DIY Industrial Pipe shelves

A few months ago Big Daddy and I collaborated on a fun project for our dining room. We added industrial pipe shelves above the buffet and not only are we still married, but they are awesome! I love doing any project but my favorite projects are the ones Big Daddy and I do together.  Industrial pipe shelves have been burning up the internet for a while now and are still super popular especially diy industrial pipe shelves. Since we both love them and you can diy them it is the perfect project to collaborate on. I believe this is what is known as the honeymoon phase of starting a project.

This is the tutorial we used : DIY Open pipe Shelving. It is from the Magnolia Market Blog. There are several diy industrial pipe shelves on the internet and they are all pretty good. I picked this one for a few reasons. The exact shelves were on Fixer Upper. The diagrams and shopping list were great. I liked that the dimensions didn’t need any major tweaking (no math). The exact shelves were on fixer upper and I like that the shelves came down from the ceiling. I didn’t want them taking up space on the buffet and Big Daddy didn’t want all the weight on the plaster walls.

diy industrial pipe shelves

I decided that we would each assemble one side of the shelves, mostly because I figured how hard could it be to screw together pipe parts? It was also a chance to show off my diy prowess and puzzle skills and impress Big Daddy. There is an excellent diagram in the tutorial we used.

diy industrial pipe shelves

Guess which one is mine? If you guessed the wonky one, you would be correct. It is not so easy to screw pipe pieces together with your bare hands. BTW use gloves, the threads on the pipes are SHARP. I was so close, it was a humbling experience to say the least. Big Daddy stepped in and saved the day. Once the industrial pipe brackets were assembled, it was time to mount them to the wall.

Hanging the brackets wasn’t hard. The hard part, the painful, why are we doing this it’s too late to turn back now part was getting the brackets level and marking the walls to attach them. If the bracket moved a hair, it wasn’t level. Sometimes  it was because he turned to reach for a pencil. Sometimes it was because one of us shifted slightly when the other person was marking the holes. It was a very frustrating experience. The first side was the hardest. Once that was done and we learned from our mistakes, the second side went much smoother. The install was 90% Big Daddy. If it was on me, this blog post would be about my diy industrial pipe shelves fail  with a picture of my wonky pipe bracket. Take a look at the finished shelves:

AFTER:

diy industrial pipe shelves

Pretty cool right? Big Daddy did an amazing job hanging the diy industrial pipe shelves. They are perfectly level. Once he was done, I was in charge of the wood shelves. I sanded, stained and polyurethaned the boards. I definately had the easy part of the project. I stained the boards Minwax Early American followed by a coat of Minwax Classic Gray to match our dining room table. You can read more about the dining room table here.

diy industrial pipe shelves

 

diy industrial pipe shelves

 

diy industrial pipe shelves

Once the polyurethane was dry, it was time for the fun part- styling the shelves!  Did you believe me when you read that? I love the idea of styling shelves but it is something I struggle with. Unlike math for example, styling is something I will stick with until I get it right. By “right” I mean it looks okay to me and makes me smile or doesn’t hurt my eyes. I don’t know about you but staring at  three blank shelves can be daunting. So, I put my big girl pants on and and gathered a bunch ton of our stuff, spread it out on the dining room table and started to put things on the shelves.

diy industrial pipe shelves

Put stuff on the shelves, step back take a look, remove stuff, add stuff repeat. Repeat Repeat Repeat until you like what you see. Once the shelves start to come together, styling them is fun. Like solving a math problem if math is your passion.

AFTER:

 

diy industrial pipe shelves

 

diy industrial pipe shelves

 

diy industrial pipe shelves

The jar of vintage green buttons and the vintage Readers Digest books give a nod to St. Patrick’s Day as well as the clover in the picture below.

diy industrial pipe shelves

 

diy industrial pipe shelves

 

diy industrial pipe shelves

The succulent planter is a new addition I picked up at HomeGoods last week. There are still a couple available by me so if you love it as much as I do, get to your Homegoods now.

diy industrial pipe shelves

I really wanted to display some of my vintage ice buckets. It is a collection that snuck up on me but I do love them. Now when we have parties, I can be like Phoebe on “Friends ” and serve cubed,shaved,round and crushed ice.

 

diy industrial pipe shelves

I never get tired of these candle holders. To stagger the height and make them more interesting, I placed a couple of books under one. I like it better than having one on each end of the buffet.

 

diy industrial pipe shelves

The diy industrial shelves are finished- for now. Next up, I have started on the dining room table top. This is just a sneak peak. I am using more silver, books and succulents and I can’t wait to finish it so I can show you. The other side of the room is a hot mess and I need to make some hard decisions about what to do there.

diy industrial pipe shelves

 

diy industrial pipe shelves

When I told Big Daddy I was blogging about the industrial pipe shelves he said the same thing hanging the shelves wasn’t bad, getting them level sucked, but it was worth it. Do you have any industrial pipe shelves? Did You DIY them? I would love to hear about it. Have a great weekend!

SOURCES:

Pipe parts- Lowe’s (any home improvement store)

Boards- Lowe’s (any home improvement store)

Stain- Minwax Early American and Classic Gray

Wall color- Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

Buffet- curb

Buffet hardware- Home Depot

Dining Table- Garage sale

Ice buckets, black lock box, Readers Digest books, fan- garage/estate sales

Antlers, flower prints, candle holders, bookends, cloche- collected over tge years from HomeGoods

Succulent planter- Recent HomeGoods Purchase

Grass in cloche- Ikea

Light fixture- Pottery Barn

 

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Comments

  1. The shelves are amazing! And they really compliment your dining room light fixture. Love it!
    Ps-your posts with BigDaddy are entertaining 😉

  2. I love the shelves ! The way you prop them makes them look that much better. You have such funky interesting items to display! GREAT JOB

  3. LOVE it!

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