Industrial Chic Closet Bookshelves
My daughter, Riley, and I share a Mommy + Me workplace that we love. Over the years, we’ve styled it to suit our personalities, however the one space that hasn’t gotten any love is our closet. It’s develop into a dumping floor for books and different miscellaneous gadgets that don’t have a house.
We knew that the closet was lengthy overdue for a makeover, so we determined to put in DIY bookshelves. I used to be impressed by my time dwelling in New York City to present the house an industrial stylish look, so we used peel-and-stick wallpaper for the gorgeous uncovered brick backdrop and poplar boards supported by ornamental plumbing pipes for the open idea cabinets.
Step 1: Measure and Prep the Space
Use a tape measure to measure the scale of the wall(s).
Use the Home Depot wallpaper calculator device to calculate the variety of rolls that you just’ll want on your house.
Helpful Tip: It’s a good suggestion to find out the place you need the cabinets to be whereas the wall continues to be naked. I used a stud finder to establish the place the studs are within the wall, which helped me decide that I wanted my cabinets to be at the very least 6 ft. lengthy given the spacing of the studs. I made a decision on 5 6-foot cabinets, every 13 inches aside. Then, I used these measurements and a level to create a mock-up on the wall with painter’s tape in order that I may visualize how the cabinets would look earlier than I hung them.
If wanted, clear partitions with heat cleaning soap and water to take away any mud or particles. Let dry fully earlier than putting in.
Step 2: Install Wallpaper
Unroll one the primary roll of wallpaper on the ground to the size wanted for the primary panel, including about 2-Three further inches on the backside that you’ll trim later. Cut this piece and put aside.
Next, unroll the remaining roll to search out the place the sample strains up with the primary panel. From this level, measure the size wanted for the wall, including about 2-Three inches at each the highest and the underside that you’ll trim later. After measuring, reduce this piece from the roll and put aside.
Repeat the earlier step for the remaining panels.
If doable, use two individuals to carry out the next steps.
Using a ladder, line up the highest of the primary panel of wallpaper with the place the wall and ceiling meet on the prime of the left or proper nook of the closet (whichever is best!).
Starting from this level, slowly peel off about 3-Four inches of the backing and begin sticking the wallpaper to the wall. It’s useful if one individual un-peels and sticks on the prime whereas the opposite individual holds the underside of the panel and guides as vital.
Use the wallpaper smoother to clean out any bubbles and/or wrinkles as you go. Slowly proceed this course of down the size of the wall, making any changes as wanted.
Since my wallpaper has bricks, I used a level to ensure that the rows have been at the same time as I labored my approach down. Once you attain the underside, use the utility knife to trim the surplus on the backside.
Position the second panel on the wall subsequent to the one that you just simply hung and be aware the place the sample meets (do not forget that you must have a number of further inches on the prime). Once you discover this level, peel off the backing and repeat the earlier step. Once you end, use the utility knife to trim the surplus on the prime and backside.
Repeat the earlier step for the remaining panels.
Step 3: Prepare the Shelves
Sand the boards (I had mine reduce on the retailer). If desired, stain and/or end the boards with the clear matte polyurethane to maintain the pure look. Let dry fully earlier than making use of the subsequent coat. Set apart as soon as completed.
Step 4: Hang the Shelves
Use the measurements that you just took earlier than putting in the wallpaper and the extent to find out the location of the primary shelf. Then, use the stud finder to find the primary stud and mark this spot.
Place a flange over the stud mark that you just made within the earlier step. Double-check the location with the extent and mark 4 holes to drive the 2 in. wood screws into the stud utilizing the drill.
Repeat this course of for the remaining flanges on the row.
Once the flanges are connected to the wall, screw within the pipes till safe.
Screw the caps on the ends of the pipes.
Place the board on prime of the put in pipes. Secure the board to the pipes utilizing a pipe strap and two ¾ in. wood screws. Note: I solely opted to connect pipe straps to the tip pipes for aesthetic functions (the boards solely want one strap to remain in place), however you’ll be able to add a further straps to the opposite pipes if desired.
Repeat this course of for every row to complete the cabinets.
Step 5: Add Decor
To full the look, Riley and I used a number of industrial-themed items to type the cabinets, together with brass-finished bicycle bookends and decorative jacks in distressed gold, each obtainable on HomeDepot.com.
I’m so happy with how our industrial stylish closet bookshelves turned out! Each time I open the closet, I really feel like I’m in a beautiful New York loft. Best of all, Riley and I are a lot extra organized and might say that we really love our whole house—no extra working to shut the closet when we’ve got guests!