You know when you come up with a cool idea and then instead of enjoying the novelty of the project you decide to replicate it a dozen times? Well, that’s what happened when we discovered plumbing pipes are a thrifty way to create an industrial look. Of course, my initial thought was, “Where do I buy a buy a torch to cut the pipe for fun DIY industrial look projects?”
I saw a few fun plumbing pipe accessories on Etsy. And, that thought was enough for me buy a paper towel holder made out of plumbing pipes. My husband does not know where the kitchen hand towels are located, but he never met a roll of paper towels he couldn’t tear through to dry his hands. #useadishtowel
While unraveling half the roll to dry his hands he casually mentioned how easy it would be to make our own paper towel holder for a few dollars. What? And, he never mentioned the need for a blow torch.
So on my next trip to Home Depot, I headed for the plumbing section and discovered plumbing parts are cheap and heavy; they feel like they cost more money. They are easy to work with and the plumbing pipes are a great way to add an industrial look for cheap.
plumbing parts | anatomy
Here is the anatomy of the plumbing parts for window treatment hardware or towel bars. You can pin or save this image and take it with you to the plumbing aisle.
The installation was easy and gave a fun industrial look to the decor. Their weight and size gave them a presence around the window and everyone noticed them; subtle but made a statement.
I loved the plumbing parts until I feared I had gone overboard
Besides creating hardware for window treatments and towels I also created a shower rod with plumbing parts. Are you counting the number of projects in your head? Same process except with a shower I needed to glue the flange to the tile.
I used the plumbing parts for a shower curtain rod in our basement bathroom. If you have worked with plumbing parts before what have you made?