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That Time We Built A Clothes Rack

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All the makings of an industrial clothes rack

I have wanted a walk in closet for forever. A walk in closet and a ginormous bathtub. Now I have both! Well, I have a clothes rack and bathtub couch -- but you've gotta start somewhere. Because we already have a guest room, we decided to turn our study into a closet. This is necessary because we're trying to keep our bedroom as minimal as possible, and as anyone who knows me will tell you, my clothes are always



So our first project, other than the

bathtub couch

, was building a clothes rack. I wanted one with an industrial feel, like

this one

but without the $725 price tag. I've never built anything before, but my boyfriend spent the past few years traveling the world building cable parks, so he's good at that kind of thing. I've also never been into design or interior decorating, as most of my furniture has either been castoffs from my parents or from Ikea, but Joerg is insanely particularly about everything. So my main contribution to this project was getting bored and whiny when it took three hours to get all the pieces in Lowes, and taking photos. I also drilled holes in things and spray painted our clothes rack's golden feet! 

The frame was fairly simple to make. We just bought five cast iron pipes and had them recut and threaded to the right size, and then they screw into those thingamabobs that go on the corners (can you tell I really know what I'm talking about?). The feet were the hard part. We wanted to make our clothes rack as stable as possible, as it fits into the corner of the room and is triangular,  so we had to make steel plate feet for each of the three standing poles. Cutting through steel is no joke. 

Here's Joerg doing all the hard work (might I add that he was cutting this WITHOUT safety goggles on until I came along! I was also on safety patrol for this project):

He's working in our landlord's workshop under our apartment, which is awesome. Once Joerg had cut each of the feet, I drilled the holes (drilling holes into steel ain't easy either) and attached the round things which the poles would screw into. Then, I spray painted them to match our bathtub feet. Voila: 

And then I spray painted them again right after this photo was taken because my fingerprints were all over them!

Finally, we took everything upstairs and screwed it all together. We promptly found out it still wasn't secure enough, and Joerg had to take one of the joints to get welded. BUT then it was finally done! 

Isn't it beautiful? It cost around $150 for us to make, once we had bought all the drill bits, bolts and spray paint etc. And it was fun. I'm starting a new series, "Scenes From Apartment B", to document our hopefully you guys are into that sort of thing. Next week, we will hopefully have completed our bathtub couch!

Also, DIY is a dirty business. My fingernails are still gold, the spray paint gave me raging headache, and here's what we looked like by the end of the day:

Do you guys make things? 

(Also, feel free to shower my first DIY baby in compliments.)