Hey there! I just finished the last project in my dining room (for a while at least 😉 ) and I am so excited to show it to you!!
Pipe + rope + wood = OH MY!!! I created these floating shelves that appear to be hanging from metal pipes with rope! These are so easy to build and are basically a spin-off of all the easy floating shelves we have done! I think they add so much character to my dining room but they would look great anywhere and they can be modified really easy!
Here’s how I created them 🙂
First, I used my stud finder to locate the studs behind the wall. Once the lines and studs were marked, I cut 1 2×3 at 28 1/2″ for each shelf. I used 3″ Spax screws and drilled 2 into each 2×3 where the studs were located.
Then, I cut 3 2×3 at 7 3/4″ (per shelf). I drilled 2 pocket holes on one end of each 2×3 and attached one on each end of the long 2×3 and one in the middle with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.
and used a Ryobi Forstner bit to drill one hole in the bottom corners of each board. It’s easiest if you stack the two boards and drill the holes into both boards at the same time. (I used a bit that was the same thickness as my rope). I drilled my holes 3″ from the outside and 2″ from the front. You can place them anywhere just be aware of the hidden 2×3’s that will be under them as well as the pocket holes.
Before attaching them to the wall, I applied one coat of Varathane Early American all over the boxes and the faces. This is important because you won’t want to stain when the rope is already attached!
Once the stain dried, I attached each box to the 2×3’s that I attached to the studs. I used my Ryobi 18V Airstrike Nailer and put about three 1 1/4″ nails through the box into each 2×3. Make sure you center your shelves with each other before attaching them with nails.
Once the shelves were attached, attached my assembled pipes to the wall. Here are links to the pipes that I purchased from Home Depot:
one – 1″x24″ pipe
two – 1″ elbow
two – flange
Before attaching them to the wall I assembled the pieces together. To attach them, I used screws and attached them on each hole on the flanges. If you don’t hit a stud, use an anchor! I was able to find one stud per flange but followed up with anchors on the remaining screws to be safe!
Now for the fun 🙂
I’m totally in LOVE with my dining room and I have DIY’ed everything in it! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find links to every piece you see in the room!
My rug is from World Market and the dining chairs are from Pier 1.
Thanks so much for stopping by!!!!