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Industrial Bookcase

13 Feb

During one of my 2 a.m. Pinterest binges, I came across some DIY pipe fitting bookcases.  I literally felt giddy and could just begin to envision what I wanted and needed in that little hallway nook leading to the laundry room.  The Lazy Girl in me was already at work figuring out the Lazy Girl {Decor} way of making it work – with very little work.

Since our house is a strange cool mix of styles, character, and architectural features, this is the funky sort of DIY I’m always willing to try.  Then, I did what I always do: stalk Pinterest, scower Google Images, and scrawl out some design ideas.  I love this part since I’m a Lazy Girl and can do it sitting on the couch or laying in bed!

pinterest inspiration

pinterest inspiration

I eye-balled and rough measured the spacing for each shelf and lived with it for a week while the design came together:

hallway nook

hallway nook

lazy girl plan

lazy girl plan

Mr. Man figured out what pipe fitting pieces we’d need and ordered them online.  I went with the black iron type so I wouldn’t have to paint them (soooo Lazy Girl).  Since I wanted the shelves themself to be at least an inch thick we googled salvage wood sellers and found Craftsmen Supply, a local shop that caters to carpenters and wood workers.  The selection was great and he offered lots of  helpful advice, and even cut the boards to size and planed them smooth for us.  I chose Basa wood, since it was cheapest, lightest and easy to work with and once the fittings came in I went about cleaning the pipes and choosing a stain for the wood.  I tested a few on scrap pieces and settled on American Walnut.


We started installing the fittings, and after a few tweeks (you can see the first two holes were too low for the flange so we had to redrill) it started to come together easily.


the first bracket (of many)!

Primo comes to check out the work

Primo comes to check out the work


Mr. Man hard at work

ooooh, its coming together!

ooooh, its coming together!

A few of the boards needed to be sanded down to fit, so once the brackets were in place we installed the boards before staining.


Mr. Man taking a well deserved break

taking a well deserved break

The hardest part was waiting for the stain and poly to dry – I did two coats of each and waited overnight to install.  It was a long night!

And here’s the results!





I think it turned out pretty great, don’t you?  Am thinking of all the other things that are Lazy Girl {DIY} with pipe fittings…

Got any ideas?  Would love to hear!

Inspiration Sources: 1. The Brick House  2. Sticks and Bricks  3. DIY Diva  4. Sylvie Liv  5. Domestiphobia