This may seem like a silly DIY project to post about...but mounting something as simple as a towel bar is something I have never done on my own! There were several steps and power tools involved, so I felt like it was a legitimate project to include on the blog. I placed this particular towel bar in our kitchen next to the sink.
I'll start with the supplies you'll need (because I kept having to run downstairs to get more stuff):
I started by holding up the bar to the cabinet and using the level to make sure it was positioned correctly. Holding the bar firmly in place, I traced a light pencil line around the base of each side of the towel bar.
Once I had the outline traced, I held up the mounting brackets so they were centered in the middle of the circle. I made light pencil markings in each opening of the bracket so I knew where to pre-drill my holes.
I used my drill and 1/4 inch drill bit to drill into the cabinet over my pencil markings. Because I was mounting this to wood, the instructions did not recommend the use of anchors, so I did not insert anchors before the screws. Using my drill again with a Phillips head drill bit, I screwed in the outside screws required for the mounting bracket.
After the mounting bracket was in place, I placed the long screw provided with the kit through the two bases of the bar. This required popping off the top of the bases, which I later placed back on the bases upon finishing.
Here's where you'll use your handheld Phillips screwdriver to screw the long base screw into the middle hole of the mounting bracket. Turn screw until base is tight against the cabinet. Make sure to pay attention to the positioning of the hole the bar will be inserted into. Ensure it is facing inwards.
You'll do the same thing on the other side. The only difference will be is that you should have the bar inserted into both of the bases before screwing the second base in. The bar rotates and has notches in it so that you can turn the bar until there is an opening and then screw in the second base.
After both bases are secured, you can replace the tips of the bases that I mentioned needed to be taken off before you could insert the base screw.
There you have it! A beautiful, functional, mostly level towel bar. I need to purchase towels that go better with our decor, but for completed project photo purposes, I pulled together a little Cowboys and Indians towel combo.