For the past few years, I’ve joked that the “Third of July” is my favorite holiday. It all goes back to the summer before my junior year of high school, when two of my best friends and I had an all-day Third of July celebration.
Since then, it’s become a tradition and I’ve made every effort to be back in Lincoln for the Third — and Fourth — of July. Unfortunately, Dan and I just couldn’t make it this year, so we are having our own Independence Day celebration at home.
(It’s not the same without you, Sam and Katelyn!)
We are using the time to get a lot done around the here, though.
Dan spent most of this steamy day outside, replacing the stairs on our porch, hauling off junk from the garage and doing a few other repairs.
Even after all that time in the sun, he was willing to help me finish up the towel rack I complained about the other day. It turned out pretty good — mostly because of Dan’s help.
Here’s how we did it…
Homemade Towel Rack
— One 1-by-3-by-12-inch piece of wood
— Spray paint or a small can of wood paint
— Paint brush (if using a can of paint)
— Tape measure
— Power drill with a bit the slightly smaller in width than the screws on the knobs
— Three decorative knobs (make sure the screw is less than 1 inch long)
— Two 1.5-inch nails
Sand down the edges of the wood. Paint all side of the wood and allow it to dry thoroughly.
Using the tape measure, mark a point in the center of the wood (6 inches length, 1.5 inches height). Mark points 1.5 inches in on each side.
Attach the bit to the power drill. Carefully drill into the board at the three spots marked. (This is where Dan came in handy!)
Carefully — but firmly — screw the decorate knobs into the holes. The holes should be slightly smaller in width so that the screws are able to catch.
When you’re ready to attach the towel rack, hammer a 1.5-inch nail into the two upper corners. Then hang up your towels!
I love how much prettier and more secure this is than our old towel rack — it seriously fell off the wall every time we tried to hang up a towel!
In other news about progress… I am feeling so much better about the job situation. What a difference two days can make!