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DIY Industrial Shelves in Shiplap Bathroom

December 18, 2016

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Happy Sunday!!

I am so exited to finally share with you our completed powder room! As many of you know Justin broke his leg 4 months ago. It just so happen to be the weekend after we tore apart our bathroom and started to shiplap. We were only about 1/3 of the way done before the accident so we were both forced to put this project on hold. Now 4 months later it is finally COMPLETE!!

This week I am doing a tutorial on how we made our DIY industrial shelves, super easy but not super cheap!


Before I started, I knew that the materials for this project were not inexpensive but when I think back to the shelves I have purchased from Pottery Barn and Target shelves are not cheap to begin with so here we go!

For 2 Shelves
4- 1/2 inch floor flange
4- 1/2 in. x 8 in. pipe  (also called nipple)
4- 1/2 in galvanized end caps
1″x8″x4 ft. Pine
Quick square
Circular saw
Orbital Sander
cordless drill
Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
16 2″ screws

One thing that cut cost for this project was buying 1/2 in hardware. You can get 3/4 in for a bigger pipe but in the grand scheme of things I didn’t think you could tell the difference and it was significantly cheaper.


First thing was to put the hardware together, clean and spray paint them oil rubbed bronze. The floor flanges and pipes I got were black but the end caps were galvanized so I wanted to spray paint them to be a uniform color. I wiped everything down to get rid of any grease. Next I put three light coats of paint on with 30 minutes between each coat. After 12-24 hours they will be good to go!


For the shelf part we purchased a 1″ x 8″ x 4ft piece of pine. I knew a 19 inch shelf would fit perfect and with a 4ft piece I would have plenty left over to test stain colors. We used a mitersaw to cut the wood into 2 19 inch pieces and then sanded it all smooth. For wood that is pretty rough use a more coarse grit sandpaper 60-100. Then always finish sand with a fine grit 220 or similar.

Now the hardest part (in my opinion) picking the perfect stain color. I had one large test piece of wood that I sanded just like the real shelves and applied pre-stain. I had A LOT of stain colors including, Classic grey, dark walnut, special walnut, provincial, natural, driftwood and weathered oak. I tested and combined ALL of them! I mixed and layered until I found the perfect combination. 1 coat of Natural followed by 1 coat of Special Walnut was the winner! When applying pre stain you need to add your conditioner stain within 2 hours. We applied pre-stain to the shelves and waited 15 minutes, wiped access off then applied Natural, waited 5 minutes then wiped down again. We waited 2 hours before applying Special Walnut and wiped it down after 5 minutes. Then let it dry over night.


Once the hardware was painted and the shelves were stained it was time to put it all together! We measured out to make sure the pipes would be in a stud and screwed the floor flanges to the wall. We found it easier to unscrew the pipe and attach after the floor flanges to the wall.


Once everything was up it was time to decorate and call it a day!

This is one way for DIY industrial shelves. You could follow this tutorial or adjust it to fit your personal space!

Hope you enjoyed! I will be taking a two week break for the Holidays but will be back with lots of DIYs in the New Year!

Happy Holidays!

Alli & Susie

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