This industrial pipe shelf DIY was inspired by a trip we took to Dundurn Castle. On a beautiful summer day and I snapped a shot of a car that was being used for a wedding taking place on the grounds. On a whim, I posted the photo to the Jones Soda site on the off chance they would use it for one of the labels on their pop bottles.
I soon forgot about it until about 8 months later. I got a letter in the mail congratulating me on being chosen for one of their production runs along with a few copies of the actual label with my photograph of the car on it!
On the Hunt
Hubs was so excited he went on the hunt to find my particular lable on the myriad of bottles being sold in convenience stores. He was able to find four of them over a two week period of searching! We’re not soda drinkers; we completely gave up sugar!. But the colour of the pop in the bottle is a stunning yellow so we put them away in the cupboard for an idea to strike on how to display them one day.
Now that my craft studio is just about complete, the entryway was looking a little boring and bare – with the exception of the awesome chalkboard hubs made for over the pocket doors and surprised me with! That sliver of wall was going to be the perfect spot to display my bottles.
Here’s a quick and easy pipe shelf to create a vignette outside my craft studio.
Materials for Industrial Pipe Shelf
Hubs gathered up some items:
- Green painters tape
- A scrap piece of cedar upcycled from a fence project. Ours is 20 1/2″ long and 4 3/8″ wide by about 5/8″ thick.
- Bluing liquid
- Mineral spirits
- Clear spray varnish
- Drywall anchors (if needed)
He drilled three circular recesses into the wood to hold the bottles and spaced them 5 1/4″ on centre from the middle. Each circle was 2 3/8″ wide by 1/4″ deep; just deep enough so the bottle would nestle into the recess and not tip over.
Then some cast iron gas pipe fittings. He worked with 1/2″ material:
- Two flanges
- Two caps
- Two clamps
- Two pipes measuring slightly longer than the width of the board (ours measured 5″ long)
Hubs mapped out the studs on the wall and prepared all the measurements. He also marked the centre of the board and approximately where the supports would be located.
To tie it all in, I enlarged a picture of the actual car I had shot to 18″ x 24″. I framed it so we could hang it above the bottle display shelf.
For the supports underneath the shelf, we used the 5″ gas pipe, a flange, a cap, some screws and a clamp for each one. Hubs used some bluing liquid to turn the screws and clamp black to match the pipe, then cleaned the pipe with mineral spirits and sealed everything with spray varnish, as he did for the industrial inspired table he recently did for his mancave.
Positioning Industrial Pipe Shelf
I was originally going to hang the picture at eye level and we even put it up on the wall. But then we realized that it had to be much higher to make the proportions work with the shelf. If you’re like us, you might want to add a little drywall mud to the materials list 😉. Luckily it’s all hiding behind the picture anyway!
I find it’s better to use painters tape to position and then stand back and look before finalizing.
Once we found the height of the top of the picture, we marked it with some green tape. Then it’s just a matter of measuring from the top of the frame down to the hanger wire on the back of the picture.
As you can see above, our measurement is 2″, so that determines how far below the green tape on the wall the hanger is nailed into the wall. Don’t forget to also measure for the horizontal centre of the wall to position the picture hanger.
Then nail the picture hanger into the drywall:
Predrill for Flange and Clamps
Once the picture is up, we turn our attention to the shelf. Hubs predrilled holes for the flange in the drywall and then screwed them into place. You’ll notice he used the bluing liquid on the screws so they match the colour of the fittings.
If there are no studs beneath your drywall, you will need to add drywall anchors to support the weight instead. We didn’t hit a stud. But because we had access to the wall in between the pocket door, Hubs was able to add a piece of plywood behind the drywall to screw the flange into (shown below).
The 5″ pipe and cap completes each shelf support. Pop the shelf onto the pipes, position the clamps over the pipe (underneath the board). Mark the underside of the board so you can pre-drill the holes for the clamps.
After the holes are drilled, screw the clamps onto the underside of the board which will hold it secure.
Time to add the soda bottles!
It was only when everything was in place that we realized that the car on the label was a mirror image of the picture I took – how cool is that?!
Hubs likes to restore vintage heaters and has a collection of them. Our last bit of staging was to add one of them in the corner underneath the shelf. Given the black and yellow colour, it was like it was all meant to be together! He gave the heater some much needed height by placing a wine box underneath it (a good call on his part!).
Practically, there may not be many of you that would display a pop bottle. Unless there are some Jones soda pictures that strike your fancy 😉. However, our shelf idea also works to display special wine bottles combined with a picture – or grouping of pictures – of where they were shared! Think about using three of the same bottle shapes or colours to make it cohesive.
Double Take on the Double Doors
I love how the black, white, yellow and wood tones came together in the end. However, my entry doors finally got a blast of colour of their own! Doesn’t that look so much better?
Interested in learning more about our double pocket doors? Check out our post on how to install double pocket doors; it’s the last project to complete my craft studio.
Speaking of my craft studio, that’s a great segue to remind you that I’ve started a new craft category. Check out Craft Rehab at this link.
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You can watch the following video to see how quickly the industrial pipe shelf comes together:
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