Organize in style by turning a cupboard door into a towel rack

A bathroom towel rack plays a simple yet vital role in keeping a room dedicated to cleanliness and hygiene in order. Having a place to hang damp fabrics keeps bathroom floors free from clutter and towels lasting longer than ever. There’s no need to head to the store when the bathroom is short a towel rack or two. Instead, consider combining home projects and transforming an old cupboard door into a customized wall accent piece that doubles as a towel rack.
Keeping the bathroom clean and orderly while adding a touch of style is always a good idea. A used cupboard door can be spruced up with the addition of some edging paint and decorative wallpaper center. Once the base is elegantly finished, adding four hooks is all that’s required to create a useful and personalized towel rack. Stick with a feminine floral wallpaper when hanging this towel rack in a bathroom done up in pastels or choose a bold hue when decorative style leans towards something more modern. While this towel rack is ideal for the bathroom, it could just as easily be a useful coat rack or place to hang keys when mounted in a hallway or office.
- Cupboard door, 13" x 35"
- Cleaning cloth
- Protective plastic sheet
- Plastic gloves
- Home Décor Chalk in Cottage White
- Small glass bowl, 2
- Paintbrush, 2
- Decorative wallpaper
- Pencil
- MemOffice cutting mat
- T-Square
- X-Acto knife
- Mod Podge adhesive
- Foam head paintbrush
- Hand-held roller
- Tape measure
- Decorative hooks with backing attachments, 4 (two with four attachment points and two with two attachment points)
- Table vice, 2
- Hand-held drill
- Screws, 12 (Choose screw length based on the depth of the cupboard door)
- Philips Tip screwdriver
DIY Everywhere
1. Wipe down the front of a removed cupboard door measuring 13-inches by 35-inches with a cleaning cloth.
2. Spread a plastic protective sheet on a flat working surface and place the cupboard door in the center with the beveled edges facing up.
3. Fill a small glass bowl with Home Décor Chalk in Cottage White.
4. Put on a pair of plastic gloves.
5. Paint the beveled edging of the cupboard door white using a large paintbrush. Leave the center of the cupboard door unfinished. When dry, remove the plastic from underneath the door and remove plastic gloves.
6. Line up the edge of a sheet of decorative wallpaper with the interior top left corner of the cupboard door. Make sure the top and side edges of the wallpaper are in perfect alignment with the top and side edge of the interior, unfinished center space of the door.
7. Make a pencil mark on the wallpaper where the interior top right corner of the center space lands as well as the bottom left corner.
8. Place the wallpaper on a MemOffice cutting mat.
9. Cut the wallpaper to the marked size using the pencil marks, an X-Acto knife and a T-Square for straight lines.
10. Wipe the unfinished center of the cupboard door once more with a cleaning cloth.
11. Fill a small glass bowl with Mod Podge adhesive and use a small paintbrush to outline the center space of the cupboard door. Paint the remaining space using a foam head paintbrush.
12. Press the decorative wallpaper cutout to the adhesive to firmly attach making sure all edges are evenly aligned.
13. Run a hand-held roller over the wallpaper to smooth any remaining wrinkles.
14. Place four decorative hooks across the length of the cupboard door making sure they are evenly spaced. Place hooks with four attachments points in the center and hooks with two attachment points on the ends.
15. Remove the hooks and use a tape measure and pencil to create four marks across the horizontal centerline of the door that are an equal distance apart.
16. Draw a straight line across the individual marks using a T-Square.
17. Place the hooks on top of the four pencil marks.
18. Draw pencil marks in the cutouts of the hook attachment points to indicate where screws will be secured.
19. Secure the cupboard door to a working surface using two table vices. Make sure the end of the board is extended over the edge of the table.
20. Drill entirely through the pencil marks indicating where screws will be threaded to secure the hooks.
21. Place the hooks over the holes and secure to the cupboard door using screws and a Philips Tip screwdriver.
22. Turn the cupboard door around and repeat this process for the two remaining hooks.
23. Erase any remaining pencil marks on the wallpaper once all four hooks are secured attached.
24. Release the cupboard door from the table vices and mount on the bathroom wall to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful towel rack.