DIY Industrial Toilet Paper Holder

Toilet Paper Stand Holder

This industrial toilet paper holder is a simple and easy bathroom DIY project that is a fantastic addition to any chic, rustic, or modern style bathroom. It’s also free-standing which means it can be placed anywhere in your bathroom without the need to drill into a wall. This minimalist design was created using 1/2 inch black iron steam piping. All materials can be found at your local hardware store (Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware). Feel free to follow along with our DIY YouTube video (embedded below) as you are building it. If you love the product but don’t want to build it yourself, you can have us build it for you. Click here to purchase off our site: DIY Industrial Toilet Paper Holder  or our Etsy page: Bathroom Toilet Paper Stand

YouTube Video Guide: Native Den DIY YouTube Channel 

Skill Level: Beginner

Total Cost to Build: $35.17 (Before Tax)

Time Needed to Complete Project: 1 hour

Materials and Supplies:

Toilet Paper Holder Materials

Directions: This great looking toilet paper holder was designed out of black steel 1/2 inch piping. Not only does it look great once completed, but it’ll take on a more rustic appeal as the steel ages. We always recommend checking with friends and family for supplies first though. Recycle, Reuse, and Rebuild whenever possible. If that’s not an option, the materials can be found in your local hardware store’s plumbing section.

Step 1 Degrease:  As soon as you unwrap the multiple piping pieces, you’ll immediately notice that fine layer of black grease on top of the piping. For this reason, we recommend wearing work gloves to prevent getting grease all over your hands. Also, you’ll want to choose a surface to work on that you don’t mind getting dirty. If you don’t have any degreaser under your kitchen sink, you can simply pick one up while you’re purchasing the other supplies. Degreaser only costs $2-3 per bottle. Your work area should look similar to the picture below once all the piping is unwrapped.

DIY Toilet Paper Holder
Work area after the 1/2″ black steel piping is unwrapped.

Begin degreasing by spraying the piping thoroughly. Turn the piping over to cover all the sides. Let it sit for a couple minutes to loosen the grease. Using an old cloth or rag, wipe the piping down by applying pressure and scrubbing off the grease.  This may take a couple tries to get all of the grease off.

Step 2 Locking Tape (Optional):  As noted, this is an optional step. Typically, piping can be tightened enough without using any tape to securely hold it in place. I always like to make extra sure it’ll never move by applying a layer of tape onto the ends of the piping. Although locking tape is not included in the materials, it can be purchased at your local hardware store for around $2 per roll. I like to use Oatey FASTtape because it matches the piping color.

Simply unravel and cut a strip of tape so that it is long enough to wrap around the end of the pipe one time. As shown in the picture below, wrap the tape around the end of the pipe and press firmly with your fingers to secure it in place. Do this for all of the threaded ends.

DIY Toilet Paper Stand
Wrap locking tape around the black steel pipe.

Step 3 Assembly of base: Now the fun part begins. Below you’ll find pictures for putting together the base. Keep in mind, you’ll want to tighten the piping as securely as possible. You don’t want this ever loosening once built.

DIY TP Holder
Screw one cap onto one end of each 2″ black steel nipple.
DIY Bathroom Toilet Paper Stand
Screw the black steel nipples into each end of the first 1/2″ tee.
Bathroom TP Holder DIY
Screw the 1/2″ close nipple and 2nd 1/2″ tee into the remaining open end of the 1st tee.
DIY TP Stand
Screw the 2nd 1/2″ close nipple, 3rd 1/2″ tee, and 1/2″ plug in as shown.

Your industrial toilet paper base assembly should now be compete. Here’s a look at where you should be at the end of step 3.

DIY Bathroom Toilet Paper
Finished result of step 3.

Step 4 Assembly of top. You are more than halfway done with the assembly! Let’s get the top of the toilet paper holder built. I’ve included pictures below similar to step 3. Remember to screw all the piping in as tightly and securely as possible.

DIY Bathroom TP Holder
Take the 1/2″ 10 inch steel nipple and screw it into the back tee on the base.
DIY Bathroom Toilet Paper Holder
Screw the 3rd cap onto the other end of the 10″ black steel nipple.
Do It Yourself Toilet Paper Holder
Screw the 1st 12″ nipple, 90 degree elbow, 6″ nipple and last cap together as shown.
Do It Yourself TP Holder
Screw the 1/2″ coupling onto one end of the 2nd 12″ nipple.
Do It Yourself Bathroom
Screw the opposite end of the 12″ nipple with the coupling onto the remaining open tee on the base.
DIY Bathroom NativeDen
Screw the remaining end of the 2nd 12″ nipple into the coupling from the previous step.

Make sure the 6 inch bar, used for holding the toilet paper, is lined up exactly perpendicular to the cross bar on the bottom of the holder. That’s it! The product is now fully assembled. If you notice any locking tape sticking out after screwing the piping together, it can be easily removed by taking scissors, a paper clip, or anything with a point and scraping it off.

We hope you enjoyed our DIY Industrial Toilet Paper Holder guide. If you love our blog, please comment below and share on social media to help spread the word!

Best regards,

Craig Folmer | Owner Native Den

TP Stand Holder  Bathroom Stand Holder

TP Stand Holder  Tissue Paper Stand Holder

DIY Rustic Clothing Rack

This rustic spin on a clothing rack will look amazing in any home or store! The rack includes a wooden base for storage, 3 shelves for shoes/small items, a 3 tier design for hanging clothes, and a hook for hand bags. It’s base sits on 4 rasters (2 with wheel locks) for easy mobility and for securely locking it in place.

Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate

Time Needed to Complete Project: 4-5 hours

Materials and Supplies: Located in the step-by-step guide with the DIY Kit.

Directions: Always check with friends and family for supplies that can be used in any of our projects. Recycle, Reuse, and Rebuild to create a greener planet. If this is not possible, most supplies and materials can be purchased from any local hardware store. To save time an effort, purchase the DIY Kit which comes with all supplies included with more detailed step-by-step instructions. All you need to do is supply the wood and stain of your choice. If you prefer to have it made for you, purchase the completed product hand made per order.

Step 1 Pre-assemble: Typically it saves time to begin painting or staining all of your materials first. With this project, it’s best to set everything up first to double check that the dimensions of all the materials align perfectly. To do this, we used wood screws to first add the base plates to the top and bottom of all three shelves. Be careful when doing this! You want to make sure the base plates are perfectly centered in the middle of the shelves. Simply using a measuring tape and measure from each side of the shelf to the base plate. Make sure all four sides match.

DIY Rustic Clothing Rack Base Plates
Center the base plates to be even measurements from all four sides


After the base plates are attached correctly to the shelves, we want to add one base plate to the long piece of wood which will make up the bottom of the clothing rack. Take a look at the wood first to determine which side will look the best facing up. Once again, it is crucial that the plate is centered correctly!

Step 2 Assemble: Once the base plates are attached, take the various custom metal piping pieces and begin to screw everything together. Do not screw them on too tight! The pipes will need to be disassembled later.  The DIY kit will provide full detailed instructions.

Once all the piping is screwed into the shelves, elbows, and threaded tee correctly, the bottom of the longest metal pipe in the kit should come in contact with the other side of the base. From here, screw on the final base plate to the bottom of the longest metal pipe. Set everything down and make sure it aligns perfectly so that the horizontal bars are exactly parallel with the base. The whole rack should stand up and be stabilized without screwing in the final base plate. If everything matches up correctly, then you can move forward with centering the bottom base plate of the longest pipe and screw it into the base of the wood. After moving around the pipe to find it’s most stable position, screw in the base plate.

Now your entire clothing rack should be assembled (minus the raster wheels) and standing perfectly stable.

DIY Rustic Clothing Rack Assembled
Here’s what it should look like after completing step 2.


Step 3 Stain (Not included in DIY Kit): After assembling everything to make sure it lines up correctly, it all needs to be now disassembled. Take apart the clothing rack in the same order you put it together in step 2. Unscrew all metal base plates from the shelves and bottom board. To stain the wood, use a 2″ foam paint brush and your choice of stain. We used an English Chestnut for the product shown in the pictures. Brush on the wood stain in the same direction as the wood grain. Stain as much wood as you can for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes have passed, use a clean dry rag to rub off the access (same direction as wood grain).

DIY Rustic Clothing Rack Stain
We recommend using one of our favorite stains, Minwax English Chestnut.


Step 4 Degrease Piping: Once all sides of the wood are stained, let the wood dry for recommended amount of time listed on the stain (Typically 1-3 hours). While the stain is drying, you can use this time to clean off any grease that still remains on the black metal piping. Any degreaser and a rag will do the job. Spray the degreaser directly onto the metal, let sit for 5-10 minutes, than rub off with a clean rag. This step is important so you don’t get any stains left on shoes, bags, clothing etc.

Step 5 Paint brackets, Screws, Washers, Caster Rollers (Optional): If you’re like me and decide that adding corner brackets around the shelves and base of the rack will give it a more rustic appeal, you will need to paint the hardware black. (These are included with the DIY Kit). This step was added after I originally put on the silver corner brackets and caster rollers which looked tacky once completed. Lay out a sheet in an open air environment. Trust me, the paint smell is very strong. Grab all the materials you need for the corner brackets, as well as the caster rollers, and place them out on the sheet. To make this process quickly, we chose to use Rust-Oleum high performance enamel black spray paint (pictured below). It dries within 15 minutes.

DIY Rustic Clothing Rack Black Paint
Spray an even coat on all corner brackets, screws, and washers.


Step 6 Polyurethane (Not included in DIY Kit). Once you finish spray painting the bracket hardware, the wood stain should have had enough time to dry. Because the clothing rack may unintentionally become wet or scratched while using, we need to add a protective coat of polyurethane. Most polyurethane’s can be purchased from any local hardware store. Just like other projects, our favorite choice is Varathane’s triple thick 3x polyurethane (pictured below). You only need one coat to fully protect the wood from water, scratches, and UV damage. Similar to the staining process, brush a heavier coat of polyurethane on the wood in the same direction as the wood grain and use a clean rag to wipe off any access.

DIY Rustic Clothing Rack Polyurethane
We recommend an oil based 2″ brush to apply the polyurethane


Step 7 Apply Corner Brackets: Allow enough time for the polyurethane to dry and cure into the wood (Follow instructions on label). Once dry, screw the corner brackets (provided in kit) onto the shelves and the corner brackets (provided in kit) onto the base of the clothing rack. See image below.

DIY Rustic Clothing Rack Corner Brackets
Use two screws, one on each farthest end of bracket, to secure it in place.


Step 8 Attach Caster Rollers: Take the wood used for the base of the shelf and flip it over so the top side is facing down. Use wood screws and washers (provided in kit) to secure the four casters (provided in kit) to the bottom of the base. Once attached, flip the base over so it now rests on the caster rollers.

DIY Rustic Clothing Rack Casters
Two of the four wheels have wheel locks to secure the rack in place.


Step 9 Final Assembly. Now everything is ready to be reassembled together. Follow the directions and diagram provided in the step-by-step guide. That’s it! You’re all done. We hope you love this rustic clothing rack as much as we do.

DIY Rustic Clothing Rack 1  DIY Rustic Clothing Rack 2  DIY Rustic Clothing Rack 3

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DIY Outdoor Bench

If you’re becoming frustrated with looking online for an original outdoor bench, it may be worthwhile to try something different as a DIY project. After browsing through Home Depot for a couple hours, my girlfriend and I came up with this simple idea using concrete blocks and wood planks.

Skill Level: Beginner

Total Cost to Build: $52.04 (Without Pillows) – $208.59 (With Pillows)

Time Needed to Complete Project: 1 hour

Materials and Supplies: Located at bottom of page.

Directions: Since we were already shopping at Home Depot, we decided to purchase all the supplies and materials (Except Cushions and Pillows) there. We always recommend checking with friends and family for supplies first though. Recycle, Reuse, and Rebuild whenever possible. If that’s not an option, you would also be able to purchase everything from any local hardware store. The Cushions and Pillows you see in the pictures were purchased from World Market. In hindsight we realized  you could save a lot more money on pillows by getting a 72″ bench cushion instead of four 18″ by 18″ seat cushions.

Step 1 Paint: As with most projects, the very first step will be to paint. Luckily for this project, we’re only painting 8 concrete cinder blocks which should take 20-30 minutes. To make the process go quickly, we used 3 cans of Rust-Oleum painter’s touch 2x spray paint in the color Satin Aqua. We liked this color because it matched the throw pillows we had already picked up from World Market. Remember to always look for your set of bench pillows first so you have an idea what color to go with before applying paint.

DIY Outdoor Bench Concrete Blocks
Spray paint each concrete block with an even coverage of Rust-Oleum in your color of choice.


Step 2 Assembly: Once the paint has dried on the concrete clocks (always check drying times located on paint product), it’s time to put everything together. Place 4 blocks on each side of where the bench will go (See our set up in picture below). To match our dimensions here, we measured the sides exactly 6 feet from one another.

DIY Outdoor Bench Side
Assemble four concrete blocks on either side of bench.


Once both sides are set up, slide the three 8 foot lumber boards through the concrete blocks to create the the base of the bench.

DIY Outdoor Bench Base
How the bench should look after step 2 is complete.


Step 3 (Optional): This step was actually added after a few weeks of sitting on the original bench. We discovered that you could easily feel the grooves between the boards through the seat cushions. Therefore, we added a piece of plywood, cut in a 2′ x 6′ dimension, to make it more comfortable. To stabilize the plywood, you can always nail it directly to the lumber. However, we chose to skip that process since it was pretty stable already.

DIY Outdoor Bench Plywood
Simply place the plywood evenly across the 3 pieces of lumber.


Step 4 Pillows: We’re already at the final step! Take the seat cushions, bench cushions, pillows, etc. and assemble them how you see fit. To save some future headache, we’d recommend using seat or bench cushions that can be tied down to the lumber boards. This will prevent the cushions from moving or blowing off the bench in windy conditions.

DIY Outdoor Bench Cushions
The seat cushions we seen here have ties in the back to secure them to the lumber board.


We’re all done! Time to invite friends over and admire your new outdoor bench!

DIY Outdoor Bench 1   DIY Outdoor Bench 2

DIY Outdoor Bench 3   DIY Outdoor Bench 4

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4″ x 4″ x 8′ Pressure Treated Timber
 $                                       8.97
 $                                     26.91
16″ x 8″ x 8″ Concrete Block
 $                                       1.69
 $                                     13.52
12oz Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2x Spray Paint (Satin Aqua Used Here)
 $                                       3.87
 $                                     11.61
All-weather Chair Cushions 18″ x 18″ or 72″ Bench Cushion
 $                                     19.25
 $                                     77.00
All-weather Outdoor Square Pillows 16″ x 16″
 $                                     13.98
 $                                     55.92
All-weather Outdoor Lumbar Pillow 16″ x 16″
 $                                     13.98
 $                                     13.98
(Optional Step 3) 7/16″ 4’x8′ OSB Plywood cut into one 2′ x 6′ piece
 $                                       9.65
 $                                       9.65

DIY Wood Crate Coffee Table

This is one of our favorite DIY coffee table projects that you can easily build yourself using wood crates!

Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Total Cost to Build: Brown Table: $112.29 | Grey/White Table: $138.03

Time Needed to Complete Project: 5-10 hours

Materials and Supplies: Located at bottom of page.

Directions: I decided to build both tables using materials and supplies from Home Depot. I have found that to save a couple bucks, you can also purchase the wood crates at Lowe’s, Michaels, or JoAnn Fabrics.

Step 1 Stain: Stain wood crates, 27.5″ x 27.5″ plywood bottom, and 9″ x 9″ plywood middle shelf . It’s always best to stain all of the wood before you begin to assemble the project. Trust me! This saves a lot of time. I found the easiest way to do this is by using a 2″ foam brush. Simply coat the brush and stain the wood in the same direction as the wood grain in an even coat. Stain as much wood as you can for 5 minutes and then use a rag to run over the stained wood to remove any access stain. Repeat until all the wood is stained. Dry time typically takes around 2 hours.

Wood Crate Coffee Table Stain Dark Walnut
For the Brown Coffee Table I used Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut Wood Stain.
Wood Crate Coffee Table Stain
For the Grey/White table, I used Minwax White Wash Pickling Wood Stain and Rust-Oleum Weathered Grey Wood Stain.


After the grey stain dried, I then applied Rust-Oleum Transformations  Decorative Glaze (Java Brown). Only apply this to the 2 Weathered Grey wood crates. Follow the same technique in applying the glaze as the stain above.

Wood Crate Coffee Table Decorative Glaze
Decorative Glaze – Java Brown


Step 2 Polyurethane: After the stain has completely dried, it’s time to apply an even coat of polyurethane to protect the wood against liquids, light damage, and scratches. I found it easier to use a 2″ flat utility brush for this part. Simply use the brush to apply a heavy coat of polyurethane brushing in the same direction of the wood grain. Just as in the directions for the stain, apply as much as you can to all the wood pieces for 5 minutes. Then take a rag or cloth and very gently rub over the wood to remove any access. Typically it’s best to now let the polyurethane cure for 24 hours.

For both tables I used Varathane Polyurethane Triple Thick 3x (Satin Finish). This is a huge time savor as you only need to apply a single coat to protect the wood. Anything supplies that can reduce time is a great bonus!

Wood Crate Coffee Table Polyurethane
Varathane Polyurethane Triple Thick 3x (Satin Finish)


Step 3 Wood Crates: Now that all the wood is stained and protected, the fun part begins. Let’s put everything together! On a flat surface, lay out the wood crates as shown in the picture below. Before you place the 4th crate in place, slide the 9″ x 9″ shelf into the middle of the other 3 crates. I chose one of the top slots for this as I didn’t want the shelf to be too deep. Once you slide the shelf in, arrange the 4th crate in place.

Wood Crate Coffee Table Assembled
Here’s what the crates assembled with the shelf together look like.


Once everything is lined up, it’s time to bolt the crates to one another to secure them in place. This will make the table much sturdier. For this I used 1.5″ machine screws to drill 2 holes through each side (see pictures below). Then on the opposite side, I used machine screw nuts to lock them in place. See material list at bottom of page for more details.

Wood Crate Coffee Table Screws
Screw 2 machine screws through each side and then use a machine screw nut on the opposite side to lock the crates together.


Step 4 Caster Wheels: Once the wood crates are bolted together, we’re ready to move on to the bottom part of the table. To give the table better mobility, I decided to use 3″ caster wheels rather than legs. 3″ table legs could also be used based on your preference. I used 5/8″ zinc wood screws and corresponding washers to attach the wheels to the bottom of the plywood.

Wood Crate Coffee Table Caster Wheels
Attach 1 raster wheel to each of the bottom corners of the 27.5″ x 27.5″ plywood.


Step 5 Attaching bottom of Table: Last Step! Once the legs are attached, we’re ready to finish the table. Flip over the 4 assembled wood crates so that the top of the table is facing the ground. Align the 27.5″ by 27.5″ plywood on the bottom of the wood crates so the edges all line up together. Once aligned, use four 1″ wood screws to secure the bottom of the table to the crates.

Wood Crate Coffee Table Bottom
Screw one 1″ wood screw through each side of the plywood into the wood crates.


We’re all done! Flip the table over and admire your work. Only thing left is to brag to your friends about it.

Wood Crate Coffee Table 1 Wood Crate Coffee Table 2

Wood Crate Coffee Table 3  Wood Crate Coffee Table 4

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Wood Crates
7/16″ 4’x8′ OSB Plywood cut into 2 pieces (27.5″x27.5″ | 9″x9″)
3″ Steel Swivel Caster Wheels
#8 – 32×1.5″ Machine Screws (4 pack)
#8 – 32 Machine Screw Nut (4 Pack)
#8 1″ Zinc Wood Screws (12 pack) Quantity Needed for Project (4)
#8 5/8″ Zinc Wood Screws (12 Pack) Quantity Needed for Project (16)
#8 Washers (30 pack) Quantity Needed for Project (24)
2″ Foam Brush
2″ Flat Utility Brush
Varathane Polyurethane Triple Thick 3x Satin (1 Qt)
(Brown Table) Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut Wood Stain (Qt)
(Grey/White Table) Minwax White Wash Pickling Wood Stain (Qt)
(Grey/White Table) Decorative Glaze QT