These DIY pipe shelves are perfect for any corner in your house. They’re inexpensive, easy to build, and they’ll help maximize the usable space of any room!
Hey, remember our laundry room renovation? (Update: It’s finished!) Yeah, you know – that project we started about a gazillion months ago, shortly after the dining room makeover. (Update: it’s also finished!)
Well, both projects are still “ongoing,” though the dining room reveal is very close, I promise! The laundry room reveal is a little farther off, mainly because I still have to build the cabinets, and building cabinets is about as much fun as swimming with fire ants.
Maybe less so.
But we’re still plugging away at some other details in the laundry room. Handan will be throwing down some world-class laundry room printables that are sure to get your detergent flowing, if you know what I mean 😉
See what I did there?
I actually made detergent dirty!
Anyway, I think I was about to tell you about my big iron pipe.
No, that didn’t come out right.
What I really want to tell you about are some quick and easy DIY pipe shelves that Handan and I made for the corner of the laundry room. I want to stress the “quick and easy,” or as Handan would say, “Simple stupid!”
That’s her new catchphrase for quick and easy projects. She’s of course referring to the old engineering adage, KiSS, or Keep it Simple, Stupid! Somehow, the first two words got lost in translation, along with the comma.
So here it is, folks, your Simple Stupid project of the day!
We only wanted two shelves in the laundry room, so all we needed for supplies were:
- (4) 1/2 inch black pipe flanges
- (2) 1/2 inch x 3 inch black pipe nipples
- (2) 1/2 inch black pipe close nipples
- (2) 1/2 inch black pipe elbows
- (1) 13 inch square x 2 inch thick piece of pine
- (16) wood screws
Since pine with those dimensions is not readily available at Home Depot or Lowe’s, we went to my local wood shop and bought a 3-foot length of 2-inch-thick pine. The board we selected was 14 inches across, and we only needed 13 inches, square, but we bought three feet just in case we messed up.
I cut the piece in half, diagonally, using my table saw.
I gave the pieces are real quick sanding.
Remember: Simple Stupid.
Also remember: Farmhouse!
Next, I quickly stained the pieces with Minwax Special Walnut.
It’s a great color and could do just fine on its own, but we wanted a little bit of gray in there for a “vintage” look.
I used Minwax Classic Gray, and rubbed it on here and there, removing it immediately with a rag.
All told, we’re talking about 10 minutes of work here. Time for installation!
No, we didn’t wait for the shelves to dry! Simple Stupid got no time for drying!
After determining the heights for our two shelves, I marked and drilled holes for the flanges that would sit flush with the wall. The edge of the flange is 2 1/2 inches from the corner.
Then I screwed the nipple-elbow-nipple-flange assembly onto the wall flange.
I sat the board on top of the flange, leveled it and then marked the screw holes with a pencil.
I drilled the holes. Oh boy, this was getting exciting!
I installed the shelf…
Now, I don’t know if I look like this much of a doofus all the time, or whether Handan has just perfected catching me at my dopiest after 8 years of marriage.
Seriously! Judging from my expression, I may have just seen a ghost. I don’t know, but honestly, I don’t think Simple Stupid DIY pipe shelves warrant that kind of terrified look!
Let’s see if she caught any other winners…
Yep, of course she did. I call this one, “Shhhh, I’m Defusing a Nuclear Warhead!”
And another thing, where the hell has my jawline disappeared to? I’m pretty sure I had one when I was younger. Bah! Getting old sucks.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, pipe shelves. Right.
They’re done! YAY! How’s that for Simple Stupid? You can fly off on a tangent mid-project and still finish them in about 30 minutes.
Let’s have a gander at how our DIY pipe shelves turned out, eh?
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