Nautical Inspired Plumbing Pipe Shelf – Industrial Decor

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to another addition of the Home Depot Gift Challenge. Our challenge this month was to use a 2 x 4 wood board and create a housewarming gift for a new homeowner.

I love industrial inspired home decor and have been itching to create something with pipes. For my Home Depot project this month I created this nautical inspired plumbing pipe shelf.  To make this gift special I added  the coordinates of the homeowner’s new  city. Sweet huh?

Nautical Inspired Plumbing Pipe Shelf

Nautical Inspired Plumbing Pipe Shelf



supplies for plumbing pipe shelf


Here is what you need to build the plumbing pipe shelf

2 x 4 - cut whatever  size you need. I actually purchased a new 2 x 4, but located these pieces in the pits of my garage and liked the aging look of them.

 4 – Floor Flange, Black, 1/2-Inch

2 – 90 Degree Elbow, 1/2- Inch

2-1/2-Inch by 3-Inch Nipple

2-1/2-Inch by 2-Inch Nipple

8- wood screws

Paint and Water to create paint wash

White Paint Pen


The first step was to attach the plumbing elbows to the nipples and then to the  floor flanges.

paint wash on boards

Then, I painted the boards with a white/blue wash to give a drift wood look. I used house paint and water to create this wash.


plumbing pieces for shelf

Once the 2×4 boards were dry, I  attached  the plumbing pipes. They look like little handles. I placed one flange in between the two boards. This is an easy way to connect the boards and give the shelf depth.  With a drill  attach  the handles/flange to the boards.  The other end of the flanges will be attached to the wall. The pipes are somewhat heavy, so it would be ideal to attach the shelf to a wall on a stud.


latitude longitude charleston

Here is where a cool shelf turns into a sweet gift. Google the latitude and longitude of the location that you want to use. I used the coordinates for Charleston, South Carolina.  I stenciled the coordinates onto the wood with a paint pen.  After the paint dried, I lightly sanded the coordinates to give it an aged appearance.

Nautical Inspired Plumbing Pipe Shelf by Paper and Fox

Nautical Inspired Plumbing Pipe Shelf

I think that this would be a cool gift for a young homeowners. The shelf would work well inside or outside the home.

Now it is my pleasure to introduce the other Home Depot Gift Challenge Projects this month.


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15 Responses to Nautical Inspired Plumbing Pipe Shelf – Industrial Decor

  1. Roxanne May 15, 2015 at 8:08 am #

    I love the latitude and longitude details! Great idea!

  2. katjeter May 15, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    OMG, I have so many wood and pipe projects I want to make and I’m loving the coordinates on the front of the shelf (great minds think alike!). Love it!

  3. Jen @ freshcrush May 15, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    I need an artwork rail… and I’m totally stealing this idea! Looks fantastic!

  4. ejddiy May 15, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

    Love the coordinate on it. It really gives it character! Great idea!

  5. Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness May 15, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Ohh love this! The coordinates are such a fun idea!! Love the industrial feel, too!

  6. shannonchurchill78 May 16, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    What a great idea, Carmody! I love how it turned out and the coordinates are such a nice addition! Great job.:)

  7. Lindi May 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    I LOVE this!! So easy too! I can’t imagine anyone who would not want thus in their home! Lol. I know everyone else said this, but the coordinates were a great idea too!

  8. The Domestic Heart May 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    This turned out awesome Carmody! The perfect mix of industrial and nautical! And I love DIY shelving. Great job!

  9. rxhomeremedies May 19, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    Love, love, love this project, Carmody! The coordinates really make it extra special!

  10. thebeanandleafllc May 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    Yes yes yes! Absolutely love this.

  11. Colleen May 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    I love this Carmody! The pipe, the stain… and especially those coordinates!

    • carmody May 26, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

      Thank you so much!

  12. Emily @ Table & Hearth May 27, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    Psssht, LOVE this!!!! Everything about it!

    • carmody May 31, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

      Thank you Emily!!!


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