Maxwell's Project: DIY Eco Bathroom Hooks - Final

Maxwell's Project: DIY Eco Bathroom Hooks - Final

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 4, 2008

Location: West Village, NYC
Time: Two easy weekends
Cost: @ $31

We're finally done. We actually finished last week, but got backed up at the office. We'd actually promised Ursula and SKGR that they'd have towel hooks by the end of January, so we just made it....


As you may remember, my project was a relatively humble attempt to install bathroom hooks into our new bathroom. I didn't want to do brand new hooks, but wanted instead to do something crafty and unique that would add some LIFE to the plain sheetrock walls in our bathroom.

In the end the effect is sorta subtle, but I'm happy with it nonetheless. The hooks have great shapes for towels and I like the fact that I did it myself - much more interesting. The paint I used - Marston & Langinger - is beautiful paint, the only problem with it is that it doesn't come in gloss. I may still give the hooks a quick spray of gloss in order to seal them up and make them shiny, but that would interfere with the overall green approach. We shall see.


Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:

• five antique coat hooks
• one small matchpot of Pearl Gray paint from Marston & Langinger
• one pint of white primer from Marston & Langinger
• paint brush
• drill and bits, with screw bit
• screws with plastic anchors
• pencil and tape to mark all lines

Marston & Langinger Paints - these are great "green" paint solutions, I painted everything in our apartment without toxic fumes or any worry
Olde Good Things - AMAZING resource for endless amounts of old hardware

Share step by step instructions for how you completed the project:

• buy your old hooks
• clean them well (I boiled mine in soapy water)
• prime them well (it's easier to paint them if they are screwed to a piece of wood)
• paint them with your color
• draw light pencil line along wall 57" from floor
• hold up hooks, mark holes along line and set hooks 1 foot apart
• drill holes, set plastic anchors
• mount hooks with screws into anchors
• erase pencil marks and clean up floor

Note: I could have painted over the screws or used silver (and still might) but these sheetrock screws were the best I had and I sorta like the contrast for now.

AFTER by sink

Maxwell's Project Posts:

>> Bathroom Hooks #1
>> Bathroom Hooks #2

AFTER along towel wall

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