Plumbing Pipe Bookshelf

Plumbing Pipe Bookshelf - The EGG

The Hubby and I moved into a loft almost a year ago and we have been slowly decorating and making it a home ever since. Surprisingly we did not have to buy very much new stuff, because most of our furniture ended up looking better in this space than it ever did in the house we were in before. Still there have been projects that have needed our attention. First up and the most important was, “What to do with all of our books?” We both have quite a few books and knew a standard bookcase would not do it. Nor would it complement our new space and high ceilings. We quickly realized we would have to do some sort of custom-built in. We both always wanted a full wall with a floor to ceiling bookshelf, but to have that put in was going to cost us quite a few pennies. So I hit Pinterest and searched for a way that we could accomplish the look we needed while not breaking the bank.

Plumbing Pipe Bookshelf - The EGGI stumbled on the idea of using plumbing pipe, which not only would look great in our space, it’s also pretty easy to work with so any novice DIY junkie could pull it off. I found a couple of different options that we liked and combined a few different processes to make the most economical bookcase for our needs. See below to see our process and I will let you know along the way the things I like and the things I would do differently the second time around.

Supplies

  • Wood Lumber
  • 3/4 Galvanized Pipe (2 for each shelf plus 4 additional for the top wall connection)
  • 3/4 Flanges (4)
  • 3/4 Elbow Fittings (2)
  • 3/4 Coupling Fitting (2 for each shelf)
  • Wood Stain
  • Miter Saw
  • 7/8 inch Rotary Drill Bit
  • Sand Paper

Directions

Plumbing Pipe Bookshelf - The EGG

1. Cut the wood the length you want you shelves to be. Be sure to take into account that the pipe on each side is going to shorten your actual space a bit. Also be sure not to make them too long, because depending on what you are putting on the shelves, you do not want them to bend due to weight.

Plumbing Pipe Bookshelf - The EGG

2. Measure 4 inches on each length end and make a mark that is centered width wise. This is where you are going to drill your holes for the pipes. You want the wholes to be big enough for the pipe to slide through but small enough for the stopper to hold the shelf up.

Plumbing Pipe Bookshelf - The EGG

3. Sand the cut wood to clean up the edges. Be sure to get rid of all slivers around the areas that were cut. I added a bit of rounding to corners to make them look a little less than perfect. Each one is a little unique, which I like.

Plumbing Pipe Bookshelf - The EGG

4. Stain your wood in a well ventilated area. Follow staining directions until you reach your desired color. We did not put any seal on top our stain because the shelves were going indoors and would not be subjected to any weather elements or moisture.

Plumbing Pipe Bookshelf - The EGG

5. Once your stain is completely dry you can start building your piece. Start with 2 flanges on the floor. I decided to paint the flanges to match the grey industrial look of the pipe and we also cut a perfect piece of cork to place under the flange so it would not ruin our hardwood floors. You will also want to wipe down all of your pipe before handling it, because it is covered in a greasy residue.

Plumbing Pipe Bookshelf - The EGG

6. After you have reached your desired length with the pipe, couplings and wood, use the 2 elbow fittings, 2 short pipes and the flanges to attach the bookcase securely to the wall. Don’t forget to admire the view if your Hubby is helping you.

Plumbing Pipe Bookshelf - The EGG

6. Now it’s time to start staging your shelves. I thought this would take me forever,but it actually just all fell into place. Next we are going to have to build complimentary ladder so we can actually reach the high shelves and if we buy anymore books we are going to have to build another bookshelf, because this one has no more room! Looking at this picture I am realizing we also might need a larger mirror. Something that is much more of a statement piece.

NOTES: I am super happy with the shelves. After the brick walls it is my favorite thing about our space. However, if I had to do over again I would make a few adjustments. I might have considered doing the version that does not require holes and each shelf has 4 flanges drilled into it. It may have been a more expensive but it would have made a sturdier shelf. Trust me the shelves we did are sturdy, meaning they definitely are not going anywhere, but when there are no books on the shelf the wood part does wobble a bit back and forth. Nothing falls off, but with the hole down the middle version there is nothing holding it completely steady. So if that is a concern for you I would opt for a different style. Try this one that I found on the Pottery Barn Blog. I wish I would have seen this one before I built mine. I probably also would have not made the 2 really tall shelves. We did a mix of 6, 8, 10, 12 and 18 inch shelves. I think we could have done without the 18 inch. Or at least only incorporated one.

Vinyl Wall Art

Projector Wall Logo - The EGGSo far the best thing about the Hubby starting his own business has been me getting to do all the fun DIY projects for his office that I have not had an excuse to do at home. First I got to paint the company’s logo on one of their walls using a huge projector, which was so much fun. I have been wanting to try the projector project at home but never really had the use for it. However, I still kept pinning projector ideas and How-To tutorials on Pinterest waiting for the day I would have a reason to do it… and then Voila! In fact I started writing this post back in August and since then the company has expanded to a larger office in the same building. The new office meant I had got to paint another wall logo. Lucky me!

DIY Vinyl Wall Quote - The EGGAnother project I got the opportunity to do at the new office was a quote wall. I finally got to use my new Cricut machine to cut out vinyl letters to spell out an Aristotle quote on one of the walls in the engineer room. Click the link below to check out my process.

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Guess Who Got A Cricut!

Cricut

More details and projects coming soon…

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Pom Pom Flowers

It is no secret that I am obsessed with pom poms poof balls. I usually make mine out of tissue paper, but I decided to create some out of yarn to give them a different feel and texture. I love the yarn because it takes the paper poof and turns it into more than just a party decoration. You can truly use this flower poof as decor in your home and not feel like you have tacky fake flowers in your house. I have really struggled with this in the past, because I love the look of flowers in the home, but hate the price tag that goes with maintaining them weekly. I rarely have plants, because I pretty much kill anything that does not meow to remind me to feed it. I used to do fake flowers from time to time (don’t hate), but I feel like fake flowers suck the energy out of a room, where as real flowers add energy. The yarn poof balls are a happy compromise for the domestic goddess with a glitter thumb rather than a green thumb. 

Supplies

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wrapped floral wire

Directions

Step 1. Wrap the yarn around your fingers. Use 2 fingers with 75 wraps for a small poof, 3 fingers with 100 wraps for a medium poof, and 4 fingers with 150 wraps for a large poof. Be sure to not wrap too tightly!

Step 2. Carefully slip the yarn off your fingers and tie a piece of yarn (about 6 inches long) around the center of the wrap so it makes a figure 8. Secure the tie as tight as possible.

Step 3. Cut the yarn loops all the way around, creating a shaggy poof. Then trim your poof until the desired look is achieved. 

Step 4. Decide where you want the bottom to be and place a small dab of hot glue deep in the center of your poof, stick in your stem and allow to dry. Trim any remaining uneven areas, and then stick your flower in a vase and call it a day.

Notes: I would recommend using wrapped floral wire. I only had regular floral wire and it was a tad flimsy for my medium poofs. You could also get creative with the stems and use other materials, such as pipe cleaners or even real tree branches.

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DIY Outdoor Dining Table

The hubs and I spent the last month putting together a beautiful outdoor dining table for our deck. Isn’t it pretty? It took us about a month, because we mainly worked on weekends with a few weeknights sprinkled in here and there, but is also turned out to be a little more labor intensive than we thought. Cutting some boards and screwing them together always seems like an easy enough process… Skip ahead 4 hours when you only have half a bench done and you realize, ‘Hmm maybe that $799 outdoor furniture at Patio World is totally worth it.’ We ended up spending about $180 on our little labor of love ($130 lumber, $30 stain, $20 screws), which is not too bad when you leave out the cost of the crappy miter saw that died on us.

It’s official, our brand new miter saw the hubs got for his birthday is broken. The blade brake totally stopped working, so after you make your cut it just spins and spins. More annoying than anything else, but I am sure it is dangerous as well. It is too late to return it to Home Depot (you only have 90 days). Since it is under a year old, you can apparently take it to some Rigid service center here in town and they will fix it for free. The only thing that sucks about that, is they are only open 9-5 on the weekday, which means the wifey (me) has to take the hubs’ big heavy miter saw and try to explain what is wrong with it. This probably is not going to go very well.

On a positive note, we were pretty much done with all of our cuts for our table and benches before the brake went caput. After all the cuts were made, we decided to stain our wood individually, since we were using untreated “mixed” wood. We wanted to make sure we were able to cover ever inch of wood, so it would weather well outside. I learned a lot about staining with this project, but mostly that I don’t enjoy it. Staining each individual piece was such a pain in the butt. I am a perfectionist about certain things, which usually gets in my way more than it helps me (I am working on how to use it to my advantage), so when the stain drips on the edges or rubs on the bottom it drives me crazy. It is totally impossible to stain an entire piece of wood at one time, but it is even more impossible to stain a 2×4 without it getting on the edges. In retrospect, I would have loved to be able to put the table together and stain it as one piece of furniture. Staining furniture is wayyyyy easier than staining individual pieces of wood. On the other hand, I have never stained a piece of furniture, but I would imagine my last statement to be true. I will get back to you on that one.

We got the plans for our table from the Ana White Homemaker website. (That is her beautiful table pictured above.) Ana White is a wife/mother/homemaker living in Alaska, who loves building and sharing her creations with the world. Her site is pretty awesome, you should check it out. Anyway, I stumbled on her site when we were looking for woodworking plans for around the house, and the cost of her plans were right up my alley. They were $FREE! We decided on her Simple Outdoor Dining Table, wrote down the cut list and we headed to Home Depot to buy some lumber. We made a couple of mistakes along the way, but we learned from them and now I am here to share our trials, tribulations and successes with you. For the complete plans click on the links above and they will take you to Ana White’s site. She has tons of great ideas that will totally inspire you to pick up a hammer.

Simple Tips:

Tip 1. First off, spend the money and get some good wood. We ended up buying “mixed” wood, which was cheaper, but still looked pretty. It worked ok, except it’s more delicate than real wood and had a tendency to split if we weren’t careful. It also warped when we stained it, but it is my understanding that all wood moves and warps with stain, time and weathering. We will see how this table does overtime, especially with winter just around the corner. Hopefully our Ikea grade wood table will hold up ok.

Tip 2. Sand  the wood splinters off the edge of your wood before you stain. This will help the table look more finished and those pesky slivers won’t end up getting in the way during the staining process. You will notice I was too lazy to sand my pieces prior to staining and those areas soaked up the stain more than the rest of the wood, making it look uneven. Laziness and perfectionism are not a good combo. Rah!

Tip 3. To stain your table, I recommend using a sponge roller… I repeat, use a sponge roller! I started with a paint brush and it was a disaster. It is very hard to control the amount and the movement of the stain with a brush and it ends up being a big ol’ mess. After the paint brush I tried the rag method, but I think that works better when staining an entire piece of furniture, not a flimsy piece of mixed wood lying on top of a tarp. The hubby suggested a roller twice apparently, but I only heard him after I suggested it and he agreed. However we got to the idea, the important part is we got to it and it worked. The sponge roller puts on an even coat and eliminates brush stroke marks. In my opinion, it is the way to go, but like I said I am a staining amateur and I am sure there are better ways to do everything I did. If you have any tips, please share in the comments below. I am always open to learning new ideas. However you do it, be sure to evenly apply your stain from head to toe. Never start or end in the middle of the wood.

Tip 4. When putting the table together getting the correct spacing is very important. No matter how many skew ups you make along the way, if the boards are evenly spaced, nobody will ever notice. To ensure even spaces we purchased tile spacers at Home Depot. They come in many different widths and luckily they had 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch. They worked perfectly and now we are prepared if we ever have to tile a bathroom. (I love how the spacers make it look like a mini graveyard. Morbid, yet kinda cute.)

Tip 5. Have fun and enjoy spending time with the person you are working with. My favorite thing about these projects is that we do them together. Sure there are times when only one of us is working, like while he is at work and I am out in the 90 degree Houston weather staining 50 boards at a time under the hot Texas sun cursing my Hubby’s name, or when I am too annoyed with the mosquitos biting my legs, arms, neck and face that I leave him in the garage to build by himself. ( Iswear I think bug spray attracts mosquitos.) Those times definitely exist, and there are moments where you think, ‘What the F are we doing?’ But at the end of the day, or in this case month, you can say, “We built this together.” I love that.

Notes: If you screw up, don’t give up. Just keep moving forward! Make the adjustments you need to make the table work for you. The slight alterations in the end will make the table unique and special just like you! If you fo’t have a kreg jig and have to screw in from the top, it is not big deal. Just buy some wood filler and cover up your nails. Nobody will ever know. We actually ended up doing both, but I have yet to fill in the holes.

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Ikea Stool Makeover

I have tons of furniture makeover projects piling up around the house, so I figured it was time to start one of them to get the ball rolling. I started with a very small project, mainly to see if I liked the design. I’m sort of testing it out for a bigger project I have been mulling over for a while now. Since everything went well, and I really like the finished results, I think it is a go ahead. For this particular project, I took a basic Ikea stool and transformed turned it into a much more attractive Ikea stool. Like I said, we are talking basic stuff here… A little paint, a little Modge Podge and craft paper, and voilà! Now onto bigger and better things. I see a matching filing cabinet and a fabulous desk in my future.

DIY Toilet Paper Roll Wall Flower

Living in Singapore has been fabulous, but it has put a little damper on my creative side. Not having all my wonderful craft tools readily available at my finger tips has been giving me anxiety, but finally I found a project that is simple enough for me to do while overseas without having to spend $$$ on tons of new $upplies. I am serious when I say this project is LOW BUDGET, but it does take a little time collecting the necessary supplies. [Read more…]

Orange You Glad I Painted This Door?

Orange Door

In our new place we have the most amazing deck. It’s huge (about the size of our living room, dining room and kitchen combined) and it is in perfect location for ultimate privacy. It is high up and in the very back of the lot, so nobody even knows we are back here. Plus BooBoo Kitty loves it because she feels like she is on top of the world looking down on her subjects below.

With all this space, we need a lot of stuff to fill it up and make it our perfect oasis. We already have a conversation patio set, a pot belly fireplace, a storage bench to store pillows and such, and a new grill (thanks Aunty Rena for the wedding gift). Now we need to start filling in the holes with some greenery and fun colorful accessories. Right now I want to hold off on actually purchasing any greenery, because of the unpredictable winter Houston weather, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get started on the fun accessories. First up, colorful yet distressed doors. The Hubby and I went to the Houston Habitat for Humanity ReStore and bought some great solid wood interior doors for $15 each. The idea was to paint and distress the doors and then lean them up against the deck to create some more privacy and colorful decor at the same time. Our furniture is black and our cushions are a lime green, chartreuse color. Hmmm what color do I paint the doors so they match the furniture without being too matchy matchy. We decided to go with a citrusy flair. The first door will be painted orange, which is quickly becoming my new favorite color. I want to paint everything orange. I am definitely dangerous with a paint brush. I get the bug and I can’t stop. One day the Hubby might come home and the cat will be a different color. Now there are tons of ways to paint wood/furniture. Each and every project is different and depends on the function of your piece, but this is how I did it.

Supplies

  • Door
  • Paint
  • Stain
  • Paint brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Towels (ones you don’t mind getting dirty and ruined)

Directions

Step 1: Sand the door to remove and paint chips. You do not have to remove all of the paint because the goal is to make it look weathered and rustic so layering the paint is a good thing.

Step 2: Vacuum the door to remove sanding shavings and then wipe down entire piece with a tack cloth or wet towel. (I prefer a wet towel, because it also cleans any dirt of your piece)

Step 3: Some would prime at this stage. I decided not to, because I wasn’t to worried about the door’s paint quality/durability since I was going to distress it and keep it outside. If it was a piece I was keeping inside and not putting in the garden then I may have spent the money and taken the time for the extra step, but in this case I just started painting. I think I was too excited to see the orange on the door to take the time to prime anyways. I am not the most patient person in the world. I only did one layer, because the goal was to make it look rustic, but play with it and do what seems right for you. Some areas I applied the paint thicker in some places and very thin in others. This whole thing is a learning process and every piece is different so my process will be forever changing.

Step 4: Distress the door. Take a fine grit sand paper and start sanding the areas that would normally get wear and tear (the edges or any raised detail work). The level of distress is up to you. To can sand just enough to see the paint below or you can go all the way down to the wood.

Step 5: Brush stain over the door and wipe it off. Leave the stain on as long as you like, but start off slow and only leave it on for a few seconds. You can always apply more until you reach your desired color.

Step 6: Paint a layer or 2 of sealant to protect the door from weather. Or you can skip this step if you would like the door to continue to distress.

Recycled Wood Pallet Table

Yay! The Hubby and I did our first of many DIY projects for the new house over New Years Weekend. I have been doing many different DIY crafts for a while now, but this is the first time I ever made DIY furniture. From my perspective it was super easy, but I also had a man with some tools helping me out. My job was to:

  1. Get the pallet
  2. Sand the pallet

Easy enough. The Hubby cut the wood and connected the legs. Thanks to my Grammy, we got a new miter saw for Christmas. So this job was pretty easy peasy for everyone involved. Here’s the play-by-play.

Supplies

  • Wood pallet
  • 8 foot 4×4
  • Sandpaper (I used 60 grit)
  • Miter saw
  • Jig saw
  • Drill and screws

Directions

Step 1. Sand the wood pallet. Don’t sand too much, you don’t want to lose the weathered look of the wood. Sand just enough to get rid of any potential slivers.

Step 2. Cut the legs. We used one 8 foot 4×4 and cut it into 17-inch pieces. Thanks for the miter saw Grammy! Can’t wait to do more projects!!!

Step 3. Cut holes for legs. We decided to use our jig saw (wedding gift also from Grammy) to cut holes for the legs. This would make connecting to the wood pallet easier and more stable than using brackets. We also thought it would give the table a nice finished look.

Step 4. Connect Legs. Try to make them as even and level as possible. Obviously, you are working with both old and new wood so it is pretty impossible to make it 100% level, but it is supposed to be a table made out of reused wood so it definitely does not have to be perfect.

Step 5. Age the 4×4. As you can tell the 4×4 legs have a beautiful green hue to them that does not really match the wood on the pallet. The Hubby doesn’t mind, but I can’t live with it like that. So, I will be distressing the wood to make it match the weathered pallet. After I do some research I will post a How-To and some updated pictures of the finished finished product.

Notes: If you look closely, you can see a couple of the projects that are next on our DIY To-Do-List. Get excited, because I am!