Industrial toilet paper holder crate… that blew up Facebook
Sometimes the smallest decorating details in a room can become the biggest things…
Welcome to my master bathroom.
This is my little master bathroom. It was quite the sight when I first moved in.
The pedestal sink was a fluke. I was only borrowing it until I could afford my own sink. Guess what… it stayed. I fell in love, what can I say.
See that floor? Still love it to this day. It was my first attempt at cutting a pattern into tiles. Took me about 2 years to complete, but I did it. 🙂 The tile pattern was a small thing that made a BIG difference to me.
The ladder landed here from day one and just stayed. I’ve attempted to change things around and try it elsewhere, but missed it.
When you know a piece works well in a room for all the right reasons, it’s BIG.
Anyway, as these pieces came together, I shared the bathroom reveal in THIS POST.
But one of the features in this little bathroom makeover caught the attention of those on Facebook…
The industrial toilet paper holder crate is basically a crate with a vintage licence plate screwed to it.
It works as a wall shelf with of course, gritty, rustic farmhouse industrial appeal.
Cute, right? Simple too!
It was actually so simple, I didn’t think to highlight it in any real special way. I don’t even remember taking a picture of it. It was just a small rustic accessory that worked.
But then something kinda special happened…
Before I share that, here’s how I did it… since I hadn’t written this before!
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How-to make this industrial toilet paper holder crate
- Team up a vintage crate to a license plate, ensuring they are the same width.
- Locate a stud in the wall, then screw the crate to the wall stud.
- Tip: I like to insert one screw first, then rest a carpenter’s level on top, tilt until straight, then add more screws to secure.
- Line the bottom with a towel or paper if desired, then fill with toilet paper.
But for fun, I shared it on Facebook over the weekend. And know what happened?
This little industrial toilet paper holder crate went semi-viral.
Facebook blew up! 🙂 I don’t think ANY of my projects have ever received over 200 likes yet not to mention 23 shares.
Anyway, that proved this little toilet paper storage idea was a good one, and deserved a highlight!
I think it did well because it is easy and it does work. And looks cool too!
Here’s to little crates holding toilet paper in a big way! Now go make one yourself. It’ll take you about 30 seconds.
Think you’ll try?
Other up-cycled toilet paper storage ideas to try:
Branch handled toilet paper shelf
Checkerboard toilet paper holder
Shutters wall shelf toilet paper holder
Visit many other quirky shelf ideas HERE
And some super cool ideas to make with crates!
Check out my current master bathroom, salvaged farmhouse style HERE
More slightly bent projects can be found above. 🙂
What little project went big on you?
85 thoughts on “Make this easy industrial toilet paper holder crate”
Haha. Isn’t that just the way of things? Something you spent three years on gets less attention than something that took two minutes. Well, it is fabulous regardless, but the whole bathroom really is. It ALL deserves that many likes and shares 🙂
Donna, I love you…your personality and your style. Love the TP holder. Best ever.
I absolutely loved it. I was one of the 200+ likes, didn’t share cause I kind of hold onto ideas that I love.. Not a sharer, nope not me! I showed it to my husband who also loved it. We will be building this very soon once I find a vintage license plate that meets approval. 😉
Love your work 🙂 Silly question – does the rust from the number plate come off on your loo roll?
Hey Kayt! No rust issues whatsoever. The paper isn’t touching the plate. Also not shown, the llower rolls still hold their plastic. 🙂
that’s good, would be nothing worse than rusty paper 😮 I guess if it was an issue that sealer could be applied to the back of the plate. Thanks for answering my weird question … my brain just goes there sometimes 😀
The TP holder is adorable and unique.. Congrats on it being acknowledged by so many..
I think there’s a lesson for us all here. TP holder 200 likes– totally remodeled kitchen– 200 likes or less:) Maybe I should stick to the tiny projects..
Oohh how fantastic.
I can see why everyone loved it, it is amazing!
I think it’s the simple things done with a creative twist that really stop us in our tracks. Perhaps it’s because we can relate to them so readily. Whereas with bigger, more complicated projects we think, “Nice. Can’t do that.” and move on. It reminds me of how little children sometimes play with the Christmas packaging instead of the fancy gift 😉 There’s a lot of wisdom and beauty in simple things done well. Your TP holder is a perfect example. LOVE!!
No wonder it blew up Facebook, it’s fabulous! I love the rustic style and the fact it’s so easily put together. 🙂
Wow that is cool Donna! I love it too!!
Funky Junk Interiors was the very first Blog I ever came across. At first I thought it would be like invading some ones privacy by reading what they wrote every day, so never bothered. That mabey it was like a diary that only real life friends should be reading. But the pictures that you posted made it hard not to look, and I soon discovered how fast you actually become one of those friends too. You never cease to amaze me Donna. I love your style and the way you incorporate the past, or articles that were on the way to the trash can, with today and making everything look like its been there all the time.
Thanx bunches for inspiring me every time I read your posts.
I LUV this idea. Sometimes the simple things get the largest impact. Remember my fan towel holder, or grater votives. You never know what speaks to people. Your toilet paper holder was definitely talking up a storm.
Love this!! I did a DIY mirror out of Paint sticks, and it got 30 re-pins on Pinterest, no where near 200, but still exciting!! 🙂
You rock Donna!!! Your ideas are awesome!!
Love it – you have so many followers who adore your style and your sense of humour (me included), that it’s no wonder you had 200 likes! The holder is just another example of your intriguing imagination and creativity. Love it!!
I LOVE your little TP holder! It’s amazing to me how somethings just go viral! For me, it was my reading nook. It was originally a smallish spot that we bumped out into our garage so we would have a place to put the tv. It was like a built in entertainment center with shelves on either side of the TV and doored storage below. When we bought a flat screen years later we no longer needed the built in. So we mulled over it for months about what to do with it. He wanted all desk, I wanted all cushion and reading area. One day, my husband drew a rough sketch, we compromised and finished sketching it out. He took a while to build it but we fell in love with it as it was moving along. After it was finished I saw a post where it asked where you blogged from so I posted my little blogspot and wham! It’s been an incredibly popular post ever since. Now it’s all over pinterest and I get 1 to 2 questions a week about it! We LOVE out little space! Here it is… http://whimages.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-blog-spot-and-blog-roll.html
I can see why so many people love it, it is very vintage looking and original, your whole bathroom looks very nice. I love the ladder too and your floor ofcourse.
It’s always the little details that make a room more interesting. And, let’s face it, TP storage isn’t usually the cutest. Win for you!
My little project that blew up was when I got a desk for free on craigslist and spray painted it. It was featured twice on wordpress that week! My blog never got so many hits. Here’s the link if you’re curious…
I had the same experience when I repurposed my rubber door mat to decorate my A/C intake on the wall. Pinterest hits were crazy. Funny that it’s my simplest project that got the most attention from my little blog. Would love for you to check it out 🙂
I love all of the details and transformations on FJI, great job!
Tami @ Curb Alert!
This is great, I love it. Somewhere in my stash of old things there are some crates and I know there is a license plate hiding, too! I love your blog and find it quite inspiring.
Just goes to show we all have a fondness for TP. It’s one of those things no one notices till there isn’t any!