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DIY Floating Pipe Shelves

So it has officially been almost forever since I have written a post. Mark and I have been really busy lately and I haven’t had time to write a post, but the good news is that a good bit of what we have been doing is “fun” projects around the house. The thing about me is that as soon as I get a project idea in my head, I act on it. This is probably a good thing because I actually follow through with what I envision, but I also devote all my free time to that project (and Mark’s free time) until it gets done.

The latest project we tackled was making some DIY floating pipe shelves. I wrote a post a while back on the makeover of our downstairs bathroom. Well, one of the walls (the wall you face when you sit on the toilet, with the door) was really bare but I wasn’t sure what to put on it. I considered a picture or shelves, but it wasn’t until my sister came the other weekend and said, “you could put some shelves there,” that I decided I should probably put some shelves there. And so our projecting began.

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I looked up some floating shelf ideas and fell in love with the industrial look of pipes holding up the shelves. We headed to Home Depot to pick up the few supplies we needed. I was really expecting it to be pretty cheap, but the pipe ended up being more expensive than I was hoping for. Still much cheaper than if we had bought the shelves/piping from Etsy or somewhere like that.

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I wanted two shelves so we needed a total of 4 floor flanges, 4 five inch pipe, and 4 caps for the pipe pieces. You could leave the pieces as is because the look of galvanized pipe is cool left alone, but I wanted to spray paint them black, so I picked up some Rustoluem Black Paint & Primer spray paint. I saw that Rustoleum had a “hammered” effect spray paint and bought that because I thought that would look neat over the black spray paint but when I sprayed it over top of the black you couldn’t tell a difference so I ended up returning it.

Just a tip: Before I spray painted the pipe pieces, I screwed all three pieces together (flange, pipe, cap) and spray painted them that way. It was much easier having them stand up and be four big pieces as opposed to 12 individual pieces.

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For the wood shelf, we had a piece of 2″x 4″x 8′ oak board cut into three pieces (although we only needed two of the pieces). I bought the 8 oz. container of Miniwax wood stain in “Early American” and used a cheap $2 brush to paint one coat on the wood. I also used a paper towel and wiped the stain as soon as I put it on the board because I didn’t want it to be too dark.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, it took three trips to Home Depot, all within one hour, to find the right stain color. I tried “Special Walnut” first (too dark), then “Weathered Oak” (too gray), then finally ended up on “Early American” (just right). Sounds like a real Goldy Locks story, huh? That third piece of wood came in handy when testing out all these wood stains :) I swear the door greeter at Home Depot thought I was insane for how many times I came into the store that day.

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Minwax 1 gal. Early American Wood Finish 250 VOC Oil-Based Interior Stain (2-Pack)

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Mark had the hard part of actually hanging the pipe pieces while I stained the wood (and went to Home Depot a million times for the perfect stain color). He used the blue anchors from this anchor pack to hang the pipe pieces. I had spray painted the tops of the screws black that way they matched the rest of pipe once they were screwed into the floor flange. Obviously, your measurements will be different than ours for the wall you hang your shelves on, but as a reference, I will tell you that our pipe pieces are 14″ apart from the middle of the floor flange (top shelf) to middle of the floor flange (bottom shelf).

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Once the pipe was hung, we just laid the wood board on top and voila! Floating shelves.

The fun part was scrounging around our house to find random decor that could go on the shelves before I go out and buy what I actually want on them. Hence the tacky toilet paper castle.

The total cost of this project was about $80-$90 and we had to purchase all the supplies. It may be a little cheaper if you already have some of the supplies (paint brush, wood stain, spray paint, etc.). The pipe was definitely what made this as pricey as it is, but I’m still really pleased with how affordable they are compared to the $150+ I saw them being sold for online. I’ve even contemplated adding a third shelf since we have the extra piece of wood, we would just need the extra pipe pieces.

This was a fairly quick project and only took us about 4 hours, including my three trips to Home Depot. So, if you are looking for relatively inexpensive, cute floating pipe shelves, I suggest this project. You can totally make it your own, painting the pipe and wood whatever colors you want and you can do it in one day!

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Also, just a heads up, I made some banana bread the other week and plan to make a post with the recipe in the next week or so. We are also working on another project in the house, but that will probably be a few more weeks since it is a little more involved than our typical projects.

DIY Windowpane Mirror

DIY Windowpane Mirror

Happy Monday!!!

This weekend Mark and I finally got around to hanging our latest project: our DIY Windowpane Mirror.

We started working on this about two weekends ago and had it ready to go in about a day and a half, but didn’t have the things we needed to hang it. We were out of town last weekend, so this weekend we decided to hang it.

We’ve been looking for a mirror of some sort to hang behind our couch in the living room on the big, blank wall. We had bought an arched mirror from Kirklands a few months ago, but once we got home it just didn’t look right so we returned it. I started looking at windowpane mirrors, but they were so expensive and I didn’t feel like spending that kind of money on something I felt like I could make myself for a lot cheaper. So, you guessed it, off to Home Depot we went.

You can easily use an old mirror from Goodwill if you can find one, but I didn’t feel like going on a hunt for a mirror so we just picked up this 48in x 36in slab of mirror from Home Depot (make sure you get the one without the beveled edge).

We measured out the pieces of wood we would need and Mark (I helped a little) set to work sawing the pieces at the saw station in Home Depot. For the angled edge on the outside frame, they have a little yellow box thing at the saw station that allows you to cut the edges. We did a 45 degree angle.

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You can choose whatever kind of frame design you want, I chose something pretty simple with just a few lines in it. You will need the four outside pieces to make the frame and then the inside pieces will all depend on how many panes you want. I wanted 12 boxes inside my mirror, so we did two long horizontal pieces and nine small vertical ones. There was a lot of math involved because you have to take into account the other wood pieces when finding the length you need to cut, so make sure you are aware that you will need to subtract those inches from the other pieces.

When we got home I started to paint the wood pieces. Front and back so no natural wood would show in the mirror’s reflection once they were glued on. I had leftover paint from when we refinished our coffee table , so I just used that. It is a mostly white, with a little cream color. I did two coats on the front, and just one on the back. When that was dry, I took an old rag and dipped it into the wood stain we had used for the coffee table top and dabbed off the excess. I gently rubbed it onto the wood pieces. If any spot was too dark I just kept rubbing until I lightened to how I wanted it. You really can’t mess it up. Mark kept saying he was so impressed with how I had done it, but I think he was highly under estimating how easy it was. I’m definitely not a very good painter.

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We used Gorilla wood glue to glue the frame to the mirror and liquid nails to glue the pieces onto the mirror front. I let it dry for about two weeks (you only have to let it dry for about 24 hours) and then we hung it.

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Hanging the mirror actually proved to be one of the hardest parts of this project. We screwed in some of these T straps on each of the four corners just for reinforcement. Then we screwed in some of these hangers on opposite sides of the mirror and drilled the nails into the wall (make sure you have the exact measurement on the wall as you have the two hangers on the frame).

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To hang the wreath on the mirror I took some burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby that I had laying around the house, looped it through this Smith & Hawkin Boxwood wreath from Target (why are boxwoods so expensive?!), and thumb tacked it to the back part of the frame before hanging the whole shabang on the wall.

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I think the total end price for this windowpane mirror was about $70 (without the wreath) which is a really good price considering windowpane mirrors are typically $200 at least. It would be even cheaper if you can find an old mirror instead of buying one from Home Depot (I’m just too impatient).

This window is one of my favorite projects we have done so far and makes our living room look a lot more open. So if you are feeling a little crafty, I suggest you give this mirror a whirl!

DIY Framed Mirror

DIY Framed Mirror

Last week I shared our newly painted downstairs bathroom. We had ripped off the slab of mirror from the wall and I ended up framing it and sticking it back up on the wall instead of buying a whole new mirror – partly because that obviously would cost more money, and partly because it was such a strangely sized mirror (like 2 or 3 inches from a perfect square) I wasn’t sure I’d find one to cover the dry wall we had ripped off in the process of taking the mirror down. I had always wanted to frame the mirrors in our master bathroom anyway and figured this would be good practice.

We went to Home Depot (no surprise there) and got a few supplies.

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THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

4 Wood Rosette Blocks

4 pieces of decorative moulding (I believe ours was technically door moulding)

1 tube Liquid Nails

1 tube Loctite Mirror Adhesive

Paint (of your choosing)

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You will obviously want to start by measuring your mirror first so you know what length moulding you need to frame it with (don’t forget to take into account the size of the rosette blocks). After we had all our supplies I started by painting the rosette blocks and moulding. They were primed white when we bought them, but I wanted to paint them a cream color since we had it left over from refinishing our coffee table. Make sure you paint the backs of the wood pieces also or else you will see the white primer or natural wood through the mirror’s reflection once you glue them on the mirror.

After the pieces were painted and dry, I took the liquid nails and glued them straight onto the mirror. Make sure you don’t get it near the edge of the wood piece or again you will see the glue in the reflection (liquid nails comes in white and clear, but I didn’t want to risk seeing dry glue so I used it sparingly).

I then used some white caulk to fill in any small gaps between the rosette block and moulding. Since the caulk matched the paint color I didn’t have to paint over the caulk, but if you choose a different color you will have to paint over the caulk once it has dried.

I let the glue dry for a good 24 hours before we adhered it to the dry wall. Since the mirror had BIG blobs of the Loctite glue on it when we pulled it off the wall, we decided the professionals probably knew what they were doing, so we copied them and made about 5 huge blobs of Loctite glue on the back of the mirror (in each corner and in the center) and pushed it against the wall. We rested the mirror on the countertop lip so it had support and didn’t slide down the wall.

And just like that we had a new mirror!!

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This ended up being a really inexpensive way to fancy up our mirror and it really makes a difference in the feel of the bathroom. I will definitely be doing this in our master bathroom…in due time.