Re-purposed Door for Pool Towels

We love to go to the local pool and get all good and wet and then come home and bombard the sunroom with damp towels and sopping bathing suits! They get draped over every spare chair and drive me nuts every time I look in there!

If I wanted to keep my sanity during the summer months, I knew I needed to do something about the wet towels and suits that were thrown everywhere.  And then somehow, I managed to drag this simple and easy project out over, oh, about a month or so.

But it’s finished today and the towels are hung and I love it!


Shortly after I decided to re-purpose a door for the pool towels, my sister was over for one reason or another and we were about to leave for somewhere, when my husband asked if there was anything I wanted him to do while we were gone.  Um, why… yes, husband… please run down to the Habitat Re-Store and buy me an old door and I want it to be flat and not decorative and hopefully only $5 but no more than $10 and thank you.  He looked at me like I was a little nuts (but not really completely nuts, because he does know me a tad), when the sister quickly jumped in that she had a few old doors in her basement that were left there when they moved in if I wanted one!  Husband was thrilled and quickly settled back down in front of his show and I ended up getting my door for free!  Yeehaw!!

I had some paint leftover from our master bathroom that I used for my nice cheery, summery color.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the wording with some vinyl I had.  Alright, other Silhouette owners, how long does your vinyl last? I know I don’t use it as often as I should (shhh! don’t tell my husband!), but I bought $15 worth of vinyl from a local sign shop last April and I’m still using it all!

After I applied the vinyl, it was time to search the house for some hooks. I was determined to do this for as little money as possible. I found the 4 white hooks in the laundry room still in their original packaging which only made me happy because that meant the screws were still with them and I didn’t have to go on another search for them!  I couldn’t manage to find any more hooks, so I found a little broken coat rack type miniature thing at a thrift store.  It was pretty broken beyond repair, but it had 4 hooks on it and was only $1.60, so I gobbled it up.



Yes, it would look nicer if my hooks all matched, but I was going for cheap and they’re all covered up anyways, so I’m good with it.  And you know what?  I pre-drilled all my holes and then used the electric screwdriver to attach every hook all while my husband was at work!   That’s big for me!



My original thought was to find some cheap wire baskets I can screw on for goggles and lotion, but that’s on hold for now.

I’m also thinking for the winter, I can use this for snowpants and hats and stuff!

And, no, this is not the permanent location!  The plan is to gut the garage in the next week or so to paint the walls and re-organize and I already have a lovely wall picked out for this beauty!  And Husband loves it too!  It’s functional, pretty and only cost me $1.60!!



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  1. This is such a awesome project and my vinyl does last me a while :)

  2. HOLY FREAKING AWESOME!!! How do you do it, Nat!?! HOW DO YOU DO IT!?!

  3. Cool idea! I desperately need to do something similar, but I just don’t know where I’d put it.

  4. Your door turned out great! {and I LOVE your blog name!!} Thanks for the mention!

    Great job! :)

    Ms Magpie Designs

  5. I really love this idea! It’s so simple, yet amazingly functional and practical! I don’t have a mud room or space in ky garage for this, but really, if you wanted, one could just put it on the inside of a door anywhere! I would probably do this in my hall bathroom because that’s where the kiddos change. awesome project, thank you so much for sharing!

  6. That is such a GREAT idea!!! We have an extra door downstairs…..I think that I may put it on my back deck! Can you cut me the vinyl and I’ll pay you?? :)

  7. I love the idea of flipping it around and using the other side for winter gear. I totally need one of these to dry out the 14 towels we seem to use every time we get near water. Nicely done!

  8. What an awesome idea, love it! I saw you over at 504 Main.

  9. This is AWESOME! I am going to have to show my mama and see if she want me to make her one for her pool! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Woah! This is awesome!
    I would love if you would share it at our Weekly Playdate~ a kid and family themed link party…

    Come & Play :: Playdate

  11. super great idea. When my kid are done getting all wet, I make them dry off and leave their towels outside to air dry. Then they have to put their suits in the bathtub to dry. I LOVE THIS IDEA, PLUS ITS SO CUTE TOO. winks-jen

  12. Everything about this is great! It is uselful and needed but your add touches like paint color and vinyl, make it fantastic. So wonderful! The whole thing.

  13. Love this project… I need this for my backyard as well…{perhaps I may be “borrowing” a version of this for my fence…}

    You will be feature this week on Creative Juice!

    :) Thanks for linking up!

  14. This is COOL! I might have to grab me a door and get to work! I have vinyl on a wall in my classroom that has been up for over two years now.

  15. I love this idea, I will have to give it a try!!

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  18. seriously? Are you a stinkin’ genius or something? This is AWESOME! Already forwarded the link to my sister for her lakehouse. Perfect! xo

  19. Um….I had no clue about re-stores. I might become addicted. Thank you!!!

  20. I love this!

  21. Your door turned out great! Love it!

  22. Haha, sweet! That’s very creative.

  23. Is it possible to make this so it could be used outside on a deck or patio area to hang towels while swimming etc. How could it be weather proofed any suggestions.

    • Natalie says:

      Absolutely! The door I used was already an exterior door and I just used exterior paint! We’ve had it outside for many, many summers now and it isn’t peeling at all. If you’re nervous about that, Rustoleum has a waterseal spray you can buy so the water just rolls off it in beads.

  24. c’est vraiment une superbe idée bricolage pour faire sécher les serviettes de plage à la piscine! Merci!


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