We recently remodeled our kitchen and chose to go with black hardware and accent pieces instead of the currently popular oil rubbed bronze. It was quite by accident that we stumbled upon this piece at Ballard Designs. And we’re very glad we did.

A number of reviewers loved the piece, but some voiced frustration that getting the finials (we have the scroll fleur finials) to line up with each other was difficult.

We solved that problem. I got a small black plastic washer that’s used in sealing valve stems in faucets, drilled out the center hole to more closely match the diameter of the screw on the towel holder, and tightened the finial on the washer end until it matched the position of the other end (the end we take off to place towels on the holder).

If needed I can loosen or tighten the washer end to match the other end. The washer is virtually invisible – even with close inspection. 20 seconds of drilling the washer and putting it in place was all the “hassle” it took to never have to worry about the finials. I’ve included a photo of the washer, a closeup of the end with the washer installed, and a shot of the holder to show alignment of the finials. Now all that’s needed it an attractive paper towel!

We really like the holder. It’s very sturdy, very good looking, and, I think, looks more expensive that it is. We’ve heartily recommended this holder to our friends.

The finials are aligned with each other and I haven't touched them since adding the current roll of towels.

The finials are aligned with each other and I haven’t touched them since adding the current roll of towels.

I dare you to find the washer that's holding the finial tightly in place. It's nearly invisible.

I dare you to find the washer that’s holding the finial tightly in place. It’s nearly invisible.

Here's the kind of washer we used to hold the "other" finial in place.

Here’s the kind of washer we used to hold the “other” finial in place.