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DIY INDUSTRIAL PIPE SHELF

DIY industrial pipe shelf

Learn how to make this DIY industrial pipe shelf for under $25. An easy beginner DIY project inspired by Restoration Hardware, but made for a budget!

DIY industrial pipe shelf

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When designing our son’s nursery, I wanted to incorporate a collage wall above his dresser. Being inspired by the industrial pipe shelves I had been seeing, I decided to add one onto this wall for additional counter space.

The so-called dresser we used in the nursery was technically not a dresser, but more of a decorative storage cabinet. The overall depth and dimensions of the cabinet were much smaller than that of a regular dresser; therefore, it did not leave much counter space for storage or decor.

This industrial pipe shelf, in addition to this paper mache deer head, helped to add a variety of dimensions to the overall collage. The depth of the shelf paired nicely with the depth of the dresser, and I loved the extra surface area available for decorating!

In terms of difficulty level, this has got to be a runner-up with our ultrasound picture frame or our painted wood letters – in other words, super easy!!

This was an incredibly easy project, but one of my favorites in the nursery. It was such a simple way to add depth and visual interest to an otherwise flat canvas of a wall.

VARIATIONS OF THIS PROJECT:

  • Use these pipe shelf brackets instead of making your own.
  • Use 2-hole metal conduit straps to baby-proof the shelf in a nursery.
  • Use a 2×8 board for a thicker shelf profile.
DIY industrial pipe shelf on nursery wall

SUPPLIES:

HOW TO MAKE AN INDUSTRIAL PIPE SHELF:

STEP 1 – CUT AND STAIN THE SHELF

Using the width of the dresser as a guide for overall available space, I began by spacing out what was going to be my collage wall on the floor in front of the dresser.

After determining the placement and spacing of each piece, I measured the space available for the shelf and let that dictate the length of the shelf – 2’0″.

We cut the board to length and stained the wood.

For the stain, we used Minwax Red Mahogany because we already had a bucket of it and it matched the top of the dresser. We have since switched to and highly recommend this brand! They even have a craft stain perfect for projects like this one!

STEP 2 – INSTALL AND ASSEMBLE THE SHELF

INSTALLATION

The industrial pipe brackets themselves weigh a little more than a typical bracket, and depending on what you plan to place on top of the shelf, you might choose to use anchors or drilling directly into a stud.

We started off by locating any studs in the wall. Using the flange, we marked the location of the holes on one of them. To make it easier for leveling the other side, we went ahead and installed the one flange.

We then used a yardstick and a level to place the other flange and mark the location of the holes on that one as well. Install the second flange.

ASSEMBLE THE GALVANIZED PIPES

Brace yourself, this is the hardest step of the entire process.

Once both flanges were securely installed on the wall, we screwed the steel pipes into each flange and lastly screwed on the caps.

Boom, done.

black galvanized pipes, flanges, and caps

ASSEMBLE THE SHELF

All that was left was to simply place the cut and stained board onto the pipe shelf supports.

You can baby-proof the shelf by adding 2-hole metal conduit straps to secure the wood shelf to the pipes.

close-up view of DIY industrial pipe brackets

STEP 3 – DECORATE!

And now for the fun part!

I wanted a special place in the nursery for our son’s wooden toy train and this shelf was the perfect spot. My sweet friend, aka one of Cole’s aunts, gave him this precious train from Pottery Barn and even hand-painted his initials along with some sweet baby bears!

wood train on top of DIY industrial pipe shelf in nursery

When shopping for nursery decor, I found this metal tool box and couldn’t leave the store without it… so I didn’t.

After giving it some thought as to what I could store inside this bin, I realized all of our burp cloths and baby blankets would fit! Adorable and functional decor, my favorite combo!

The inside of the metal bin had a bit of rust and chipping paint, so I lined the inside of it with some leftover drawer liner to keep the contents clean.

metal tool bin with burp cloths and blankets on top of DIY industrial pipe shelf in nursery

There you have it, clean and tidy nursery storage! Added bonus, it is a visual reminder when you are running low on burp cloths and need to do some laundry!


That’s all there is to it! With zero experience and $25, this is a great project for any beginner DIYer!

Check out our posts below for some nursery inspiration and more budget-friendly DIY projects!

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RUSTIC FARMHOUSE DECOR WITH BUDGET DECORATING TIPS

rustic farmhouse decor

Rustic farmhouse decor with tips for how to decorate on a budget and choose versatile furniture pieces that can move with you.

rustic farmhouse decor with budget decorating tips

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We recently rearranged our living room area which in turn lead to us redoing our fireplace mantel. Before we did any rearranging; however, this was our original setup for what was the dining room portion of the area.

We do not have a grand china cabinet, but I felt this cabinet could work as a rustic, yet elegant substitute for housing serving ware, table linens, candles, etc.

As a side note, I apologize for the not-so-fantastic picture quality; military base housing is not known for its spectacular lighting. Okay, so base housing is not all to blame…

HOW TO FIND VERSATILE FURNITURE PIECES:

Anyone who lives in a rental home or apartment knows that storage space is key. This cabinet was actually a piece I purchased when living in the definition of a “zero storage space” one-bedroom apartment.

When apartment hunting, I somehow did not notice the massive lack of storage space… that is until I moved in. I actually had to purchase four new pieces of furniture in order to have a place to put everything.

Food had to be stowed away in the very few kitchen cabinets, which left the dishes to be stored elsewhere – cue my newly dubbed buffet cabinet. Once everything had a home, it was the perfect sized apartment for me… until my husband moved in. There was no hope for a storage solution after that.

One of the things I love about this particular piece of furniture is its versatility. A china cabinet is exactly how it sounds, a cabinet for fine china. It is most likely a very large piece of furniture and located in the dining room. However, this buffet cabinet is really just a cabinet that can be used for anything and in any room making it a great choice for those who move often.

Another perk is the reduced size of this cabinet versus a china cabinet. This allows for greater versatility in where the piece will fit in each given room or new home.

When trying to select and purchase versatile furniture pieces I look for these features: storage, size, and style.

STORAGE

Does the piece have useful storage space or is it really only for decor items? I always go for the storage feature because when moving with the military I never know what our storage space will be like in the next home.

SIZE

How big is the piece? If the piece is a massive structure that needs a large solid wall to house it, odds are I may not always find a spot for it in future homes. If the piece is too small it is essentially not very functional – at least not for storage. I try to go for moderately sized pieces and have never had trouble finding walls to place them against in each new home.

STYLE

What is the overall style of the piece? This one is easy, I go for pieces that I love and are compatible with the rest of your home decor. Neutral is always best here because it can transition with changes in decor, color scheme, etc. Mine is not exactly neutral being that it’s green, but it went great with the rest of our decor so I chose to go out on a limb with this one!

HOW TO DECORATE ON A BUDGET:

After you have your required storage, all you need is to decorate! Choose some decorative conversation items if the arrangement is in one of your common rooms where guests will be.

I loved this setup for the dining room area because it showcased some conversation starters – such as college stories, vacation memories, and the first rose my husband gave me – all while storing additional serving ware.

A great option we use for budget-friendly decor is simply mix and match items we already own along with some DIY projects. Some decor items I recommend are decorative books, cookbooks, souvenirs, coffee mugs, floral arrangements, DIY projects, family photos, etc.

The wood shelf and the preserved flower were my own DIY projects for this space.

I recommend appropriately balancing your pieces with one another in addition to both the size of the room and wall. The shelf adds a nice upper balance to the weight of the cabinet below, while the overall scale works nicely for the wall size.

When it came to the floral arrangements, these were originally for the townhouse I shared with my brother during college. My brother did not want any decor that was “too girly,” but I had already found these adorable burlap bags and had to get my floral arrangements in them somehow.

So I decided to use flowers that were not too feminine in both color and appearance with greenery. The key element here was I chose to use a more masculine twig-like greenery and moss to seal the deal.

I explained to him my balance between masculinity and femininity in the arrangement… I am not sure if he actually bought my reasoning, but he caved either way!

Through this rustic, farmhouse inspired arrangement we not only added lots of storage to the space, but also added an abundance of color to the standard barren rooms of rental properties.

If you have a lack of storage space or a tight budget, try not to look at it as a bad thing. Instead, look at it as an opportunity to get creative! You could end up inspiring your friends and help them solve their own decor or storage challenges.


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