What I’m going to share today is nothing new to you, I’m sure. We have all seen it done hundreds of times, using pipes to make shelf supports. My problem was, my daughter wanted them for her room and the rough industrial feel didn’t really make sense with her cute bookcase, teal walls, gorgeous bedding and sweet desk. I had to figure out how to make those pipes into feminine industrial shelves for her. I think I succeeded. Let’s look at how I did it.
- 4- 1/2″x12″ pipes
- 4- 1/2″ floor flanges
- 4- 1/2″ pipe cap
- 4- pipe clamps
- 1- 1x10x8 pine board cut to 2- 42″ pieces
- Metallic Spray Paint, I prefer Rust-Oleum
I started with the norm, threaded pipe from the plumbing department. I was making two shelves so I bought four 12″ pipes, 4 floor flanges and 4 pipe caps to cover the threaded end.
My first step to making these a little less warehouse and a little more girl’s room, was to paint the pipes and their accessories in gold. Rose gold would also be really pretty, but I would definitely stay in metallics. You lose the industrial feel if you lose the metallic touch.
I screwed the pipes and flanges onto a scrap piece of wood so I could paint them the way they would be hanging on the wall. It helped me to not miss any spots, and I got to paint the screws at the same time.
Yup, snow was still on the ground when I did this project. In all honesty, this project didn’t photograph as well as I would have liked, so I kept procrastinating sharing it with you. But hey, I still wanted to share the idea even if the finished product doesn’t come across just as I wanted. Not everything is magazine worthy.
I also painted the wood in a coral color, which is the accent color in my daughter’s room.
Now, all you need to do is screw the floor flange into the wall. Try to find a stud, but if you can’t you will need anchors. Be sure to choose anchors that are rated for the weight you expect your shelves to hold.
Then, screw the pipe into the flange and screw the cap onto the other end of the pipe.
Use the pipe clamps to hold the shelf in place and reduce the risk of it tipping off and injuring someone.
Styled just the way she likes it!
Is there a typically masculine decor trend then you want to see turned a little more feminine? Tell me about it!