After installing this shelf during our laundry room makeover, a friend pointed out that it looks just like a restoration hardware wall shelf that costs hundreds of dollars . Of course I was thrilled. There’s nothing better than knowing I can help people save a ton of money. Our shelf was really cheap to make, and so simple to install. The board was around $5 and the plumbing pieces were a couple of dollars each (and they are cheaper if you buy in bulk). You can make this DIY Restoration Hardware wall shelf even if you don’t own a saw!
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2 Plumbing Pipes
2 Plumbing Flanges (make sure they are the same size to screw into each other)
2 Plumbing Pipe Caps
1 Board Cut to Size
8 Wood Screws
How to Make Your DIY Restoration Hardware Wall Shelf
First you need to get the plumbing supplies and board for the shelves you’re making. Our supply list is for one shelf. Here’s a picture of the plumbing supplies that you need. For this one shelf, you need two pipes, two flanges and two caps. You can get these for a few dollars at a hardware store or at the links I posted above. Make sure the pipe is long enough for the board to rest on it without touching the cap part. The cap is going to hold your shelf in place so it doesn’t slide off.
Find the board you want, keeping in mind the width and thickness. If you don’t have a way to cut the board, get it cut before you leave the store. Ask the lumber department to make the cuts for you. Cut the depth of the board so that it rests on the pipes behind the caps. Then stain the board the color you want. I chose a walnut color. This board had darker stain on it that we sanded off, which gave it an even cooler industrial look.
Then, when you’re ready to hang the shelf, find the wall stud and use a drill or impact driver and wood screws to hang the flange.
Next, Screw the pipe on the flange and then screw the cap on the pipe.
Use a level and mark the spot for the other flange. Hang the same as the first one.
Install your shelf! That’s it. So easy and so rustic!
This gave the laundry room the final touch it needed.
We’ve been working on the laundry room for a while, doing simple small projects to give it a whole new look. You can see them all here:
I’m loving my new laundry room and my DIY Restoration Hardware wall shelf completes it, finally! Check back soon for the full laundry room reveal!
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