Industrial Toilet Paper Holder


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I’ve been on an organizing and decorating binge since moving into our new house a couple of months ago. I’ve got tons of ideas for projects that will take years to complete, but I’m slowly starting to knock some out.

My first focus is the upstairs bathroom shared by my two youngest boys. I wanted to replace the standard, boring fixtures  with something unique and masculine, which turned out to be a really difficult task. After searching high and low, I randomly came across a picture of a pipe bookcase that got my wheels spinning for some do-it-yourself bathroom shelves and accessories.

Using pieces of pipe to make shelves and a toilet paper holder is a simple project that can be completed in a couple of hours (if you opt to leave shelving unstained). It’s easy–really, REALLY easy–and can work with almost any kind of decor. With the variety of pipe available–galvanized, black steel, copper, brass–and different ways to stain and paint wood, the possibilities are almost endless.

I’m excited to share this How-To with y’all for a super simple toilet paper holder, and check out my blog Just Mom Matters to see the shelves and towel holders I made!


What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 inch galvanized cap – 1
  • 1/2 inch x 6 inch pipe nipple – 1
  • 1/2 inch 90 degree elbow – 1
  • 1/2 inch x 2 inch pipe nipple – 1
  • 1/2 inch galvanized flange – 1
  • 8 screws and wall anchors
  • Old rags, Goo Gone, mild dish soap
  1. Use Goo Gone or a degreaser of your choice and an old rag to remove grease on the pipe pieces. Once the grease is removed, clean away all Goo Gone remnants by washing pieces with a mild dish soap and water.


2. Attach pieces together in this order: cap – 6-inch long piece – elbow – 2-inch long piece – flange.



3. Secure to the wall with anchors and screws. This is large enough to fit mega size toilet paper roll with ample space, but if you’d like it even more space between the wall and toilet paper roll just increase the 2-inch pipe piece to a longer piece.


Check out my blog for more ideas and have fun creating your own bathroom shelves and accessories!

Until next time,

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Mary Evett is best known for being a stay-at-home mom of 3 athletic boys and turning thrift shop finds into fashionable DIY projects. She has a degree in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and spent time in the real world working in advertising and marketing, but she found her niche after becoming a mom and refinishing her first piece of furniture. She writes about her testosterone-driven life on her personal blog JustMomMatters, and is a regular contributor to ModernMom, the Bump, eHow, Examiner, GlobalPost, and SFGate. When she’s not playing the referee or writing, you’ll find her in her garage sanding, painting, cutting, or gluing something together.

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