So I’ll preface this with the fact that I in no way consider myself handy or crafty even…but if I can pull off creating my own industrial shelving, then so can you! I was pretty intimidated by this project until one day I was feeling ambitious and took a trip to Home Depot. Looking back now, I wish I had tackled it sooner.
Step 1- Lets get organized. I’ve included a full list of what you will need at the end of this post, but first figure out what length shelf will suit the space you are working with. For me I just wanted two small shelves in our bathroom. Next, get an idea of what color stain will look best. Once you have your measurements and stain color in mind, head right on over to Home Depot.
Step 2- Getting what you need. Lets start with the easiest part, stain isle. Pick out a brush and the color you desire, and boom just like that you’ve checked off your first item. Unless your like me and could spend countless hours going back and forth, and agonizing over the color choices. Oh, your not like that?! Fine, then your into the next step already. Lumber isle…
What I didn’t realize about Home Depot is that if you just have a few small cuts, they will do it for you for free. Who knew? I just picked out a 1x10x6 and had them cut it into two 2ft pieces, leaving me with 1 extra 2ft piece. Easy peasy, right?
Okay next stop, plumbing isle. Yes, I said plumbing isle. This is where you will find the pipe portion of the project. You will need to decide on the color, diameter, and length of the piping. They have a black and silver finishes available, I got the black. I also went with the 3/4 diameter pipes. The sizing will depend on what sort of look you want, whether you want the pipes to be big and bold or maybe just small and petite for a more feminine look. The length of the pipe will depend on the depth of your shelf. For one shelf you will need 2 caps, 2 pipes, and 2 wall mounting pieces.
A few small things you may want to consider purchasing while your here, I mean unless you like forgetting things and having to go back. You may want to get some sandpaper to just tidy up the end of the shelves from the saw cuts. Screws, I had some dark colored screws at home, but if you don’t then you will need some. How many? Well that depends on how many shelves your putting together. You will need 8 screws per shelf. You also may want to consider spraying the pipes, my shelves are in the bathroom and are already starting to rust. So if you are putting them in a bathroom I would suggest getting a Rustoleum spray paint, for me I would have done a brushed bronze.
Step 3- Painting. Sand and stain your shelves. Then spray your pipes, fixtures, and caps. Then grab a cup of coffee…or two, while your waiting for everything to dry. For me, I didn’t spray the pipes so at this point I mounted them while I was waiting for the stain to dry. Again, I don’t recommend that unless your putting them in a dry area.
Step 4- Mounting the hardware. Now its time for what I would consider the most difficult part. Mounting the piping to the wall. You will need a level, measuring tape, screw driver and either a stud finder or wall anchors. I never bother looking for studs, one of my husbands pet peeves…ooops. I had 2ft shelves and I put my wall mounts in about 2 inches on each side. Once you have your mounts up, you can put your caps on the ends of the pipes and then screw your pipes right into the wall mount.
Step 5- Finishing up. So I just laid the wood right onto the piping without securing them. You should be able to snug them in a little with the screw cap on the end…and wah-la! Congratulations! You have industrial shelves! Style those bad boys up, grab a third cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy your hard work.
I hope this has helped, and given you that final motivation to tackle those shelves. Once I did them in our bathroom, I wanted them everywhere. I’ll never buy a plain old boring shelf again. Make sure you let me know what you think, and I’d love to hear from you after you try it out yourself. You got this!
Here is the list of what you will need:
- custom cut lumber
- stain and paint brush
- spray paint
- level and measuring tape
- stud finder or wall anchors
- coffee (optional)