Friday, October 21, 2016

Quickie #7

I've got a good one for you for quickie #7.  It's not SUPER quick, but it's honestly really easy.

Get yourself a can of this hammered black spray paint.

Go to your local big box hardware store and go to the plumbing department.
Get yourself 4 of each of the following: 1/2" floor flange, 1/2" wide 12" long pipe with threads at both ends, and 1/2" caps.

Clean them up REALLY good with some Dawn dish soap and an old toothbrush first.  They're a little greasy.  You want the paint to stick to them.

Place them in an area where spray paint won't fly everywhere.  I chose 4 cardboard paper boxes.

Already looking better.
Let dry overnight.

So, the screws can be a tricky part.  Depends what is behind your wall.  I got lucky and there were 2 studs back there.  But the studs weren't thick enough to hold screws on both sides of the flange, so I got 8 1 1/2" long wood screws and 8 1/2" long wood screws.  Turn a box upside down and push the screws all the way down.

Spray paint the tops!

Next, measure out where your screws are going to go.  I lined up the outter ones that will go into the studs.  The other dots where the 1/2" screws go are just eyeballed.  They'll line up after you screw in the stud side.  Won't be perfect, but you'll get it.

Screw starter holes!  Make sure the drill but is not wider than the width of the screw you chose (not the width of the head).  Make sure you get into that stud.

If you don't have studs, you'll need to anchor your shelves.  Not hard, just a little bit more work.

When you're at the big box hardware store, get a piece of 12" wide pine.  I chose pine because A) it's the cheapest and B) I love the knots in the wood.  I think the shortest they sell it is 8 feet.  I had them cut it in 2, because I wasn't sure how long I wanted my shelves yet.  If you don't own a table saw or circular saw, you can always have the hardware store cut it for you.

Anyways, once your holes are measured, decide how wide you want your shelves.
I wanted some overhang.

Sand the hell out of the edges, so they have this kind of rounded edge.  Sand a little on the flat sides, but not too much.  You'll want some of those imperfections.  You know, just in case you stand up to fast, without thinking and bump your head on one.

Next, take your stain, rubber gloves, and an old sock.

Put it on like this.

Dip your sock in the stain.

And there ya go.
Let it soak into the wood for about 15min.
Buff away any excess with other old socks or other rags you have.
Let sit overnight to dry.
Repeat on other side.
Let side overnight to dry again.

Now wax those puppies with some furniture wax.
I just used what I had on hand.
Think it was Minwax in "Natural."

Here's how they turned out.  Love the variations in the wood and how it created the different colors of stain.

Okay, now you're ready to install.  Line up those pre-drilled holes where your longer screws will go into.  Drill those in.  Then you'll see your dots (or not, if you didn't eyeball them very well) and that is where your short screw will go.  No need to pre-drill those holes, because you're not going into the wood stud there - just the 1/2" drywall.

Install all your rods and then just place the boards on top!

Style with vintage accessories.

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  1. Very nice Melissa! It really gives that bathroom a nice look.


  2. I love the look!! Perfect for a bathroom. Thanks for the tutorial....never thought to use an old sock to wax my stuff!

  3. Your quickie project had a huge impact on your spare bathroom redo. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

    1. I am featuring you in the DIY category tomorrow on Snickerdoodle.

  4. Every time I see your awesome shelves tell myself to get boards and pipes, can install shelves.Love industrial look with black pipes. Have printed out how to do this, need to make sure is in project folder.
    Have wonderful rest of weekend Had you just done a pedi, toes are looking pretty


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