Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
I love plumbers pipe. Â It adds an industrial twist to my farmhouse style. Â It is strong and easy to use. Â The problem is it’s not super cheap, I am still trying to find someone who has invented a lighter, more inexpensive decor plumbers pipe – any tips? Â It still is a great DIY product and less costly than department store products.
Note:Â In 2019 a company started making decor plumbers pipe called Furniture Pipeline.Â Check their website out here.Â
I needed somewhere to hang my towels in the kitchen so they would stop ending up on the oven door handle. Â I came up with this and was positive it would be the easiest DIY ever. Â Boy I was wrong! Â Apparently I needed my mathematical brain on and totally left it somewhere else. Â Thankfully my teenage smarty pants came to my rescue to help me finish the job. Â And now I want to share with you how to do it and bypass the mistakes I made!
As always, I have made a 60 second video tutorial for you to get the down low and see if it’s a project you would like to try. Â For more specific details keep on reading!
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DO NOT INSTALL THE FLANGES FIRST LIKE I DID. Â IT DOESN’T WORK! Â You will create the entire project and realize at the very end that you can not get the last street elbow on. Â Why on earth did I not see that before? Â Regardless, my mistake is a gift to you – your welcome!
Here is the REAL Step 1:
Clean your pipe pieces. Â They make them greasy on purpose and you will want it all off. You can use Acetone, but it takes some of the dark black look off the pipe and I wanted to preserve that. Â But if you don’t care, it’s faster (and does have extra cost – they sell it at The Home Depot as well). Â I used soap and water and an old rag. Â And LOTS of elbow grease.
Put together your pipe shelf. Â I would recommend after doing it to make sure your screw holes on your flanges are in the 10 and 2 o’clock position. Â Mine were in the 12 and 6 o’clock position and it made it harder to drill the screws in later.
Measure your placement. Â Use a level to double check your lines and a sharpie to mark the placement.
You will use your drill to make pre-made holes. Â Make sure your drill is on safety, then attach a 1/4 inch drill bit. Â Put your drill setting onto high speed (mine is #2) and twist the adjustable clutch into the drilling position (most have a drill image – see mine below).
You are ready to make your holes. Â Reattach your screw head and change your settings back to slower speeds. Â Double check to make sure you are not hitting anything behind the wall you are drilling. Â I had to take out my drawer. Â Aline your drill with your marks and go ahead and make your holes.
Place your towel rack onto the holes and insert your screws. Â If your holes are perfect they will slide right in. Â If you are off a little you can screw them in with your drill. Â If you are off a lot you will need to re-drill larger holes.
Add your jam nuts onto the back of each screw. Â This will hold it into place. Â Twist them on as much as you can manually, then you will use your 7/16 inch wrench to make it tighter.
Clean your surface and add your towel. Â It is strong and will add a great look to your kitchen or bathroom.
And aren’t these towels darling? Â You can find them here on Etsy, handmade by my darling friend Joey in Washington (you won’t be disappointed I send you here!).
And there you have it! Â A inexpensive towel rack! Â Let us know how yours turns out. If you have any questions or would like to see a particular DIY done our blog, leave us a message! Â Happy Building!