If you are looking to add something to your bathroom that is decorative and also useful, make a toilet paper stand. This is a much better option that putting the roll on the top of the toilet tank and removes the frustration of mounting a toilet paper holder to the wall. This project does not have to be expensive and can be made out of a few different kinds of materials.
Modern Toilet Paper Holder
Take piece of solid birch or maple that is 6″x6″ and drill a 2 inch hole into the center of the wood so that there is about 1/4 inch of wood left on the bottom of the hole. Take epoxy and spread it on the bottom of the hole and insert a 24 inch long, 2″ PVC pipe. Drill a 1/2″ hole in the top of one side of the PVC pipe. Make sure that you drill slightly into the opposite side of the inside of the pipe, but not all the way through. Insert a 1/2 inch wood dowel about 6 inches long. Apply epoxy to the end of the dowel generously at insert the end into the indentation you made in the opposite side of the pipe. Sand the base of the toilet paper holder with 200 grit sandpaper and paint the entire toilet paper holder a high shine chrome or glossy black. Let it dry and place the toilet paper on the dowel for use.
Traditional Toilet Paper Holder
Take a piece of 24″ long 1/2″ re-bar and bend the top so it forms a hole. Bend a 12 inch piece of re-bar in an S shape and stick one end of the S through the hole in the 24″ piece of re-bar. Weld a washer on the either side of the side to keep it in the hole and allow it to move up and down but not side to side. Weld a 1/8 inch thick steal plate about 4″-6″ wide to the bottom of the re-bar. Use an angle grinder to take off the re-bar ribs, or leave the ribs for added texture. Paint the toilet paper holder with glossy black, bronze, nickel, or platinum colored paint. Add a crackle paint to it for an aged appearance. Spray it with copper colored paint and adding touches of green with a brush will give the holder an antiqued copper patina look.
Toilet paper holders are great beginner projects for do-it-yourselfers that are looking to start small. There are a multitude of materials that can be used to make a toilet paper holder, but all of them have to have a some sort of pin that the toilet paper roll can rotate freely on. Your creativity will be appreciated when you tell people that you made your own toilet paper holder and that dead corner of the bathroom will now be accessorized with an item that will get as much use as the toilet.