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