Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder (Power Drill Challenge)

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Create your very own, industrial style, DIY paper towel holder with these simple instructions.

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Hi Friends!

I have a really fun project for y’all today.

An Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder.

And it’s sooo easy too!
Even better, right? I know I love easy.

My friend Wendi, over at H20 Bungalow, put together a challenge with 13 bloggers (including me).

The challenge is …. use ONE power tool to make something.
The power tool we are using is a DRILL.

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - Power Tool Challenge Drill - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

And with that drill I made this…..

SO SIMPLE Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - super simple!! - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

I decided to use industrial plumbing pipe for this project because I thought it’d be perfect for the “drill” part of the challenge.
Plus I’ve been wanting to add a bit of industrial “flair” to my home.
We are also planning wood with piping shelves in the laundry room but this is a fun & quick little project in the meantime.

I got my inspiration for this project…well, from all over the web.
Quite a few have done them…but the first one I saw was from Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers.

Her’s is a little different than mine so be sure to pop over and see how she created hers. :)

Okay, so here’s what I started with….

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - Supplies Needed - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

E A S Y.

I found the round base at Michael’s and the rest came from The Home Depot.
(except the stain and poly I used, which is from General Finishes)

Here is the supplies list:
(I’ve included affiliate links for these items at the bottom of the page for your convenience. See full disclosure here.)

1 – 3/4″ pipe (it came in 18 ” but I had them cut it down (and re-threaded) to 12) – Pipe Black Tbe 3/4″x18″

1 – 3/4 ” flange –  Floor Flange, Black, 3/4-Inch

1 – 3/4″ cap – Cap, Black, 3/4-Inch

1 – package gripper pads – 1-Inch Surface Grip Screw On Non Slip Furniture Pads, 4-Pack

#6 – 3/8″ screws – Hard-to-Find Fastener 014973474010 Phillips Flat Wood Screws, 6 x 3/8-Inch

#10 – 5/8″ screws – Phillips Flat Wood Screws, 10 x 5/8-Inch

1 – round wood plaque – Darice 9179-65 Wooden Round Plaque, 7-Inch

Stain, color of your choice (I used General Finishes AH Gel Stain, 1/2 pint – Antique Walnut)

Poly (I used General Finishes High Performance Water Based Topcoat, 1 quart, Satin)

.…and the drill of course! 

Start by staining your wood…. (I gave it a light sand beforehand also)

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - Stain wood base - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

I could have done another coat but decided this was the perfect shade I was after.

Once that was dry, I applied 2 coats of High Performance Top Coat (drying well in between)

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - apply poly sealer - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

While that was drying I took my metal items outside to spray …. (taping off the threaded areas)

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - Spray paint with black - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

I wanted them to be a darker color. (and the same color, they weren’t)
I used Rustoleum in “Hammered Black”.
LOVE it! 
It was the perfect shade for this project.
If you look closely (top right corner) in the photo you can see how I pushed the screws down into the cardboard to spray.
Makes it so easy and that way they are the same color as the rest of the metal.

After all that had dried I attached the flange. (see my spray painted screws there?)

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - center flange - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

I measured for center and then measured all the way around to make sure it was …centered. :)

Then marked that and drilled pilot holes….

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - drill pilot hole - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

It’s hard to take a picture of yourself drilling. ;)
Thank goodness my daughter walked in from work halfway through!
So, just to be clear, I was not drilling crooked as you see…I was leaning to take the photo. (one hand has the drill, one hand has the camera! ;) )
You will want to make sure you drill straight down into the wood.

After you’ve drilled your pilot holes all you have to do is add the screws.

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - adds screws - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

All tight and good to go.

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - base complete - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

Next, since it sits right by the sink,  I decided to add “feet” to the bottom side of the base.
I didn’t want water and such getting up under the wood.
Plus, I like the look of it raised a bit.

(and yes, I do write my name on my tools around here, lol, my husband has his…and I have mine ;) — the tape measure)

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - arrange feet - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

I found these at The Home Depot for around $2.50.
They are perfect…and kind of grippy.

I also marked, measured and then drilled a pilot hole for them….. (two hands, yay! ;) )

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - mark and drill pilot holes - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

Pilot holes are really not necessary for this small project but it does makes the job a bit easier.

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - attach screws to feet - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

Finish tightening up all of the screws so it is secure.

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - adding grippy feet - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

Now it has grippy feet for the bottom!

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - it's raised from counter - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

No water getting funky under there. ;)

I love it…. and I sort of feel like I’m channeling a bit of Joanna Gaines in this project. ;)
Love her! …and her style.

Anyway….you are done!
That is it.

Voila! Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - Super Easy DIY! - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

…and had to show you what it also looks like with less than a full roll…..

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - simple DIY- #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

I LOVE a full roll of paper towels on the holder at all times in the kitchen…but I have to say, I’m loving it less than full so I can see all the pretty. ;)

It’s hard to get photos with my fluorescent under cabinet lighting….on…

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - Easy DIY - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

…and off…..

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - quick project! - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

…and on….

Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - So easy! - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

You get the idea anyway.  :)

EASY Industrial Style DIY Paper Towel Holder - super simple!! - #diy #industrial artsychicksrule.com

Do you feel inspired to make something too?
I hope so!
That was the idea behind this project and this fun drill challenge.

Be sure to visit the 12 other bloggers and see what they made with their drills below!

Have a great weekend!

xo

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16 Comments

  1. Nancy,

    I have some of these pipes to use for a table or shelf. If I have any left over, I know what I’ll do with it.

    Great one tool project and tutorial.

    pinned!
    gail

  2. What a great (and clever) idea! I actually need a new paper towel holder in our camper, so maybe I will just make one instead of buying one.

    Thanks for the idea… and nice job! xo

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