Thursday, October 18, 2018

EASY and inexpensive DIY butcher paper roll holder for the kitchen

This quick project goes to show how much money you can save when you DIY. Even I will buy rather than do it myself often, but this one there was just no question. I saved a ton, even comparing to less expensive options! 

I know DIY scares some of you but this one is about a two on the do-it-yourself scale. ;) I was looking for one of those butcher paper holders that are so cute -- you can pull the paper down and write lists or meals for the week. 

I wanted to hang it in our pantry
Pretty pantry organization tips

We have the big blackboard nearby in the mud room, but I wanted something I can tear off and take with me if needed. Scratching things off a list is my favorite. :) 

I searched online for something to buy, and found one I LOVED...for $150. ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY. Nope. I kept searching and of course found others that were less, but they were all more than I wanted to spend. It's not a super complex thing! 

I found this tutorial at A Little Bit OCD and followed it almost exactly. Brilliant! I gathered my supplies: 
Easy wall mounted butcher paper holder

Most if it was from IKEA -- but if you don't have one nearby check out the bottom of this post!  

I used the following: 
Betydilg brackets, $3 total
Raffig finials, $2
Racka rod, $2

The brown paper is from the paint aisle at Lowe's and I believe it was $4.

To cut this down to size you will need a pipe cutter. I've had this for years and use it more than I ever thought I would! You can find small pipe cutters here (affiliate) or at the hardware store. You just tighten the cutter down on the pipe and then rotate it around: 
How to cut metal with a pipe cutter

Every couple of turns you tighten it and it eventually cuts through the metal. Super easy! I showed you how else I've used it here

I hung my brackets (using a level to make sure they were the same height) and hung my rod. Then screwed in the finials so the rod doesn't fly off: 
Easy and cheap DIY wall mount butcher holder

Cute right?? Not bad for $11! If you purchase from IKEA makes sure you get the smaller (diameter) Racka rod. Anything bigger wouldn't have fit through the paper roll. And I'm laughing at our list right now...I swear we eat real food. 😂

The one thing I added that the original tutorial didn't have was a bar across the bottom to hold the paper against the wall. The expensive version I saw had a metal piece that you attach. 

I just grabbed a scrap piece of wood, spray painted it black, then hung it on the wall: 
DIY paper roll holder for wall

What you don't see here is I put two washers behind the wood so it sits away from the wall just a bit. That allows the paper to move freely. 

We have a Sharpie marker that I'm going to hang off one of the brackets so it's right there when we need it. 

I'm able to just pull it off and it makes a clean cut. I LOVE it!!: 
How to make your own wall mounted paper roll holder

The best part is these brackets are adjustable so if I use a thicker roll I can move them away from the wall a bit. If you don't have an IKEA nearby just look for similar brackets that you can move. I found some here and here!

Cute right? Functional, easy and cheap too! My favorite combo. :) Have you tried making one of these wall mounted paper holders? 

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Some of the BIG projects I am working on!

Well fall weather has hit and I want to do all. the. things. in our house. ALL OF THEM. I've told you before that warm weather makes me lazy. I would hibernate in the summer if that was allowed. Or possible. And not slightly weird. 

The crisp weather we've had for the past week is a little crisper than I thought we'd have right now, but I'll take it. It invigorates me! I have four big projects in the works right now and I'm excited to share them with you. For now, can you see my vision? :) 

See this looong wall in our morning room/dining area
What to do with a long wall

It's always perplexed me. Eventually I plan to add a more modern take on a barn door to the left of the picture. It leads to a small hallway. 

But for now, I finally have my plan set for this wall. The long wall will be getting a dark accent color: