Creating rustic bathroom shelves from plumbing pipes

Creating rustic bathroom shelves from plumbing pipes

make industrial farmhouse shelves

Our bathrooms in our home are very spacious, but they’re also very boring. They are both very plain and builder-grade. We’ve recently begun to look at them to see how we might add some character without spending a lot of money on them.

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We do eventually plan to replace the tubs, tub surround, and flooring, but that will be a costly renovation, and it just isn’t in the budget right now. Instead, we are comparison shopping and trying to decide just what we want when the time comes.

At the present time, though, we can add just a little farmhouse character to our baths without breaking our checkbook.

We have decided to add some sort of rustic shelving, swap out that builder grade mirror for a more farmhouse-styled one, maybe paint or re-stain the vanity, and upgrade that cheap light fixture, but until we do that, we’ve opted to add some rustic shelving. These are the shelves you’ve seen on Fixer Upper, and all over Pinterest. And they’re the perfect project for adding a little industrial farmhouse to your home.

Adding rustic shelving is super easy, and not that expensive. Here’s what you’ll need to get started to make two plumbing pipe shelves.

2X10 pine board

4 3/4 in galvanized pipe nipples

4 3/4 in floor flanges

4 3/4 in pipe caps

your choice wood stain (I used Minwax Walnut)

black spray paint

microfiber cloth

sandpaper/orbital sander

I didn’t take step by step pics of the prep work, because it’s monotonous and self-explanatory. First, measure the area where you want your shelves to hang. Once you know your needed dimensions, you can cut your board to the appropriate lengths. Remember to measure twice and cut once! Next, use sandpaper, or an orbital sander to sand your boards smooth. Afterward, wipe the sawdust from your boards with a microfiber cloth.Then, apply the wood stain using a rag or brush. Allow each coat to dry at least 24 hours. Using your black spray paint, paint the galvanized pipe parts black. Allow 24 hours to dry.  For best results, use a spray paint with a primer included.

 

After your boards have dried, measure the area once more you want to hang your shelves. Use a level to make sure your boards are level, and mark the wall where you’ll screw the floor flanges. I highly recommend hanging your shelves on a stud to make them more sturdy, but if you can’t, then you’ll need to use dry wall anchors.

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After you’ve screwed the flanges to the wall, then you can assemble the pipe nipples and caps.

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Repeat this step for each side of your shelves. Then, you simply lay your shelf boards attop the pipes, and you’re done!

2 pipe shelves

Yes, you can totally see where I filledi n the giant holes left behind by the towel bar. They were huge and required lots and lots of spackle.

But, here’s the (mostly) finished product.

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I love how these shelves add so much rustic charm and character to our bathroom…plus, they add some much needed storage. Our vanity in this bathroom is rather small and there isn’t much counter space.

Have you made any rustic pipe shelves lately? If so, I’d love for you to show me!

Have a wonderful week.

 

Farmhouse Fridays Pinterest Round-up: my favorite living rooms

I’m gearing up for quite the busy week. My children are back in school and my students are back in my classroom. In spite of all the busyness, I wanted to share some inspiration I found on Pinterest this week…Pin-spiration, if you will 😁.

First up is this lovely room. I chose it because of its rustic wood ladder and chippy furniture. This look would be easy to create and wouldn’t cost much.

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This room has so many fun textural elements. From the rug, to the throw pillows, to the big wooden coffee table. Also, did you guys spot that shiplap wall?

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I love everything about this room. The fireplace, the beams, and the high ceilings. And is that a headboard ceiling?

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I chose this living room for the barn door, the striped curtains and the typo art.

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Our own living room will soon undergo a bit of a transformation. Stay tuned, and have a wonderful weekend.

Mudrooms: a Pinterest roundup

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We really love our house, and while there are a few things we’d change, we are happy here. One of the things we don’t have but would like to have is a mudroom.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for mudrooms I love, and I wasn’t disappointed. I decided I’d share some of my favorite findings with you all.

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The mudroom in the photo above looks cozy and inviting. I love the light fixtures, the rug, and how bright and airy the room is.

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Do you have a small space mudroom? This one-wall set up is perfect! I love the wood stain, the shiplap and the barn lights. So much farmhouse charm in such a small area.

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Since our future mudroom will definitely be a laundry/mudroom combo, this lovely space certainly caught my eye. I love that floor and the color of the cabinets!

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This laundry room is perfect for the same reasons- pretty floor, pretty cabinets and a shared laundry/mudroom space that blends together well.

Do you have a gorgeous laundry or mudroom? I’d love for you to share it with me!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Fun Fitness Friday: Home Gym Roundup

When some of us think of a home gym, we think of something big, elaborate and expensive…but this doesn’t have to be the case. For this week’s Fun Fitness Friday, I’d like to share a Pinterest roundup of some of my favorite home gyms. “Pin-spiration,” if you will.

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This small gym is in a garage or basement. It’s small, but the space is well used.

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This home gym is functional and pretty! There isnt anything I don’t like about it.

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If you don’t have a garage or basement, here is an example of a home gym in a spare room.

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This small gym is packed to the brim and it doesn’t look at all cluttered. The owner made great use of the space…and it is so pretty too!

I hope you like this roundup. I didn’t share my own home gym because the space is not ready to be seen…yet.

Which one was your favorite?

Fitness Fridays: tasty, lower calorie Super Bowl snacks

While most of us are probably not having a Super Bowl party, many of us are still making food and enjoying the game with our immediate family.

Most of the well known super bowl party fare is delicious but fatty and high in calories. However, this doesn’t have to ruin the fun for those of us making dietary and lifestyle changes.

Here are a few lower calorie options we can enjoy without making a huge splurge.

1. Skinny taco dip

Click here for this recipe. One serving suggestion is to put a little dip on your own plate instead of eating directly from the bowl. This way, you eat less and it’s safer too.

2. Buffalo rotisserie chicken quesadilla

Yum yum! Rotisserie chickens are easily available and already cooked. Just grab one or two and make this tasty recipe.

3. White Chicken Chili

This is a healthier version of my chili beans that I like to make. Here’s the recipe.

4. skinny gluten free not-fried chicken tenders

These chicken tenders are way fewer calories than the traditional ones. You can find the recipe here.

What are your favorite skinny appetizers?