My husband and I love to watch the TV show fixer upper after we put the kids to bed. Our own house was a MAJOR fixer upper. The couple we bought it from was selling it just for the land. They thought we would tear it down, but we had a different plan.
We kind of stole the shelf idea from their show. My style is very similar to Joanna and Chip. I would LOVE to own a farmhouse with lots of land for animals and a garden someday.
Our kitchen needs a makeover, but we don’t have the money to redo it right now. We were trying to find a way to add more cabinet space to some open wall space in our kitchen just for temporary. When we came across the iron pipe shelves I figured that could be a permanent fix!
First measure your space to see how many shelves you want, and how far apart to make them. We went with 3 shelves. First shelf was 18″ from the cealing, the next two were 10″ apart. Our shelves are 12″ deep.
- 2 – 18″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width from cealing to first shelf)
- 4 – 10″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width between shelves)
- 6 – 12″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width of shelf)
- 8 – 3/4″ Galvanized floor flange (to support shelves into the wall and cealing)
- 2 – 90• 3/4″ black iron fittings
- 4 – 3/4″ “T” black iron fittings.
- 3 2×12 lumber board
Seriously you just start screwing pipes together, pretty easy. It was a fun date night project while the kids slept.
You could just screw it into the drywall and use drywall anchors, but that doesn’t sound as sturdy to me.
I’m pretty excited about my new storage space. I was a little worried about keeping open shelves organized at first. I need to clean the iron pipes and pull those stickies off sometime. I might eventually refinish the lumber with a tinted polyurethane to make it a little darker.