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So, About My Bad Idea…

I don’t know if you recall my tile mishap. Long story short, I pried off a towel rack that was, unfortunately, not glued to the tile but anchored in the wall. I was left with these chic square holes.  As modern and trendy as geometric tile-holes may be this season, it just wasn’t for me, so here is my story (in photos) of how I solved this minor pain in the ass issue.

First I measured these oddly shaped holes and cut some scrap wood  to jam inside. (I don’t have any footage of me fumbling with the wood and hacksaw, but I’m sure if you saw it then you’d feel better about how ridiculous you might look doing it.) As you can see, my mom came over for a bit of Mother-Daughter bonding…and this is how we do it…with mallets.

The wood is a wringing fit, no grout needed....yet.

I then installed the brackets the way I typically would on the wall, except (because this was through wood instead of plaster) I decided to forgo the anchors. Because the wood pieces are so small, the screws eventually split the wood and I had to use caulk and mod-podge (I’m slightly embarrassed to admit the second adhesive) to glue the wood back together with the 2 substances and then caulk around the outside of the wood pieces to solidify the fit.

Both brackets installed.

All that was left at this point was to wait for the caulk and glue to dry.

Once everything was set, I slipped on the bracket covers and towel bar. Just to make sure it was super, duper secure I also caulked and mod-podged the covers to the tile. It may have not been needed, but I would rather do something when it’s unnecessary than to not do something when it is necessary. …which is why the project took 1.5 hours.


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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