Industrial Style in the Kitchen

24 Jun

This weekend I found quite a gem while browsing Pinterest. I liked it so much that I decided to make it yesterday. I had half of the supplies already in my craft closet, so all I had to do was pick up a few more items at Home Depot.

I’ve been on the lookout for a new paper towel holder for some time. I know…does a paper towel holder really make much difference? Probably not… but I just never really liked the one we have. It was purely functional, but it seemed like the piece that wraps around the middle made it seem too bulky. You know what part I mean, right?

orbitpapertowel.jpgI also never found another paper towel holder that was nice enough that would make buying a new one worth it. Let’s face it… they’re functional, not really aesthetically pleasing. Until now. I found this post by Taryn to be really easy to follow. In fact, it’s so easy, I’m not even going to post the steps here. Check hers out… it’s genius! And it was incredibly simple.

I already had the block of wood on hand for another project I wanted to do, but never got around to making. I also had the Minwax stain in Dark Walnut and the polyurethane sealant. So, I picked up the screws, floor flange, tee fitting and pipe. I chose to get the black steel, because it looks more galvanized, which I preferred.

At first I wasn’t so sure about the black steel pipe, because the “black” was coming off on my hands. I gave it a quick scrub with some steel wool, and it’s perfect now. No residue at all. After sanding, staining, sanding again and sealing the wood block, I added some adhesive felt pieces to the bottom so that I don’t have to ever worry about the wood scratching any surface. I don’t think Taryn did this with hers, so clearly, it’s an optional extra step and a matter of preference.

So, here is my finished industrial paper towel holder. I love it. I really like modern industrial touches in kitchens {think, thick butcher block counters and industrial style pendant light fixtures}, and this is a really easy way of doing that. I think the tee fitting at the top really makes it, and it serves as a nice handle for picking up the holder, too. Sorry about the lighting in these photos. I took these in the evening, so it’s all artificial lighting.

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I like how Taryn’s looks in her kitchen with the stainless steel appliances and touches of wood. I think that the modern farmhouse kitchen style is one of my favorites.

So, what do you think? Would you use this in your home?


Posted by on June 24, 2014 in DIY, Interior Design


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2 responses to “Industrial Style in the Kitchen

  1. Lori Stead

    June 25, 2014 at 8:17 am

    This is awesome!!! It looks so hip! I used to have the same as your above photo… I hated it. Too light weight. I have a heavy one now… It’s still merely functional, but at least it doesn’t move. But the one you made… I love that! Really cool!

    • mypersonalcoffeebreak

      June 25, 2014 at 8:51 am

      Thanks, Lori! I agree that the old one is just too lightweight. This one doesn’t move at all. It was so easy to make and doesn’t have the bulky piece that wraps around the middle section. Win! 😉


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