About a month ago, I decided to sell the huge hutch in our dining room and replace it with an antique hutch that I had scored for $50 bucks. I didn’t like the hutch where it was, so we stuck it on the other side of the dining room and decided we wanted some industrial pipe shelving. I’m trying to create more space in our living room/dining room for all of little Layla’s toys and gadgets that will be filling up in months to come. I started to search Pinterest for some DIY pipe shelving ideas. I came across a lot that I liked, and then we were off to Home Depot to grab all the materials. As we were picking out the pipe materials, I was like holy s*%^ this is going to cost us a lot of money! Basically we needed 6 sets of each material, and it was going to equal like $100 for everything. Ummm, yeah, no thank you! So we improvised and started searching the aisles for an alternative. Low and behold, we came across these corner braces and I figured I would just spray paint them, considering they were only about $3 each. Needless to say, the materials for these shelves cost us only about $30 to make!
First, we spray painted the braces with matte black spray paint. While those were drying, I stained the boards that we had cut in half at Home Depot.
We waited until the next day to let them both dry, considering the brackets were soaked in spray paint and since they are zinc, it took them a long time to dry. So the next step is measuring out where the studs are in the wall. Once you know this, you can figure out where the braces need to go. Our boards were 4ft by 10in. I measured the wall before getting the boards cut, so I knew that the shelves would be directly in the center of the wall.
Now get to drilling! My husband used a drill bit to make holes first, and then screwed the braces into the wall. After that, he drilled the screws into the wood boards to secure the support.
And there you have it! Super easy AND affordable shelving, but it still gives off an industrial feel. Find a list of all the materials that we used below.
Materials (may include affiliated links, but this is at no extra cost to you!) :
-6 corner braces (or however many you want/need)
-8’x10″ wood board cut in half
-Minwax Stain in Provincial
-Rustoleum Flat black spray paint
-Black & Decker electric drill
-Drill bit & screws
This project was so quick and easy that I wish we had attempted it way before this! If you happen to use this tutorial, I would love for you to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. Make sure to let me know if you have any questions too!