I love plumbers pipe. It’s industrial look mixes so when with farmhouse decor. It is easy to use and super versatile. The two things that stress me out the most though when I am considering it for a project are:
It is so expensive!
It is so dirty!
I can’t do anything about the price, but I was bound and determined to figure out how to clean it faster. I google and searched – not much on the internet except for ways to clean CLOGGED plumbers pipe (totally not was I was going for) . I recently had a client hire me for a large build FULL of plumbers pipe – I needed to figure out this cleaning thing fast.
I guess I should have thought a little harder about it – but thankfully my wonderful friends at The Home Depot introduced me to ACETONE! Yippee!! Super similar to what our little girlies use to clean their fingernail polish off with. Smelly – totally. Effective – completely!
As always I have a 60 second DIY Tutorial to fast track you through the process.
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When I dreamed of being creative but didn’t have the confidence to try it yet, I would watch my favorite mentors as they grew and became top DIY Masters. The Shanty Sisters inspired me. They were two darling ladies with serious building skills, and I was mesmerized. Shanty2Chic has now inspired thousands of women to learn how to build through their tutorials.
One of the tools they always talk about is The Kreg Jig. I had never heard of it until they introduced me and I was intimidated. I watched them use it and I was amazed and confused. First off, this is what they look like:
I find myself getting giddy when we see old wood somewhere, it just sparks creativity all over me. Old wood like that on Mr. Farmboys ranch in Montana. The kind that has sat through every kind of weather, seen years of good use and has lots of memories sunk into its splinters. It just makes me happy. So when my dear friend called me up and said “I have all this old barn wood that we salvaged from a cabin in Utah, you want some?” I was like “Heck ya homegirl!” Christmas time for this city girl!