Kitchen Cabinet Door Organizer Paper Towel Holder

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 11:35
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Free plans to DIY a kitchen cabinet door organizer for paper towels and cleaning supplies! Make this little organizer for under $10! Plans from ana-white.com

kitchen cabinet door organizer shelf paper towel holder
kitchen cabinet door organizer shelf paper towel holder
kitchen cabinet door organizer shelf paper towel holder
kitchen cabinet door organizer shelf paper towel holder
kitchen cabinet door organizer shelf paper towel holder
kitchen cabinet door organizer shelf paper towel holder

Here's a nifty way to add a little more storage and functionality to your kitchen.

This cabinet door paper towel holder shelf is perfect to keep cleanup supplies handy.

We are into this little kitchen cabinet organizer for under $10 and about half an hour of work - but it's going to pay us back by making dreaded tasks that much easier for as long as we use this kitchen.

After 15 years of using this little kitchen cabinet door accessory - it's still going strong and being used everyday!  Now that's a great investment.

Dimensions
kitchen cabinet door organizer shelf paper towel holder
Make sure you measure your cabinet opening first. I have full overlay face frame cabinets, with a 36" sink base, double doors - pretty standard for cabinets. My opening is 15" wide by 20" high. I made this organizer 1 1/2" less in width and height than the opening and it works great.

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 2 feet long
  • Either 2" brad nails OR 2" trim screws OR 1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws
  • 4 - Small L brackets with 1/2" hardware (for attaching to cabinet door)
Cut List
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 18 1/2" (sides - cut top end off in a curve)
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 12" (bottom)
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 12" (rails)
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Jigsaw
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

I actually waited until the organizer was complete to do the top rounded cuts with a jigsaw - but you can do that first if you want.

Just attach the bottom to the sides with your favorite fastening technique.

Step 2

Then add rails to the tops and bottoms for extra support. If you don't want to add a paper towel holder, you can also add a shelf at the top.

Step 3

To attach to the door, we purchased L brackets and attached the organizer to the cabinet door using the L brackets. Super easy!

Step 4

Now just fill it up with your favorite supplies and you are done!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Comments

Juanita_r

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 19:35

I love this idea. I'm not a big fan of having the paper towel on the bench either. I think I might just do this, altho I will have to change it a bit so I can attach it with command strips (renting). Thanku again for sharing your awesomeness ;)

Momma Cunningham

Sun, 05/05/2013 - 12:52

I moved into an apartment two years ago that had something like this under the sink. I mentioned to the landlord how that was convenient and she said "Oh that's only in this one, the previous tenant put that in and then left it so they didn't have to pay for the door". You might talk to your landlord about it if you don't mind leaving it if/when you move out.

AshersMom

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 08:45

Instead of the flimsy paper towel holder, you could use a hole saw and drill holes up top to run a dowel rod through. It would probably hold the roll on better.

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