Happy Tuesday Friends!! I hope you enjoyed your Halloween weekend and are ready for the holidays to come quickly! :)
This past weekend we did a project I’ve been wanting to do FOREVER!! I finally accomplished my DIY Restoration Hardware shelving hack! I saw so many tutorials on Pinterest I don’t even remember who pinned it the first time I saw it, but 7th House on the Left has a great tutorial on it too that I adapted my ideas from. :)
Anyway, back story…I wanted to originally do these shelves in our small guest bathroom (which will still happen by the way), but these shelves ended up in our living room instead! Long story short, you all know I’m an interior design fanatic so I always refused to put our flatscreen tv over my beautifully decorated mantle. That is a spot for me that is very important when it comes to decorating so blocking it with a giant tv was not my cup of tea. However, we’ve been feeling very cramped in the small living space our house has. It’s a nice size house for the two of us but for some reason we bought giant furniture without thinking it through so it feels very tiny in the living room! With the tv moved to the wall above the mantle that opens up a giant wall to move the couch too and makes the space much more open all together! Needless to say, the hubby talked me into it! He thinks he “won” but in all actuality I get a lot more out of it…he promised to move my beloved DIY TV Stand into our bedroom and replace all of our bedroom furniture soon along with getting to build my shelves…I’d say I “won” but I’ll let him think otherwise ;)
Moving on. We made a quick trip to Home Depot and got the few items needed for these shelves! We thought we got all we needed but ended up with the wrong screws and wall anchors (another story in itself). So what was supposed to be an easy, pain-free project turned out to be a little more stressful than necessary. However, that shouldn’t happen for you because I’ve included a photo of the exact screws and anchors we finally used that ended up working. :)
I wanted my shelves to be 4’ long by 10” deep
- (1) 2” x 10” x 12’ board (cut into (3) 4’ long pieces…**Note: remember, sometimes the boards aren’t exactly the length they say because they leave a little extra for what the saw may cut off. We told the Home Depot guy to just cut them in 3 equal parts!)
- (6) ¾” x 10” galvanized pipes
- (6) ¾” galvanized pipe caps
- (6) ¾” galvanized pipe flanges
- Screws and wall anchors (enough for 3 shelves would be 8 for each shelf)
- Sandpaper (and electric sander if you have one)
- 1 can of Rust Oleum textured spray paint in Aged Iron
- 1 can Rust Oleum flat protective enamel spray (IN BLACK Note: **I emphasize black because I also screwed this part of up and thought I was just supposed to use clear but the black is what gives it a darker color. The aged iron color is more gray).
- Your favorite color stain. (I normally go with either an espresso color or weathered gray (with a blue hint), but for these I wanted a more natural wood look so I went with the Minwax Special Walnut)
First thing I did was measure where I wanted the shelves to go. We used a level (an awesome laser level my hubby borrowed from work for the weekend) to mark out where we wanted them and labeled those spots (approximately) with painter’s tape.
The tv over the fireplace didn’t turn out so bad after all ;)
I used my electric sander and smoothed out the edges of the wood a little. I purposely bought a rough looking piece of wood so it had some great character :)
Next, I wiped down all the pipe pieces and removed the store stickers from them. I had to use a little mixture to help remove the sticky residue (equal parts baking soda & any type of cooking oil works great). Then, I put all the pipes together…literally you just screw all the pieces together to make 6 shelf brackets. Once together, I sprayed them with the aged iron spray paint and let dry before putting on another coat and then a coat or two of the black protective paint.
Next up, I started staining the shelves. I always like to use pieces of old white t-shirts from my hubby’s drawer. These work perfect as staining cloths! Make sure to get the stain in all those little knots on the wood too! Let dry.
These work perfect as staining cloths!
Next, it was time to hang the pipe shelf brackets. Getting these level and even is the most important part. Take your time to measure everything out and get it right the first time :) Since our shelves are 4’ long we did our brackets 3’ apart so 6” in from the outside of where the shelves would be.
Screw them in. If you hit a stud, GREAT! If not, use the drywall anchors for extra security! :) We used the anchors and black screws instead so they matched the pipes! You could just dab some paint onto the head of the silver screws too if you wanted.
Lastly, we just set the boards on top and since the boards are 10” deep and so are the pipes it fits very securely without any extra attaching. I’ve read that you could attach them by drilling into the pipes and screw them together, but we didn’t find it necessary. :)
I’m totally loving these shelves and couldn’t wait to make a Home Goods trip for some new pieces to style them with! Here is how one of them looks newly styled. :)
I’m looking forward to being able to use these to hold some of my Christmas decor too! I’d love to know if you’ve done something similar or how you like them; so leave some comments and let me know what you think.
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