Monday, October 23, 2017

DIY Pipe Shelves

Seriously, this is a quickie!  Who doesn't love one?  You'll knock this project out in an hour including stain if you don't mind the smell.  I shared the stenciled floor details here and the rustic vanity plans here,  but for the shelves,  I cheated and ordered the brackets on Amazon.  This saved me a trip to Lowe's or Home Depot, saved me several aggravating conversations with all of the men who work there and assume women are always wandering aimlessly waiting to be asked if we need "help finding anything?" (what's with them???)  and saved me the money I would no-doubt spend on crap I stumble upon and don't need.  (Ok, bad photo alert, but this PR is camera shy).  

You only need a few supplies for this project:
pipe fitting bracket (Amazon)
wood for the shelves
table saw 

  The brackets were similar to this and were under 20 bucks for one pair including hanging hardware.  
The wood was leftover (of course) from the upstairs foyer enclosure, the builder left the scraps and I was a little too happy about that ;)  My pieces are 1.5" thick,  9.5 " deep, and 21.5" long.  You can use any length of course, and could have the hardware store cut them for you.

I distressed the wood with a hammer and a mallet.  Next I stained them with Minwax Early American and then white-washed them with a 50/50 mix of latex white paint and water.  I rubbed off the access.  

The final step was a coat of Polyacrylic and then I hung them up.  I found it easier to attach the bracket to the shelf first and then hang the whole thing on the wall.  This way I could ensure that the shelves are even despite imperfections in the wood.