Toilet Paper Holder from Repurposed Materials
We’re still outfitting our bathroom with “new” fixtures. About two weeks ago I posted how I made a hand towel rack from repurposed materials. This week I’m showing you how I made the newest addition to our bathroom…a toilet paper holder.
You might be asking, “What?! How in the world did you make your own toilet paper holder?!!” Well I’m glad you asked, and here you go:
First I started with dismantling the chandelier that used to hang in our dining area.
I started by unscrewing the glass part off of the actual light fixture.
And then I tried just taking the arms of the fixture off. I twisted the arms to make sure they would come off and weren’t permanently welded on. Thankfully they loosened. I admit I tried prying the top globe looking piece off so I could get to where the arms were connected. I realized all I had to do was keeping unscrewing the pieces from the top down until the chandelier was in pieces. The arm was attached with a simple nut and bolt system so it came off pretty easy.
Next I took the light bulb out and unscrewed the socket portion and pulled the wires free from their confinement. Now I had a hollow candelabra arm to work with.
Do you remember the skeleton key door plate from the towel rack? Well I have two of those! Yay!! They came from a door that was in the garage. I definitely wanted to use the key plate for the toilet paper holder so I would have a little matching set in the bathroom.
And to add to the matchy spirit I would also need another small snippet of a 2″x4″.
Right so I had a piece from a light fixture, a key plate and a 2″x4″. I had to find some way to attach all this stuff together so I went searching in the plumbing leftovers. The plumbing pipes and all that jazz were replaced in the bathroom so we have the old piping still hanging around, and boy am I glad we do.
I knew I needed an elbow type piece that would fit onto the arm from the light fixture and also attach to the key plate and 2″x4″. After some searching I found this:
Cute right? Ok, it needed a little cleaning up and some dismantling but it fit perfectly on the arm piece!! What are the odds that I had two pieces from completely different things just lying around that fit perfectly together!! Well my husband kindly got this plumbing piece apart with one of his handy dandy tools.
See how it’s an elbow piece? Now the smaller end fit onto the light fixture arm but now I had to find something that would fit the bigger portion of the elbow piece. My husband found a little PVC thingamajig lying around the plumbing leftovers which fit perfectly onto the bigger portion of the elbow piece!!! Now it would all go together beautifully…well almost. It turned out that the hole on the key plate wasn’t big enough for the PVC part to fit through so it could all be attached. My husband took out the ol’ Dremel and grinded away until the PVC thingy fit through the hole.
Now are you ready to see how the parts came together?
Here’s a side view:
Another view from the back:
I put two nuts on the end of the arm to cover the threads and to act as a decorative cap to the fixture.
The metal pieces were sanded and spray painted silver. Does spray painting make anyone else nervous? I don’t know why but I get really nervous when spray painting. I feel it’s not as easy to control and can get real drippy, real quick. I guess that’s what sandpaper is for though. 🙂 I spray painted on Styrofoam so I could put the screws in the Styrofoam and paint the heads easily.
After it was painted and dried I took some 220 grit sandpaper to it to give it a little rustic feel to match the towel holder. I also painted the 2″x4″ with the same green paint I used for the hand towel holder and the repurposed cabinet door turned towel rack.
The PVC portion was sticking out and wouldn’t allow the metal portion to be attached to the 2″x4″ so the PVC was cut enough to allow the key plate to rest flush with the 2″x4. I then fastened the holder onto the 2″x4″.
Whew! Is anyone else exhausted after all that? Well I’m not done. I thought I was, but when I actually went to put a roll of toilet paper on the contraption, it fit, but just not as well as I would have liked. The light fixture arm wasn’t long enough to fit the toilet paper roll all the way, so it felt and looked as if it was going to fall off.
See what I mean? But here’s my solution:
Another arm and nut from the light fixture and a hinge bolt. My sweet husband willingly cut each piece to the specified length:
And would you believe that all these pieces fit perfectly together giving me an extension for the toilet paper holder.
I spray painted this extra piece…I’m not going to let spray painting intimidate me anymore!! 🙂 Then I scuffed it up a bit with some 220. I attached the extension to the rest of the holder; I think the hinge bolt gives it a better decorative touch. I then threw a roll of toilet paper on there and voila!
What do you think?
Not bad right!? And I love that it matches our towel rack!
When I started this project I didn’t know how it was all going to work out logistically, but with a little searching and elbow grease it all worked out. I know I could have went out and bought a toilet paper holder, but this is handmade. I love that it’s custom and went together so perfectly!!!
Thanks for checking out this post!!