Vintage Industrial Bookshelf

This past week I finally finished the bookshelf that I have been lazily working on for the past six months. I was inspired by a homemade homage to the bookshelf in the lobby of the Ace hotel. I fell in love and decided to make my own version.

I created a design that fit in my small room, highlighted my comic book style librarian print and would hold all of my books.

I love this! It matches the bed frame that I built last year and if feels great to have two pieces of furniture in my house that didn’t come from IKEA.

Knotty Pine with “Early American” woodstain

Painted with Rustoleum Bronze paint

Kitties kept me company while I assembled!

It has been so nice to get my books off of the floor!

I am terrible at keeping track of my notes and writing down details. Here is what I know:

  • I used 1/2 inch galvanized steel plumbing pipe. I drilled 1″ holes in the wood which gave lots of room for the pipe to fit through.
  • I sealed the wood with a wood conditioner prior to staining. I only applied one coat of each and then finished with a sealant. If I was a more patient person I would probably have applied two coats.
  • I had most of my pipe custom cut and I had to have many pieces re-threaded. I recommend bringing an elbow or t-joint along with you to make sure that your custom cuts thread properly.
  • Despite by best job at measuring and planning I had to revise my plan mid-assembly and ended up with odd-sized pieces left over. I recommend working from the bottom up and having the pieces custom-cut one shelf at a time. That way you don’t have to go back and rework it.
  • I didn’t use anchors in the wall. Even though I have old plaster walls I reasoned that since the bookshelf does not as the wall to support much weight and we rarely have earthquakes a few screws should do. It is very sturdy! I’m not worried at all. 🙂

I love this design and I love the way that the colors came together. It is endlessly versatile and I’m already trying to think of ways that I can add some pipe-works to a custom built headboard in order to tie the two pieces together.

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2 Responses to Vintage Industrial Bookshelf

  1. This is a really cool idea! Makes me wish I owned a house.

  2. busymomhelp says:

    It’s a great idea

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