A Weekend Project | DIY Industrial Shelves | How-To Guide

Today's blog post is a FUN one! With things being a little slower around here and a weekend with absolutely nothing planned, my husband and I thought it would be the perfect time for a DIY project!! One of our goals for our off-season was to finish our home office and make it space that would be warm, welcoming, and inspiring. One of the last things we wanted to do in the room was DIY industrial shelves. I've seen so many variations of DIY shelves (thanks HGTV!) and was most attracted to the look of the industrial shelves made from reclaimed wood and pipe brackets. Sooooo today, I will be showing you how I channeled my inner Joanna Gaines and brought this Pinterest project to life!

DIY Industrial Shelves

First of all, I have to thank my friend, Heidi, from work who told me about this AMAZING place called Deconstruction Inc. located on the east side of Madison. Filled to the brim with architectural salvage pieces, reclaimed building materials, and vintage decor, this place is perfect for any DIY project, big or small. A few things about this place - they are only open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays so plan accordingly. Also there is A LOT of stuff there so be sure that you have plenty of time to dig! As with any DIY project, my original idea changed a little bit to accommodate our findings from the salvage. I had originally thought that I wanted the shelves to be 2" thick by 10" wide, but that changed after we found this reclaimed wood board that was 1" thick by 8" wide. Given the space, we felt that this would be a better fit for the room. To be perfectly honest, I have absolutely no idea what kind of wood it is, but it has the rustic and weathered look we wanted so we were sold! Going into this project, we thought that we were going to have to sand and stain whatever wood we got. However, we really lucked out and found a piece that matched our office furniture to a tee! After finding the perfect piece of wood, we had them cut it into two boards, each 36" long. Seriously, these boards have so much character! I would just love to know where they came from and the history behind them!

After that, we needed to find the pieces to create the pipe brackets to hold the shelves. After doing some research, we made a trip to Home Depot. This is what we needed for two shelves:

4 - 3/4" black steel floor flanges 
4 - 3/4" black steel iron caps
4 - 3/4" x 10" black steel nipples

We opted for 3/4" for everything because that's what I've seen most online, but you can certainly choose whatever diameter you want. You may also notice that we got 10" nipples (let's just call them pipes!), but the board was only 8" wide. That's because once the cap and the flange were screwed on, the 8" pipe wouldn't fit the board. So instead, we got 10" pipes and had Home Depot cut them to 9" for us. That way the board would fit snuggly on the pipes once everything was all screwed together! I must also note that the pipes were a beast to clean. Unfortunately, the sales tag was right in the middle of the pipe so I used Goo Gone to remove the sticky residue (which took a lot longer than I had anticipated) and then just ran the pipes under warm water and dried them with an old cloth...this cleaned them up very nicely!

DIY Industrial Shelves

Once we got all of the supplies, it was time to bring the project to life! When finding a place for the brackets, it's important to find the studs under the drywall so that the shelves will be secure. To accurately find the studs, you may want to use a stud finder like this one. If you are unable to place all of the brackets into studs, I would recommend using drywall anchors to ensure the safety of the shelves. The last thing you want is for the shelves to fall and damage your wall! Once you had found the studs, it's smooth sailing from there. 

After all of the hard work is done comes the FUN part...decorating!! If you know me at all, you know that I practically live in Home Goods and Target so it's no surprise that most of the decor came from those two stores. If you walk through our house, you will see three common themes when it comes to our decor...picture frames, books, and flowers/greenery. I am a lover of all of these things! When used in different ways, I believe that these three things have endless possibilities when it comes to decorating. Obviously, I would love to use real flowers year-round, but living in Wisconsin, this isn't very practical. Fake flowers are a great cost-effective way to spruce up any room and last forever! You can get fake flowers and stems anywhere, but I seem to have the best luck at Pottery Barn and Pier 1 Imports.

Top Shelf: Picture Frame - Target | Jack Figurines - Target | Vintage Books - Flea Market | Metal Orb - Home Goods
Bottom Shelf: Terrarium - Target | Magnolia Blossom - Pottery Barn | Magazine Files - Target | Small Picture Frame - Home Goods