Create a Fixer Upper style sign…for cheap!

Create a Fixer Upper style sign…for cheap!

I don’t know about you guys, but I love Fixer Upper. I’m always impressed by what Joanna puts together and I always love seeing the final product.

Have you ever visited the Magnolia Market website? There are so many things on there I’d love to buy, but we are trying to save money AND live with less.

I’ve recently been coveting this bakery sign:

I was set to order one but then noticed the pile of scrap wood in my garage. I instantly knew I could DIY one of these signs.

I created the letters in a font type and size I liked, printed them out and cut them out. Then, I painted the board white and traced the letters.

I then filled them in, taking care to make the letters look a little aged to add to the sign’s rustic charm.

I then attached a hanger to the back and displayed it in my dining room.

What Magnolia/Fixer Upper style craft have you completed lately?

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Styling a farmhouse china hutch

Styling a farmhouse china hutch

My china hutch in the dining room was full, but it lacked interest and charm.

In fact, it was boring and didn’t really add anything to our dining room. I’d been looking for a way to showcase our milk glass collection, so I thought I’d combine the two.

I took everything out of the hutch until it was empty.

I arranged the cups, plates and dishes into interesting arrangements and added a basket for texture.

Then I featured my favorite milk glass pieces in various areas of the hutch.

I am really pleased with the result.

What do you think? Isn’t that way less boring?

Creating rustic bathroom shelves from plumbing pipes

Creating rustic bathroom shelves from plumbing pipes

make industrial farmhouse shelves

Our bathrooms in our home are very spacious, but they’re also very boring. They are both very plain and builder-grade. We’ve recently begun to look at them to see how we might add some character without spending a lot of money on them.

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We do eventually plan to replace the tubs, tub surround, and flooring, but that will be a costly renovation, and it just isn’t in the budget right now. Instead, we are comparison shopping and trying to decide just what we want when the time comes.

At the present time, though, we can add just a little farmhouse character to our baths without breaking our checkbook.

We have decided to add some sort of rustic shelving, swap out that builder grade mirror for a more farmhouse-styled one, maybe paint or re-stain the vanity, and upgrade that cheap light fixture, but until we do that, we’ve opted to add some rustic shelving. These are the shelves you’ve seen on Fixer Upper, and all over Pinterest. And they’re the perfect project for adding a little industrial farmhouse to your home.

Adding rustic shelving is super easy, and not that expensive. Here’s what you’ll need to get started to make two plumbing pipe shelves.

2X10 pine board

4 3/4 in galvanized pipe nipples

4 3/4 in floor flanges

4 3/4 in pipe caps

your choice wood stain (I used Minwax Walnut)

black spray paint

microfiber cloth

sandpaper/orbital sander

I didn’t take step by step pics of the prep work, because it’s monotonous and self-explanatory. First, measure the area where you want your shelves to hang. Once you know your needed dimensions, you can cut your board to the appropriate lengths. Remember to measure twice and cut once! Next, use sandpaper, or an orbital sander to sand your boards smooth. Afterward, wipe the sawdust from your boards with a microfiber cloth.Then, apply the wood stain using a rag or brush. Allow each coat to dry at least 24 hours. Using your black spray paint, paint the galvanized pipe parts black. Allow 24 hours to dry. ¬†For best results, use a spray paint with a primer included.

 

After your boards have dried, measure the area once more you want to hang your shelves. Use a level to make sure your boards are level, and mark the wall where you’ll screw the floor flanges. I highly recommend hanging your shelves on a stud to make them more sturdy, but if you can’t, then you’ll need to use dry wall anchors.

floorflange

 

After you’ve screwed the flanges to the wall, then you can assemble the pipe nipples and caps.

shelf pipe

Repeat this step for each side of your shelves. Then, you simply lay your shelf boards attop the pipes, and you’re done!

2 pipe shelves

Yes, you can totally see where I filledi n the giant holes left behind by the towel bar. They were huge and required lots and lots of spackle.

But, here’s the (mostly) finished product.

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I love how these shelves add so much rustic charm and character to our bathroom…plus, they add some much needed storage. Our vanity in this bathroom is rather small and there isn’t much counter space.

Have you made any rustic pipe shelves lately? If so, I’d love for you to show me!

Have a wonderful week.