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Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Make a Towel Holder and Dowel Rack combination for more bathroom storage.

Have you run out of places to hang your flannels, towels and other bath-time accessories?  This Towel Holder and Dowel Rack combination will solve your storage problem!  🙂 I made this adorable towel holder from scrap wood left in my wood bin (just like the picture frames I made last week).  Here’s all you need to complete this Towel Holder and Dowel Rack that is sure to give your bathroom a touch of class.


Crosspieces  (2 pieces @ 11 3/8″ x 7/8″ x 7/8″ – softwood like pine)

Slats (6 pieces @ 22 5/8″ x 7/8″ x 7/8″ – softwood like pine)

Spacer (1 piece @ 24″ x 1 3/5″ x 1/2″ – MDF or plywood)

Rail Back Board (1 piece @ 23 5/8″ x 5 3/4″ x 3/4″ – softwood like pine)

Pegs (4 wooden dowels cut 4 3/4″ long and 1″ diameter – we used 5 dowels 1/2″ in size.  Make sure to adjust your spacing if you use smaller dowels)

Brackets (2 pieces @ 4 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ x 3/4″ – softwood like pine)

Back Bars (2 pieces @ 13″ x 1 3/4″ x 3/4″ – softwood like pine)


– 12 galvanized wood-screws ( 1 3/8″ x 1/8″) – Galvanized screws will not rust.

– Pencil for marking

– Straight edge for aligning

– Square

– Power drill with 1/8 ” straight bit and a 1″ spade bit (Same size as your dowel)

– Power drill/screwdriver

– Mouse Sander with Abrasive paper (start with 80 grit; finish with 120 or 220)

– Wood Glue/wood filler to fill nail holes

– Paint or stain (I used Rustoleum White Oil Base Spray Paint with a high gloss finish)

– Polyurethane varnish (this will not be required if you use the Rustoleum White Oil Base Spray Paint)

Let’s get started on this neat project to build a Towel Holder and Dowel Rack 🙂

1.  Taking your two crosspieces, mark off divisions with the spacer and one of the slats.  Lay one slat atop both crosspieces, flush with the end, and draw a pencil line.  Lay the spacer against the first slate and add the second slat.  Draw a pencil mark line to mark the placement of the second slat.  Continue marking alternate slat and spacer divisions.  Make sure the final slat is flush with the crosspiece end.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack


2.  Now take your square and make an X inside every other slat area starting from the end.  The X marks the center where you will attach the slats to the crosspieces.

3.  Using a 1/8 ” drill bit and your power drill, drill a hole through each slat.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

4.  Install the two outer slats first with the suggested screws.  Doing this helps hold the piece straight why you install the remaining slats.  Use the MDF spacer to ensure the equal gaps between the slats.  Make sure your ends are flush by feeling with your fingers.  Continue installing the slats to the crosspieces.

Hello I Live Here -Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

5.  Now for the dowels.  Locate the center of the rail back and draw a pencil line lengthwise.  Use equal space to mark the location of each dowel.  (The first dowels should be about 4 1/2″ in from each end. ) Continue spacing the dowels using the same approximate distance from each other.  Drill a hole at each marked point with a 1″ spade bit (the hole size should be the same as the dowels).  Clamp the rail back atop some scrap wood to prevent drill tear out.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

6.  Glue each dowel into the drilled holes and let dry.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

7.  Cut two brackets to size and place one against each rail back bar, flush with the top and aligned against opposite sides.  We used our Ryobi airstrike nail gun and wood glue to set the brackets, nailing the bottom corners and nailing in from the back and top of the boards.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

8.  Next attached the rail back board.  We used Titebond wood glue and our Ryobi nail gun with 1 3/8″ nails to attach as in the photo below.  Make sure your dowels are dry or you could bend them while installing the backboard.

Hello I Live Here - Attaching back board

9.  Next position the shelf on the brackets, with the top of each bracket flush with the inside of the crosspieces.  We again used our Ryobi nailer and wood glue for strength with 1 3/8 ” nails.

Hello I Live Here - Positioning Bracket

10.  Wood fill any open holes, sand, paint, let dry and hang in your bathroom on the wall of your choice.Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Our Towel Holder and Dowel Rack project took us about 3 hours total including paint.  We hope you find this project as fun as we did.  There is no better feeling then using scrap wood for these great storage pieces.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Don’t forget to share our post on your Pinterest, Facebook, and Hometalk boards so others can enjoy the plans.  Happy wood working!!!

Linda 🙂

Master Bathroom Storage

Hello I Live Here - Master Bath Storage

Need Master Bathroom Storage?

You guessed it – it’s all about getting the most master bathroom storage at Hello I Live Here today.  As most of you know, we have started to spruce up our master bathroom.  Last week on my face book page, we discussed paint colors.  Thank you all for your input, we went with the Valspar color, Shaken Not Stirred for the walls, and the vanity color will be unveiled next post 🙂  They are both beautiful and give our master bath that spa like feel we were looking for.

Before we painted the walls, we added some new master bathroom storage.  This storage was placed in between the wall studs and we love the outcome so much we thought we would share that piece with you today.  Keep in mind that we have not picked the hardware for the outside yet as we want everything to match when we are complete.

We all know it’s a big deal anytime you can discover master bathroom storage or any type of storage.  This project took us a weekend to complete, moderate in skill level and cost us less than $100.  I am sure we could have done it cheaper, but I am fussy about using Select Pine Wood from Home Depot when I do a build.  I love the straightness of the wood and the way it sands.

Using the plan from The Family Handyman, we got started following each step.

1. First, we went to our bathroom wall and determined the space we would use.  We then cut a small whole into the dry wall and inserted a mirror to make sure we had no plumbing or electrical behind the wall (after all a small whole to patch is way better than a whole wall)

2. When we knew all was clear we determined the size we wanted our storage and cut out the drywall. The hole for our master bathroom storage shelf spanned a stud, so that was also removed.

Master bathroom Storage -Wall before and after hole cut

3.  We went to the garage and got started by building two simple box cabinets.  To ensure a consistent gap between the two storage cabinets, we added a spacer. We then joined them together with a 1×3 center trim and attached a 1/4″ Purebond cabinet back.  This gave us the double-sided storage cabinet we desired.

Master bathroom Storage - Case and Backing

4. We used or Kreg PH jig to join the storage cabinets, our craftsman saw for cutting the plywood, and our Ryobi nail gun for attaching the cabinet back.  We also used Gorilla Glue for extra hold power.

Master bathroom Storage - tools we used

5. After building the frame we wanted, we took the frame into the bathroom space and dry fitted into the cut out.  (This way we knew if we were square on for our cuts or if we needed to enlarge the hole.)

Master bathroom Storage -Dry Fit in the wall

6.  Once we were confident the master bathroom storage cabinets fit the wall hole, we filled the Kreg holes using wood filler (which I make myself).  The next step was to cut and add the shelves.  For our needs we decided to add fixed bathroom shelves vs movable shelves.  We also wanted to assure the shelves were aligned to each other.

Master bathroom Storage -Shelving

 7.  Next, we moved onto our master bathroom storage door frames.  This was a little tricky since we have not built many door frames, but The Family Handyman did not let us down. We used a saw stop to cut door frame parts to a consistent size.  We then used Kreg to join the door frames.  Using scotch tape we attached dimes to each side and the top and bottoms of the storage case.  This provided a perfect 1/8″ per side gap we need around the door frames.   Once we completed our door frames, we dry fit them to make sure they were perfect for our master bathroom storage.

Master bathroom Storage -Door frames

Master bathroom Storage -Door contruction

8.  Moving on, we flipped the door frame over, filled the Kreg holes and routed a 1/4″ trim the depth of our Plexiglas.  This ensured the glass fit flush to the storage door frames.  We then adhered rice paper, available from Home Depot, to keep the inside private.  Finally we adhered the Plexiglas to master bathroom storage doors with clear caulking.

9. We primed and painted the entire master bathroom storage cabinets and doors with Valspar Bare Wood Primer.

10. Once the painting was complete we added the hinges as plans show, and hung our doors, inset the box and screwed the new master bathroom storage to our framed out studs in the master bath.

Master bathroom Storage -routed door frame and paint

We also did an extra step.  We took the time to add some insulation behind the piece due to the shower from the other bathroom being on that wall.  This just helps keep the noise at bay between the walls.   And we are trying to decide if we should leave the inside white or do the back grey for contrast in the piece.  (the small grey patch shown through the glass 🙂 Opinions on this would be nice!

Hello I Live Here - Master Bath Storage

Well, this was the first part of the Master bath re-do and this great master bathroom storage idea.   For our other projects checkout the vanity upgrade, master bath tile and board and batten  🙂

Share your master bathroom storage ideas below – we would love to hear them 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Linda C.

Laundry Room Cabinets

Finished Laundry Room Cabinets

Laundry today…or…Naked Tomorrow!

It’s finally finished…let the unveiling begin! As promised, one laundry room complete with built-in cabinets! I shared my story last week of how I was folding towels when our shelving above the washer and dryer came flying down and landed on my chest, shoving me into the wall. I thought lemons, why not lemonade 😉 I reached up and kindly helped the rest of the wire shelving release from the wall showing the shelving its new home in the garage floor, then I got to work designing a new space complete with laundry room cabinets and tons of great storage.

Broken Wire Shelving
Broken Wire Shelving









Let’s face it, the laundry room was not high on our list of projects, but now that I had been attacked, the laundry room’s ranking moved to #1 on my list.  We started planning by asking how much time we spent in the room, defined our work zones to include places for both dirty and clean clothing and designed the new flow.  We made sure to include plenty of space for functional laundry room cabinets.  After all, if it’s efficient, it will stay clean – right? 😉

Nonfunctional Laundry Room
Nonfunctional Laundry Room








Breaking it down we started by assessing our laundry room habits, designing the room to reflect our lifestyle and simplify our laundry routine.  Completing this task showed we lacked sufficient space for sorting, folding and organizing our laundry.  Our work space planning defined four zones, a place for dirty clothes, a clean area that includes plenty of hanging and folding space, storage for cleaning products, and finally the washer and dryer.

Basket Storage
Basket Storage






Open laundry room cabinets for basket storage gave us space for the dirty clothing.  We designed this space to the left of the washer.  Building in this area allowed us to have three baskets for soiled clothing for a whole week.  I can actually treat clothing and store until the wash cycle starts – A big plus when you only have a couple of pieces for special laundry requirements.

Tile Counter Folding Area
Tile Counter Folding Area






We then designed the clean space area.  Directly over the open laundry room cabinets that hold the baskets we created a tiled counter for folding clothes.  This space allows us to fold directly from the dryer, no more carry to the bed and never fold them routine for this house (come on – we all do it 😉 )


Finished Laundry Room Cabinets
Finished Laundry Room Cabinets









We also added two hanging bar areas – one over the top of the washer/dryer unit to hold empty hangers, and the other to the right of the dryer to hold freshly laundered clothing that I hang right out of the dryer – NO MORE Wrinkles – Well on the laundry that is!









We installed wainscoting on the walls at a rather tall height and installed oil rubbed hanging hooks to use for hanging special pieces that are not dryer friendly.  On the back of the door we included over the door hangers for an ironing board and iron.

Laundry Room Cabinets above washer and dryer
Laundry Room Cabinets above washer and dryer









Above the washer and dryer we created laundry room cabinets that formed cubby storage.  This created a great place for extra baskets to hold out of the way items (and my painting/garage clothing), and solvents used in our home.  We even added an extra shoe cubby for those days when no one can reach the closet door in front of them!  After all a home needs extra storage, even if it is for shoes!

Laundry Room Cabinets
The finished product – Laundry Room Cabinets








Because our villa is smaller living we wanted our laundry room cabinets to take advantage of every square inch or workable space.  Using various shelving, storage, and laundry baskets we maxed our storage needs.  Hubby is even in the process of installing a last feature where our IPhone’s, IPads, and Kindles will live and re-charge themselves daily.  So, if that wire shelf would have never fallen, we would have never have thought about redesigning our laundry room, after all it’s not like it’s a kitchen, but this new design has made our laundry chore bearable!

Please leave us some comments and let us know what you think about the new design.  If you have an idea you would like to share we would love to converse.

Happy Wednesday and remember, laundry today…or…naked tomorrow!
– LC 🙂

Secret Bookcase Door you can build

Bookcase door

Secret Bookcase Door Adds to your Storage

Hi Everyone!  Hope your having a great Thursday!  It’s been hot and humid here in St Louis, MO, so today, I am taking a break from painting (humidity even with the air on does not help it dry), and started planning for our next build.

Lately, I am into storage.  If you live in a smaller home you know every bit of storage is necessary, so today, I will introduce you to my next build – The Secret Bookcase Door.  You read it right 😉

I have always wanted one of these doors, so I hopped on the internet and found a great set of build your own plans.  These plans appear to be very easy, and will add great space to the door leading to the storage/heating & air units in our basement at the foot of the staircase.

Secret Bookcase door
Secret Bookcase door hides a room


The plans allow the bookcase door to be designed to swing in OR out, using a 2×4 wall construction on the swinging side while using a 2 x 8 support on the hinge side.  With the hinge mounted on the back side, this allows the bookcases forward edge to clear the frame when opening.  At first, I thought this is complicated but it’s really a simple alternative to other secret bookcase door designs I have seen.  With this design I can use my current hardware instead of expensive specialty hinges.

Secret Bookcase Door
Secret Bookcase Door adds storage

We plan on using these to display a variety of photo frames, small statues, and other ornate objects we have yet to unpack (come on it’s only be a year! 🙂 )  It is suggested to store books you will need to reinforce the shelves and use the specialty hinges.  As you can see from the photo’s you can build them and use them for just about any place in your home.

Secret Bookcase Door
Secret Bookcase Door adds to your book shelf

I have plans to add several secret bookcase doors in a couple areas of the house.  We will let you know how our case comes out!  If you are interested in plans, send us a message by leaving a comment on our post.  One place that you will find accessible plans is Ana Whites [] wonderful website.  We will direct you on where you need to go to get them.

Happy Thursday!!!

-LC 🙂

Recycling Center Anyone?

Recycling Center

Recycling Center you can build yourself!

Happy Wednesday everyone 🙂

It’s all about recycling today.  We all understand that recycling is important.  It helps with energy savings, can reduce greenhouse emissions and cuts down on water/air pollution.  But do the cans in our kitchen’s  need to be visible while doing a good deed?  You can purchase a can with a lid, however, the lids get lost, broken or just plain do not work.  I am all for recycling, but wanted a little style while doing this good deed.  Could it be possible I could class up my trash container?  The answer, YES, yes you can!

While at the library searching for ideas, a book “The Handbuilt Home” by Ana White, jumped off the shelf and into my arms like it heard my request for a classy way to store my trash.  I read through the book and stumbled on her Recycling Center plans.  You can get the plans for it at Ana White.  After reading her book and falling in love with it, I decided to purchase the Kindle Version, and it’s been worth every penny I paid for it 🙂 .

With book in hand we got to work.  This project was not hard, and the plans were well thought out (thank you Ana White!)  We followed the directions, and completed our new recycle bin.

1.  We built the frame using our Kreg Jig 2″ screws as Ana suggested, to build the box which included the top, bottom, and sides.  We soon found out why the bottom shelf was 2 1/2″ from the bottom, and why we needed to leave a 3/4″ gap underneath the top shelf as suggested.  She was right, read the plan before you start building 😉 We did make sure it was square!  Brownie points there please.

Recycling Center - start with a box

2.  Next, we attached the bottom trim piece using 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue.

Recycling Center - Add trim and shelving

3.  Moving on, we covered the back.  Instead of using 1/4″ ply, we used an extra piece of bead board we had in the garage (recycling and saving money all at once!)

Recycling center - Add beadboard to the back

4.  The plan calls for cutting footers. I personally went with straight edges because I hate to sweep under those darn small openings, but you are welcome to use what you like 🙂  We cut, glued and nailed, and moved to the next step

Recycling center - Build the door using 1x4

5. and 6. called for us to add the trim to the back of the unit and then the front of the unit.  This is where you will see a 3/4″ gap left at the top – don’t freak out like we did – there is a reason why it’s there!

Recycling center - Build the door using 1x4

7. Here’s where you fill that 3/4″ gap – the missing front edge. Nail and glue in place the size of 1×2 you need (ours was longer because we doubled the size of the unit. That last piece completed the cabinet construction, and we moved to the next piece of the puzzle.

Recycling center - Finish work

8.  Refer to the plan to make the cuts for your door trim, and sides for the can insert.  We used bead board to complete our door to match the back panel.  We also left the second side open to install baskets in the openings to hold small items.

Recycling center - perfect for baskets Recycling center -The final product - Door, hardware and stained

9.  We hinged the door to the bottom so it would tilt out, and attached a decorative handle  just as the plan suggested.

Recycling center - Fits perfectly

The one thing we did different, the top – we added a piece of burlap and Mod Podged it down.  We then cut a piece of plastic we had in the garage to cover the burlap and finished with an L-shaped molding that we painted black to give some contrast to our useful can holder.  This allows us to use the top for goodies with easy cleaning.  We also added an air freshener inside the can from Airwick, as we all know recycling can get messy 😉   Our recycle center came out very classy, and looks like a piece of furniture.  To get the antiqued finish with used Bear flat paint left over from our Villa wall color and Minwax aged oak stain combo.  We LOVE it! You can no longer see the trash – problem solved!

Recycling center -adding a Mod Podge burlap top Recycling center -adding a Mod Podge burlap top Recycling center -add some trim to the top

That’s our post for today!  We thank Ana White for the plans.  If you have not gone to her site ( ), please do – you will not be disappointed.

Remember, re-purpose, recycle, but always store properly if it does not fit the first two cycles!  Bright and sunny Wednesday everyone!


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