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Upcycled Paper Towel Holder

It’s this time of year when I start to get cabin fever bad. Particularly this year, I think, because of my new pup. We are all so excited to show her all the fun things to do outside when it’s not F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G. Given that I need relief of my craving for warm temps, I like to work on challenging brain projects. With that in mind, I head to a thrift store or dig in my stash to see what I can come up with. Here is the result of a thrift store run. Isn’t it exciting…{{crickets}}. Well, hang with me as I take this yet-to-be upcycled paper towel holder and turn it into something new.

Vintage Paper Towel Holder Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now, I realize not all see this as such a stimulating a …er…fun piece, but I wanted a real challenge. While it might have held paper towels at one point, it will now become part of something more. How about that lovely decal? ahem.

Upcycled Paper Towel Holder Project Before | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In general, at this time of year, I begin to purge a bit of things I’m wanting to work on and try to make a list to keep me on track. I imagine I’m not the only one that does this very same thing.

CREATING TIME

Straightaway, let’s get down and DIY. First, I need to see what I’m dealing with, so I disassemble the holder and here are the parts.

Disassembled Paper Towel Holder for Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Does anything strike you? hmmm… For me, I want to make use of all the pieces, but just in a different form. While I’m at it, I also want to make use of some other items in my stash. On the positive side, here’s some scrap pieces from a build we have left over from a custom build for our four daughters’ bedroom remodel.

Shelf Parts for Upcycled Toilet Paper Holder| prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

What you’re looking at are cabinet-grade ¾” plywood with dados already cut into them (slots), and shelf pieces ready to go. Can you see where I’m heading with this? Not only, do I plan to use those wooden circles from the upcycled paper towel holder, but also the dowel and the back plate. In order to do that, I use my drill and forstner bit to finish the hole on one of the circles.

Forstner Bit Hole in Upcycled Paper Towel Holder | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

BUILD’N’ UP

Next, this is where I take the plywood pieces and marry them to the paper towel holder pieces. Prior to assembly, I need to make sure my dry fit is appropriate. After researching, it is recommended sitewide online that a toilet paper holder stand at 26″ tall. Take a look at where this stand without making any changes.

Measure DIY Toilet Paper Holder Shelf | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

{{fist pump!!}}

With the measurements in mind, I use the circles to make a measurement on the long side of the plywood, then cut notches with my jigsaw. Secondly, using the first side as a template, I trace my cuts onto the second long side and cut as well.

Tracing Shelf Sides for Upcycled Toilet Paper Holder | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In addition, I need to cut those original circles, so that the original dowel is removeable. See how I used my jigsaw to cut notches slightly wider than the dowel diameter?

Cutting TP Holder Ends for Upcycled Paper Towel Holder | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

While I’m at it, I sand down the blunt end of the dowel, and add two pins to keep it from moving side-to-side in the slots I just cut.

Toilet Paper Holder Stand Assembly | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

FINISHING TOUCHES

Last, but not least, I need to dress up this now toilet paper holder stand a bit. To finish, I use a reactive stain to cover the entire piece. As a matter of fact, this stain not only is less toxic, but also ages the wood right before your eyes. Similarly, you can see my past posts using it HERE.

Upcycled TP Holder Stained | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After that, once the stain cures, I apply a single whitewash coat. As an aside, you can see my not-so-little helper is tuckered from her tennis ball game and falling asleep on my feet while I work.

Sleeping Goldendoodle Puppy with Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Still, if you know me, I aim to add a bit of typography to take this to another level. In light of my typography addiciton, my basic go-to transfer method is seen in this past post or in the video below.

Tracing DIY Typography Sign for Toilet Paper Holder | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Video Tutorial How to Emboss Anything by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

TP OR NOT TP

Okay, ladies and gents, get ready to wipe…er…wash! Can you tell I had fun with this? I’m on a roll!

Cottage Style Farmhouse Toilet Paper Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #bathroom

Handpainted Typography on DIY TP Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #storage

I believe I not only rocked the challenge to upcycle that paper towel holder, but also make use of those scrap pieces of ply hanging out in my workshop. Undeniably, I’m a skip-happy DIYer!

Side View DIY Toilet Paper Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #woodworking #storage #bathroom

Closeup of DIY TP Holder from Upcycled Paper Towel Holder | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Yes, we want folks to wipe, but also WASH. ahem…you know who you are. That being the case, the words are right there for young and older alike as a whimsical reminder. Better yet, you can even use this at a coffee bar with towels, or near a serving line during a celebration. As well, if you make something similar, use it for twine, ribbon, yarn. The options are limitless!

Top Vie of Toilet Paper Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #storage #woodworking

By the same token, if you like, you can find this and much more available in my online shop.

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By all means, my goal is all about inspiring you to tackle your own projects with fervor and to make your own home story. Along with leaving some comment love below, pin and share to inspire others too.

An upcycled paper towel holder is taken to new heights when Larissa of Prodigal Pieces turns it into a Toilet Paper Stand | Details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #toiletpaper #farmhouse #bathroom

To conclude, before you go, be sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter as I show you what happens to this thrifted lampshade HERE.

Thrifted Lampshade Before Upcycled | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Until next time!
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Further, take a peek at these fun makeovers like my upcycled paper towel holder:

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Comments

  1. Denise says

    Excellent. You are so talented.

    • Larissa says

      I had fun with it and sharing is the cherry on top. Thank you, Denise.

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    No WAY!! I did NOT see this one coming!! I pride myself on ability to problem solve and my creativity….. but, you run rings around me!!! 😂. I would have tossed that in the fireplace as hopeless…. You ARE the QUEEN!! 👸🏼🥰

    • Larissa says

      I have no doubt you’d give me a run for my money, Rebecca. haha. I just love creating and sharing my passion. As always…HUGS!

  3. Stephanie Harris says

    It is such a joy to see my inbox with your name on it. Just when I think I know your tricks of create, you surprise me once again. How wonderful is this project!
    Thank you for making me smile each time you post!

    • Larissa says

      Now that just made my whole week, Stephanie. How fun to hear!! Thank you for the kind words, but giving me a smiling heart too.

  4. Jill says

    This turned out crazy amazing… I’m always impressed by your vision to see things in a. new way! Inspiring for sure!

    • Larissa says

      I’m just glad you don’t think me crazy, period. haha! Thanks so much, Jill!

  5. Niki says

    That turned out pretty cool. Way more useful now. This week begins a cold snap here so I’m really in the deep woods with cabin fever. I venture out to Bible study and church and that’s about it. Patiently awaiting spring!

    • Larissa says

      It was meant to be…TP. HAHA. I’m right there with ya, Niki. Though, we’re missing out on the nasty storm hitting just north, so I’m totally happy.

  6. Marie says

    I did not see this coming from a paper towel holder – how clever is that! I’m going to say it again Larissa, you’ve got some serious talent!

    • Larissa says

      I don’t tire hearing it! haha. Online is where I feel the love most, so I appreciate you taking the time. Hugs!!

  7. p says

    Now that’s a creative vision for sure… And your recycle / redesign is very functional too.
    As you mentioned, storing ribbon and crafts would work well !
    Thanks for sharing your up cycling creativity.
    Now… I need to get busy too. 🙂
    p

    • Larissa says

      I debated on adding casters as well, as they make things really roll. haha. Thanks so much for the smile! 😀

  8. Marietta says

    When you first laid it out and said, “Do you see where I am going with this?” I saw a a little cart to set you plants in cart. Ad the you wet i a whole differet drection. Isn’tfunny how we see final shapes in the laid out pieces?

    I like what you did with it, And your letter made me laught,. :Wipe and Wash”. The little ones sure do need reminding.

    • Larissa says

      I debated on that too with a twine holder on top, but I kinda did that before. Yes, even some adults need reminding too. haha.

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