DIY Decor Half Bathroom

DIY RESTORATION HARDWARE-INSPIRED SHELVING

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You know when you have those projects that you start on and you’re all gung-ho on getting that sucker done, then an obstacle comes out of nowhere and you’re back at square one? Well, that’s sort of what happened when we decided to finally get around to tackling the half bathroom. We were all like, “This is what we’re going to do, we’re so excited! Yada, yada, yada…” and then, bam. An obstacle by way of an unforeseen wiring problem with the exhaust fan. We’re still working on that issue (well, my dad is, since he’s our designated licensed electrician). Until we get that figured out, we’re going to move on with another project in this space – more specifically, do something with the 41.5-inch wide wall behind the toilet.

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Our initial thought was to put a large piece of artwork on the wall, but after thinking it over (and getting opinions from my family when they were in town last week), we decided that adding shelves would balance the tiny space out and make it feel more “finished”.

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Needless to say, there are thousands of shelving options available for purchase out there. Since time was on our side during our 3-day weekend, we decided to tackle a DIY option. While scrolling around Restoration Hardware’s website, I stumbled on these reclaimed wood wall shelves. Greg and I both loved the modern meets rustic vibe and thought it could easily be replicated with some DIY action.

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Seeing as how this room is really small along with the reflections from the mirror, it’s really hard to get good photos of the space, so bear with us. Before we took a trip to the hardware store, we mapped out where and how long we wanted the shelves to be with a few pieces of painter’s tape (seriously, we use this stuff for everything but painting). The shelves ended up coming at 30 inches long (leaving 5.25 inches on either side) and 12 inches apart. We decided to go with 10-inch-deep shelves so that they wouldn’t be in the way while using the facilities, but they’d still be functional. At that point, we grabbed our measurements and parts list and headed to the hardware store!

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We purchased a 10-foot piece of 2″ x 10″ pine and had it cut into four 30″ pieces (even though we only needed three, we’re hanging onto the fourth piece for a possible future project). We also bought six 10-inch-long pieces of 3/4″ galvanized pipe, six 3/4″ floor flanges and six 3/4″ pipe caps for the shelf brackets. Other necessities included a small can of Special Walnut stain, a sponge brush (we bought a few just because) and a can of spray paint (we’ll get to those details in a second).

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First, Greg made the “brackets” for the shelves. All he had to do was take a 10″ pipe piece and attach a floor flange on one end and a cap to the other. We went with galvanized pipe (you can find it in the plumbing section) because we wanted a good, chunky, industrial-looking pipe. However, for a more inexpensive version, you can go with EMT conduit (which is over in the electrical section).

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Once all six brackets were assembled (which took only about 2 minutes), I spray painted them with a light coat of Rust-Oleum’s textured spray paint (in Aged Iron). Once they were dry, Greg covered them in a coat of flat black enamel spray paint we already had on hand.

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The textured base with the combination of the flat black enamel spray paint made the pipes look extremely similar to wrought iron – a tip we’re going to remember if we ever want this look for a future project.

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As you can see, we picked out the ugliest piece of 2×10 framing board we could possibly find because we wanted the shelves to have as much character as possible. Before we started the staining process, we sanded the boards and rounded the edges with a vibrating sander and 120 grit sandpaper. We weren’t looking for perfectly round edges–we just wanted them to look a bit worn.

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For the stain, we used Minwax’s Special Walnut, which we already had in our stain/spray paint stash. Greg applied the stain using a sponge brush to ensure it would get down into all of the scratches and nicks we made during the distressing process. We decided not to seal the planks with polyurethane because we really didn’t want a glossy finish of any kind, and we wanted it to look as close as the inspiration shelving as possible, which isn’t sealed. Since a clear coat wasn’t in the plan, we made triple sure the stain was thoroughly dry before we put the shelves in place.

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In the photo above, you can really see the awesome character from the “ugly” wood coming through the stain. Greg was lucky enough to hit a stud for some of the right-side brackets. For the other 18 holes, he used toggle bolts to hold everything in place. These puppies definitely aren’t going anywhere.

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For us, the weight of the shelves and the texture of the pipe are enough to keep everything nicely in place. Greg mentioned that if you wanted to make these a little more child-/accident-proof, you could take one extra step during the bracket-building process and drill two holes all the way through the pipes using a drill bit meant for metal. You might need a few extra tools (such as a vise–to keep the pipe from turning–and a higher-powered drill). At that point, you’d just need to attach the shelves with screws through the holes in the pipes.

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We really love the finished product, and it definitely makes the tiny space feel a bit more on the “finished” side. The shelves really help balance out the vanity wall on the opposite side, and we’re thrilled to have some storage to be able to showcase some pretty things.

When it came to adding accessories, I mainly just worked with what we already had on hand, but also took a quick trip to Tuesday Morning. That’s where I found the wire basket, mercury glass lantern and faux greenery ball. It’s probably obvious from the empty mercury glass vase that I’m not quite finished finding a combination of accessories that I’m in love with – so, I guess you can call this a work in progress. I didn’t want to wait until it was “perfect” to post it because I was anxious to show off our new shelves. Oh and the topiary on the top shelf looks like it’s hitting the ceiling, but it’s really just the angle of the photo. It’s actually about 2″ from the ceiling. I hope to find a more modern (and slightly shorter) one in the future.

Aside from switching the accessories around here and there, without making it look too busy, I also plan on adding something to the top of the toilet tank so the shelves won’t appear as being top-heavy for the wall.

DIY Restoration Hardware-Inspired Shelves / 7thhouseontheleft.com

On top of helping the space feel more finished, we’re also pretty thrilled with the price, which was a fraction of the inspiration shelves. If we had purchased these from RH, it would have cost $683 including shipping. All of the supplies for our DIY version turned out to be around $100. Not too shabby.

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314 Comments

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Willett
    October 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve been saving frugally to do our DIY bathroom remodel on moneyclouds.com. We try to live a cash only lifestyle. This fits perfectly with the vibe of our house and is SO much cheaper than the options we were looking at before. With the savings we are able to buy all the supplies to refurb this diamond in the rough patio set in the same theme! Thanks for sharing your secrets with us! Where can I send my photos for a Thank You?

    • Reply
      Ashley
      October 28, 2015 at 10:15 am

      We’d love to see photos! You can send them to ashley @ 7thhouseontheleft.com

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    Will
    October 9, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I’m going to make some of these this weekend. Thanks for the how to! I do want my shelves attached to the pipes though, so I’m planning on using something like this:
    http://tinyurl.com/np59rfy
    Probably just one on each side, with the screws on the inside of the shelf, and the open end of the bracket towards the outside edge of the shelf.

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    Kayla
    October 11, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Hi! I’m making a curtain rod version of this (same spray paints and galvanized plumbing) but I was wondering what kind of screws you used and how you got them painted? It’s kind of a silly question but I just couldn’t figure out how I was going to spray paint the screws to match the curtain rod without spray painting the whole wall too!

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      Ashley
      October 28, 2015 at 10:12 am

      Not a silly question! We actually did a few curtain rods like that for our dining room. You can get black drywall screws from the hardware store. Or, what I did, was spray some of the spray paint in a disposable cup (yeah, it got messy, so beware) and used a q-tip to dab some paint on the head of each screw. It might take a few coats, but the messier you are with it, the more aged and rustic it looks ; )

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        Debbie Keen
        August 2, 2016 at 10:05 am

        I take a piece of cardboard box and punch the screws into it and spray ain’t away! That’s always worked for me!

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          Debbie Keen
          August 2, 2016 at 10:06 am

          Stay paint! Sorry!

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    jodi
    October 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Any problem with your spray paint not adhering to your galvanized pipes? I’ve read that spray paints don’t work unless their latex, water based because of some kind of chemical reaction with the steel. Is the black paint chipping off at all? Or is it fine since no one really touches the pipes that much? Thanks. I hope to do this project soon!

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      Ashley
      October 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Hmm, no we didn’t have any issues with that. The black paint looks just as it did the day we hung the shelves.

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    Ella
    October 14, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Awesome post and love your finished project. Curious: What was the approximate cost of this DIY?

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      Ashley
      October 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

      We were able to do all three shelves for around $100, though prices for materials may vary per store.

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    Emily
    November 10, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Ashley, I noticed in my Etsy email newsletter today that this shop is using photos of your shelves in their listings, and not disclosing that they are yours either. In fact, one listing says “The first photo is from a customer who purchased two units.” Um, no! You guys may want to contact Etsy about this :/

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/254063766/industrial-floating-shelf-with-gun-metal?ref=shop_home_active_1

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/254062768/three-industrial-floating-shelves-combo?ref=shop_home_active_8

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      Ashley
      January 4, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Hmmm, we haven’t come across that. Thanks so much for the heads up!!

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    Rebecca
    November 18, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I had a lot of trouble cleaning the pipes. I ended up using a product called Fast Orange hand cleaner to clean all the pipes. In Canada you can buy it at Canadian Tire but is probably sold at any car parts store. Mechanics use it to help get rid of grease after working on a car. It came off after one wash and left absolutely no residue on your hands when handling the pipes! Can’t wait to put up my new shelves in my new home!

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      Ashley
      January 4, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Very good tip!! Thanks!

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    Steve
    November 20, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Loved this idea so much that we had to do a pantry remodel!

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      Ashley
      January 4, 2016 at 9:31 am

      A pantry with these shelves would be awesome!

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    Aprill
    December 13, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Love your shelves. I need shelves in our kitchen and think these would be perfect but my husband worries that with pine they will warp. Have you had any problems with them yet?

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      Ashley
      January 4, 2016 at 9:26 am

      No, no problems at all! : )

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    Ali
    December 16, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Hi! Do you remember what size the floor flanges were??

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      Ali
      December 16, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Nevermind!! Just saw it was 3/4 inch! thanks!

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    whitney
    December 17, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I am wanting to do book shelves along a long (8-10 feet) wall and I’m concerned with the weight. Do you think that will be a problem if we space the pipes out on each stud? I’m just worried that the weight of the wood and books may be too much for the pipes. Thanks!

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      Ashley
      January 4, 2016 at 9:26 am

      If you’re doing shelves that long, I’d recommend spreading out 3 or 4 pipe braces instead of just two. Also, if you use heavy duty drywall anchors on the pipes that you can’t hit a stud, that would help. However, hitting a stud is ideal.

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      Kevin
      May 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Check this out: http://www.woodbin.com/calcs/sagulator/

      It will calculate the amount of sag your wood will experience based on many different variables.

      • Reply
        Ashley
        June 26, 2016 at 10:09 pm

        Oooooh, great resource! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Linda
    December 30, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    This is such a lovely DIY! Thanks for sharing!

    I’ve already purchased the galvanized pipe piece and the paint. I’m still waiting to cut my wood. You had mentioned in an above comment that the wood itself sits on the length of the pipe – right in between the pipe cap and flange.

    My measurement is showing that it is less than 10 inches between the pipe cap and flang. Was your 2×10 wood less than 10 inches in width? I want to me sure to have the wood sit flat on the pipe. I’d love to know how y’all navigated through this step. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated! Oh and did you get your pine wood at Lowes?

    Thanks so much!

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      Ashley
      January 4, 2016 at 9:38 am

      2×10 wood pieces purchased from any hardware store (in the states anyway, not sure where you’re writing from!) is always a tad less than 10″ – more like 9.75″. And yes, we grabbed our wood from Lowe’s!

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      Christie
      June 18, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      *Important to note- the cap and the flange don’t screw all the way down- so even if your wood is slightly wider- it should work! I’m doing this project this weekend!

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    Carol
    January 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I’m’ on my way to the hardware store now! This look will go perfectly in my office. Thanks for posting.

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    Angie
    January 3, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Hi we made these and love them! Thanks for posting! I’m having a hard time finding a basket to fit. Where did you purchase yours?

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      Angie
      January 3, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Just read Tuesday morning! 🙂

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    Tammy
    January 5, 2016 at 12:56 am

    You did a great job! Love it! 💚💙💚💙

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    Colleen
    January 8, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Hi, Love the shelving, looks awesome, also love the paint colour! Do you recall what it is you used on the walls?

    • Reply
      Ashley
      July 2, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks! It’s Anonymous by Behr.

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    Karen
    January 9, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Love these shelves. We’re making it a project for this weekend. I’m also wondering if you can tell me the color/brand of the grey paint you used in this half bath. I want to copy it for ours! Love it! Thanks, Karen

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      Ashley
      July 2, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      It’s Anonymous by Behr.

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    Lennaea
    January 14, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Doing these shelves soon in my younger brothers room! Would love to know the paint color in your bathroom. Currently looking at similar colors for my guest room and just love it!!

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      Ashley
      January 25, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      It’s Anonymous by Behr – our favorite “moody gray” paint color, hands down! We have it in our guest room as well and we love it.

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    Lisa
    January 17, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Awesome tutorial!

    I love the grey wall color. Can you tell me the brand and color ?

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      Ashley
      January 25, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      It’s Anonymous by Behr – our favorite “moody gray” paint color, hands down!

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    Ron
    January 19, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Amazing DIY tutorial! Thank you for posting it, you really help my wife and I.

    We took this idea and decided to do a set of 9.5-foot whole wall shelves to use in our den. We wanted to turn our den into something more useable, like a bar. We used three pipes for each shelf and they were attached on the studs with two 2-inch lag bolts using a socket wrench. We used a stud finder and a laser level to get the pipes on studs and level. We started the shelves at 42″ (bar height) and then spaced the other shelves a 62″ and 82″.

    We cut the boards about 1 inch shorter than the width of the wall to make sure we had some wiggle room when installing them. We also took your idea to the next level and back-lit the shelves using LED light tap from 1000bulbs.com.

    Picture of the result:
    https://imgur.com/Xn0GzY7

    Amazing backlit shelves, relatively cheap, and a fun project. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Ashley
      January 25, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      That looks AWESOME, Ron! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Jennifer
      March 29, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Whoa! Ron, that is amazing! I must research more on this LED light tap. Kudos! And to Ashley for her inspiration because the originals are so darn expensive! (I was able to recreate that RH finish using 6 paints and stains. It’s work, but it’s beautiful and cheap!)

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      Luca
      May 10, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      Amazing, thanks for idea…Very chic 🙂

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    Amara flores
    January 23, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Hubby is making ours now! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jennifer
    February 19, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Have you thought about cutting/sawing the trunk of your plant off? It would be a lovely ball shape and would mirror the ball of greenery on the bottom shelf. Xxx

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    Sandy
    February 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    So excited! Decided to make the boards 6 feet long and used 1×10 pine for our home office update! Distressed the boards by using both ends of a hammer to make lots of marks on the pine. The boards are stained and drying! Since we used the small width board, we are changed the “bracket” parts to 10×1/2. Thanks for a great tutorial!

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    Montene
    February 23, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I put up my first one of these today. It looks amazing! I used the black metal fixtures and skipped the spray painting but otherwise followed your instructions. I can’t wait to add more of these to other rooms in my house. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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    Jen
    February 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Oh my soul! I’ve been checking out this blog post pretty much hourly for a few days (I’m renovating our guest bath), and just saw that y’all are in Hanover! I grew up in Doswell, but we’re in Glen Allen now. So cool!

    • Reply
      Ashley
      July 1, 2016 at 1:28 am

      Hi, neighbor! Thanks for checking in! : )

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    Carol
    March 14, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    We are copying this look for the open shelving in our kitchen on both sides of the kitchen sink! Thanks so much for sharing! Love it!

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    Terry
    March 29, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Remember to wipe the pipe down with vinegar prior to painting. Galvanized metal does not accept paint well until it is “weathered”. Vinegar will help to minutely etch the surface.

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      Ashley
      July 1, 2016 at 1:22 am

      Great tip!

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    Kayla
    March 31, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Hello,
    I read that you cannot spray paint galvanized steel pipe as the paint will peel off. I read that you need to sand, prime, and then spray paint…I just degreased, washed, and then spray painted but now I am worried it will all peel now….have your pipes started to peel up? Or they still ok?

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      Ashley
      July 1, 2016 at 1:22 am

      Hi, Kayla! Our pipes have held up great and look just as good as the day we hung the shelves. Though, they don’t get much wear and tear, as they’re hanging on the wall.

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    Katie
    April 17, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Just curious– how many coats of stain did you use on the shelves? Thanks! Love them and working on mine now! 🙂

    Katie

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      Ashley
      June 26, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Hmm, I believe just one! Hope you love them as much as we do!

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    Jane
    April 20, 2016 at 2:24 am

    I love the shelves. I’m going to use them in my half bath and in my grandson’s bedroom. He’s 11 years old and this type of shelving can grow with him.
    Love it and thank you for the step by step instructions.

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    Kim
    May 6, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you for the details!

    I’m adding these to our spare room for shelving in a nook. The room is flat black with white trim and wood accents. Thinking I might paint the pipes a gun metal grey!

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    Candi
    May 17, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Could you explain why you also used the enamel over the textured spray? Did it change the look ? Thanks!

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      Ashley
      June 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      The texture spray was pretty transparent, though it did leave a great, realistic texture. The enamel was to give it a nice flat black look over the textured surface.

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    Melodie
    May 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    What a great shelf idea!!!! Plan on making some in our new home! TFS!!!!!

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    HW
    May 30, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Thank you for this. I love the idea and am using it with some great reclaimed wood I found locally. One thought on securing them, without having to drill the pipe, is that pipe straps are made for this pipe and should be in the same section of the store. The straps could be painted to match and screwed into the bottom side of the shelf to hold the shelf from sliding or tipping.

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      Ashley
      June 26, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Great idea!

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    Robin
    June 18, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Y’all are so talented, looks amazing!

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    Jennifer
    June 19, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Hi. I love these! I am going to attempt to make these and actually complete them! Do you have any idea what size toggle your husband used to mount the Falanges? Also- I was a bit concerned with them just sitting on top-I have 3 clumsy teenagers! I saw your suggestion for the screws but I was wondering what you thought about just adding an elbow piece to the end and capping it off? It may look cool or it may look too bulky? Haven’t been to the store yet to see how it looks. Thanks for the post!

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    joey
    June 27, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Having a hard time visualizing how these pipes were mounted to the wall with toggle bolts, you don’t happen to have any images or resources you could link to that would enlighten me do you?

    thanks!

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      Greg
      July 1, 2016 at 1:25 am

      Hey Joey,

      It was a very scientific process, I assure you. 🙂

      I held the flange up to the wall and marked where I wanted the holes, then punched all four holes (with my screwdriver–a light touch with a drill might be neater/more stable). At that point, I put the screws through the holes of the flange, then barely screwed on the “toggle” side of the assembly. Then, it was just a matter of pushing the toggles through the holes in the wall and tightening the screws.

      If your shelves are going to be relatively light duty, regular drywall anchors might also work.

      Good luck on your project!

      Oh… maybe this image will help? Imagine the white piece is actually a floor flange. Just fold the little wings up on the toggle and rock ‘n’ roll!

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    David Carter
    July 6, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Hey Ashley your shelves look great. Read you are in Hanover had to say hi. I’m originally from there but now live in Powhatan. I was n the Pallet Industry for 20yrs. Started Rustic Creations of RVA. Hand make rustic home decor and furniture from reclaimed wood, up cycled pallets and new lumber. Its nice to find locals doing similar work.
    When you have time Check out my page http://www.Facebook.com/RusticCreationsofRVA
    http://www.Etsy.com/shop/RusticCreationsofRVA

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    Ragesh
    July 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

    It is a brilliant and beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing this inspirational work. Cheers!

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    Rebecca
    September 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Came across these beauties a month ago on Pinterest and fell in love! Just finished this project above my kitchen sink. I did one layer of grey wood stain (Minwax 271) to get that weathered grey look! Thanks for including all of your steps and commenting back on questions on this threat. It helped make this project a home run!

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      Rebecca
      September 19, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Thread**

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      Ashley
      September 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Ooooh, we’ll have to try out that stain combo! Glad this post helped 🙂 Enjoy your new shelving!

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