Do you have that space in your kitchen that needs a little love? This super affordable, DIY home project will help you maximize your space and give your kitchen organization the attention it needs. The best part is it looks amazing and is such an easy DIY home project you can get done today!
SUPPLIES NEED TO MAKE YOUR DIY KITCHEN OPEN SHELVES
- 36” x 9” x ¾” wooden board*
- Pipe Flange (½ inch)
- ½ Pipe 8-9 inches (threaded on both ends)*
- Pipe cap (½ inch)
- ½ inch Pipe clamps
- Regular standard plastic anchors
- Drywall concrete wingnut anchors
- Electric drill and drill bits
* You determine the size you want for the space you are creating the shelves for.
1 – To begin, wipe your pipes down with paint thinner to clean them up
2 – If you want to paint your pipes, now is the time to do so. Black, white, hot pink. Be sure to paint your flange, pipe caps, pipe clamps, and screw tops as well… Tip* Stick screws through a cardboard box so just the top is visible. Paint the desired color so it blends with the flange. That way you are only painting what you need. Or you can keep them as is, for the complete industrial look. Let dry.
3 – Determine the placement for your shelving units and mark with flange holes with a pencil. With your drill, create your holes in the wall. It is important to always pre-drill your holes for the anchors. Tip* Your anchors should tell you the size drill bit to use, but I usually go just a little smaller to help really secure it to the wall.
4 – Grab your dry pipe materials and your drywall concrete wingnut anchors. Attach the wingnut to your flange/fixture first. Tip* Be sure to thread your wingnut a little further past the edge to make sure it has some grip so that it does not pop off of the wall when placed. Fold in the wings of your anchor to help you feed it through your top hole. You’ll hear the wingnuts open up once it is through the drywall. Tip* Your wingnut is much longer than the thickness of your drywall, so once it is placed, carefully pull it from the wall. Grab your drill and slowly screw it into place. Remember to keep in mind you still need to align your other anchor holes with those of the flange. So don’t go too tight to begin.
5 – Adjust your flange to meet all of the remaining anchor holes and slowly drill in place using screws and the standard plastic anchors. Tighten by hand to really secure.
6 – Grab your wooden board. Sand, paint, stain, or keep rustic. Be sure to measure the distance between your pipes from the cap to the flange so the board will rest flat. Once you have all of your wall mounts in place, double-check to make sure it sits evenly. Remember the placement should allow for the wooden beam to overhang on each side.
7 – To secure your boards to the pipes, use your ½” pipe clamps in the center of the pipe fixture. Measure or eyeball to be as precise as you like, to ensure they are even. On the underside of your wooden board, you will hand screw in the pipe clamps in place. (You can pre-drill if you prefer.) This keeps your boards in place and free from wobbling. Tip* Screws do not need to be too long, because you do not want to go all the way through your wooden board.
You can really put anything on these shelves. In my kitchen, I use seal-tight containers from Ikea to ensure my ingredients inside stay nice and fresh. With my Cricut, I label the contents to add that extra bit of fun. Play with your container sizes and make them more appealing to the eye. The best part is they are functional, pretty, and practical, and a really easy DIY home kitchen organization project.
Your options are endless! Just think where else you can place more shelves? I’m thinking of the bathroom, laundry room, the garage, a new book nook. The options are endless!
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