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DIY Pipe Shelves

Disclaimer: this is not a post on how to install iron pipe shelving. This is a post on how to punt a project you’re really excited to have completed. But, the video I link to is an excellent resource for those of you who don’t plan on punting.

I started decorating our house (in my head) back in June when we first toured it. After being on the road for six weeks following our closing, we’re finally starting to get settled in enough to work on projects that I’ve been planning for almost 6 months now. The challenge with getting rooms decorated is that I want to paint all the walls, so it’s multiple steps before we even get to the point of hanging things on the wall. My mom and stepdad visited last week and helped us make serious inroads into getting the painting done. 

One of the first decorating ideas I had for our new house was a wall installation on the back wall of our loft area. The wall is visible from yard and living room, so I wanted something interesting up there. ShelfWall1I’d been seeing pipe shelving in restaurants and stores and took a screenshot of Joanna Gaines’ Instagram last spring to remind myself of this idea. Then, I showed this picture to everyone who’s come to our house to get their take on this idea #thatshowIroll.IMG_1713Part of  the appeal was that it looked like a project I could do myself. I did some Googling and Pinteresting and found this great tutorial. Totally something I can do!

Then, my parents came to visit and being late fall in “the country,” there’s not a ton to do. The leaves have dropped and the orchards have frozen, it’s too cold to go for a hike, but not cold enough for snow to go skiing or snowshoeing, and there’s only so many historic mansions you can tour at one time (we’re not art museum people). In other words, it looked like my parents needed a project, so I promptly offloaded the shelving idea to Larry who excels at things like measuring and planning (not my strength). He watched the video tutorial a few times and got to work on planning out how many pieces he’d need while my mom and I got to work painting the wall a medium-darkish shade of grey. Goodbye dingy white!ShelfWall2I went to work and came home to this! We ended up not installing the fifth bracket/support to change it up a bit and I love the way it came out. You have to love that as part of the carload of crap stuff from my childhood, a teddy bear made the trip that I haven’t seen in 20+ years, and that it was the first thing to decorate these shelves. #thankslarry ShelfWall3I then unpacked all the boxes of books that Larry drove cross-country. It was like seeing old friends. I seriously love having my books around. If we’re being honest here, I’ve only read half of them cover to cover, but still. I love them.DIYPipeShelvesThis is the first attempt at the styled shelves. I’m confident it will get many more treatments as I continue to unpack boxes and scavenge flea markets, but I LOVE the way the shelves turned out! They look really cool when you’re standing on the lawn. My photography skills don’t extend to shooting through a window and up two stories with changing lighting, so you’ll have to take my word for it. Or come visit.DIYPipeShelves2A HUGE thank you to Larry and my mom for helping us make some home-decor progress!