Since we moved into our home three years ago my wife has been styling the buffet in our dining room but she could never get it quite right. We needed something to fill the space above the sideboard to help make the room feel more inviting and not as stark. Because our dining room and living room are open concept and flow into one another, we wanted to make sure whatever we decided on wouldn’t compete with the open shelving we have in the living room and make the space look too busy.
We have a passion for photography and love displaying family photos, so she finally decided that a picture ledge would be the perfect addition. We agreed we wanted it to be a little bit rustic and unique. We decided it would be fun to make an industrial pipe picture ledge, which ties in perfectly with our DIY industrial coffee table in our living room.
- 2 – 8″ x 3/4″ Galvanized Pipes (you may need to have these cut at Home Depot)
- 2 – 3/4″ Galvanized Pipe Caps
- 2 – 3/4″ Galvanized Floor Flanges
- 1 – 2″ x 8″ x 8′ piece of pine or spruce (Home Depot will cut this down to length for you for free)
- Wall anchors and screws that will hold up to 75 lbs
- Antique Bronze Spray Paint or colour of your choice
- Classic Grey Minwax Stain or colour of your choice
- Foam Applicator Brush
- Assemble a pipe cap to one end of the 8″ pipe, and a floor flange to the other. Repeat this for the second shelf support.
- Spray paint with Antique Bronze or any colour you choose in a well-ventilated area. Allow to dry.
- Apply stain using foam applicator brush to your piece of pine or spruce. Wipe off excess and let dry.
- Using a stud finder find the closest stud locations. If you can anchor these to studs it will make it much more sturdy.
- Mark location on the wall where you would like your supports using a pencil to mark each of the hole locations. Use a level or laser level to make sure you are placing them both at the right height. If anchoring to a stud make sure at least two of the holes are lined up with it.
- Use wall anchors for the other screw holes that will not go into a stud.
- Secure shelf supports and wood shelf will rest on top of them.