The first time I worked with copper pipes, I made my little Mood Board and absolutely loved it! My room decor currently is greys, dusty pinks and rose gold, so a DIY with copper needed to be done! I was trying to come up with something I would really get a lot of use out of. I came up with a few, but thought I would aim for something bigger! I have a corner of my bedroom that needed the right piece of furniture. love the idea of a little dressing rack to feature your statement pieces for the season! The copper pipes also add the right amount of colour. Now you would think this DIY was a little on the harder side, because it’s a bigger project, but its really quite easy. All you need are a couple of pipes and connectors.. okay and a few other supplies, but really, I’d say the hardest part is waiting for the glue to dry! I fooled around with a couple of designs, but decided in on a traditional looking dressing rack.
You will need:
- 1 2ft 1/2 inch copper pipe
- 2 6ft 1/2 inch copper pipes
- A pipe cutter
- 6 corner connectors
- 2 T shaped connectors
- 4 copper caps
- A marker
- A measuring tape
I featured this little grey tool on my Instagram account the other day. Believe it or not, it’s a pipe cutter, and is extremely easy to use. All you have to do is line up the exact spot you want to cut with the little blade, and turn the orange handle to tighten. Once the pipe is tight inside the cutter, turn the cutter around and around the pipe. If you notice it’s getting loose, turn the orange handle again to tighten. After minute to two, the pipe will break apart, leaving you with a nice clean cut. I found this little tool at my local hardware store, for around 10 dollars.
Lets get started
- To start, measure your pipes according to the size you want it to be. (I went for 2ft width by 4ft x 6 inch length). The 6ft pipe I cut into a 4ft, to create the longer part of the side. I then cut the remaining 2ft bar into 4 smaller 6 inch bars.
- Start building from the bottom up, one side at a time. Use the T shaped connector to join two of the 6 inch bars. Then use the corner connectors to attach the legs to either side. Finally use the cap to close the bottom. *Make sure to add glue when connecting for a stronger hold, and to ensure that the pipes don’t come apart. I used E6000 which is quite a strong glue, but takes a little while to dry completely.
- Once you have created the feet at the bottom, add sand into either side, to weigh down. I found this helped make the rack sturdy.
- Attach the 4ft bars to either side, and fill with sand again.
- Follow with two more connector pieces, making sure to glue each part when attaching it together.
- For the top bar, ask someone to help you hold the sides, and attach the bar in between. *Make sure to space the feet the same width as the top bar, so it stands properly.
- Give it plenty of time to dry and stand still before moving it.
- There you have a fun little useful decor piece!