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

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.

Step 3:

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.

<p>They look really nice with the buffet you found!</p>
<p>Thanks! We thought it was a great find. Art Deco finds are so easy to work with as you can go so many different directions:</p><p>Industrial, post modern Sci Fi, clean and elegant...</p><p>And if you can find one that really was made in that time, the materials are usually high quality and the craftsmanship is great. </p><p>(this is solid wood with burl veneer, dovetail joints, brass hardware)</p>

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