Remodelaholic http://www.remodelaholic.com Let us help you remodel your house from builder grade to BEAUTIFUL! DIY projects that reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and remodel on a budget! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:58:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Faux Wood Plank Floors Using Brown Paper http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/faux-wood-plank-floors-brown-paper/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/faux-wood-plank-floors-brown-paper/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=54411 Have you ever had an idea that was just so crazy that you knew that it would either be brilliant or a big fat flop? Our guest today is here to share a big crazy BRILLIANT idea that worked and looks wonderful: a faux wood plank floor, made using brown kraft paper. Just feast your […]

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Have you ever had an idea that was just so crazy that you knew that it would either be brilliant or a big fat flop? Our guest today is here to share a big crazy BRILLIANT idea that worked and looks wonderful: a faux wood plank floor, made using brown kraft paper. Just feast your eyes on the faux wood glory (and it’s not often that you hear me say that!)

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wood plank floor using brown paper, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

Fabulous, right? I’m so thrilled that Chris is here today to share the tutorial exclusively with our Remodelaholic community. Give her a warm welcome!

Stained Brown Paper Faux Wood Plank Floors
by Chris of Freckle Face Girl

Hi fellow Remodelaholics! I’m Chris and I blog over at Freckle Face Girl. I am so excited to be a guest at Remodelaholic today! I am a freckle face mama of 4 and a lover of projects. I think I’m a project-aholic. They keep me sane in this busy life of mine and they are how I spend my “me” time. If I’m not working on a project, I’m thinking about working on one!

Some of my recent favorite projects are the DIY Black Rubbed Pottery Barn Finish in my boys shared bedroom and my Ikea Chandelier hack with Rub ‘n Buff. But, my absolute favorite is why I am here today. It’s got to be my craziest one yet!

faux wood flooring using brown paper, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

This is our office. And that is my paper floor. This isn’t it’s first transformation (remember what I said about liking projects?).

This is after we moved in and threw everything that didn’t have a home elsewhere, in here.

room before faux wood plank brown paper floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

room before faux wood plank brown paper floor 2, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

For the first makeover, I re-painted the room with stripes, painted the ceiling blue, added some DIY artwork, a new hanging lantern, and cleaned up the clutter.

room before faux wood plank brown paper floor 3, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

room before faux wood plank brown paper floor 4, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

But what I really wanted to completely finish the room was a dark floor. I looked into laminate, vinyl and wood. But there really was no reason to spend so much money in one room just because I had the desire for change.

And then it happened. I saw an idea where others had torn up builder’s paper and glued it to the floor and in some cases stained it to achieve a richer color.

While they were beautiful, I really wasn’t wanting the leather or patchwork look for my room. I really wanted the look of a wood floor. I decided to try and create a “plank” by cutting strips of builders paper, adding a faux bois technique and then staining and sealing the floor. The goal was to create the look of old, reclaimed barn wood, with imperfections and distressing.

wood plank floor using brown paper, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

This is what I used:

**Remodelaholic note: Polycrylic is not recommended for use on floors because it would require more frequent recoating in high traffic areas. Instead, we recommend Minwax Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors (available at your local store or on Amazon) or Minwax Water-Based Polyurethane for Floors (also available in your local store or on Amazon).

You can customize the stain to the color of your choice, or make your own combination. I chose satin Polycrylic because the higher the sheen, the more obvious any specks of dirt or imperfections are.

This is what I did:

Cut your strips of paper first. Turn on your favorite movie (or 2) and start cutting. I got into a rhythm and just zoned out. Before I knew it, I had cut enough strips for the entire room. I kept them in garbage bags until I was ready to use them (note the more crinkled the paper gets, the more the plank looks distressed when it’s stained).

I used a piece of wood that was the width of the planks I wanted to create (5 inches). I rolled out the paper about 5 feet at a time, laid the board width wise on the paper (so at least my ends of planks would be straight).

Then I drew a line using the board as a guide. I did this over and over again and cut when I had about 10 or so planks done.

creating faux wood planks for floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

Then cut along the line.

creating faux wood planks for floor 2, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

You will repeat this process until you have enough planks.

I really wanted that reclaimed wood look, so a wood grain was required. You will need a garage or dedicated space for this part because you are going to apply a faux bois paint technique to your planks, and they need space to dry.

I had leftover dark brown paint that I used for this project (Sealskin by Sherwin Williams). Put your paint into a plastic container with a lid so you can stop/start without having to create more of your mixture. Add paint to the container and then add enough water so that when you paint your plank, the paint slides easily and quickly with no drag. It doesn’t need to be completely watery, but not as thick as normal paint.

Quickly paint the plank top to bottom with enough paint to cover the paper but not so much that it is puddling or dripping. Just a thin coat, enough to cover the paper will do.

how to paint faux wood plank floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

Now, quickly take your wood graining tool and, using the back side with fine teeth, pull the tool from top to bottom so you have these fine lines. Note that my paper has some small spots without paint, that is ok, perfection isn’t necessary here. The paint will dry quickly, so you will need to move fast.

use faux bois tool for wood plank paper floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

Now pull the other side of the wood graining tool down over the lines you just made, slightly rocking as you go. The more you rock, the more knots you will have. Again, there is no need to worry about perfection. This process goes very quickly. I think I finished all of my paper in about an hour.

use wood graining tool to create faux wood plank floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

faux wood plank from brown paper, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

I laid all of my planks out on my garage floor and they were dry within about 1/2 hour.

Rip out your carpet, pad, tack strips and a million staples. Clean the floor really well. Be disgusted at that pile of dirt that was hiding under the carpet pad! Yuck!

ripping up carpet for faux wood plank flooring, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

Because I had OSB plywood instead of a regular plywood, I couldn’t get away with putting my planks in at this stage. I tried it in a closet and it gave a strange ripply appearance, because the paper highlights any flaws/ripples/bumps in the floor. I did try a practice board with a regular sheet of plywood, with the paper directly over it and that turned out great. I had to cover the OSB with something smooth, and plywood is expensive. So instead, I essentially created a floating floor much like laminate.

First I screwed down Hardboard Panels onto the OSB. Putty the seams and screw holes with wood filler and sand until they are smooth.

When you are ready to start gluing your paper down, you will need a bucket (something large enough to hold the glue mixture and a few papers while you are working). Add 1 cup Elmer’s Glue-All to every 3 cups of water. Make just enough of this mixture to use while you work, you won’t be able to save it. The papers will need to be completely submerged. Mix thoroughly. You will also need a small paint tray mixed with 1 cup glue to 3/4 c water.

Dunk your paper plank into the bucket of glue/water mixture until thoroughly wet and it softens and relaxes the paper. Only wet enough paper to work with in about 10 minutes. Lay paper on a towel or side of bucket until you are ready.

Using a paintbrush, use the glue mixture from your paint tray and paint onto the floor where your plank will go. A thin coat will be fine because your paper also has glue on it. Lay down your plank and use a squeegee to gently press out any extra glue or water under the paper, wipe up and continue this process. This will ensure the plank is completely glued down, without wrinkles or bubbles. It’s a messy process, so be sure to not use too much glue/water mixture and allow the water to drip off the plank onto the towel a little bit as you go. Otherwise you will have big puddles.

It goes very quickly. I was worried about being straight so I used a carpenters square just to check every now and then. I was able to finish this part in about 1/2 hour.

gluing down faux wood plank floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

Butt your boards up as close as you can when laying the planks. You can see some small gaps between my planks, because it’s so difficult to cut a perfectly straight line. Don’t worry about those. You will take care of that later.

install faux wood plank floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

Be sure not to lean your hand on the paper after you glue it down, or the paper will come up with your hand!

Turn a fan on and let the floor dry for a couple of hours or overnight. If you have any gaps between boards, this is the time to get your paint/water mixture and a fine paint brush and go dab it in the cracks.

Now you can apply the stain! I wore socks so my feet wouldn’t tear up the damp paper. Using a rag or an old paint brush, I started staining in the corner and worked my way out from there. I gently and quickly pulled my stain and wiped with a clean rag if it looked too heavy.

how to create a faux wood plank floor using brown paper, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

Continue until you are finished with the room. It will not dry, it will remain slightly tacky until you seal it.

I applied my polycrylic with a brush because I preferred the control it gave me. I tried a lambswool applicator and I always got little bubbles and it was hard to control the amount applied. Don’t put it on too thick or it will create a cloudy effect. You will be putting down about 7 coats or more depending on the foot traffic your room gets. But it dries VERY fast. I was able to put all of my coats down in 1 day! Because this room get’s a lot of foot traffic, I put down 10 coats.

I decided to nail down small furniture tacks from Lowes that are square and resemble vintage nails to add to the reclaimed wood look.

detail of faux wood plank decoupaged paper floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

How long did it take?

I had already cut the paper into strips when I had time here and there. Painting the paper took about an hour or a little longer. The rest of the process, from ripping out the carpet to laying the final coat of poly, took a full weekend.

It is a beautiful floor, resembling laminate. It feels similar to laminate, but without the hollow type sound they all have. It is abused every day with push toys, crafts, kids and the dog. So far so good. I did put felt pads on all of the furniture. If you get a scratch, you can wipe some stain in the scratch, and reseal.

I love it. I love that I created it. I love that it’s beautiful. How beautiful is it?

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brown paper faux wood plank floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

decoupaged faux wood plank floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

faux wood plank floor (2)

faux wood plank flooring in office, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

office with decoupaged wood plank floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

striped office with faux wood plank floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

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office with decoupaged brown paper faux wood plank floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

faux wood plank floor

I hope you love it too! Be sure to stop by Freckle Face Girl and say hello and follow me on Facebook to see what other crazy projects I dream up.

Thanks Remodelaholic and Cassity for letting me be your guest! It’s a dream come true!

xo-Chris

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Thanks so much for being our guest, Chris — so glad your idea worked out and WOW, I love it!

Pay Chris a visit over at Freckle Face Girl and check out her fun and creative ideas, like her boys’ vintage industrial bedroom and her Busy Momma’s Guide of easy “immediately gratifying” projects, like a quick solar chandelier DIY

Looking for more inexpensive DIY floor finishes? Try one of these:

Grouted Peel and Stick Floor Tiles

grouted peel and stick flooring

Painted Concrete Floorpainted concrete floor

Whitewashed Floorwhite-washed wood floor

Plank Floor Using Plywoodstained plywood floor

Leather-look Floor Using Brown Paperkraft paper floor

Painted Vinyl Flooring

painted vinyl flooring

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15 Lovely Room Makeovers + Link Party http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/lovely-room-makeovers/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/lovely-room-makeovers/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=53794   15 Lovely Room Makeovers Happy spring and welcome to this week’s Remodelaholics Anonymous party! Thanks for joining us, and don’t forget to go check out last week’s great party and then link up your home projects and DIYs below! If you are featured here or on social media, feel free to grab a button.  Be […]

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15 Lovely Room Makeovers

Happy spring and welcome to this week’s Remodelaholics Anonymous party! Thanks for joining us, and don’t forget to go check out last week’s great party and then link up your home projects and DIYs below! If you are featured here or on social media, feel free to grab a button.  Be sure that you follow us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter so you can see if you are featured! We also pin some of our favorites on our Reader Features board every week, so we’d love to have you follow us there, too!

Featured in this week’s slideshow (navigate the slideshow by using the Next button above, or by clicking the project title below):

 

15 Lovely Room Makeovers via Remodelaholic.com  

REMODELAHOLICS ANONYMOUS Weekend Party

Remember, you can link up to 3 home posts/projects of any kind to be featured, but we are also looking for projects following a weekly theme to include in an upcoming weekend Top Ten post. This week’s theme is: pergolas, decks, and canopies. If you’ve created a great outdoor space, show it off!

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DIY Plank Backsplash Using Peel and Stick Vinyl Flooring http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/diy-plank-backsplash-using-peel-and-stick-vinyl-flooring/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/diy-plank-backsplash-using-peel-and-stick-vinyl-flooring/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:45 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=53358 Hey, hey Remodelaholic peeps!  It’s Jessica from Mom 4 Real, back to share a fun and budget friendly idea for your kitchen!  I have seen plank walls everywhere, and absolutely love them!  When I started making over my kitchen, I was looking for an inexpensive way to change my backsplash in a hurry.  I didn’t […]

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Peel and stick vinyl flooring backsplash

Hey, hey Remodelaholic peeps!  It’s Jessica from Mom 4 Real, back to share a fun and budget friendly idea for your kitchen!  I have seen plank walls everywhere, and absolutely love them!  When I started making over my kitchen, I was looking for an inexpensive way to change my backsplash in a hurry.  I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, and since eventually we are going to have new countertops put in, I didn’t really want to invest in tile.  So, I decided to try a plank wall backsplash.  I headed to my favorite home improvement store to buy wood.  While taking a shortcut through the flooring section, I noticed that they had vinyl peel an stick faux wood flooring planks for sale for around $1 each.  My brain immediately went into overdrive!  I thought it would be so much easier to use the peel and stick vinyl flooring to create my backsplash instead of regular wood, so I bought a bunch and headed home to give it a try!

Vinyl peel and stick flooring

I laid them out on my table to show my husband, and he basically told me I was nuts.  That’s pretty normal around here, but he is usually pleased with the end result.  

Peel and Stick Vinyl Flooring

I tested the tackiness on the back and was very pleased!  You seriously just peel the wax paper backing off and stick them on the wall…well, erm…that’s where I stuck mine.  I guess they really belong on the floor.  I’m all about bending the rules when it comes to DIY.

Make a plank wall using peel and stick vinyl

I placed mine in a staggered pattern, and made sure each end was as tight as possible.  The great thing is that you have a bit of time to reposition the planks.  Just be sure to press them onto the wall really well.

Use easy to cut vinyl flooring to make a peel and stick plank backsplash in your kitchen

You will have to cut the vinyl to fit around electrical outlets.  You will also likely have to cut different lengths once you get to the edge of your wall to be sure they fit well.  These things are easily cut with scissors…no tools required! 

Plank wall backsplash

Once I got all of my planks pressed tightly to the wall, I decided to paint them.  I wanted a really cohesive look in my kitchen since it is so tiny.

Grey paint

I grabbed my favorite grey chalky finish paint and gave the wall two thin coats, then finished off with a clear wax.

Plank Wall Backsplash with Vinyl Flooring

I love the way it turned out…just a little rustic!

Grey kitchen

I can’t wait to use these vinyl peel and stick planks other places in my home!  They are so easy to use, and ridiculously inexpensive! It cost less than $20 to do the entire backsplash area! 

Today over at my blog, Mom 4 Real, I’m sharing a fabulous garden trick…How To Start Seeds In 3 Days…hop on over and check it out!

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 Plank Backsplash Using Peel and Stick Flooring  Mom 4 Real for Remodelaholic.com

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Fun with Florals – Incorporating floral patterns into modern interior design http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/fun-florals-incorporating-floral-patterns-modern-interior-design/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/fun-florals-incorporating-floral-patterns-modern-interior-design/#respond Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=51820 Hello again! I’m Dawn from DesigningDawn.com back again this month with another mood-board for your decoration inspiration. If you’ve missed any, you can check out my all my posts for Remodelaholic here.   This month, I was inspired by spring springing all around us, and decided to pose myself the challenge of a fun mood-board […]

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Hello again! I’m Dawn from DesigningDawn.com back again this month with another mood-board for your decoration inspiration. If you’ve missed any, you can check out my all my posts for Remodelaholic here.
 
This month, I was inspired by spring springing all around us, and decided to pose myself the challenge of a fun mood-board incorporating floral patterns.
 
I say challenge, because when I think of decorating with florals, I tend to picture the puffy drapes and maroon toned wallpaper from my 90′s upbringing. Well that and this bathroom from Hildi Santo-Tomas of Trading Spaces Fame:
Floral Pattern Bathroom by Hildi Santo-Thomas

Floral Bathroom by Hildi Santo-Thomas

Side note- I loved that show! Everyone was so scared of Hildi. Right??
So I first set out on a search for modern floral decor, and found some beautiful and inspiring photos:
Floral pattern and stripes from Deny Designs

Floral and stripes from Deny Designs

Floral wallpaper as seen on Houzz

Floral wallpaper as seen on Houzz

Floral fabric in the laundry room from Sarah Hartill

Floral fabric in the laundry room from Sarah Hartill

Florals in a powder room

Floral in a powder room as seen on Decor Pad

Floral print and geometric pattern from Mokkasin

Floral print and geometric pattern from Mokkasin

 
  It seems that 90′s wallpaper is firmly in the past where it belongs, and florals are coming back with a vengeance. Armed with all that inspiration, I came up with a modern floral mood-board of my own. AND, it’s for a floral themed bathroom. Consider it my take on Hildi’s creation.


To keep it modern and fun, I paired floral patterns in the artwork, rug, and accessories, with bold graphic patterns and black and white accents. I also threw in some natural elements, in the drift-wood mirror and live plants, that help keep it from being too cold.

I think the key with modern floral patterns is not worrying about getting too matchy-matchy. The element that ties everything together is color, rather than the same matching pattern in several places. Adding different textures throughout also helps to bring to mind the natural beauty of floral patterns when seen in nature- not too precise or repetitive.

So that’s my take on a updated floral-themed bathroom. I hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks again to Cassity & the Remodelaholic team for having me here today. I look forward to being back again next month with more inspiration and another mood board for you! If you like what you see, be sure to visit me over on my blog, DesigningDawn, or follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. Have a great day, friends!

-Dawn

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Where else can you add some modern floral patterns?

Try your teen’s bedroom (or your own!)

floral bedroom Refresh Restyle via Remodelaholic

or in a closet office workspacefloral closet office via Remodelaholi

or ANYWHERE with a DIY Pottery Barn knockoff floral pillow
floral pottery barn pillow via Remodelaholic

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Build a Budget-Friendly Industrial Shelf Using PVC Pipe http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/build-industrial-shelf-pvc-pipe/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/build-industrial-shelf-pvc-pipe/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=54275 I love the industrial style that is so popular right now! And as an added bonus, many industrial looks are easy to knock-off with a trip to the hardware store. The problem? All those metal pipes and fittings are pricey! So when today’s guest submitted this awesome way to DIY the industrial look for way […]

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I love the industrial style that is so popular right now! And as an added bonus, many industrial looks are easy to knock-off with a trip to the hardware store. The problem? All those metal pipes and fittings are pricey! So when today’s guest submitted this awesome way to DIY the industrial look for way less, I jumped at the chance to share it with you! 
 build an industrial shelf using PVC pipe, Sawdust 2 Stitches on Remodelaholic

How does the price compare? A 10-foot length of pipe costs between $4 and $20 (for electrical conduit up to copper, black, and steel pipe) and each flange/fitting will set you back around $2. Compare that to around $2 for 10 feet of PVC pipe and 50 cents for each joint (or less if you buy in bulk), and the savings add up substantially! (The prices may vary a bit geographically, but across the board, PVC is nicer to your budget than metal pipe, and the savings more than offset the cost of the spray paint!) Here’s Corey to show you how to create an awesome, custom industrial shelf without using up your kids college fund:

 DIY Industrial Shelf Using PVC Pipe
by Corey of Sawdust 2 Stitches 

Hey all, this is Corey visiting from  Sawdust 2 Stitches”. I am quite certain I have a problem… You see,  I will look at a space and start to brainstorm ideas. Innocent enough, right? Well, the only problem with an innocent brainstorm is that it typically turns into a full scale, category 5,  hurricane. Undoubtedly, I will be up to my elbows in paint at 3 a.m. (If you are nodding your head in agreement, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone.)

Today I’d like to share with you one such project. 

I was sitting on the floor, staring at this wall. Not exaggerating. (If something bugs me, I will sit and stare at it until I figure out what is “off” and then come up with a solution.) 

wall before shelf, Sawdust 2 Stitches on Remodelaholic

  Granted, this space wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t great, it was just, blah. It lacked the “wow factor”.

 My first idea was something like this… 
inspiration industrial shelf, Sawdust 2 Stitches on Remodelaholic

Gorgeous right ? Well, for $5,998.04 at “Nuevo Living” it better be gorgeous! (Can you believe that is the “Special Price”?) Since I don’t just have that chunk of change collecting dust, I needed to find an alternative solution. 

At that particular point in time I had been on a little bit of a  P.V.C. pipe  kick and had some leftover material  from my “Light Fixture” and “Bed Canopy”. So, I marched downstairs to the garage and returned with my bucket of  PVC. After playing with a few different possibilities, I was able to create some dimensions I liked. The rest is history. Right around 3 a.m. I was crawling into bed with this awesome shelf sitting in my upstairs hallway.     

Build a CHEAP industrial-style shelf by using PVC instead of metal!  Get the tutorial from Sawdust2Stitches on Remodelaholic.com 

So if you have a “problem area”  this may be just what you need, and here is what you will need to do it:

Tools Required: 
  • Rubber Mallet 
  • Sand Paper
  • Saw (I would suggest a Miter Saw)
  • Drill 
  • 1″ Paddle Bit 
  • Sander (Suggested) 
Materials Needed:
  • Spray Primer 
  • Metallic Spray Paint 
  • Stain
  • 2×10 wood planks                (Amount varies by project size)
  • 3/4″ PVC pipe                      (Amount varies by project size)
  • “T”  PVC Joints                    (Amount varies by project size)

P.V.C. pipe is AWESOME. Why? 

  1. It’s cheap!
  2. Adaptable to nearly any space or design. 
  3. Again, it’s cheap! (In my book that should count twice.)

Overall this is a fairly inexpensive, easy do-it-yourself project!   

Bad news? You will need to create your own personal blueprint to accommodate your space.

 This project is about 75% prep work…  

Step 1: Think it through

Take the time to map out your dimensions! Unfortunately the whole “measure twice, cut once” logic applies. Once dimensions are established you can get started!

Step 2:   Sand

Using a piece of “fine” grit sand paper scuff up the entire exterior of the PVC pipes, joints, and elbows. 

Step 3:  Cut

Using a  miter saw cut the PVC down to predetermined measurements.

cut and paint pvc pipe for industrial shelving, Sawdust 2 Stitches on Remodelaholic

Step 4: Prime

I began by putting together my brackets. (It’s easier to spray them this way.) When priming I HIGHLY suggest using a gray spray primer. It quickly and evenly coats the pipe. Added bonus: Since it is already primed a darker color, it will make top coating much easier. 

prime pvc pipe to build industrial shelf, Sawdust 2 Stitches on Remodelaholic 

Step 5: Paint 

I used Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze. (Remember several light coats, as opposed to one heavy coat. This way you avoid drips!)  Next, exercise patience and let it dry COMPLETELY.  

rustoleum metallic spray paint for industrial shelf, Sawdust 2 Stitches on Remodelaholic
 
 

Step 6:  Prep Wood Planks

While the PVC pipes are drying, get started on the wood plank shelves. 

For the shelves I used 2×10′s, in varying lengths. (You will need to adjust the length of the shelves to fit your own needs.)

I used a 1″ paddle bit to drill holes that would allow the PVC to fit through it. 

use paddle bit to drill holes for industrial shelving, Sawdust 2 Stitches on Remodelaholic

Step 7: Sand and Stain Wood Planks

Sand the boards and then stain them. (I used Jacobean by Minwax.) 

Using PVC instead of metal pipe makes industrial shelving easier and cheaper. Learn how at Remodelaholic.com

Step 8: Assemble!

This was my favorite part, assembling the puzzle! This is when your blueprint will come in handy.

Make industrial-style shelving on a budget! #Remodelaholic

Slowly but surely it started to come together. Might I suggest using a rubber mallet? Sometimes making the pieces fit together required a little “finesse.”

Final step:

Breathe easy,  you’re done! I love that it is totally and completely customized! It creates that old-meets-modern feel of the industrial pipe shelving for a fraction of the cost!

Industrial shelf made with inexpensive PVC pipe | Sawdust 2 Stitches on Remodelaholic.com

use PVC pipe to build an inexpensive industrial-style shelf, Sawdust 2 Stitches on Remodelaholic

So step back, open a can of  cold Diet Coke and admire your new shelf!

Take luck,  Corey

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Amazing, Corey! Such a great way to get the look while saving some cash. 

Head over to Sawdust 2 Stitches to check out Corey’s other projects, such as her industrial-style suspended shelves$4 faux metal industrial signs, crib mattress porch swing, or the awesome indoor fort she built for her boys! And you Remodelaholics will love the space she calls her “craft room” — go pay her a visit!

Looking for more ways to create the industrial look on a budget?

Pallets and reclaimed wood are a good place to start:

 

And Just A Girl teaches you how to get that Restoration Hardware wood finish!

Browse around the hardware store (or craft store) for supplies like L angles

chain

cement/concrete

diamond plate panels

electrical conduit (the cheapest metal pipe material)

or industrial style lights like we attached to our rustic wall shelves in our office organization makeover

And don’t forget to watch for a good upcycle candidate, like this music stand tripod lamp!

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Home Exterior Finishes… http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/vinyl-siding-post/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/04/vinyl-siding-post/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=53812 Justin and I have been thinking about houses.   We’re about to put our Fort Worth home up for sale, and are looking into options for our next home.   Do we want to remodel again?  (Asks the remodelaholic… you think this question is a given, right?)   Do we want a small house that we can […]

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Justin and I have been thinking about houses.   We’re about to put our Fort Worth home up for sale, and are looking into options for our next home.  

  • Do we want to remodel again?  (Asks the remodelaholic… you think this question is a given, right?)  
  • Do we want a small house that we can fix and then rent?
  • A forever/ dream home?
  • An inbetween home?

Um, probably none of the above.  Well, maybe the closest possibility is the forever home…  The truth is, we are leaning heavily toward building!  My reputation as a self proclaimed remodelaholic just shattered!   The truth is after remodeling the last 4 homes, at the end of the projects, I am still left with a lot of things that bother me.  Be it the look of the home, or a poor existing floor plan, or the location.  So I really want to see if building makes me happier…I don’t think it will be our final home, I think it will just be our first experience building.  I KNOW we will learn a lot, so I don’t want to assume this will be my forever home.

But staying within budget is another goal.  We learned in our second home the stress of buying a home above our income.  I never want to feel that stress again.  We were lucky that we were able to sell it for profit, but I don’t ever want to be house poor again, now that I know what that felt like.  When we are building, while we want the house to look and be fabulous, also we want it to be as budget conscious as it can be.

So today, let’s talk about exterior finishes.  I will say upfront that I am leaning toward vinyl siding, maybe with a little brick, but overall I have three major concerns: will it fit our budget, is there a lot of maintenance, and is it stylish, (does it look good)?

22 Georgian 2 B

5 Federal 3 B

Budget:

Like I mentioned above, budget is a big concern.   I want to LOVE my new home, but not be a slave to it.  So, I thought this was interesting, the R.S. Means 2014 Residential Cost Data, estimates the total installed cost per 100 sq. ft.:

 $201 Vinyl Siding,

$300 for Fiber Cement,

$550 for Wood Siding,  

$935 for Brick

Also, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2013-14 Cost vs. Value Report, vinyl siding and insulated siding will recoup more than 78 percent of their installed cost.  Recouping cost is important to me, since I am not planning on living in this home forever, and I don’t want to overbuild and not earn anything back.  The price comparison is pretty obvious here.  

I like that vinyl siding manufacturers generally offer a lifetime warranty for the original home owner and typically carry a prorated warranty of at least 50 years to subsequent owners because that will just be good peace of mind when/if we do sell.

7 Cape Cod2 B

41 Craftsman4 B

36 French colonial 2 B

Maintenance:

We have some experience with different types of home cladding.  We’ve had 2 homes with vinyl siding (loved), and 2 homes with brick/composite siding, with wood trim.  One thing I have learned about myself is that I don’t like a lot of upkeep on the outside of the house.

I want something that lasts, and that I don’t have to scrape and paint every few years, not to mention the additional cost of paint, supplies and time (or paying for labor to do that for you!).   Vinyl siding does not require painting, staining or caulking, it does not chip, peel, rot, or absorb moisture, which saves time.   The durability and ease of maintenance make it my kind of product!  Minimal maintenance does more than save time, it saves money, I like keeping my money, not gonna lie!!  With fewer materials to purchase, vinyl siding reduces the life cycle cost of maintaining the home. 

I love that vinyl siding only needs a quick wash down in the spring or fall and I am good.  On our second home, I remember how dirty the vinyl siding was when we bought it.  One quick pressure wash later and the house looked brand new, it was a great day!  However, on our third home, we had some staining on the composite siding, I scrubbed for days, but the staining had absorbed into the paint, hence the stain is still there to this day (the house was painted right be fore we bought it)!

How does it hold up?   While light weight, today’s vinyl siding is engineered to optimum stiffness and stability to withstand winds of at least 110 mph and resist impacts and the weathering effects of heat, cold, and moisture.   Certified vinyl siding will retain its great looks, guaranteed. If installed according to manufacturers’ instructions, vinyl siding certified through the Vinyl Siding Institute’s (VSI) program for quality will meet or exceed the industry standards for color retention, resisting major color changes in a variety of climates.

Looks: 

 So how does it look?  Actually, I am really impressed with all the new types, textures and options in vinyl siding!  I LOVE the cedar shakes version that comes in several colors, it has such great texture:

8' Cedar 

These houses, are great styles that look great, minus the maintenance and a great price:

7 Cape Cod2 B

Cape Cod

I love cape cods!

 

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Great mix of stone, brick and vinyl siding!  

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I love the board and batten look!  With all the different varieties, I feel like your house doesn’t have to be boring!    

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I love the color of this one!

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How cute are the gables in the decorative siding option above!

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I triple love, love, love this house!  It is exactly the style I dream of!

VSI Homepage

My style leans toward a traditional looking home.    And I love that with vinyl I can have character and charm of wood siding without maintenance worries, rotting, splitting or insect damage. Now, almost any type of trim or accessory that has been traditionally produced in wood is now available in vinyl and other low maintenance materials.

Now, we just have to sell our house, find a lot to build on… and pick a floor plan!  Cue scary music, dun, dun, dun!!

*I partnered with the Vinyl Siding Institute to write this post.  However all opinions shared are my own.

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