I am so BEYOND excited about this project. It’s, like, totally one of those moods where you finally know how Maria feels when she sings, “The Hills Are Alive” in The Sound of Music. Yeah. It’s that level for me. I have been obsessed with the comeback that lucite (the clear acrylic) has been making over this past year. The term “Lucite” is actually a brand name for a type of acrylic, but lately it’s become synonymous with the general product (kind of like how you say “kleenex” when you mean a tissue). Anyway, I’ve been dying to work a little lucite into our new house, but once I saw how crazy expensive it can be, I thought I’d try the DIY route to see what I could come up with instead. I’m in the middle of making over our guest bathroom, and I decided that a lucite and gold towel bar would be a great addition to the space. This project is so easy too! It literally took only minutes to complete!
Once the brackets were dry, I mounted them to my wall (where I wanted the bar to hang) about 24″ apart (use painter’s tape and a level to get a straight line to go off of). The lucite rod was 26″, so mounting the brackets in a little closer allows some of the lucite to hang out either side of the bracket, but you can adjust it how you like and buy whatever length of rod you need.
Slip your clear rod into the brackets and either tighten the screws that come with the brackets to keep the rod in place, or you can use a bit of super glue to glue the rod into the brackets.
The look of the lucite and the gold is just so polished, and I love how it brings the coolness factor of a simple towel bar up a million and a half notches. If you can spend a little bit more on your project, you can use these brass end brackets instead of the ceiling brackets, but it will cost about $80 for the towel rack instead of closer to $30 like mine did. Now that I’ve completed one task with lucite, I can’t wait to think of more places for it—challenge accepted! xo. Laura
Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.