Have I mentioned yet that our beach bungalow is 600 square feet? It makes me chuckle when I tell people that because they usually respond with, "Oh." As in "oh, how sad". And I get it, it is small. Smaller than small. Especially for California. Triple digit square footage is not common around these parts. To give you an idea of how small it is, if you shower with the bathroom door open, EVERY window in our place fogs up. THAT'S how small it is. But I love it. It's our perfect, cozy, little love nest.
The lack of space makes designing a challenge, no doubt. But, I have really enjoyed it. One problem we came across is that there is only one solid wall in the living room where you can place a television. The other walls either have a window, sliding glass door, or is a half wall to our kitchen. But, the remaining wall has a wall heater akwardly semi-centered on it. (please excuse the mess, it was move in day.)
I racked my brain to figure out how to solve this problem. One day, I came across this picture on Pinterest
We decided to tweak the above picture in two ways to fit our wall. 1) We notched out the wood so it could fit around the ugly wall heater. 2) We figured we could save on supplies/money by not installing the back verticle pipe pieces. The industrial black pipe is so sturdy that we knew that the horizontal pieces would be able to support the wood shelves.
I drew a diagram so we could know what size pieces we would need. This drawing was a good jumping off point, but we ultimately changed a few aspects in the end.
So off to Lowes we went to collect the supplies.
The next steps require assembling the pipes, t's and flanges. (sorry no pictures)
Since we wanted a natural looking wood, we decided to use premium grade 2" x 12" redwood (which when they say 12" at the hardware store, it is usually shy a 1/2" so it fit perfectly on our 12" horizontal black pipe shelf support).
A BIG word to the wise: you're definitely better off making your shelving unit work with the size pipe that they sell at Lowes/Home Depot/ Whatever-store you go to. Black industrial pipe is sold in basic sizes; 8", 10" 12", 18" as well as very long pieces that can be cut to any size you choose. I tried to get tricky and had them cut long pieces of pipe into different sizes and it ended up being a little bit of a headache. I had to go back to Lowes 3 different times to have pipe re-cut to fit our plan. Let me just say, that when I'm approaching that time of the month, you do not want to find me at Lowes for the 3rd time on Sunday after a weekend of DIY-ing. I probably resemble some sort of flared nostrel troll/fire-breathing dragon combination. I'll save you guys the time and not explain the whole "3rd Lowes trip in one day" incident and just tell you that my conversation with Mr. Lowes Congeniality ended with him saying,
"You do that, Lady."
"Lady." It still rings in my head. I officially became the crazy lady at Lowes. Sorry, I'm not sorry. Sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to get a project done. I was not going to leave Lowes without my pipe cut. I think my Mom would be proud.
And here it is. Don't mind the blank space. That's were a T.V. will eventually go. Please don't be alarmed that we don't have a television (yet?). We'll get there. I think it's obvious where my priorities are. I would much rather have some thrifted chairs recovered than a T.V.
One last look at before