Hi guys! I'm really excited to FINALLY share this project with you! I built these shelves to house the herbs and such I've planted out on the patio and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Below are some things I learned along the way that might help you if you're planning on making pipe furniture in the future:
- A pipe wrench is not necessary, but it's a big help!
- It will probably take several trips to hardware stores before you are able to get all the supplies you need.
- Two people makes the assembly go much more smoothly
- Not all pipe is created equal- good Q.C is important.
- Clear coat or paint for weatherproofing is necessary if you're putting this outside, however rust will still happen!
- Accessorize. Like anything, the details really pull this piece together. End caps and feet are important considerations. You might want to think about putting your shelving unit on casters if you intend to move it around. If your shelves will be stationary, put them on a "coaster" like a piece of wood to stop rust from transferring to your deck surface.
- It doesn't have to be perfect like the ones from Restoration Hardware. As long as what you put on them doesn't slide off- consider it a success and be proud of it.
- While cheaper than store bought, this project still came to about $120.