Remember how I was telling you a while back about my kitchen being remodeled and that it just wasn’t quite done and I had some more big plans? Today, we define “plans” and specifically in the form of this Gorrrrrgeous DIY Galvanized Pipe Shelving that I have fallen in love with and I will take with me to every house we ever live in, forever.
Steven and I were a little nervous about this project. From experience we (<-actually me) tend to underestimate the time, skill and labor it takes to complete our (<-okay, okay me again) projects. Yeeeeet here we are again with yet another project that has me so close to my beautiful little dream kitchen. For once, we actually OVER estimated how difficult this project was going to be, so I definitely felt the need to share!
I would like to clear up any confusion right off that bat and let you know that this is NOT a tutorial. I am not a teacher. Neither of us are professionals and fail at taking process photos; this is simply a post about the project and will show you the basics of what we achieved. The project is fairly straight-forward and simple, and we are confident you could repeat this process with the info below, but we do not guarantee this?. Whew! With that being said, please hit us up in the comments if you have ANY questions! I tried my best to capture all the basics, but construction isn’t my forte.
Warning: a few basic power tools and semi-basic construction knowledge are needed to accomplish this project. Please consider this before asking your husband to complete this project, or he may use it as an excuse to buy several new power tools. Not like I speak from experience or anything.
Why DIY Galvanized Pipe Shelving?
I looked high and low for an affordable option for this random space in our kitchen. Think Anthropologie vibes for Ikea prices. I wanted something that would mostly fill the space, without costing a fortune and I was definitely coming up empty handed. With my Pinterest boards filling up with all types of shelving, sprinkled with galvanized pipe, I brought the plans to Steven and he worked his miracles!
We found an inexpensive, yet durable, quality Cypress at Home Depot (sizes below) and purchased a stain to match the rest of the wood accents in our kitchen. We found the galvanized piping and additional hardware to be cheaper at Lowes, but here is a list of exactly what we utilized for the project:
- 4 12in. galvanized pipes (3/4inch)
- 6 18in. galvanized pipes (3/4inch)
- 16 floor flange fittings (3/4inch)
- 2 couplings (3/4inch)
- Black spray paint
- Desired stain color
- 3 7ft. boards (11in wide)
- 1 4.5ft. board (11in wide)
Step 1: Prep the Materials
We brought the wood home and stained it first to give it the time it needed to dry and spray painted each metal piece with black spray paint. These require much longer to dry so we did all the painting in the evening and planned to start the project the next evening and give it the full 24hrs to dry. You can purchase black galvanized pipe and skip the spray painting, however, the black pipe we found was very rustic and…let’s be honest…dirty. We chose to not go quite as rustic and paint the silver to a shiny black. Another great option would be to keep the silver, which is beautiful as well, but I feared it would blend into our grey wall a bit too much.
Step 2: Cut and Begin Assembly
Once the wood had dried and the piping was spray painted and dried, we began assembling. Steven cut the 10ft. boards into three 7ft. pieces and one 4.5ft. piece, so prepare to have some leftover boards to get creative with (!!!). He then measured about a 12 inches in and drilled two of the flange fittings into the underside of the wood, side by side, and repeated the process at the other end of the first layer of shelving. We chose to have 4 support legs so the shelving could be free-standing and support a lot of weight. After securing all four flange fittings, he screwed in all four 12in. pipes and completed the pipes with flange fittings on the other end to balance the weight on the floor.
For the next level, he measured in the same distance to match the bottom layer but only used one 18in. pipe on each side. This time, he secured the flange fittings to the topside of the wood.
*Side Note: At this point you can choose to spend a little extra money and make your life 10x easier by using 4 more flange fittings than we did to secure the shelving in the same way as the first level. Since we are cheap, we chose to use the 2 couplings listed above and make this project about an hour and half longer. Take my advice, friends, the money saved is not worth the headache. If you are asking for it though, please continue with the remainder of this step.
In the next level (level 2), Steven measured about 12in. in the same manner before but this time, drilled a large enough hole to fit the pipe through. He secured the coupling on the pipe on the underside of the level 2 board and secured another 18in. pipe through level 2 board, into the previous coupling. If that sounds like a lot of extra work, please refer to my previous side note 🙂
*It required a little trial and error to make the hole large enough for the pipe. Although the drill attachment to drill the hole was 3/4 in., the pipe would not slide through easily. So, you may need to shave a bit more around the hole, in order for the pipe to slide through easily but not allow the coupling to come through*
The underside of Level 3 board will be attached with the flange fitting and be secured. For Level 4 board (4.5ft. board), refer to the initial step and, once again, center the pipe into the board approximately 12in. in and secure both ends with flange fittings. We decided to shorten the fourth board to add a bit of visual interest, so the final pip and flange fitting was secured approximately 5 inches in instead of the previous 12 inches for all the other levels.
Step 3: Cross your fingers and pretend you know how to space items properly on shelving
That’s it! I was so surprised how simply this came together and my favorite part was getting to utilize a space that was previously so empty. It seems like the prettiest decor on the shelving are my dishes and fruit that are often overlooked and placed in cabinets! I would definitely encourage you to try this project if you have a space that needs an Anthropologie fix but are on an Ikea budget. I ended up loving this more than anything i had on my Pinterest board and the shelving means even more to us, since we were so involved in the process.
You guys…?Dream Kitchen ?Alert! ?
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