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Thursday, August 27, 2015

{DIY} pipe shelving and all the other little elements

Pipe Shelving

Another project I've been dying to do is this pipe shelf that we saw one evening while watching our fav show Fixer Upper. Our laundry room was the perfect place for the shelving because there were more then a few large blank walls and one of my fav go to decorating ideas is shelving. It really can spice up any room and make it look fabulous! Plus I love the flexibility that shelving allows when it comes to decorating. Changing the stuff on the shelves is an easy and cost effective!


where the inspiration for the project started

The tutorial for this project on Joanna's blog {link above} is spot on amazing! She tells everything to buy and exactly how to build and install. We chose the galvanized piping and a darker shelf stain so that it would go with the rest of the room. However you can buy copper or black...it's just what you prefer. 

I will admit hanging this shelf was a little stressful because the piping is SO heavy. We bought screws and anchors that are guaranteed to hold 100lbs per screw. That might have been a huge over estimate on weight but we don't want this thing falling down!

First I stained the shelves. I did a coat of ebony then the gray, then mixed the gray and ebony and then finally a top coat of ebony. Then Cam screwed together the piping to form each side of the shelf support. 

{Sorry for the lack of pictures from those steps}

Next we marked on the wall where the shelving and screws would go. It took the both of us to hold steady and hang each side.

Next shelves were laid in

After that it was ready for decorating!


This project was actually surprisingly easy. Hanging the shelf was the most stressful part because a.) we didn't want it to fall and b.) we wanted it to be straight ;)


I found the cute prints on the top shelf from Etsy

The baskets came from my hall closet. As I was walking around looking for things to display {and looking on Pinterest for inspiration} I remembered these baskets and thought how cute they would look. The & sign was from a set of frames I had bought before we moved in and just never hung. In the baskets I have toilet paper, paper towels and hand towels. I also got the idea to display pretty towels from Etsy. It's cute and functional because if we have guest and they need any of these items I can direct them where to pick them up!
I also love the idea of framing dirty baby face pictures for a laundry room :) So fun and cute to look at.


Hanging Clothes Bar

The morning of the project I was looking around the room as it was all empty and thought I'm going to need somewhere to hang clothes.

That's where this idea came from...and this was SO super easy! Anyone could hang a pipe bar like this for their clothes. All you need are the pipes and tough screws.

I can't believe how much I love this aspect. It's prob the most functional piece in the room.

More Little Details

I used robe hooks as an ironing board hanger. I have never really been a fan of the cheap metal looking ironing board hangers so thought this was SO much cuter! I also purchased a new ironing board cover which really pops in the room and I love!!!!

Under where the shelving was going to sit we use to have a white bench from IKEA. I had planned to keep that bench there...it was a perfect fit and was doing a nice job of holding up laundry baskets...until I was in my guest bedroom cleaning things out and saw our old chest Cam had bought me when we first got married. I had painted it white and it just looked kind of grubby and was taking up way too much space in that room. So I measured it and you know what...it was a perfect fit to sit under the shelf, it just needed a touch up. Luckily I had some Annie Sloan paint on hand in the Paris Grey. I painted on 2 coats, sanded it to bring out the white underneath and make it look old and it turned out better then I could have imagined.

It's perfect in the room!

I also moved in this chalkboard because the room needed something on this wall. 
I added a cute little find I picked up on my Girl's Weekend in July.

This cart was a purchase at an antique store while we were still building the house. I saw it and fell in love! I knew it would be the perfect folding table for me. 

A few months back I picked up these bright and fun laundry baskets on the Target clearance aisle. Brought them home and put each kids name on them and you know what?! It significantly changed laundry for me. I just yell ask very nicely for the boys when their baskets are full and they carry them upstairs and put it away all on their own. It's quite amazing :)

So that's the end of the Laundry Room Revamp!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about our journey but most of all I hope you are inspired to do it yourself {or any project for that matter}. We really are just regular ol' people who took dreamed up a room that we thought was unattainable but were pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't that difficult after all :)

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