DIY

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 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.

Downstairs Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom Makeover

I will randomly get the urge to do a project, and when I get that urge, I have to act on it or else it may never get done.

The other week I wanted to paint our downstairs bathroom, so that weekend Mark and I decided to knock it out.

I wanted to paint the bathroom a calm, “Pottery Barn green/blue”. I had gotten some of the paper swatches earlier in the week and taped the options on the wall and looked at them throughout the day to see them all in different lighting. I decided to go with Behr “Garden Vista”. The perfect Pottery Barn green/blue.

After church we stopped into our home away from home…Home Depot. We picked up the supplies we needed to paint the bathroom which was really just the paint and a plastic liner for our paint tray because I’m lazy and don’t like washing out the paint tray in our backyard every time we paint.

We went home and pried the slab of mirror off the wall. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to replace the mirror altogether or put it back up when we were done painting. I ultimately decided on putting the mirror back on the wall and framing it myself so it didn’t look quite so boring (more on that project later).

We taped off, cut in, and rolled and rolled. It only took us a couple of hours and we finished painting in one day. This is the fastest project we have ever under taken.

So without further adieu, here are the before and after pictures…

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I am so thrilled with how the bathroom turned out. I still have a couple little things to do in there, like maybe replace the curtain with blinds and put some art or something on the blank walls, but over all, this is exactly what I had in mind for our bathroom.

I will do a future post on how I framed the mirror, it was really inexpensive and pretty quick to do and makes a world of difference in the look and feel of the room.