DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder

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Yup, I’ve been hanging in the plumbing department of Home Depot a lot lately.  I’ve also bought a couple different paper towel holders for our kitchen over the years and never quite found one that was BOTH stylish and functional.  I usually buy the “double rolls” and many times they are too big for the holder.  Big bummer.  Also, the hubs NEVER “remembers” to put the top piece back on when putting a new roll on.

So, ever since the remodel, our paper towel roll has been chillin’ all alone next to the sink.  Then one day it HIT me!  Simple, cute AND no dang top to take off and on!  CHECK. IT. OUT!


My first stop was to Joann’s.  I grabbed this!  It’s an 8″ Wood Pine Plaque.


You could also use something like this.  I was tempted but stuck with the pine.  If you make one with this, I wanna see! K? Thanks 🙂


Next stop, Home Depot.  It can be overwhelming.  Just look at the box fronts.  Once you figure it out, it’s easy peasy.   Make sure all your pieces are the SAME size.

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This is what I picked up:

2 – 1/2×6″ Nipples

1 – 1/2″ Cap

1 – 1/2″ Floor Flange

1 – 1/2″ Coupling

Step 1:

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I painted the wood with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint.  This way it matched our cabinets.

Step 2:

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Center and screw the floor flange to the wood.

Step 3:

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Connect the remaining pieces.

Step 4:

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Connect the bottom nipple to the floor flange.

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That’s It!  YUP.  Simple.  Plus, no taking a top piece off to replace the roll and it fits any size roll.  BONUS:  No one else has it!  I’m lovin’ it.

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37 thoughts on “DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder

      1. I’m going to go back today! I might try and make table legs with it…with a wood top? I did ask the guy at lowes and they will cut the pipe for you! Woo-hoo, so fun! I’ll be sure and let you know when I get some. Thanks again for the inspiration!

        1. Oh yah! That is on my list of ideas too April. I can’t get over how simple! And yes, please keep me posted!

  1. I LOVE the way it turned out and I totally want to make one now! I might treat the bottom with a wax to protect it a little more and make it a little aged. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  2. Ya know this would really make a great Father’s Day gift. It’s perfect for the guys who need a quick way to clean up their messes! 🙂 I love the Home Depot too!

  3. The creativity of some people, such as yourself, truly amaze me! I would have probably just kept looking for the ‘right’ paper towel holder at various local stores, while getting frustrated in the process. But of course you can make one yourself…why didn’t I think of that (slaps forehead)! Brilliant! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. I love this – I’m a creative gal but not a ‘creator’ so I love that you thought to do this and now I can make one for my home 🙂

    1. I totally hear ya! These moments don’t come too often, but I take full advantage when they do!! Thanks for reading!

  5. This looks like a really sturdy paper towel holder! I just replaced mine because it was so flimsy and frustrating! I could have used this post then to build my own great one! Thanks for sharing!

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