DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving

What do you think our grandparents would say if they knew we went shopping for bathroom shelves in the plumbing section of a hardware store?  I can see my grandfather shaking his head in confusion now.  Isn’t it funny to think that we can create something functional like shelves from materials that are supposed to be used for plumbing….And make it look good?  And so here we go, my simple and quick tutorial on DIY INDUSTRIAL PIPE SHELVING.

DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving

 As I was scrolling through images on Pinterest of OPEN BATHROOM SHELVING, I immediately stopped on this one;IMG_8549

Yep, I had found my inspiration: OPEN INDUSTRIAL PIPE SHELVING. This looked so easy! And of course the shiplap had me swooning……

So I headed to Lowe’s with nothing but a picture for inspiration and a desire to create!

This project only took minimal supplies:

  1. 1 by 12 4 ft pine board that I had Lowe’s cut into two 20″ long pieces. So my final board measurements were 20″ long, by 11.25″ wide (I wanted wider shelves to set more things on) by 1″ thick.
  2. 4 black steel flanges 1/2″
  3. 4 black steel caps 1/2″
  4. 4 black steel pipes 12″ by 1/2″
  5. 16 black screws to secure flanges to the wall

For those of you who don’t want to deal with gathering the plumbing supplies, I found a great kit from Amazon you can purchase here.

Now I was set, ready to go home and create some INDUSTRIAL SHELVES with PLUMBING MATERIAL.

NOTE: I used Annie Sloan dark wax to cover the pine board to give them a darker look. I really like the way dark wax looks on pine boards and it “seals” it so they look more finished.

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First step is to measure where you want the shelves, make sure they are level, and screw the flanges into the wall.

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Then thread the pipe into the flanges and then thread the caps on the pipe. So EASY!

After you have finished the pine board with wax, or stain or however you choose to finish them, lay the board on top of the pipe making sure it sits behind the “caps” so they won’t slide forward.

AND THAT’S all it takes to create these Industrial open pipe shelves.

Now style those pretty shelves and you’re ready to go!

I hope this EASY TUTORIAL ON OPEN PIPE SHELVING was useful to you.

I still marvel that we can create shelves by shopping in the plumbing section at a hardware store. 🙂

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Lindsey***

32 thoughts on “DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving

  1. I’m determined to get rid of my nervous Nellie tendencies and give this a try. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

    1. LOL I hope you attempt it! It’s really not that difficult. Have a great weekend.
      Lindsey

  2. I lovw the farmhouse industrial look, and really digging these shelves!

    Thanks so much for sharing this on the Farmhouse Friday link party! 🙂

  3. I really like this style. We are working on our master bathroom and have a narrow space for shelving. This might be perfect & look pretty.
    Pinned & sharing Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party.

  4. I love your creative idea, your shelves turned out great and look fantastic!!!
    Thank you for sharing on Friday Features this week, stop by next week to see your post featured!!
    Pinned and Tweeted today!
    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. What a creative way to make shelves!! Did you just use regular screws to screw into the drywall, or did you have to use drywall screws (the type where you screw in a plastic piece first before screwing in the metal screw) to make these shelves more stable?

    1. Glad you enjoyed my post! Yes I did use drywall screws because the plumbing material is quite heavy!
      Lindsey

  6. Love the look, Lindsey! Great tutorial, too. Thanks for sharing your project with us all at Vintage Charm 🙂

  7. I love the way these look! Thanks for sharing at the Friday at the Fire Station link-up!

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