DIY industrial shelves

So this weekend we tackled the rest of the bathroom makeover. I painted the walls white with Behr pure white paint and primer from Home Depot. We already had the paint so I saved like 20 dollars by using what we already had. The industrial shelves are a cool feature and gives the bathroom depth and purpose,  and of course a chic farmhouse look. 

The project list looks something like this 

  • 6 3/4″ Floor Flanges
  • 6 3/4″ Caps
  • 6 3/4″ Nipples
  • 1 1/4″x 8 – 3.18cm drywall screws
  • 1 Board 2″ x 6″ x 10′ and we cut the boards in length according to where the studs were in our bathroom. 
  • 1 stud finder
  • Rustoleum Universal Hammered Paint and Primer
  • Screw Gun 
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • We started by taking all the piping pieces and spray painting them with the hammered paint and primer. We did this in the yard with a cardboard box to protect the pieces from grass. 
  • Let those dry and use the stud finder to find the studs on the wall. Measure the distance between them and that’s the length of your board. You can add an inch or two for over hang if you so desire
  • Next we cut the boards with a miter saw (you can use a circular saw or get the pieces cut at Home Depot if you don’t have a saw. 2 cuts are free and 50 cents per cut after). You don’t have to buy a 10 foot board we just did in case we made mistakes and to have extra lumber. 
  • After you cut then you can stain the boards however you like. Dark, light it doesn’t matter it’s a preference. We went with a darker stain to add some color to the white bathroom. 
  • Next you are ready to put the shelves up. Figure out how high you want your first shelf and use the stud finder to find the stud. Once you find the stud place the first flange on the wall and line the top hole up with the stud. Drill 4 drywall screws in the flange and then take the second flange and a level and make sure both are lined up (the level will tell you if it’s lined up). 
  • The screw the cap on the nipple and then screw the nipple into the flange. 
  • Repeat for the other side.
  • Next you want to figure out how much space you want in between your first shelf and second shelf. Use the tape measure for this and then line up the second row flange with the first row to ensure it’s even. Repeat the other steps and do the same for the third shelf. 
  • After the pipes are on the wall take your dried boards and place on the piping. 
  • Then decorate and enjoy 🙂

Now you have great useable shelves that you can use for storage or decoration. I opted for decoration since I have a lien closet on the other wall but if your lacking storage space in your bathroom this is a perfect way to store towels and whatever else. 


Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

As my home comes together I have come to hate my bathroom. There isn’t anything wrong with it, it simply doesn’t match the deign of the house. I have grand plans for the bathroom but the first step is to paint the vanity. It was a very dark brown and while I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it. There was no need to remove the vanity all it needed was a little TLC paint job. I bought some oil based paint from Home Depot and chose a lighter gray. I picked out some cheap hardware that gives the vanity a completed look. 

Needless to say I’m obsessed and for less then 25 dollars my vanity looks fresh and modern. Tomorrow is paint time so the vanity will pop. 


Before and after

One of the first projects we tackled was the main living area. The house came with a puke colored yellow that I just couldn’t stand looking at. The color wasn’t just in one room either it spread like the plague to the living room, dinning room and hallway. My home is an open plan so I had to choose a color that would go well throughout. I choose Nimbus Gray for a blue/gray color and it did not disappoint! My main living area went from a egg yellow to a neutral blue/gray. 



Thank you for stopping by my blog and letting me share one of my favorite hobbies, decorating and designing my home! We bought our home in September and though it didn’t require any work I couldn’t stand how cookie cutter it looked so I began my journey down the rabbit hole of designing my home in a farmhouse style. I bought a beautiful custom made farmhouse table from out of Middletown Connecticut and I have been designing my home around my table ever since. My husband and I are pretty handy so we have been doing some custom decor and are excited to start building some furniture because face it, farmhouse style furniture isn’t cheap, but making it is! I will share some of our projects and for future projects I will do some step by step “how to” and include materials and prices, and trust me if we can do it so can you!