I’m going to let you in on a little known DIY secret.
Say you need to make a piece of furniture – a new desk, perhaps – but you don’t have a fancy-pants saw, or fancy-pants woodworking skills, just your basic drill and whatever you can cart home in your car from the hardware store.
If you call your new desk “Industrial,” you can use common hardware materials to build it without anyone thinking you’re weird.
Like the desk we built for our office out of plumbing pipes and a door. A few twists with a plumbing wrench, a few coats of stain, a few jolts of the drill, and we had our own Industrial desk. No saw or skills required.
The Industrial look is my favorite DIY cheat.
When I was planning the design for our home office, I knew I’d be relying heavily on my décor-fu* to stay within budget. So of course I chose the theme of Industrial meets 60’s Mod (inspired by the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Price, naturally).
I just finished my latest addition to the room.
I call them my Industrial wall shelves. *wink, wink*
I may as well say these shelves are brought to you by Young House Love because I decided on the final design after spending an entire Saturday afternoon catching up on their archives. They recently built a desk out of 2x10s and even though I had two pieces of cut plywood already, I couldn’t get those chunky 2x10s out of my head. Luckily, they’re cheap, so my obsession only set me back an extra $9.
These shelves were incredibly easy to make. After sanding and staining the 2x10s to match our Industrial pipe desk, I secured them to the wall using basic 6″ L-brackets from, you guessed it, the hardware store. I spray painted the brackets oil rubbed bronze (YHL influence strikes again!), and positioned the shelves so the brackets screwed into the studs.
I was really happy with the final result, and I’m especially happy these music pedals are finally off the floor.
The total cost of this project was about $30 for the 2×10, the brackets, screws, and spray paint (I already had the stain and poly).
So are you understanding the magical powers of Industrial yet?
If you want more to explore, Curlby has an e-book titled Hardware Store Decor. I haven’t bought it, because I run a finance blog, which means I don’t buy anything..but it looks super cool.
And just in case you need more examples, I have some for you. These real life Industrial furniture pieces come to you courtesy of….
See the bookshelves in the background? My parents made them from cinder blocks and plywood. They even spray painted them gold, how hot is that?
Then when they moved across country they kept up their cinder bookshelf tradition. Only this time, they added a tier to make it a full on wall unit. I see another item of furniture that was DIYed in this picture? Can you spot it?
I am so their child. And I really wish they still had those bar stools.
Thanks for joining me in this November edition of DIY Friday! As always, if you have a current project to share, please do so in the comments.
PS: I’ve been working behind the scenes to give DIY Friday a full makeover. Stay tuned for improvements coming soon.
*Decor-fu term courtesy of 101 Centavos