I have been looking for some sort of small/functional and, of course, eye-appealing shelving solution for our bathroom for some time now. I didn’t want to spend a lot, considering every room in our house is in need of attention in the decorating department.  Besides that, I couldn’t find anything I really liked. So I improvised!

I went to Lowes and bought pumber’s pipe to use as my brackets. I chose to use the ½” diameter in Black Iron. To make shelves identical to mine you will need:

  • 4 – 8” Black ½” Pipe with threads on each side
  • 4 – ½” Floor Flanges
  • 4 – ½” End Caps
  • Screws
  • 24” Barnwood Boards


Conveniently, I already had two barnwood boards cut 24” long from a previous project that fit my 8” pipe perfectly. If you don’t have barnwood laying around, I would suggest buying a 1×8” or 2×8” from Lowes and staining with your desired finish. If you don’t have access to a miter saw, they will cut the board for you.

Once I got my plumber’s pipe home, I wiped all of the pieces down because they are pretty dirty. I then assembled my plumber’s pipe to the floor flange and screwed on the end cap.

Literally the hardest part of this project is screwing the floor flanges to the wall and making sure they are level. Depending on what you plan to set on your shelf, you may want to anchor your screws. I did not.


Once my pipes were screwed to the wall, I set my boards on them and screwed the end caps tight to hold the board in place. I spent about $25 on this project, and it took me all of 20 minutes to assemble. The best part is – we now have functional shelving that looks awesome!

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