We had so much fun doing the Fall Pinterest Challenge, that we jumped at the opportunity to do it again this time. The jist of the Pinterest Challenge is to stop just pinning ideas, and start creating. You're supposed to DIY something from Pinterest. Whether it be a recipe, craft, home project etc.
I have a few pins over on Pinterest (only 2,555 or so...) so I had a good amount of things to choose from! I figured this was a good opportunity to knock something off the to-do list as well.
Our front door opens onto the dining room. We have built a coat rack, installed an Ikea wardrobe and we have a nice bench and mirror. The only thing lacking in the entry was somewhere to put your keys and mail, or to keep a coffee away from the dog while you're tying your shoes pre-puppy walk. We don't have a lot of space, so a traditional console table was going to be too big.
Here is our inspiration:
If we love the shelf so much, why didn't we just go buy one? errrr... The price for shelf + brackets was $240. Yep, for one lil shelf. Ouch. We just don't roll like that.
So we made it (with our spin on it of course)
So how'd we do it?
Bought some 1" gas line pipe (it matches our dining table!) from Home Depot.
- 2 - Floor Flanges
- 2 - 6" Nipples (teehee)
- 2 - End Caps
Assemble them all together and this is what you get:
Now you need a shelf. We headed to the garage to check out what cool wood we had. We found some awesome worm eaten Butternut that El Granto had gotten for Christmas (yep we ask for building materials for Christmas). We loved the character of the butternut and decided it was the way to go.
We cut the piece of wood 28" long, and trimmed the width to 5.5". This would enable the wood to sit on the pipe, but inside the edges of the end cap and flange. We wanted to be able to see the cool bracket. You can easily make the shelf wider by resting it on top instead of inset.
Next up, after deciding on placement and height (centered on the wall and 40" off the floor) we went stud hunting, and found that we could hit one of our brackets into a stud. So we marked out the placement.
After the holes were marked, El Granto screwed the bracket into the studs.
After the first bracket was attached, we attached the pipe nipple and used it to help us level the second bracket.
Next up we marked the second bracket, and used EZ Ancors to ensure the shelf would be attached to the drywall nice and sturdy.
We then attached the other flange to the wall with screws into the wall anchors, and then screwed on the pipe nipple and end cap.
We gave our wood two coats of furniture wax and laid it on top of the pipe, screwing the end caps against the wood to hold it steady. Oh and it's nice and level!
TA DA! What do you think of our DIY Restoration Hardware Shelf & Bracket?
Make sure you check out all the other awesome Pinterest Challenge projects, check out the hosts blogs too!
1" Gas Line Pipe (2 flanges, 2 end caps & 2 6" pipe nipples) - Home Depot
Butternut Wood - Gift
Furniture Wax - Home Depot
EZ Ancors - Home Depot
Dish Soap (to wash the pipes)
Difficulty Level (on a scale of 1-5):
Total Cost: $16