Toolbox Towel Bar, A Bathroom Update & a Video



It has long been established that I have a bit of an obsession with vintage toolboxes.  I remember the day I found this one so clearly.  It was about 13 years ago.  There was a vintage “shop”, and I use that term loosely, that didn’t last long and that was the only time I went.  When she told me the price, I thought I misheard her and I tried my very best to keep a straight face.

And then I did a happy dance in the parking lot.




This toolbox has been on my dining table, on top of my hutch and in my kitchen.  It has been filled with flowers, pumpkins and Christmas decorations over the years.  And now, it is a vintage toolbox towel bar.  I think she has found her true destiny.




I have wanted to use a toolbox on a wall for years, but I had never figured just the right way to do it.  Recently, I set about refreshing our guest bath.  While I was working on it and “shopping my house”, it dawned on me how perfect it would be.  And so, my daughter had to stand in the bathroom, holding the toolbox on the wall while I stepped back and tilted my head and realized it would really work!

I know it is not most people’ taste, but I simply love the way it looks and the repurposed utility of it.

And that was just the beginning of spruce ups in our guest bathroom.




A vintage galvanized washboard became a quite effective towel holder.




A shelf was hung on the wall and flowers were added here and there.  None of the changes were too drastic, but the room just seems so much happier.




I put together a video with Wayfair sharing how I did it and a few more details.

Click here to watch the video!

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Thanks so much for reading – and watching!


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13 thoughts on “Toolbox Towel Bar, A Bathroom Update & a Video”


  1. I love it! They hold a special place in my heart, too – my dad was a builder. I have a few of his things, but not an old toolbox line this. I am now on the lookout for one. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Laura, your bathroom is beautiful. I love all the little touches you’ve added. I love the tool box idea. It’s practical, it’s beautiful and gives you a place to display too. The mirror above it is so pretty. I’m going to dig out some of my clothes pins and twine today. Love that idea. I really enjoyed the video too.

  3. I love it! It’s so unique too. Someday, I’m going to find the perfect use for my big toolbox. I just hope it’s as cool of a use as yours. 😉

  4. Fabulous idea! I have one with dividers that will make perfect cubbies for our towels! This will work perfectly with the décor in the master bath that we’re remodeling.

  5. Love your bathroom refresh and all your innovative ideas for repurposing vintage finds. I especially love the divided wooden box that you filled with wash cloths and flowers. Wish I could get my hands on something similar. Any ideas?

  6. I love this in so many ways! Totally my style. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

  7. I love it! I adore old tool boxes also, and I really wish my little guest half bath was physically arranged so that I could do something like this! Great inspiration, though…thanks for sharing