Antique Store Find :: Part I

I love going to antique stores. I had a couple projects in mind and decided an antique store would be my best option. There are several to choose from in my area, but only one really stuck out. There were a couple stores that were extremely overpriced and not what I was looking for. Attilia's Antiques was the best one. They have so much space with so much to offer. They have different sections that different people sell from, but everything flows really well together. As much as I love going to antique stores, its also very hard. It takes so much self control not to overbuy! As an artist I could totally find a use for anything, meaning I want to buy everything! So I went into Attilia's Antiques with a list of my projects so that I could remain focused and only get what I needed. 

I ended up getting what I needed for two projects. For this DIY Monday I will share my first find. I came across these wooden stirrups. From my research they look like either wooden overshoe visalia stirrups or wooden bell stirrups. I knew as soon as I saw them I wanted to make them into a hand towel rack for our bathroom. Our bathroom does not currently have a hand towel rack, so it was very much needed. 


  • 2 wooden stirrups
  • piece of wood with your desired length and thickness
  • 1/4" threaded rod
  • 4 1/4" bolts
  • sawtooth hanger
  • sandpaper


I knew I wanted the stirrups to sit off the wood backing so they could swing back and forth if needed. The hardest part was finding something that would fit through the stirrups where the bolts were and also attach to the wood backing. I searched home depot until I came across these threaded rods. I wasn't sure how easy it would be to bend them, but I wanted to try. 


Step 1: Get the wood to the proper length. Because this would be in a very specific area in my bathroom it had to be a certain length. I have scraps of wood already from other projects, so I cut one of those pieces down to the size I needed. 

Step 2: Sand the wood.  

Step 3: Put the stirrups on the threaded rod. Now this is where I messed up, I tried to bend the rods first, and then realized I couldnt put the stirrups on the bent rods. I had to try to unbend the rods but that just made things worse. So I went out and bought two more. 


Step 4: Once the stirrups are in place, now bend the rods. This was not easy. Trying to get the bends even so one did not poke through the wood more than the other.  

Step 5: Drill holes where the rods will go through. It is best to do this after the rods are bent so you know exactly where to drill.  

Step 6: Add your sawtooth hanger to the back.

Step 7: Add one bolt to each rod, screw it on high enough the rods can go through the wood and poke out the other side to your desired length.  

This was before I realized I completely put it together wrong. But this will show how much of the rod actually shows on the back of the board.

This was before I realized I completely put it together wrong. But this will show how much of the rod actually shows on the back of the board.

Step 8: Put the rods through the wood and screw a bolt to the other side. Tighten both bolts.  

Step 9: Hang your new towel rack and enjoy :) 


Because the rods poke out the back, it does not hang perfectly on the wall but it still works and is super fun!  

I hope you enjoyed this DIY Monday! Check back for Lifestyle Wednesday. 

Thank you for reading and craft on!  

Ashly Deskins

I am Ashly. I recently moved from Ohio to Northern California with my husband Kevin. I graduated from The Ohio State University in December of 2013 with my B.A. in Arts. I am a photographer and involve myself in various crafts. A certain level of madness sets in if I do not have a project in the works or ideas in mind. I love walking into craft or home improvement stores and getting inspired with all the possibilities. My passion of photography started in high school when I took a film class. I enjoyed the class but never considered photography could be any more than a hobby. I quickly realized how that was not true. My husband (then boyfriend) started getting into Photography which lead to a degree and career. I was often his model in his photography classes and quickly realized how intriguing this art was. I took photography classes during the course of getting my art degree and fell in love again.