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Slow Design: Vintage Towel Bars

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Slow Design: Vintage Towel Bars

June 26, 2008

My all-time favorite fixture purchase was a simple vintage nickel towel bar I installed in my Seattle bathroom (I wish I had unscrewed it and taken it with me when we moved). If you’re after a similar vintage look in your bath, consider searching for old fittings at one of the many online architectural salvage yards; Hewn and Hammered has a great listing of online resources. (For those in pursuit of new fixtures, see 10 Easy Pieces: Towel Bars.)

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Below is a sampling of three selections from Historic House Parts: Slow Design Vintage Towel Bars portrait 15_12

Glass towel bars with nickel fittings from Historic House Parts.

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Clear glass towel bar with porcelain fittings from Historic House Parts.

Slow Design Vintage Towel Bars portrait 15_15 Belgian enamel towel bar from Historic House Parts.

Slow Design Vintage Towel Bars portrait 5 Vintage Chrome Towel Bar at Nor’East Architectural Salvage.

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Glass Towel Bar, also at Nor’East Architectural Salvage

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Assortment of towel bars from Pasadena Architectural Salvage.

Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose the hardware items for your bathroom in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Bath Hardware.

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