Clever and imaginative solutions to the common kitchen dilemma – where the $%## do I put the paper towels?!
While the paint is still drying, it’s an often-asked question by the TKO (totally kitchen obsessed). During my online quest for the perfect holder I discovered The Workshop of David T Smith whose redware pottery paper towel jars are one-of-a-kind. My splattered yellow jar has an antique crack glaze finish. It is a well-made, heavy piece of art that always intrigues guests. Inventory is always changing at Smith, so it’s helpful to check back often and sign up for email notices.
On the other end of the style spectrum is this automatic dispenser. The Clean Cut holds any brand of paper towels. Two hands-free sensors control the length of towel rolled out and the self-sharpening cutter and it’s simple to refill. Available in white or black, it easily mounts beneath an upper cabinet using four screws.
During the planning stages of a new or remodeled kitchen, it is simple to incorporate a built-in place for paper towels. A custom island features a handy niche. This space also could be configured by removing an existing drawer with similar dimensions. Out of sight, but within easy reach.
This stainless steel outdoor dispenser can be built into the wall indoors for a retro look. This type of dispenser was common in late 50′s and early 60′s.
Blogland is a great source to find imaginative solutions. An ordinary paper towel holder was place in this niche featuring hooks used to hang linens.
An upper cabinet dead corner was used to create a hidden paper towel niche. Now you see it, now you don’t.
Vintage items can often be repurposed for other uses in the kitchen. What appears to be a vintage wrapping paper dispenser was attached to a piece of wood, becoming an on-the-counter holder.
Another blogger simply tosses the roll into an old crock on the lower island shelf.
This blogger refers to a pair of ice tongs as the most useful piece of junk she owns. For over thirty years, it has been suspended from a beam with a piece of rope. A piece of black plastic pipe fits inside the roll and holds it in place.
I use this idea when painting, but found several bloggers that use it daily. Paint roller handles are perfect for rustic and farmhouse kitchens. The more paint splatters, the better.
For those with a sense of humor, or small children in the house, a Log ‘n Roll may be the answer. The orange squirrel and leaves lower as the roll gets smaller, disappearing when it’s time to replace.
No matter your taste or budget, there are clever solutions for your paper towel quandary.