it has been in the mid to high 70′s the last few days, so warm summer ideas have been on my mind:
i have this wall outside our back door that has been calling out for hooks to be added to it.
well, actually, just underneath it sat a bucket full of towels all summer, which turned out to be awesome – just grab some rolled up towels after running in the sprinklers or to throw in a bag on the way to the beach.
but after the towels were used they would then be spread all over the yard, on any chair or surface for them to dry.
so i thought some hooks would help…
then one day, while perusing the fabulous goods at ruby rose, the owner, stephanie, asked me if i wanted this architectural piece. i, not being one to pass up on anything free, said yes!
i knew as soon as i got home exactly where it would go – next to the back door as a towel rack!
but it was a peachy color that i just didn’t love so it took me months to decide on how to paint it. i was toying with some bright, fun, summery colors, but nothing was going to look right with our house color. after hemming and hawing i finally decided to just sand off the peachy color and see what i was left with underneath.
turns out that was a good idea and i loved the aged look of the wood underneath. definitely a bit reminiscent of my shabby chic days of long ago, but still shabby so i loved it.
after sanding it, we (my dad and i) dusted it off.
i layed out the hooks from target and he screwed them on. i was thinking of spray painting the hooks another color, but i liked how the crisp white looked with the weathered wood and near our bright white house trim.
to determine the height i enlisted my shortest offspring to reach as high as he could so i knew he could hang up his own towels.
we held up the wood where we wanted it and set a level on top to get it in just the right spot, then screwed it into the siding with some long screws in the pre-drilled holes (forgot to tell you about that part: pre-drill some holes.) our siding is a concrete siding so it is really hard to nail or screw into. pre-drilling some pilot holes was a necessity.
i’ll still keep the bucket underneath to roll up the towels in once they are dry.
pretty cute, huh?
and this is the slightly more “winterized” version.
it was so long since i’ve done a house project and this felt so good!