Saturday, May 12, 2012

Industrial Rustic Shelf Tutorial

Did you like the shelves in yesterday's post?
Want to make your own?


This is what we did...

Here is our materials list:

I just brought it to The Home Depot 
and had the employees help me find what I needed.
I knew what I needed but hadn't a clue where to find it all!
(Update: For everything on this list, I paid about $200)


You'll need to cut the boards to 6' 6".
I just had the Home Depot guy do it for me!

The wall behind the cupboards we removed was crusty looking, 
so I painted a gray square to go behind the shelves.


Then I lightly smeared the boards with stain,
to make them look aged.


You'll want to wash the pipes and fittings with dish soap.
Once dried, simply screw the pieces together to look like this: 


 Once assembled, give it a light coat of black spray paint to help prevent rust. It is ok if there is some rust started, just spray over it.

Once the paint and stain is dry, 
screw the first two pipe brackets into the wall through the flanges... You'll want to hang them on the studs.


 Once you have the two secured, add the boards.
We added them at this point so that we wouldn't have to fight with the doorway once the third pipe bracket was installed.


 Screw in the final piece, and you're finished! 


 Now have fun adding your favorite pieces from your stash! :)


Happy building! 
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! 

-Sylvie :)







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57 comments:

  1. Totally unbelievably cool! I just adore how you staged your shelves as well! I hope you're ready for this one to go viral... it's wonderful!

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 133. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150911578671141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  2. Amazing-, where can I build these because I do need to! Hmm, office? Bathroom? Kitchen?

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  3. I would love these in my kitchen! Thanks for the step-by-step.

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  4. seriously, these are AMAZINGGG!!!! I love them. Just showed them to my husband and I do believe we might/will/must/ill-beg-untill-he-does-it build some!

    xo em

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  5. This is amazing! and beautiful! How much did it end up costing you ?

    Brooke

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    1. Thank you! It ended up costing us about $200 total. Not bad for a whole wall of shelves! :)

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  6. This looks so cool, found it on pinterest and I'm repinning it now! Thanks so much!!!

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  7. Visiting from Funky Junk! These are FANTASTIC!! Beautiful and functional. Love, love, love!

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  8. Love these, pinning and hopefully making them when I find a spot!
    Thanks for the tutorial!
    Susan

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  9. Thanks so much for the sweet comments! You all make me want to create something more for you to see!

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  10. These are AMAZING!!! I love them so much! Great job!!

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  11. these are GREAT! Thanks for sharing

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  12. NOW you've done it!!! Sooooooo awesome!!! Wish I didn't have plaster everywhere. Maybe the next house?!?!?

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  13. Hi... I have been wanting to do this but the pipe and fittings are so expensive. May I ask how much this cost.

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    1. Hey! It ended up costing about $200 for everything. Not bad for a wall of shelves! :) Send me a pic if you do make one! sylvieliv(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. That's not too bad. They are at least $600 to buy one. I will send pics if I make one. Thanks.

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  15. Wow- this is such a great tutorial. I found this on Pinterest and decided to check out your blog- so much great stuff on here. I am excited to go through your other posts- you make things look so easy and I very appreciate the step by step instructions!

    XO,
    Anna

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    1. Thanks Anna! I hope you find much inspiration here! :)

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  16. Found this on Pinterest via Anna (above). May be perfect for my family room! Was thinking of 2 of Ballard's wood & metal bookcases (but at $500 each!). Your ceiling-hung shelves are a real space saver. Thanks for the post :)

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  17. Hey! Found this on Pinterest and pretty much going to make this ASAP... already have my printed list and things we need. Curious how far apart you spaced the 3 rows of pipes?

    THANKS!

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    1. Hi! We hung them 32" apart, landing on every other stud. Send me a pic of them when you are done, I'd love to see them! :) sylvieliv(at)yahoo (dot)com
      Sylvie

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  18. Found this link on Pinterest, and I am so in love with these shelves. I think I might see a DIY project in my near future!

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  19. What was the total space dimension for these shelves? Also, how did you go about estimating what pipe conduit and sizes ect you would need? We would like to replace our kitchen cab's with this kind of open shelving but I'm not sure how to measure and estimate for materials in respect to the pip conduit....Any advice??

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    1. Hey Stacey! The total space is 6'6"x4'. I chose to use 3 brackets to land on every other stud. The boards I used were 10" wide, so the pieces going from the front of the brackets to the wall all had to be 10". I wanted different heights of shelves, so I divided the 4' height into inches, and found the combination of heights that would suit my needs. Then I drew up a sketch to figure out how many flanges, 90s, and Ts I needed. Does that all make sense? I know home Depot will cut and thread pipe to any size you want, but I'm not sure if that costs more than the pre cut pipes... Any other questions? Feel free to ask! :)

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  20. I love this so much!! I am working on a little 1905 house and will be making these for the pantry - I will be sure to link to your tutorial. And I pinned it :)

    xxoxo

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    1. Thanks so much Jen! I can't wait to see how they turn out! :) Have fun!

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  21. Just found this article through Google. We're looking to do something similar to this for a bookshop. Unfortunately we're based in the UK and we're having the hardest time finding threaded metal pipe/bars cut to size. No Home Depot over here. Can anyone please point me in the direction of somewhere we can get hold of this stuff in the UK?

    Thanks

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    1. Oh they would be so neat in a bookshop! Sorry, I wish I could help you! :(

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    2. Managed to find them! Took some serious googling but they're ordered and on the way.

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    3. Oh good, I'm so glad you did! I would love to see a pic of them when they are complete! :) Have fun putting them together!
      You can email me a pic at sylvieliv(at)yahoo(dot)com if you'd like!

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  22. Did you actually attach them to the ceiling or just butt them up to the ceiling?

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    1. Hey Deni! We actually did not attach them into the ceiling at all. If your other screws are all firmly screwed into the studs, you should be good! :)

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  23. This is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  24. Love this project! I saw your industrial chic shelves on Pinterest and now want to make a set for my husband's office. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  25. Thanks guys! :) I hope you do make some!

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  26. Loved this so much I tried it myself. You can see it on my blog at www.lazygirldecor.wordpress.com. I linked to your tutorial since it's one of the best I saw while researching my project. Nicely done!

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  27. I'm so glad you tried out some pipe shelves! Yours look great! :)

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  28. Out of curiosity, are the boards simply resting on the pipes, or did you attach them somehow?

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  29. Hey Wil! The boards are simply resting on the pipes. :)

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  30. Love these shelves! What wood stain did you use?

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  31. Hey Becca! Thank you! :) The can says "MinWax -Wood Stain- Classic Gray 271" It is from The Home Depot.

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  32. Awesome, love this look. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Just installed my shelves yesterday! Def a two person job! Love it!!! I went with a darker stain and it looks great! Thanks for the easy to follow directions and materials list! Very helpful!!!

    FYI- you'll need a good hour or so at Home Depot when you go to purchase pipes. They have to cut and thread everthing!!

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  34. Thank you for the tip Colleen! :)

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  35. Thank you for the tip Colleen! :)

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  36. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love it and hope to incorporate it in my home one day.

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  37. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial! What type of wood did you use?

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  38. Thanks! We just used regular cheap pine lumber from Home Depot!

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  39. Hi, Great looking shelves and thanks much for the Turorial. Any guess how much weight these shelves can bear, screwed to the Stubs. I have a couple of hundred vinyl records that would look great on that but they're heavy.
    thanks again,
    Manny

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  40. Hello Manny,
    Thank you! I'd say the shelves could hold about 300 lbs if properly anchored to the studs. Ok, actually Mr. Liv would say. ;)
    Sylvie

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  41. Has anyone figured out where to get all the pieces for cheap?
    I wanted to do a similar project and need 36 flanges and those along come out to $100.

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  42. Just wanted to say thank you for being so thorough! I didn't want to drill holes through the boards like every other pipe shelving tutorial on the internet did, and then I found yours. It was just what I was looking for and now my tiny room has an amazing focal point. FYI – Zoro Tools is a great online source for all the pipe parts and pieces. It does take a bit of searching but I found everything I needed for under $80 total. The key is to search for gas pipes as they’re cheaper (but just as strong) than water pipes.


    Here’s my finished product.


    Cheers!

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  43. hi Samantha!
    I love how yours turned out!
    it makes me so happy when I can help someone else. :) thanks for taking the time to comment!
    Sylvie

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  44. Love them! I'm going to use PVC pipe and spray paint them black to cut down on weight and cost of iron pipe. Love the idea! Great execution on these too!

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