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DIY Industrial Pipe Bookshelf

21 Feb

After hours and hours of designing industrial wall shelving units in our minds, we finally executed the perfect industrial pipe bookshelf.


This unfortunate picture is relevant because it portrays the empty wall where the pipe bookshelf is now installed. Hello and goodbye boring, vast wall.


We relied on a tutorial written by Brick House. She is a design guru!! I’ve compiled some of the tips and tricks we learned along the way.

We found the best prices on Amazon for the flanges. For example, flanges at Home Depot were and $4.54, but sell for  a $1 on Amazon.  Also, to save money consider buying the longest pipes available and have the hardware store cut and thread each pipe. We found that Home Depot sold the cheapest Ts and elbows.

If you are trying to decrease your costs, buy the black pipes instead of galvanized. Ultimately, we spray painted all our joints black because we wanted an industrial vibe.


After diagramming how many pipes and joints are needed, the hardest part is the preparation. All of the pieces had the barcode taped around them, so I had to remove each label. It is also essential that you degrease each piece or the bookshelf will rust. I put my bathing suit on, submerged all the pieces in my bathtub, and scrubbed away with dish soap.


Don’t forget that shelves, like any other span, will sag under weight. Check the sagulator calculator for the expected sag visible to the naked eye. We chose 12 inches between the shelves and 18 inches from the top and bottom.


A lot of the tutorials I’ve read use oak or walnut, but we opted for the less expensive pine. Typically, pine does stain splotchy so be sure to use a pre-stain. With the dark walnut stain, it looks like a million bucks!

Our bookshelf sits on the hardwood, but isn’t installed into the floor. Essentially, any renter could replicate the shelf with no damage to the floor. We were hesitant at first about its sturdiness, but this thing is rock solid.

And here she is…all styled up. It is the perfect way for us to display our grim law school books with flair. The bookshelf and its height completely change the vibe of the room.




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Peek Inside My Window: Office Pt 2

7 Mar

There are so many fun things I love about our office.

I got the Crate & Barrel tabletops 90% off at Hudson’s. I think I paid $35-$40 each. I bought them more than a year ago and stashed them in my parent’s garage because they’re so cool. They’re really modern with a white lacquer sheen. When we went to assemble them, they were missing legs. Table legs are the kind of things you miss out on when you salvage shop. But really, who needs ’em? Obviously not us. Instead, Dalaney bracketed the desks to the wall.

Santa Claus brought me the Eames look-alike chairs . They comfortably encompass you like a giant womb without all the gross gunk. I ❤ the wood dowel legs which play off the wooden floors, jute rug, and white chair finish.

I love the texture the rug adds to the room. I’ve never seen one like it. It’s a jute rug with strips of woven brown leather, and we bought it for $12.99. When we dug the rug out of the salvage rubble, it was filthy. I googled “cleaning jute rug” and did my best to carefully clean her.

Dalaney also built the bookshelf out of industrial metal pipes, and its uh-mazing.

I still want to get our undergrad diplomas professionally framed for below the shelf. Dalaney did a Spanish study abroad in Spain and they awarded this diploma to “Mr. Balaney Mechaun”….I love me some Balaney. Love, Mrs. Mechaun.

We also got the black Target futon around the same time as the desks for $20 at Dirt Cheap. It too sat patiently in my parent’s garage. It converts into a sleeper, but will cause severe body pain because it is so uncomfortable. So far, every one who has used it has yet to return to visit.


Peek Inside my Window: Office Before/After Pt.1

6 Mar

When it comes to home decor, I admit, I’m a total hoarder. And really, it’s the only way when you’re on a limited budget. And picky.

Over Christmas break, we finally gave the 3rd bedroom a purpose. Since we moved in, it’s only function has been storage. Basically, where all the hoarding has gone down. Luckily, it is an addition to the original house and the past homeowners installed wood floors. We totally owe them.

Because of the wood floors, it’s the room I’ve whimsically labeled “future nursery.”

But for now, I knew we needed a calm retreat for studying manslaughter, the parol evidence rule, and product liability.

Here is the MLS picture.

We’re terrible at taking “”before” shots. I wish you could see how unruly this room had become. But you can’t. Now my clutter is only a distant memory. But really it seems like its just moved to the guest room.

Anyways, this purple color was not going to work. In real life, the floors have a lot less orange/red tone to them. And the picture doesn’t even begin to portray how horrible the trim was. It looks normal here, but the whole house had grungy bisque trim. Ew.

Here is a picture I took of the awkward set-up before painting.

I was convinced that I wanted my desk on its own wall. But alas, the room is not big enough. Of all the things we’ve done thus far, the desk placement is the one thing that made me hyperventilate. Not paint colors, or carpet patterns, couches, or even picking this specific house. The only reason I even have any pictures of this stage is because I was sending them to my mom, pleading for her advice.

My entire approach has been:

1. Look for idea/thing I love.

2. Find idea/thing that I love.

3. Do idea/thing that I love.

So, pretty straightforward. But I wasn’t functioning when it came to deciding where to situate the desks. Ultimately, Dalaney and my mom vetoed my idea, and I came to my senses. The Desk Gods screamed in my ear, “they belong on one wall. Across from the futon.” So I listened because one can never deny the Desk Gods. And boy, am I glad I did. For that split moment, all was right with the world.