Bookcases & Shelves
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Build this! Inspired by Morgan of The Brick House and her hutzpah in building her own version of the Ace Hotel's plumbing pipe shelving, I decided to take my own spin on the design. I opted to use Baltic Birch plywood, because I really like seeing the wood layers along the edges, and plain galvanized pipes. What You Need Materials 2 - 5' x 1' Pieces of Baltic Birch Plywood 12 - 1/2" Galvanized 90 Degree Elbows 8 - 1/2" Galvanized "T"s 2 - 28" x 1/2" Galvanized Pipes 8 - 8" x 1/2" Galvanized Pipes (these are your shelf supports) 2 - 18" x 1/2" Galvanized Pipes 2 - 10" x 1/2" Galvanized Pipes 4 - 12" x 1/2" Galvanized Pipes 4 - 1/2" Galvanized Flanges 1 - Can Clear Spray Sealer Fine Grit Sandpaper Dawn Liquid Detergent or Other Degreaser Clear Varnish for Wood Newspaper or Cardboard Anchors to Suit Your Flooring and Walls
Some of your heels are works of art, so why not display them as such? Line the walls of a walk-in closet or a dressing area with picture-rail molding to make a tidy yet visually arresting display. Buy preprimed pieces, and have them cut to length at the store. Paint before installing, either the color of the wall or a bold accent shade.
The other side of the living room needed something large. A statement piece I think real designers would call it. Well, I fell in love with the bookshelves in the lobby at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and thought, “hey, I could build that”. And I did! We sold the old wall unit and embarked on the master planning of the new plumbing conduit shelving unit.
I built my first bookcase in middle school. A multitiered assemblage of wooden planks laid across stacks of bricks, it was reminiscent of pieces from the early Flintstone Period--and I was proud to have made it myself. Since that masterpiece, I've built 50 or 60 more, most while working as a cabinetmaker for an interior design firm, where I learned the carpentry skills, design guidelines and construction techniques used in the bookcase shown here.