I don’t know about you but I love a good DIY. There is something so satisfying about it. The feeling of accomplishing a project can be exhilarating. Today I am going to share with you a rustic industrial shelves DIY project that has been over a year in the making.
If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I am a big fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper. When I saw them do an industrial twist on shelves I immediately thought, “I need this in my house!” I began to research the project to see what materials were needed. Let me first say this industrial shelf DIY project is not cheap. When all was said and done I believe the project costed between $150-$200. Because this project cost so much is exactly why it took over a year to get done.
Each month I would purchase a few items at a time, spreading out the cost. Realistically we just do not have $150 to spend at Home Depot or Lowe’s, so taking my time with this was key. I will say even though I had to wait so long to get it done it was nice to take my time to make sure I truly did want this shelving unit on my wall. There is nothing worse in home decorating than making a hasty decision and regretting the choice almost immediately.
Mulling over a home decorating decision is my number one rule with home decor. We have been in our home for almost three years and still have walls that need paint and shelves/pictures. I feel like my style changes and is not just one thing. There is furniture in the house that is 1920’s Art Deco and another piece that is from the 1950’s. I am in no rush to get everything decorated and if I decorated the entire house in a few months I would have decor withdrawals. As a person who loves to move furniture around that is never a good feeling.
Back to the project at hand. The first step was to map out what pieces I need for my wall. The nice thing about this project is you can add or subtract shelves depending on how big your space is. I decided on three shelves for my wall.
- Step Ladder
- Drill Bit (Comes with the screws)
- Screws (We found screws that had a black head on them to blend in and were about 1.5 inches)
- 8 – 3/4 inch Flanges
- 2 – 3/4 inch x 18 inch Pipe
- 2 – 3/4 inch x 90° connector
- 6 – 3/4 inch x 10 inch Pipe
- 4 – 3/4 inch x 12 inch Pipe
- 4 – 3/4 inch “T” connector
- 3 – 9 1/4 inch L x 10 inch W wood shelves
- Minwax Paste Finishing Wax
- 3-5 rags for polishing the pipes
- Plastic wrap and rubber bands to cover flanges (so the residue doesn’t mark up the wall)
After purchasing the galvanized pipe, wood, and screws next came the preparation. My husband and dad put marks on the wall where the studs were. That way when we put each side up we were able to place the flanges right on top of the studs. Next I sealed the pipes with this Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. I took a rag and rubbed it over the entire pipe. This helps seal the pipes and keeps the black finish in tact.
After sealing the pipes, I put together each side. This makes it easy level and mark the holes. Since walls and ceilings are not level we had to tighten and loosen almost every joint. It takes a little time but worth it in the end. We set each side and then marked the holes.
Once the template was set the pilot holes were drilled. The anchors were placed and then each side was secured.
Also, a little hack since the black finish on the pipes rubs off easily put plastic wrap on the flanges so it doesn’t mess up the walls and ceiling.
After securing each side to the wall, we double checked the leveling. It is always good to double-check your work before putting on the finishing touches.
We then cut the wood for each shelf, which was just an inch shorter than the width of the wall. After the shelves were placed the decorating began!
This was of course my favorite part and I am sure I will forever be rearranging the shelves, because I like to move furniture around but none-the-less I was excited! So for now, here is the final product.
And there you have it! A DIY project that has been over a year in the making. Our house is starting to feel like a home now and I love it! Do you like DIY projects? Have you ever done a shelving unit like this? How long does it take you to do a DIY project in your home? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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