“Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?”
Recently, I became sad about all of the beautiful pottery I have collected that has been sitting in boxes since my last move (six years ago!) I desperately needed some shelves to display my collection, and for some reason, this look from Restoration Hardware really caught my eye. However, the price was out of my budget. So, I headed to the hardware store, and came up with a similar design that looks fantastic in my bedroom and didn’t cost an arm and a leg! Now I am enjoying my pottery, and also realizing that I probably shouldn’t buy any more because these shelves are FULL.
Here are the versions from RH. Aren’t they beautiful?
And here’s what I came up with…. First, I bought some galvanized steel pipe with a threaded end. I think they came in one foot lengths. I used a pipe cutter to trim each end to length. It took a little while, but it wasn’t too bad. I cleaned each of the pipes really well with some de-greaser.
Then I added a floor flange and a black plastic plug (these are in the isle next to all of the pipe.) I spray painted them an oil-rubbed bronze color.Then I put them in the drill press and added holes so I can attach the brackets securely to the shelf.
Here’s how they turned out. I think they look very similar to the more expensive ones from RH, don’t you?
My shelves are actually re-purposed bi-fold closet doors from our Habitat for Humanity Resale store. I removed the brackets, cleaned them up, and added a couple of coats of clear satin spray paint for protection. Now I can enjoy all of my vintage pieces of pottery…. Really, I have enough!