DIY Industrial Shelves

Unless you live under a rock you've probably heard of industrial shelving. 

You've also probably cringed at the price tag of them. I know I have.

So on one random Sunday afternoon I asked my contractor to help me build some industrial shelves for our downstairs bathroom. And by contractor I mean Nick. He reluctantly agreed. Partially because he knew I would never shut up about them and partially because he knew that if he didn't help me with them there was a chance I'd go drop some major cash on them. (I would never, but he's tricked into believing this.. shh, don't tell him my secret, okay!)

While the shelves were much cheaper then a retail option, these shelves were not dirt cheap, the end cost was around $40 for all supplies, so definitely keep that in mind.

So we were off to Home Depot to get our supplies! Yay! My favorite place! 
Here's what you'll need:
4 Pipes- Cut To Size (1 inch Diameter)
4 Caps- I inch
Wood Cut To Two Equal Shelves
Stain- Color of choice, I used Espresso!
1 Bottle of spray paint- also your choice but I used a shimmery bronze color that I love!
Dark Screws
Wall Anchors

Now that you have all of your supplies, things should roll pretty quickly from here. 

Step One:
We started by cutting our boards to size, we could have just purchased wood shelving, but decided to save money and just by one big board and cut it to size. 
Once we cut the boards to equal sizes we gave them a quick sand before I started staining. (I kinda love staining.. you'd think that I'd be over it after staining our staircase but nope.. still love it!) 
You don't have to use a palm sander, you can use a low grit sandpaper and just give it a quick sand by hand. You just want it a little gritty so the stain will adhere.

Step Two: STAIN!!! 
I'm all about a good staining brush and I love this one! I ended up choosing a dark color for the shelves because I wanted them to stand out against the light colored wall in our bathroom, espresso is always my go to though! It's a dark, pretty stain that gives off a rustic finish.
In my happy zone, staining!!! 
Pretty, right?!

Step Three: Paint!!- After you assemble them, of course. I mean, I guess you could do it before, but I wanted to put everything together to make the spray painting part a little easier. 

I used one of my absolute favorite metallic paint and primers! You can also use flat black, but I wanted to go with bronze because we have bronze light fixtures and accents in the bathroom. 

Step Four: Assemble!
Nick used a drill to attach the pipes and then attached the the two hole straps.
Of  course I couldn't wait until they were dry to hang them so I had to go back over them with spray paint. Am I  the only one that gets crazy impatient? LOL 

So Viola! We now have our very own industrial shelving! I have to say, I think this just might be one of my most favorite DIY's.. EVER!!! And that's saying something because I've done a few in my day;) 

They make a huge statement in any space and work with almost any decor! We get complimented on them all the time.  
 I styled them with my small olive buckets which I just love!! You can find some here

SO!!!?? I'm dying to know what you guys think! Chat with me on Instagram or Facebook! I also love when you leave me comments! It makes my heart so happy! Have you tried to DIY industrial shelves before? How did it work out for you?! 
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  1. Ha matt just did this for our master bath last weekend! I just love them!!!

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  3. Seeing this for the first time... following the email you just sent. :-) Love it!!! I did my shelves a few months ago, in my Wee Abode's kitchen. I LOVE them. I really needed the shelving space as I don't have any upper cupboards! One thing I did to my pipes/etc. was to spray them first with a texture spray, then the satin finish spray (both Rust-o-leum).

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