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DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder

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I created this industrial oil-bubbed bronze papertowel/TP holder using a wood base and black iron pipe and fittings!
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $20 Difficulty: Medium
  • how to make an industrial paper towel holder, diy, repurposing upcycling
The finished product!
  • how to make an industrial paper towel holder, diy, repurposing upcycling
You can buy a pre-cut 12" black pipe nipple, floor flange and cap at Home Depot. 3/4" diamer is perfect for a roll of paper towels.
  • how to make an industrial paper towel holder, diy, repurposing upcycling
I cleaned the pipe and fittings well, then assembled and spraypainted with one coat of gold and one coat of ORB.
  • how to make an industrial paper towel holder, diy, repurposing upcycling
To create the base, I cut a 6"x6" octagon out of 1x8 pine. Then I routed it to create fancy edges, sanded, stained, and polyurethaned it.
  • how to make an industrial paper towel holder, diy, repurposing upcycling
Next, I attached the assembled/painted pipe structure to my base.
  • how to make an industrial paper towel holder, diy, repurposing upcycling
Then I sanded in random spots with coarse-grit sandpaper to create that "distressed" look.
  • how to make an industrial paper towel holder, diy, repurposing upcycling
You could use longer pipe if you wanted to hold lots of spare TP in the powder room! If you would like me to make one of these beauties for you, you can order one for just $30 at my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/206763982/oil-rubbed-bronze-industrial-paper-towel?ref=shop_home_active_1

To see more: http://movingtothecountryryanhomes.blogspot.com/2014/11/industrial-paper-towel-holder-tutorial.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Nov 19, 2014

    I love this! so, if I don't have the tools for woodworking, any suggestions for an alternative wood slab? I know Michaels sells wood slices, do you think that would work?

    • Miriam I
      Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
      on Nov 19, 2014

      @Colette thanks for the tip! I'm going to see if I can find something a bit more industrial looking like yours, as I'm a modern-kind of gal, lol! I will post a pic here when I figure it out!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Nov 19, 2014

    Awesome!

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