Gold Industrial Rail System

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Gold Industrial Rail System

It’s been a while since I shared any studio/office updates with you so today I am sharing my {west elm inspired} DIY Gold Pipe Hanging Storage!

Get organized with this DIY Gold Industrial Rail System which is perfect for hanging storage in a creative workspace! MountainModernLife.com

West Elm Inspired DIY Gold Industrial Rail System

I knew I needed to put some sort of organization in place, but wanted to do it in a fun way, especially since organization is not something that comes easily to me. You do remember my free chalkboard printable, right?

I have seen these industrial-chic, pipe storage systems all over the place and LOVE how they look! I was especially motivated to make my own after finishing my gold pipe curtain rod {you’ll see my awesome, whimsical curtains next week!}, and then coming across this photo of the industrial rail system in the West Elm catalog:

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As much as I love the black pipes, I knew I wanted to glam them up a bit for my office using gold spray paint I {surprisingly} had leftover.

I sorta went through a pipe obsession in February and March, and even ordered a box of flanges in bulk because we had planned on building some pipe shelves in the living room {and they were way less expensive online}. Things have changed a bit and there is now a large gallery wall where the pipe shelves were going to go, but you will see what else we used the flanges on soon enough :)

I feel like I wandered around hardware stores a little too long just trying to really figure out what was needed and how it all works. I saw a bunch of photos on pinterest, but it seems like every time I went to the store I had trouble finding exactly what I needed. It was super easy once I had everything I needed and was acclimated to using the pipe cutter, which was way easier than I expected! If I can use that thing, anyone can!

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Here is what I used to make the industrial rail system, most of which I had leftover from my industrial pipe curtain rod {it’s the same supplies and set up}. I bought a lot of the pipe fittings in bags of 10 since I knew I would be using them for pipe rods throughout our house and on other random projects.

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Materials Needed for Gold Industrial Rail System:

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{1} 10 ft. 1/2 inch Copper Pipe {about $10}

{5} Galvanized 1/2Floor Flanges {purchased online for less than $2 each}

{4} Copper 90 Degree Elbows {I purchased a pack of 10 for $4}{1} Pressure Tee {about $1}

{5} 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch Copper Threaded Adapters {about $1.50 each}

Pipe Cutter {about $15}

Gold Spray paint {I used Rust-Oleum Metallics Gold Spray Paint}

Screws {already had on hand}

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If you would like to make your own pipe rail storage or pipe curtain rods here is a photo that may help you get what you need. All of these items were originally copper, but here they are spray painted gold. They actually look soooo pretty when the copper is cleaned up, but since I’m using gold in my office I decided to paint them. Side note: Be sure to spray them with a clear sealer afterwards so the paint doesn’t scratch off.

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After lots of measuring {and using chalk to make marks on the wall so it would easily wipe off}, I put the first pipe rail up without knowing how I was going to hang my mason jars from them. I originally thought I could just use S hooks attached to wire, until I realized none of the S hooks I had on hand {or could easily find} were large enough to fit around the 1/2″ pipe. I actually put some magazines on the rail for a couple days while I waited for the perfect solution to come to me. I really wanted to be able to use items I already had on hand.

Although the magazines were up there just to fill the space, I actually really liked how they looked, so I decided to keep the top rack for magazines, which I enjoy switching out and the bottom rack for hanging jars.

One night I randomly came across some old curtain hooks purchased from Target a few years ago, and I realized that when I mixed them with another batch of {newer} Target curtain hooks I had the perfect hanging solution! I spray painted some mason jar lids turquoise and then tied some coral rope around the lid before screwing the lid back on.

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I understand not everyone will have the same materials on hand, or even want to hang their jars this way, but I encourage you to “shop” your house to see what you can find :)

I also had some wire baskets that I purchased from Pick Your Plum before our wedding that I also spray painted turquoise and hung on the rails.

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Here are some photos of my gold industrial rail system, which I LOVE! Gotta admit that I still need to go through tons of bins to organize my stuff better, so the next time you see these they may be filled with something else…

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Oh yeah, those gold scissors were once blue…and boring. They got a mini makeover along with my stapler and 3-hole puncher, and now they all match and are soooo much prettier! See here’s a before photo of the scissors:

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Side Note: I found the gold Nate Berkus scissors on sale at Target for just $5 a week after posting this, so of course those have replaced my faux painted scissors.

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I love that my chalk and eraser are now hanging right next to my DIY Chalkboard!

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Oh yeah I used my gold leafing pen to color in the screws afterwards to make them match, and it worked like a charm.

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Oh and although I recently switched out the magazines I had to keep the April issue of “Reloved” Magazine up since I was featured in it, woohoo! It’s an awesome UK upcycle magazine available at B&N {although the issue I was in is no longer available}. The project that was featured was my yarn wine bottle vases.

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Here are a couple updated photos of the space from my creative workspace tour:

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So what do you think? Are you using pipes in your home decor or do you plan to?

46 Comments
  • Ok, where do I start here? Apparently I hadn’t been to your actual site since the design updates (I was reading via my phone) and I’m really loving the new layout. Then, I’m dying over this GOLD rail system! It’s stunning. I love that you kept everything gold but used a few pops of color with different string and the baskets. So so fun. THEN!!!! The magazine, hello awesome! So much to comment on in this post, no wonder it took you so long to write! =)

    April 28, 2014 at 9:30 pm
  • SO AWESOME!! I love it!! You did such a great job, I actually think yours is better.

    April 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm
  • Katie you did an amazing job with this project!. I especially love the hanging mason jars. What a creative and beautiful idea.

    April 28, 2014 at 10:50 pm
  • This looks great! I’m definitely going to have to copy this one :)

    April 28, 2014 at 11:43 pm
  • Beautiful storage idea. I really love how you used the mason jars. Thanks for sharing!

    April 29, 2014 at 10:43 am
  • Katie, I just ADORE this! I need to find a way to incorporate copper piping into my home and this rail system might just be the thing :)

    April 29, 2014 at 11:11 am
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I am so into this look right now for our guest room, pinning for sure!!

    April 29, 2014 at 11:25 am
  • LOVE this!! The gold is the perfect touch! coming over from house on the way!

    April 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm
  • I love this! My favorite part is that you spray painted your scissors to match. Totally OCD and right up my alley. See you at Haven!

    April 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm
  • This is INCREDIBLE, Katie. Gorgeous, practical, and gold. I’m stunned!!

    April 29, 2014 at 6:08 pm
  • Lynnie
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    I just love organizing projects that make a real impact and the use of the pipes for this project is terrific.
    Hugs, Lynnie

    April 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm
  • I love everything you do. I wish you could come to my house and do a makeover. Thanks for sharing all your fun projects…it’s very inspiring.

    May 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm
  • I love how this turned out! So pretty with the gold. And seriously. how awesome that you were featured in a magazine!!!

    May 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm
  • FANTASTIC!! Love the look – pinning this!

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent a the linky party. You’ve inspired me!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

    May 3, 2014 at 8:55 am
  • These are so pretty! So talented, and they make the perfect organization bar! I’d love to see you link this up at Skip The Housework party! http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/skip-housework-saturday-11/

    May 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm
  • Yet ANOTHER project that just makes my jaw drop; I so much prefer your goldilocks rail to the black West Elm one…and the little baskets and golden scissors and dangling jars…it all is just so swoon-worthy. So proud to call you my bloggy buddy!

    May 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm
  • I love this project so much!! I am sharing it tomorrow! So cool you were featured in the Reloved mag, I am in there for May!! That is my MOST favorite magazine. I hope they come out with an American version of it too.

    May 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm
  • This is so awesomely fantastic Katie- I love it!! Pinned of course!

    May 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm
  • This railing is beautiful!! Yeap, gold is always better!

    May 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm
  • Oh I love this! I’m always looking for new ways to organize my work space and this is perfect. West Elm always has such good inspiration, too.

    May 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm
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  • Gosh Katie, this is gorgeous! I love your gold even better than the inspiration’s black version! *Swoon* Brilliant chica mama! 😉

    June 10, 2014 at 9:10 am
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!!! I could totally see putting these to work in my office or in my son’s bedroom! Can’t wait to share them this Friday morning with my favorites from the week at http://www.makingitinthemountains.com! Enjoy the rest of your week!

    July 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm
  • Love this idea! I love the industrial look of the pipes and those baskets are great! Love the color!!!!!

    August 16, 2014 at 8:46 am
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  • How adorable! To make it even easier–I think this can be done using the pre-fab rail system from IKEA that I’ve got hanging in my kitchen right now. The pipes are nearly identical with the circular end pieces. It’s certainly not as customizable as your version, but for the lazier individuals among us, this should work great! Off to buy some gold spray paint and glam up my kitchen…

    October 4, 2014 at 11:36 am
  • Kathy
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    hi, I just saw these, over a year later–what do you do if you decide you want to add something to your rail, like another hanging mason jar, for instance? how do get it’s little ring on the pipe? do you have to disassemble the whole thing? thanks

    August 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm

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