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.
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.