Random chairs are available at your local thrift store for less than $10. This towel rack shelf project was made from an odd ladderback chair. So, let's see how to make a chair-back towel rack perfect for a guest room or small kitchen.
How to Upcycle a Ladderback Chair
Perhaps you would prefer to repair the seat, as many fans on Facebook suggested. Looking closely, you can see that the left side was broken.
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Separate the Chair Back From the Seat
A jigsaw was used to separate the chair back from the seat. If you're starting with upcycled furniture projects, a jigsaw is one of the best purchases. I recommend a battery-operated jigsaw that matches any other tools you may be considering.
If you have a miter saw, you may want to even the cut there. If not, you can make your cut look better with a sanding sponge.
Cut a Board for the Chair Back Towel Rack
Measure your chair to find the perfect board to use as a shelf.
How to Attach a Shelf to the Ladderback Chair
- Clamp the board to ensure a good fit.
- Use Gorilla Wood Glue for added strength.
- Drill a pilot hole.
- Secure the shelf to the top of the ladderback chair with a wood screw.
Make Your Wooden Brackets
To help support the shelf, I cut some 45° angled pieces off the end of a 1x3.
Wood glue and a screw held the bracket from the top and back. The small chair back towel rack won't have much weight, but the brackets add to the project's overall look.
Time for Paint
Making your own DIY Chalky Paint is a very easy and inexpensive paint option. Why make your chalk paint? Because it will adhere to almost any surface. The only downside is that the paint needs to be protected. After the paint dries, you have a couple of options to seal the flat paint. I think the easiest is to use the same paint straight from the can without adding any Plaster of Paris. But, if you have some furniture wax, you can apply it and buff it.
It makes me smile! I have been wanting to make one of these for years!
Not shown, D rings were added to the back of the chair to mount it on the wall.
Would you use this handy towel rack shelf in your kitchen to hold a potted plant with a favorite photo and your best tea towel?
In the guest room, use the shelf for a collection of toiletries your guest may need. Do you have some luxurious guest towels that would be great hanging from the chair back towel rack?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.