I love it when I totally fall in love with something online, but can’t afford it. NOT. However, I wouldn’t be able to call myself a DIYer if I just didn’t try to make that said item, right? Well, I did. With some tweaks, of course.
We’ve been wanting something for Jade’s room that is low to the ground to store her books so that she can easily access them. She’s been obsessed with looking at her books lately, and every time I go in her room they are EVERYWHERE. Which, I have to admit, is pretty cute. The teacher in me loves it. We do have a little cubby hole shelf with books on it now, but some of her books are too high for her to reach. So, I was browsing around one day on Pinterest when I came across this lovely little industrial pipe book storage from RH Baby and Child:
Um, isn’t that just too cute? I mean, I know it’s not necessarily “cute” for a nursery, but still. It’s the perfect idea for low-to-the-ground book storage. However, I wasn’t about to pay $109. Or even $89 for their “special” price. No thank you. Instead, I started scheming on how we could just make this ourselves.
We went to Home Depot to see if we could find all the parts, but unfortunately they didn’t have the cross connectors in the copper piping. They said they are rare to find. Womp womp. David and I walked around for a bit trying to think of another way we could build this, when we walked down the PVC pipe aisle. Bingo! While it wasn’t the cool industrial pipe look I wanted, it was going to actually be waaaay cheaper. Even better! I really love the look of industrial pipes, but I was going to have to paint them white to match Jade’s decor in her room anyway. And besides, the PVC pipe was going to be a little lighter weight, just in case Jade decided to play with it; which she will. Luckily, Home Depot had everything we needed. We decided upon getting the 1 inch sized pipe, so it’d be sturdy enough to hold a lot of books.
If you’d like to make your own, here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 10-foot long one inch diameter PVC pipe (We had someone at Home Depot cut it in half so we could get it into the car!)
- 2 one inch PVC Crosses
- 4 one inch PVC 90 degree elbows
- 4 one inch PVC end caps
- PVC pipe cutter
- Spray paint in desired color
- Optional: PVC pipe cement
(Please excuse the ugly carpet photos. I got so excited to make this and I put it all together in Jade’s room in half hour! I almost even forgot to take pictures.)
To start, we decided on the size we wanted. Using our pipe cutter, we cut our long pipes that the books will rest on to 30 inches long. We wanted them close together to hold Jade’s smaller books, so we cut the remaining pipe into four 4 inch pieces, and four 5 inch pieces. These will be the “legs.” Don’t forget; whatever size you choose to make yours, you will lose about 1/2 inch of actual book storage after hammering all the pipe pieces in together all the way. So even though we cut our long pipes 30 inches, we’ll actually have about 28 or 29 inches or so of book room.
Attach the two long pipes into the elbows of both sides. Push on the end caps on the bottoms of the 5 inch pipes to finish it off. Now, we found that once we got it together, we could NOT pull it apart. So, though we bought some pipe cement, we didn’t even end up using it. Hammering each pipe in all the way helped big time. If you’re concerned it won’t stay, you can use some pipe cement that Home Depot sells for a couple of bucks.
I then spray painted the whole thing with white satin paint. But, I gotta tell you, what a pain. You’d think it’d be easy, given that it’s already white. But, unfortunately they use black ink to put on a bunch of numbers and bar codes all up and down the pipes. It literally took me 7 coats of a white paint+primer spray paint to even cover them a little bit. RIDICULOUS. I ended up just using white acryclic paint and brushing it on over those bar codes. If you’re going with a light color, I’d try to use a thicker paint to cover the ink first.
After the glitter spray dried, I applied a spray “glaze” sealer I had to keep the glitter on. And, voila! While it may not be the industrial pipe one I loved, it sure is pretty close and just as functional. And, probably a little safer for her than the other, too!
We’re still working on a way to add some sort of sliding “book-ends” to keep her bigger and thinner books upright. Thick books stay up best on the shelf, but if you open the end book up a tad, they all stay on just fine. If you have any ideas, let me know!
This little book storage is just perfect for Jade. She can easily grab whatever books she’d like, and practice “putting them back.” And, apparently it’s also a new toy for her; I already found her sitting in-between the bars. It’s a good thing she’s cute! 🙂
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, friends!
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