Since we moved into our house, we’ve been slowly chipping away at changes we want to make to our kitchen, like replacing the light over the kitchen sink. Even bigger improvements are ahead, but I thought that adding this built-in paper towel holder would be a fun and quick project. I was totally inspired by this copper pipe paper towel holder, but my version is even easier because you don’t need to cut pipe or use glue–everything just screws together.
12-inch 1/2-inch threaded pipe
4-inch 1/2-inch threaded pipe
1/2-inch floor flange
1/2-inch 90-degree elbow
4 screws, 1/2-inch long *See below for notes
1. *This project is really simple once you have the materials, but you must make sure to get the right stuff. Your screws must be short enough that they won’t go all the way through the bottom of your cabinets, and the head on the screws must be large enough to not go through the holes on the flange. With the flanges I was using, this was pretty tricky, but yours may vary. Don’t leave the hardware store without testing the screw head size on the flanges!
I was able to find all of the pieces and pre-cut pipe sizes I needed at Home Depot.
2. Wash your greasy metal pipe pieces with dish soap and water, and allow to dry.
3. Once everything is dry, screw the pieces together.
4. Attach to the underside of your cabinets by marking the holes in the flange, drilling them, and screwing on the holder. Measure and mark your drill bit with a piece of tape to make sure you don’t drill too far.
I love how much counter space this frees up, so now I’m wondering why I didn’t make it sooner. It was super easy, and as a bonus, the 12-inch pipe and flange were both leftovers from another project that I was able to use up. Craft win!
My name is Rachel and I live in wonderful Portland, OR. Transient Expression is about fashion, style, and DIY. I love to share craft projects, cute outfits, recipes, and inspiration for living a handmade life.
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