Do you have that space in your house that nothing seems to look right on the wall no matter what you put there. Well, I had that in my bedroom. That little corner right beside my bed. No picture, no décor, nothing! Nothing looked good in that darn corner!!! This wall was the last thing I saw at night and the first thing I saw in the morning like a bad dream. It drove me bonkers. I finally decided that some shelves might look nice there to display some of my thrift store treasures. Of course they couldn’t be any old shelves, I had to make them and they had to be really cool looking. I love the whole industrial furniture feel, so I decided to make 2 shelves out of pipe fittings and stained 1 x 6’s. I had seen a few these type shelves in popular home magazines aka really pricey shelves and decided I could make it for a fraction of the cost. Here is the final product!
And here is how I made it.
I got all of my supplies at Home Depot. One stop shopping, just the way I like it. I bought 1- 1x6x8 and had it cut in half while I was at Home Depot to save to time. (I believe you can get 2 cuts for free there!!!)
Then I went into the galvanized steel pipe section and bought these. I must have looked like a lunatic, I think I stared at these pipe fittings for a good half hour before choosing the ones I did. I got asked multiple times if I needed help, and little old me just politely said no thank you.
There were all kinds of different sizes but I chose these sizes because they would allow the 6 inch depth of my board to fit on them perfectly after assembling.
(You will also need a sanding block and stain or paint depending on what look you are going for.)
When I got home I lightly sanded my two boards and applied Minwax pre-stain woodconditioner on the wood. (I always use this pre-stain on new/unfinihsed wood. It helps the actual stain set more evenly and prevents blotchiness and streaking.) After the pre-stain set for about 15 minutes, I put on my favorite stain color, Minwax Bombay Mahogany in a satin finish. I ended up doing two coats of stain with the proper amount of drying time in between. I also use lint free white cloths to rub my stain on, I never brush it on, it’s just a personal preference. And of course you could also use your favorite color paint to paint the shelves, whatever works best for you. I was going for more of a natural look.
While the stain was drying, I started to measure out where I want the shelves on the wall and taped off the area to make sure I liked it. After I was satisfied, I drilled holes for the anchors and then screwed the Galvanized floor flanges (the flat circular looking pieces with screw holes in them) onto the wall. After those were secured and in the correct place, I screwed the 6 ” galvanized steel pipe nipples into the floor flanges.
Then screw the galvanized 90 degree elbow onto the 6″ steel pipe.
Now that the all of hooks are hung up, I can place my finished boards on top of them.
This was why I made sure the length of the steel posts were long enough. (They were 6″ inches long) Now I can just rest my finished shelf (which was also 6″ deep) right on top of the posts and then I can screw the 90 degree elbow tighter to keep the board in place. It worked like a charm. You can see below how the shelf rests easily in between two pieces. I can tighten the 90 degree elbow or loosen it to my liking. Now all I need are my trinkets.
So, again this is the finished product. I absolutely love how it turned out. Of course, I bet you can guess where all of my trinkets came from, yes, Goodwill!! Love me some Goodwill shopping. The exception is the books and the little silver clutch on the right bottom shelf. Those were from my personal collection 🙂
I have room to add one more shelf. I think it will look even better with 3 shelves versus 2. I think as a good rule of thumb, 3 is more pleasing to the eye than 2. But for now, I love how this looks.