Clever Uses for Pipes


They're easily one of the most unglamorous materials out there, but you'd be shocked at how they add just the right amount of industrial edge to everything from a bookcase to a sconce. Whoever came up with the term pipe dreams had it all wrong because these projects are totally doable.

1. Freestanding Bookcase

This bookshelf has an androgynous appeal that will give any room added weight and substance. Whether you organize a growing collection of books or display your favorite tchotchkes, this piece will add modern flair without losing the warmth.

(Image: Mary & Tim Vidra)

2. Gold Bud Vases

Talk about a makeover! Give the old PVC pipe a glam new look with gold spray paint. Add your favorite flowers to a cluster of these vases and you've got yourself a gorgeous centerpiece for your next al fresco brunch.

(Image: Carrie Waller)

3. Sophisticated Wine Rack

If your wine collection is taking up valuable real estate on your kitchen counter, this project is for you. Copper pipes and leather strips create an elegant solution to your favorite pastime. Cheers!

(Image: Cameron Oden)

4. Industrial Pipe Sconce

This DIY sconce will have people thinking you plunked down big bucks at Restoration Hardware. Make a pair for your bedside or one for your reading nook.

(Image: Mary & Tim Vidra)

5. Chic Garment Rack

Whether you have an overflow of clothes in the closet or you simply need a designated place for next-day outfits, this garment rack will add a dash of citified spunk to your space.

(Image: Mary & Tim Vidra)

6. Copper Pipe Jewelry Display

The last thing you want when you're rushing against the clock is fishing for that bangle you could’ve sworn was on top of your dresser. Instead, tackle this easy DIY and save yourself precious minutes next time you’re getting ready. (Not to mention, it's the perfect way to showcase your assortment of baubles!)

(Image: Mary & Tim Vidra)

7. Elevated Dog Feeder

Give your pooch something stylish to dine on with this raised dog feeder. Customize the wood stain so it doesn't compete with the rest of the house and voila, you've got yourself a functional item that both you and your pet can be happy about.

(Image: Cassie Bustamante)

8. Foyer Bench

This might look like a lot of work, but we promise, it's suitable even for beginner DIY-ers. You can cut corners by asking your hardware store to trim the lumber for you. Place it in your entryway or mudroom so you and your family have a place to sit when putting on shoes.

(Image: Tim & Mary Vidra)

9. Hanging Wood Shelves

Equal parts industrial and beachy, this hanging shelf will provide an artful accent to your living space. Lay out knickknacks (like a cloche or vintage books) to inject pizzazz to a staid wall. Shelfie optional.

(Image: Lucy Akins)

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