One of the small projects I tackled while Steve was at work all day on Sunday was hanging our new hand-towel rack in the master bathroom. There’s something exciting about breaking out the power tools when my husband isn’t home. It’s sort of like a mom-and-dad-are-out-of-town thing.
I discovered a new-to-me marking/drilling/hanging technique that I thought could be helpful to share. You know how sometimes you think you’re accurately marking where the holes need to go, only to drill and discover you’re way off? This technique should help with that.
First, get your fixture all ready to hang, and then put a bubble of painters tape over the screw holes, just like so:
Take your screw (my towel rack came with its own hardware – bonus!) and poke holes through the tape to match the holes in the hardware.
I bet you can see where I’m going with this now. You smarty-pants.
Now stick that baby on the wall right where you want it.
Sorry about the blurry tutorial. I was doing this whole thing one-handed.
Now, gently pull away your fixture/towel rack/wall-mounted beer bottle opener while making sure the tape stays in place.
You should be left with something like this:
(It doesn’t look straight but I promise it was.) Now all you do is take your screw and scratch tiny little marks on the wall through the hole in the tape. Once you pull the tape away you can see exactly where you need to drill.
In the words of Sarah Palin: DRILL BABY DRILL!
Pop in the anchors (this towel rack is NEVER coming down).
You might have to gently pound these guys in with a hammer. Don’t smash them too hard though, or they’ll bend and completely freak out on you.
Make sure you have a dog who is completely impervious to the sound of a hammer. Shadows? Plastic bags blowing in the wind? TERRIFIED. The sound of power tools and a hammer smashing against the wall? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
With your holes drilled and your hardware mounted (That’s what she said? No? Ok.) it’s time to get your towel-rack on.
Aww looks all sweet and charming, right?
Well, this is what it looks like when I pan out, but you get the idea. And I may or may not have used the straightening iron in this process. And yes that’s a nightlight. Don’t judge. You can’t run from the zombies if you can’t see them.
Oh the power of composition.
It looks like the towel was hung a little high, but I like them that way — personal preference I suppose. It bugs me when things hang too close to the vanity, and since we’re both tall this is a comfortable height to dry our hands.
Prrett-ty exciting stuff, you guys. And it’s only WEDNESDAY! Can you even handle this? Well, I’m going to turn things up a notch tomorrow. I’ll have a fun shower curtain tutorial comin’ at ya!
Happy Hump Day.