Introduction: Simple Shelves / Plumbing Fittings and Reclaimed Wood
This was a quick and easy project that started with a barn find art deco buffet. The shelves above are simple plumbing fixtures and old timbers from an abandoned barn.
Step 1: Shelf Supports
each support (2 per shelf) are a combination of 1" plumbing fixtures:
Collar, pipe (12 inch long), end cap.
Collars are set into studs behind the drywall. When the stud was not where I wanted to place the shelf support, titanium drywall anchors were used. I selected this instead of the plastic anchors just because I am paranoid of plastic anchors not holding securely.
Step 2: Shelves
The shelves are reclaimed wood from an old barn near our property. The ones I like best have a fair amount of water rot on the outside edge (these were fumigated before installation to avoid hatching bugs in the spring!!). The planks are 2x12 - I am sure that the thickness is overkill for anything these planks will actually hold. However, the bulkiness and texture worked visually with the industrial pipe fittings.
When I come back to revisit this, I do plan to route a grove in the bottom of the planks and hide rope lighting in the shelves. You will notice that we also have painted a chalkboard behind the shelves that gives a bistro type feel. (lol - you will also notice that there is too much on the shelves - less is more, but I had to make space while I was working on other shelves and cabinets.