When we moved into our house almost three years ago we redid our kitchen. It wasn’t a total makeover – we kept the 1970s solid wood cabinets and the lawful layout but got new paint (after stripping five layers of wallpaper border), new flooring, countertops, and new appliances. At that time I hung this paper towel holder. It was cheap and didn’t take up our valuable counter space.
Can you guess what the problem is? The paper towel rolls won’t roll. And yes for some weird reason – let’s call it laziness – I have put up with this, and the white flakes that come off the paper towels when they won’t turn, for three years.
One day I just had enough and headed to the store to look for a new holder. I had a V-8 moment in the store – you know that moment where you smack yourself in the head and grumble ‘duh’?
Those of you who have been to the site before know I love a good industrial or plumbing pipe project (Hand towel holder, candle holder, coffee table) so I made my own paper towel holder and hung it in just about five minutes!
Here’s what you need:
1 90 degree elbow
1 5″ nipple (you could probably use a 3″ but I used a 5″ take a look and see how far down you want yours to hang)
1 12″ nipple (yep that’s what the pieces of pipe are called and yes it makes me chuckle too)
I used 3/4″ pipe because I thought the 1/2″ looked too small and the 1″ looked too big. Don’t you love that logic? I got all of my plumbing pipe online from Essential Hardware cheaper than buying at a local big box but for a small piece like this the price difference won’t be drastic so go out and get your supplies now if you can’t wait! I painted mine because I wanted the holder to blend with my kitchen but you could easily leave the silver galvanized look.
OK…get ready… these DIY instructions are complicated…just kidding!
1. Screw the 5″ nipple into the flange.
2. Screw elbow onto the 5″ nipple.
3. Screw the 12″ nipple into the other end of the elbow.
4. Screw tee onto the 12″ nipple.
Then mount the paper towel holder under the cabinet.
Unscrew the tee and put your paper towels on. Done! And guess what?!?!? It works! Woo hoo!
Have you ever made anything out of plumbing pipe? I am always looking for new ideas!