DIY Towel Bar from Vintage Bed Frame

So do you guys remember when I told you a few weeks ago that I loaded up the whole crew and we all went to an antique show? It was about a 40 minute drive from our house, so I was really on the fence about even going–especially with all three kids in tow. It was the kind of thing where you’re crossing your fingers and toes, just praying to find a treasure that makes it all worth it. Fortunately lady luck was on my side that day because I found a Jenny Lind bed frame that had been painted white and turned into a cool little shelf. I’d never seen anything like it, so of course I had no choice but to bring it home–you know how those kind of things call to me. I really have no say in the matter. Well after bringing it home and trying it in a few different spots around the house, I decided to expand on the whole shelf idea and turn it into a towel bar. I’m excited to show you guys how I did it–it was really simple and definitely something you can recreate with any old bed frame you have sitting around. Okie dokie, here’s how it looked when I brought it home:

DIY towel bar from Jenny Lind bed frame. Great farmhouse style bathroom decor idea!

Isn’t it cool?! I could have definitely left it like this and been happy, but I really wanted to give this piece some function and purpose beyond being just a shelf.

DIY towel bar from Jenny Lind bed frame. Great farmhouse style bathroom decor idea!

First we got a one inch round dowel from Home Depot and cut it to size.

DIY towel bar from Jenny Lind bed frame. Great farmhouse style bathroom decor idea!

Next up we drilled holes on the outside of the shelf so the dowel would slide through. Painted it white and voila! Easy little fix to make this work as a towel bar. Here’s the finished look:

DIY towel bar from Jenny Lind bed frame. Great farmhouse style bathroom decor idea! DIY towel bar from Jenny Lind bed frame. Great farmhouse style bathroom decor idea! DIY towel bar from Jenny Lind bed frame. Great farmhouse style bathroom decor idea!

Pretty darn cute, right?! I’m kind of obsessed with how this came together. Plus the big empty spot above our bathtub was just begging for something vintage-y, so this was the perfect fit.

DIY towel bar from Jenny Lind bed frame. Great farmhouse style bathroom decor idea!

DIY towel bar from Jenny Lind bed frame. Great farmhouse style bathroom decor idea!

Those curtains were actually another DIY project I did last year. Believe it or not I used part of an apron I found on clearance to do the little ruffle. And the best part was no sewing! You can see how I did it in this post.

DIY towel bar from Jenny Lind bed frame. Great farmhouse style bathroom decor idea! DIY towel bar from Jenny Lind bed frame. Great farmhouse style bathroom decor idea!

DIY towel bar from Jenny Lind bed frame. Great farmhouse style bathroom decor idea!

This is the first Jenny Lind style bed frame I’ve ever owned. And I honestly didn’t realize how popular these spool-turned beds are until I brought this home and did a bit of research. Apparently this style bed frame dates back to the mid 1800’s, around the time the iconic singer Jenny Lind was so popular. I guess she was pretty darn famous and there are all kinds of random things named after her. Kinda cool, huh? Now I don’t have a clue how old this frame is, but either way it’s a pretty awesome piece. And I love that we were able to repurpose it into something new. Anything that is both vintage and functional always gets a big star in my book.

I hope you enjoyed this little DIY project today. Thanks sooooooo much for dropping by the blog. It really means so much to me every time you stop in, pin one of my images, or leave a comment. You guys always brighten my day I hope this is a happy place for you too!

Here are aΒ few others posts you might enjoy:

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56 Comments

  1. Connie wrote:

    I love what you did with your Jenny Lind bed shelve. You are my kind of girl. I am lucky to have been given a Jenny Lind bed that was 50 years old when I received it from my mother’s friend. I used it in my guess bedroom for many years and than had my DH make it into a bench when we own a 150 years old brick home. I like how you repurpose things and you are doing a great job. Love every project that I have seen so far. Going to go and check out your other posts. Keep up the good work.

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh that’s so cool Connie, I bet that bench looks amazing! I love repurposing old things, it’s kind of a cool challenge to see how you can re-use something and make it new again!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  2. Angela wrote:

    This is sooo stinking cute!! Great idea!!

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Angela, I love how it turned out!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  3. Phylis wrote:

    How inventive. That is just as cute as can be. Looks great in it’s new home.

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
  4. Areeba wrote:

    Sarah, can i just say that first that I love your posts and look forward to them in my inbox!
    Second, this is literally the cutest little towel rack there ever was! I am going to keep my eye out for something similar at a fair thats coming up soon for us! Can i ask, how much it was?

    Cheers,
    Areeba

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw you are so sweet Areeba, thank you! I paid $50 for this, with the shelf part already done. I thought that was pretty decent. Good lucky finding one of your own!! πŸ™‚

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  5. Kat wrote:

    Love that …..sooooo pretty and functional too!

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Kat!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  6. Jen wrote:

    Adorable! What a great idea! I’ll add this one to my list of “things to keep my eye out for!”

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Definitely do, Jen! This could be done on any bed frame.

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  7. Cecilia wrote:

    Love it! It’s the perfect accent for that spot. We had a Jenny Lind style crib. Too bad I didn’t keep it!

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh bummer, Cecilia. Better start the search for a new one! πŸ™‚

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  8. Dianne wrote:

    That is so creative of you! I love it!

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Dianne!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  9. Nikki wrote:

    All I can say is…..I loooove it!

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks you sweet Nikki!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  10. Darlene Moore wrote:

    It’s a general consensus . . . . . . . the cutest towel rack EVER!

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Darlene!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  11. Jana wrote:

    Darling! What i really love about your DIY posts is that they are simple and don’t take days….all simplistic goodness!

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Jana, I’m so glad you like my simple DIY projects! Easy for the win!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  12. Rhonda S. wrote:

    You made this shelf yours Sarah~looks like it was made for that spot too!

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I agree Rhonda, it seems like that spot was just waiting on this shelf!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  13. sarah berner wrote:

    i am always amazed at the things you do. i love this towel bar. a beauty.

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Sarah, you are too kind!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  14. Lorri Rauscher wrote:

    You are so creative…I love it…and so functional….. I always look foreward to yr posts.I think……
    what did that Sarah do now???? LOL!!!!

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Ha! Love that Lorri, I’m always up to something! πŸ™‚

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  15. Lori G wrote:

    It was already wonderful and now it’s amazing!

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Lori, I’m so happy with how it turned out!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  16. Lisa L wrote:

    I love it 😍!! You always have the cutest ideas with very unique pieces. Enjoy this email from u every day.

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw thank you Lisa, I really appreciate that! πŸ™‚

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  17. Pam wrote:

    Oh this is darling!!!! You are so creative!!!!

    Posted 8.16.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  18. Hollie wrote:

    This is beautiful! What a GREAT idea!

    Posted 8.17.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Hollie!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks so much Hollie!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  19. Susan wrote:

    I adore your little vintage shelf and towel hanger!! And yes, your blog is a happy place! May you have a blessed week!

    Posted 8.17.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Susan, I hope you’ve had a great week!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  20. Kimberly wrote:

    That’s fantastic, Sarah. You have skills! Very impressed.
    Kim

    Posted 8.17.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you so much Kim!

      Posted 8.17.17 Reply
  21. Jessica E. wrote:

    I saw this, and it really caught my eye. Not only does it have the perfect vintage look, it’s so unique! I love the fact that it can be used as both a towel bar and a storage shelf. Cutest DIY for a bathroom I’ve seen in awhile! Thanks so much for sharing! πŸ™‚

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  22. Theresa Wilson wrote:

    Love this adorable idea. Sweet girl you come up with the best little projects. I love watching what you come up with. I was looking at the bed and couldn’t see how you hung it on the wall. Could you tell me how you did that. I’m still learning DIY. Thank you Sara.

    Theresa

    Posted 2.28.18 Reply
  23. Lynn wrote:

    I absolutely love it!
    Great job of adding to it.

    Posted 2.13.19 Reply
  24. Cindy wrote:

    I love it cant wait till I get one bag also love it

    Posted 3.29.19 Reply
  25. Paula Smalley wrote:

    How did you hang this piece up. I imagine it is pretty heavy.

    Posted 4.3.19 Reply
  26. Sue wrote:

    Darling! I would probably use several hooks across the back instead of a bar, but looks great in the bathroom.

    Posted 10.3.19 Reply
  27. Donna Hargis wrote:

    Luv your projects.

    Posted 10.9.19 Reply

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