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DIY - Recessed Toilet Paper Holder

How to build and install a recessed toilet paper holder

The makeover of this tiny powder room continues and this time I had to do something with our toilet paper holder situation.

If you're new here, let me tell you that I finally gave this little bathroom the green light for a makeover. Something that's long been due. You can check my previous post where I installed a new vanity and I'm so happy at how it turned out.

The recessed toilet paper holder idea was turned into a real project out of necessity. There's even a little story that goes with it, let me tell you about that.

The builder gave us a toilet paper holder smack there in the middle of the big front wall of this little room. When we opened the bathroom door, or if the door was left open, the only thing we saw was the roll of toilet paper. 

Many years ago when I gave the bathroom the first makeover, I moved the location of the toilet paper holder to the opposite wall as you can see in the left picture below.

Oh, I was so happy that it was now somehow hidden on that wall. Additionally, the holder I installed was perfect because it was an open hooked design that was very easy to use when exchanging the paper rolls.

However, that open hooked design was precisely the big problem we encountered soon after. When visitors propped themselves to use the nice facility, the toilet paper roll would be launched off the hook and land on the floor. 

After multiple toilet paper rescue missions, we got tired of the paper holder and removed the hook, leaving behind an eyesore of a stump. 

For the past several years, the top of the tank has been the designated spot for toilet paper rolls. And believe me, it's not the comfiest situation. 

toilet paper holder situation


I finally got rid of that stump and was glad to see that it was mounted on a stud. 

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the before with a stump on the wall

The solution to the toilet paper holder situation was to build a recessed model. Something that is not going to be in the way in those 32" of space we have there! 

The best part about this project is that if you have the tools and a few pieces of scrap wood/molding, you only need to buy a $2 toilet paper holder tube (in any shade you wish).

How to build and install a recessed toilet paper holder

You can get the free plans for this DIY - Recessed toilet paper holder right HERE.

how to make and install a recessed toilet paper holder



The materials you'll need:

The tools you might need:



         
Directions:


1. DRILL THE HOLES THAT WILL HOLD THE TOILET PAPER TUBE

Mark the location where to drill the holes on both side pieces. 

Their location is 4" inches from the top of the board, and 2-1/2" from their back. Make sure you label all those wooden pieces, left, right, top, bottom, front, back, etc.

Use a 5/8" spade drill bit attachment to drill the holes.  Use painter's tape on the spade bit to mark the 1/4" distance you have to go in.

Sand and clean the little area. I used wood putty to patch the little hole left behind.
drilling holes for tube with spade bit

2. DO PREDRILLS

For assembling the little box, two screws are drilled from the top and bottom of both side pieces.

I used a 5/64 drill bit to do pre-drills or pilot holes - Left picture below.

At this point, I also drilled a couple of holes to drive the screws when installing the box on the wall.
doing predrills - Milwaukee drill

3. SAND & PAINT OR STAIN 

Sand all the pieces smooth, clean, and paint or stain them.


4. ASSEMBLE THE TOILET PAPER HOLDER

Assemble the box by driving the 1-1/4" wooden screws onto the top and bottom sections - Left picture below.

Use 1" brad nails to attach the back 1/4" plywood in place.
how to assemble the box - Ryobi nailer


5. INSTALL THE BOX

  •  LOCATE A STUD INSIDE THE WALL
Decide where to install the box and make sure there's a stud on which to attach the box onto.

Bring the box and trace its area on the wall. Make sure it's level and that the stud is located to the right or left of the box.

Use a drywall saw to cut along the lines.
How to install a recessed toilet paper holder

  • ADD EXTRA SUPPORTS
I had one stud on the left side of my configuration.  On the right-hand side, there's a door frame that's about two inches away from the new opening.

I used scrap pieces of wood and a right-angle magnetic attachment to secure that block of wood onto the door frame. That way I had a surface on the right where to attach the box on that right side.
How to build and install a recessed toilet paper holder

  • BRING IN THE BOX AND SECURE IT IN PLACE
I used 1-1/2" screws, once again driving them with the right-angle magnetic attachment to secure the toilet paper holder onto the studs on the wall.

All that's needed is to install the tube & toilet paper!

I know, it doesn't look pretty. :/
install with right angle magnetic attachement


  • ADD A PRETTY FRAME
Panel molding cut at 45-degree or mitered was used to conceal the gaps around the box and wall.
mitered box to trim recessed toilet paper holder


I assembled it beforehand using wood glue and brad nails. Then, I used my RYOBI AirStrike to drive 1" brad nails to secure the frame onto the recessed toilet paper holder.
how to add the trim

After filling the nail holes and gaps with wood filler this is how it looks.
How to build and install a recessed toilet paper holder

Look at that profile! No one can blow this one away. :D

Modern bathroom in black and white

This is how that back end of this small powder room is looking right now.  Yep. I'm ready to give this area a couple coats of paint. ;)
modern bathroom in black and white - powder room

I love how sleek this space is looking now.


For more projects going on in this powder room check these out:

DIY - FLOATING BATHROOM VANITY

Modern bathroom vanity


FLOATING SHELVES MAKEOVER

Diy floating shelves - bathroom organization


DIY - PLANKED CEILING

modern bathroom with planked ceiling









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2 comments :

  1. Great idea! Gives you so much more room! I've been contemplating putting a hook for mine inside the vanity door to hide mine, and move it from behind (on the same wall as the toilet) to in front. Still just a thought for now, haha!

    Alexandra
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