YES! I’m finally back in the land of the living, also known as those with a reliable internet connection. We finished up this project on Wednesday, but I haven’t been able to post it until today. I’m participating in Design Build Love’s Pinterest Challenge, and couldn’t wait to get started! Here was my inspiration:
Cool, huh? It’s an amazing industrial cart, singing to the tune of $400+. Yet having used galvanized pipe on a furniture project before (Bestie C’s swedish bed) I knew this was something I could tackle for much less. The total cost for my project was $200, which is the most we’ve ever spent on a furniture project! But let me tell you, the results are worth it.
• 4 casters *optional* ($10 each for all-metal 300lb bearing casters. I wanted these to be sturdy!) – $40
• 32 galvanized 1/2″ floor flanges – (buy them at Ron Mueller’s website for SO MUCH CHEAPER than the big box stores, $1.97 each) $70 with shipping and tax
• 16 galvanized 1/2″ pipe at 18″ tall – (buy them at Ron Mueller’s website for $3.63 each) – $70 with shipping and tax
• 2x12x16′ pine board – $15
• 1 box of 1 1/4″ screws – $5
• sandpaper, stain or paint
Step 1: Cut your boards to size, mine is 36″ long
The beauty of this amazing project is that all you need is a drill. Since we wanted 5 shelves that are 3′ wide, we chose a 16′ board to save money and materials. Obviously I couldn’t fit it in my SUV, so we chose to get it cut down at Lowe’s. 75 cents in cuts later, we had five perfectly square 3′ shelves. So easy!
Step 2: Sand then stain or paint your boards
Since we’re using plumbing to build this sucker, it’s much easier to do the finishing ahead of time. I used the new Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain, and let me tell you, it is fabulous. It goes on smoothly, dries quickly, and you really do only need one coat to achieve the color on the can. I never pre-condition my wood, which kicks me in the butt sometimes, but this time it worked out well. I sanded them with 150 grit paper, and then stained it because I wanted it to be a little more rough and industrial than smooth and sleek.
Step 3: Attach your casters
My casters aren’t functional since we have a baby in the house (i.e. we screwed this sucker into the studs with L-brackets) but you can use them if you like. I mostly just liked the look, so we decided to use them. All you have to do is line them up, then drill in your screws in each of the 4 pre-drilled holes. Easy peasy!
Step 4: Attach your lower flanges
Step 5: Screw in your pipe
When screwing in your pipe, take care that they are all in at the same depth and stay straight and level. This is the toughest part of the project. Sometimes the threading isn’t very exact, so you have to unscrew a little or hammer some straight.
Step 6: Screw on the top flanges
Step 7: Screw the top flanges into the upper shelf
Step 8: Lather, rinse, repeat
Repeat steps 4-7 until you have all five shelves finished. It won’t take exceptionally long, it’s just a bit tedious to ensure that things are lining up properly. Not all the threads and pipes are perfect, so odds are you will be doing a little hammering and finessing. In the end, all that time will be worth it. This took us about 2 hours to put together, but we were also on baby duty
The drier was running, so the noise and vibrations made for a good time. And no worries, she was always supervised in her Bumbo chair. No tumbling off elevated surfaces. I was like the surgical assistant, handing over screws or flanges when requested in between replacing tossed pacifiers. Here’s your finished product.
The width lets it tuck perfectly behind the little wall jut-out from our kitchen door. It’s a bit top-heavy, so if you’re storing heavy things and have little ones I would recommend securing it to the wall.
I seem to have way too many small appliances, and I can tell you I’m thrilled to have them somewhere that they’re not hogging the cabinet space! Or my counters. It’s so handy. They’re easily accessible, yet no longer cluttered.
It’s not the cheapest project in the world, but it sure is pretty. And considering it’s half the cost of the retail price, I think it’s worth it. The added storage is pretty swell, but the fact that it’s attractive to boot is what makes it priceless! Oh, and just in case you’re wondering about my painted washer and dryer…