding left behind a pretty dark blue/gray color which was absolutely perfect! I didn’t have to sand very much to achieve the look, either. I’d totally recommend using the Folk Art Chalk paint! (and they aren’t paying me to say that!) 🙂
I had found some fabric in the scrap bin at Joann’s as well for $.83, and cut it to fit the frame. I hot glued the fabric down in the back. Our bathroom is beachy/nautical themed, so I wanted a pretty blue fabric. I had bought a few different fabrics, but unfortunately they were too dark and patterned, not letting the black marker show through on the glass.
David then screwed in a couple of robe hooks from Target, and boom! Instant whiteboard towel rack. Not only can you write down your thoughts from the shower, but you can also leave cute little love notes to your spouse as well for them to read! I hung this on the wall next to the shower, so I could easily just grab my towel without having to get out and drip everywhere!
So, the fabric reminds of those Magic Eye books we had as kids, but oh well. It also has a ocean wave/beachy feel to it, too!
I wasn’t sure about how to attach the dry erase pen (because if I didn’t, it’d be gone forever and we’d never actually use the thing!). I finally decided to add a few sand dollars I had collected at the beach a few years ago to the top, which also holds the pen if we place it on top from rolling off. Sooo much better than David’s idea, you guys. He said what every male says to use to attach something: duct tape. Uh, no.
I love how functional this will be right next to the shower. Folk Art also makes a wax sealer, and I’d recommend that as well. Since the frame is wood and it’s next to the shower, it’s going to be in a lot of steam, and you want to make sure your paint job stays pretty!
Have a great weekend, friends!
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29 thoughts on “DIY “Shower Thoughts” Towel Rack”
I do my BEST thinking in the shower! This is SUCH a BRILLIANT idea! LOVE it!!!
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Thanks, Kristi!! My husband and I both do too, and we’ll always start conversations with, “so this morning when I was in the shower, I was thinking about…” Ha, so this way, we can just write them down easily. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting today! Have an awesome day, friend! 🙂
Love it! I definitely will be making one of these 🙂 Pinned!
Thank you Kristina!! So far it works great. 🙂 Happy Thursday!
This is the neatest idea, Amanda! Kind of a two in one deal! Love the idea to write lil’ love notes to each other too 🙂 And yes, to remember to buy milk from the store too! I’ll be on the lookout for a frame now too! Fabulous project!
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Thanks, Kendra! Yeah, I think we’ll(or I!) end up using it more for love notes. 🙂 Thanks for visiting today, friend! Happy Friday! 🙂
What a great idea, you can all leave cute messages for one another too.
I have to say I am a duct tape kind of person too – that stuff is just so darn useful!
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Thanks Julie!! Ha, yes, I love duct tape too. But, my hubby thinks all crafts can be put together with duct tape. This just wasn’t one of those things! 🙂 It sure is useful though! Have a great Friday, thanks for visiting! 🙂
I found your link in the Pretty Pintastic Party link up. This is such a great idea – I have white boards every where but I never thought to make a towel holder and have one in the bathroom.
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Thank you!! I didn’t either until one day when I had a great idea while in the shower about a project, but later I had totally forgotten it! Now I can just write it down. 🙂 And I like when my hubby leaves me sweet notes. 🙂 Have a great weekend!
That is such a good idea! I think I need to go to the thrift store in search of my own frame. Thanks for sharing.
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Thank you, Kelley! Yes, the thrift store frame is the best way to go. This project was so cheap, it only cost me maybe $9 for all the supplies! Thanks for visiting!
I Love this idea! In the shower is usually when I do my brainstorming and list planning for the day, and if I don’t write them down right away I will forget everything. AND this would also solve the problem of my husband using the shower door as a towel hanger. Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you, Amanda! I totally agree, it’s the same for me! And YES, I also agree about the shower door as the towel hanger. My hubby does the same, too. 🙂 It’s multi-functional! Thanks for visiting! 🙂
This is the most ingenious thing ever! I always think about things in the shower. I recently saw these aqua note things… They’re like sticky notes for the shower. I’m totally going to pink/make this! Oh, & I’m visiting from HDH.
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Thank you Caroline!! I haven ever heard of the aqua sticky notes, but that’s also a great idea!! I’ll need to look into that. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great week! 🙂
This is such a simple and fun idea! I like the pattern you used in the back of it. Thank you for sharing at Friday Favorites!
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Thanks, Emily!! So glad I could link up, and I’ll be there again this week! Have an awesome rest of the week. 🙂
This is so smart!! And it’s super cute, too. Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings.
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Thanks Jenna! Hope you have a great day! 🙂
Know just what you mean about forgetting your towel. We live in western CO so in winter our bathroom is like big cooler even with a heater going. Had to go behind shower door to get towel and I got tired of that. Had hubs put a hook right on little part of wall between shower and sink. No more freezing. I usually dry myself in shower so as not get too cold and have my nice warm robe right there to put on, aaaahhhh.
Your wonderful board is perfect to remind you and hold our towel. What a smart lady you are. Works so well for multi-purpose gotta like that. Hope you’re enjoying rest of summer, happy days
Thank you, JaneEllen! I also dry myself in the shower, I hate being cold!! Even if the heater is blasting, I’m still cold. Yay to no more freezing! I love multi-purpose items, I’m all about functional! Thank you so much for visiting, I hope you have a great rest of the week! 🙂
I love this idea! I have sticky notes everywhere EXCEPT my shower. This would help me in there:) Thanks for sharing at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party!
Thanks, Adrian! Me too! So far it’s helped a lot. 🙂 Linking up again tonight! Have an awesome week. 🙂
This is great! I love that you found a way to take notes in a place where inspiration strikes, but there’s rarely ever a way to note it down.
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Thanks Kristy! I’m all about practical. AND lists! The bathroom is a perfect place for that. 😉 Thanks for stopping by!