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I’m slowly working my way through this bathroom refresh and I’m almost there! I can’t wait to post the finished product. So, to appease my impatience, here’s a quick and easy project I completed this weekend.
If you remember my post on our DIY industrial farmhouse sliding shutters, then you might be getting a sense that I’m a big fan of the industrial trend. I love using materials, like plumbing for example, in unexpected ways. I’m pretty sure the people who work at the hardware stores think I’m crazy when I’m checking out. Luckily, this is one trend that both my husband and I can agree on. 😉
I wanted to add some industrial and rustic elements into our bathroom to tie it in with the downstairs decor. And since I’m using a lot of gold and brass elements, the first thing I removed was the big silver towel ring next to the sink. Walking through the plumbing aisle at my local store, a brass hose bibb caught my eye. I spent the next hour digging through various plumbing connections to find the right pieces. I ended up with a brass coupling and a brass barb tee. Also, not pictured, a black malleable floor flange to attach it to the wall. I used my existing towel ring so no need to purchase another. See below for my complete list of materials.
Also, if you love the idea of a unique towel ring but you’re not really into DIYing, I found some really interesting towel rings you can purchase
The first step was to paint the ring, which was silver, and the flange, which was black. I sprayed the ring with some Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze to give it a dark base color. I then used Rustoleum Satin Bronze Spray Paint and Primer on both pieces. I wanted to add somewhat of an aged look, so once they dried, I sanded slightly and then wiped the flange and the towel ring with some antiquing glaze. After drying again, I sprayed the towel ring with a clear polyacrylic to protect it.
Next, I just connected the pieces. The barb tee was slightly small for the coupling I picked, so my husband put a little black tape around it before inserting so it would be a tighter fit and then I just added a little contact cement. The towel ring has some stretch to it, so I pulled it open to fit each end into the barb tee. And the last step, I attached it to the wall using brass screws so they would blend with the flange.
Money Saving Tip: I already had these screws but if you don’t, you could also just spray paint them while painting your other pieces.
I love how this turned out! It’s such a unique touch and something almost everyone comments on when they visit our home. Who knew a towel ring could be so interesting?
Since I spent forever searching for the parts, here’s a complete list of what I used to make it.
- Ring from my existing towel ring
- 3/4 inch Brass Hose Bibb
- 3/4 inch Black Floor Flange
- Reducer Brass Coupling 3/4×1/2
- 3/4 inch Brass PEX Barb Tee
- Brass Screws
- Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
- Rustoleum Satin Bronze Spray Paint
- Antiquing Glaze
If you love the idea of a unique towel ring, but you’re not really into DIYing it, check out these options below! P.S. Etsy is a fantastic place to search for these!