Transform your hidden trinkets into gallery treasures this weekend with this DIY-friendly, high-style rustic industrial shelving project, courtesy of HGTV’s Fixer Upper star, Joanna Gaines.

For those who prefer the form and function of cabinetry, be sure check out our favorite way to give your cabinets some new life.

With minimalist style and maximum function, the open shelving movement is dominating current home trends. Contrary to its streamlined appearance, open shelving could totally maximize the usable space in your room. Clunky blind corners and faux cabinets may be wasting your space instead of fully utilizing it.

Find the open shelving design that is best for you! Use this feature as an addition to your cabinetry, replace half your upper cabinets with shelves, or go all in and all open! Not sure if an open shelf design will work for you? Test out the look and feel by removing your cabinet doors for a few weeks.


  • 3/4″ flange (x 10 – 8 for wall; 2 for ceiling)

  • 3/4″ x 10″ pipe (x 8)

  • 3/4″ x 18″ pipe (x 2)

  • 3/4″ 3-way tee (x 6)

  • 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ pipe (x 6)

  • 3/4″ connector (x 6)

  • 3/4″ x 6″ pipe (x 6)

  • 3/4″ 90-degree elbow (x 2)

  • Wall anchors and screws

  • Wooden planks – 4′ x 10″ (x 4)

  • Optional: High quality metallic spray paint.

  • Optional: For easier assembly, you can replace the 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ pipe, 3/4″ connector, and 3/4″ x 6″ pipe with 3/4″ x 10″ piping if you like. The 3 materials listed were selected to add character.


  1. Wipe pipes to remove any residue or excess oil/grease (if pipes were custom cut).

  2. If you want to have all the pieces uniform, you can spray paint them with a high quality metallic spray paint.

    Note: Galvanized pieces resist some spray paints due to a coating of zinc that is applied to avoid corrosion. If you chose to use black iron pipes, primer and paint adhesion should not be a problem.

  3. Cut shelves according to wanted size (4′ x 10″ in this example); stain if desired.

Assembling Your Shelving

  1. Make your “vertical” pipes by using a 3/4″ connector to attach 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ pipe with 3/4″ x 6″ pipe. Repeat this step for a total of 6 “vertical” pipes.

    Note: You could avoid this step and use a solid 3/4″ x 10″ pipe if you’d rather.

  2. Use a 3/4″ 3-way tee to connect your assembled “vertical” pipes and attach 3/4″ x 10″ “horizontal” pipe. Attach 3/4″ flange to open end of “horizontal” pipe.

  3. For the bottom shelf, attach “vertical” pipe to 3/4″ 90-degree elbow. Attach “horizontal” pipe and flange.

  4. Attach top “vertical” pipe – 3/4″ x 18″ – to the top of 3/4″ 3-way tee and screw flange to open end of pipe.

Installing Shelf

    1. Hold assembled unit against the wall and flush with the ceiling. Use a balance to ensure it is straight and mark the walls to screw anchors. After inserting anchors, align unit and screw in place.

    2. If using 4′ x 10″ wooden planks, place the 2 assembled units 3′ apart to allow the shelves to overlap by approximately 6″ on either side.

    3. Place wooden plank shelves in the unit, and you’re done!


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