Desks. Everyone should have one! Mine is used for a myriad of things, and I can't imagine not having it in my home. My tastes are constantly evolving so I've always got my eye on the lookout for unique ways to transform a workspace. So naturally, I did a double take when I saw this modern desk created from copper pipe!
Usually we think of using a pipe for plumbing... but there are so many other ways to use this sturdy material that don't have anything to do with sinks. Here are ten of my favorite DIY projects using copper, galvanized and even PVC pipe.
We've been seeing brass, gold, and copper making a big splash in home decor for the last few years, but these metallic pieces usually carry a hefty price tag, especially in the lighting department (um, have you seen the prices of Lindsay Adelman chandeliers??). It's always exciting, then, to see people get creative with inexpensive materials and come up with something super stylish and on-trend, like this brass and copper pipe light!
I know, I know. It's June and we're not exactly in the middle of jacket weather. But this DIY industrial coat rack from you_have_broken_the_internet is so genius that I want to run out to the hardware store and make it immediately.
Jim had a box of copper pipe and fittings. After a bunch of measuring, cutting and soldering, Jim had himself a very cool dining room table. He applied a coat of 'a patina inducing solution' to get that well-loved look. You can read more about the project at Junk Market Style.
Photo credits: Jim Healy
The only thing cooler than a DIY project is a DIY project that exploits materials intended for an entirely different use.
Rory on Apartment Therapy Boston takes such an approach with pipes and fittings from the plumbing department. Going way beyond simply using straight lengths and end flanges for legs, this desk incorporates a fine design inspired by the limitations of the medium.
To create your own version, simply check out the pipe fitting...
Don’t get me wrong, I think this wine rack is kinda cool, but it does look like a bunch of waste pipe. Nice waste pipe, to be sure, but waste pipe none-the-less. Instead of spending the 158 bucks, I just might visit the plumbing department at my local hardware store and attempt a DIY. But how to attach them all in that wonky way? Epoxy? Not sure...but something to think about.
Oh, and by the way, it IS suggested that you store your wine in sewer...