Sunday, September 30, 2012

Repurposed Towel Bar


Q. When is a towel bar not a towel bar?

A. When it's used to display necklaces.  Well, maybe not.
I bought this pretty towel bar at an antique shop in Sonora a couple of months ago thinking I'd use it to display my flat back marble necklaces.  Unfortunately it's a little too short for the job and I'm not about to shorten all these necklaces.

Q. When is a necklace display not a necklace display?

A. When it becomes a picture holder.

The 7 pack of clips was purchased at OSH (Orchard Supply Hardware) for just a few dollars.

I didn't need to bend the hook because the end of the towel bar screwed off and the hook slipped right on.  Hmm, this guy isn't bad looking, too bad I can't claim him as a relative.

Finally, something that works!

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38 comments:

Blessed Serendipity said...

Betsy the towel holder is perfect to display old photos. I love the look.

Danielle

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Yep, keep that mind working!! Looks great with the photos! Sometimes those old ones are adhered to a cabinet card and theres no way to fit them into a modern day frame...been there, done that. LOL
*hugs*Deb

Anne said...

Betsy great idea! Even though you can't use it for a jewelry display it works great as a photo display!
xx
Anne

Tam said...

what a great"thin outside the box" idea

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

I think it's a great idea to use it as a photo display! You could also use it as a sort of price tag display at your shows, if you create some large vintage-looking price cards.
Have a beautiful Sunday, Betsy!
~Angie

Vintage Gal said...

What a great idea as a photo display. Love it~!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

To bad it did not work out for the necklaces, but you came up with another good use.
Enjoy your day.

Mad Maine said...

Now that is clever and stylish too!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

There's always an alternative. Looks good.

Bohemian said...

A great Re-Purpose. I just bought a Vintage Curtain Rod for my Showroom I'll be moving into next Month, but if it proves to be too short for the Entranceway I intend to Re-Purpose it too because I Love it so much.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit and Encouragement. I'm still battling whatever this is and one thing is for certain, when the Caregiver does get Sick, nothing much gets done, so I can't stay down too long or this Ole' House will be a disaster area! *Le Sigh*

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Kathy said...

A perfect work around! I wonder, though, if you could just mount the base on top of something else to make it tall enough for the necklaces, like maybe an upside down glass dish or something?

Peggy said...

Oh I love it, especially with the old photos! It could be a changing work of art just by using old photos of relatives from different seasons and holidays. Of course, they need to be your own relatives! You can't borrow other people's family just because they're cute!! That's funny!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

So clever! Love it with the photos especially!

Rebecca said...

Found you at 1929 Charmer! Such a great idea! I love those necklaces and the vintage photos clipped up on it. Do you sell those necklaces somewhere?

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CatCricket Savage said...

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I really like how the photos look on it!

hugs, Linda

Michelle L. said...

Both great uses! Must keep eyes peeled for one of them thar useful thingies. My fave is the picture display - really perfect!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Love it!! Just perfect for hanging cabinet cards!!!

Xoxo

Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage said...

Oh, that is clever! Could you still use it as a necklace display if you stuck it on a vintage book or something to elevate it a bit? Either way, it's a great piece and I love how it looks with the photos!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a beautiful idea for hanging the pictures, Betsy--I love the vintage look of it all!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Why I think it is perfect! I love it as a picture display, oh, you could hang vintage hanky's too? Or maybe towels LOL!

Carol

Thoroughly Modern Me said...

What a charming towel bar and so perfect for display! I'm going to keep an eye out for a taller one to display my necklaces in my closet. Hopefully I can replace the lucite one I got from the container store-not very vintage at all!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I love it as a photo holder! What is OSH? Don't ya sometimes wonder who he was, was he happy, I do that a lot when I find old photos. It definitely does work, very lovely. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

Connie Mercer said...

you could even glue one of your old vintage blingie earrings to the top of the photograph clip~NICE!!! awesome Betsy!!!

craftyles said...

It looks nice with both ways. Wonderful idea!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I actually have a hand towel holder re-purposed for necklaces. They are not too long. But mine is not as fancy as yours. Super fun photo display.

Sherry said...

It is so fun to see the ideas for repurposing. This was a great idea, I hope I can take some of the ideas I see and make do a little repurposing myself.

Barbara Jean said...

oh you clever girl!! love both ideas, but you know me and picture hangers. =)

blessings
barb

Into Vintage said...

And so much easier than framing pictures! If you ever get tired of looking at Mr. Handsome, it seems simple enough to swap him out. :-)

Cynthia said...

What a creative repurpose!

~ Liz ~ said...

Ingenious as always. That's a fabulous way to display photos. I love the really old shots too, even if I don't know them!
Liz

Pam Lambky said...

Hi Betsy. Just found your blog tonight. Love the towel bar inspiration and your entire blog is simply gorgeous! I'd love for you to stop by sometime and enter my monthly "Paris Mondays' giveaway or just to say hi! Look forward to following along. xo's Pam

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Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Looks great...love anything and everything that can feature old photos :) Laurel

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

That's a great alternative, Betsy, and I'll bet you'll think of other uses too!!! Love the necklaces...I see that S&H green stamp one!!!

Gypsea said...

I love your towel bar turned photo display! Honestly I thought it looked great as a necklace display. Being too short made it more of an eye-catcher making me want to go over to them and look simply because they were touching the table. Maybe bringing out my need to want to straighten up? Not sure why it works for me exactly, but it does. I wouldn't totally count it out. I love all of your ideas, very creative!

Danice said...

How resourceful and beautiful. I really like the pictures displayed :)