Our team of professional plumbing contractors take every call from a concerned homeowner looking for plumbing solutions and provide them with excellent service that solves their problems or repair their malfunctioning plumbing.
However, there are times that our team leaves the home feeling that they’ve learned something from the whole experience as well. A homeowner in Nashville, Tennessee, called to ask for help with the installation of a new toilet. We arrived at the home within the next few hours and completed the task promptly with positive results all around.
After the installation, the homeowner got to discussing various plumbing materials and whether or not either of our team members had utilized them for art. We had answered that no, the idea hadn’t come to our minds before, and the homeowner then invited the team to a room located on the side of their home that was full of ceramic toilet bases and sink basins that contained large bouquets of beautiful flowering plants and other vegetables.
They explained that the toilet that was just uninstalled would end up next to the other planter toilets soon enough. They also showed us creatively rustic bookshelves made with retired plumbing pipes and old mirrors that were positioned in ways to amplify the light to the garden more directly.
Once the experience had ended, our team felt that although another job had been well done for the public of Nashville, Tennessee, we were also left brainstorming some DIY projects to do the old plumbing fixtures. Here are some of what the team came up with.
Good plumbing is the work of professionals, but beautiful DIY projects are only limited by your imagination. You can upcycle leftover steel piles to make the legs of your side table, coffee table, or even dining room table. Steel pipes can work with many colors, and you can paint them to match any design you are going for.
With a simple lamp kit from your local store, you can quickly transform some dainty old pipes into a custom light fixture. The best pipes to use are galvanized pipes which give an industrial look, but you can go for any pipes you want. You can also play with rust and paint for texturing the pipes.
If you love a rustic charm in your house, you can make yourself plumbing pipe clothing rack just like to ones in a commercial laundry. This would mean that you also can have an airing rack or closet wherever you please. All you need is pipe flanges, wall studs, old pipes, and screws.
You could make massive savings on your interior décor if you went for galvanized pile curtain rods. They can be cut to whatever size you need, easily customizable, and you won’t have to worry about sagging curtain rods ever. Once they are secured to the wall, they are very low maintenance, and you can even forget you installed them.
Galvanized Pipes are extremely sturdy and will provide a robust support framework for a bookshelf. Once they are fastened by wall studs, your collectibles and books will have a secure display. You can play with the angles, tones, and patterns for a more artistic presentation.
If you are looking for a bigger project, you could envision the guard rail for your deck, pool, or even balcony made from old piping fixtures. Galvanized piles will be easy to connect, and you could also use the dome of the features like handles and valves as the detailing to create a one-off guard rail.
This post was originally published on 8/6/2019 and updated on 4/27/2021 for accuracy and a larger scope of information.