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 make cheap hardware alternatives.
Plumbing pipes are durable and when properly installed, will not land in your sister and brother-in-law’s bed at 1 am and scare the crap out of one of them. True story, more or less. I’ll be back to patch some walls on my next trip back to Knoxville. More or Less. And, I am going to make hardware for window treatments with plumbing parts.
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I saw a few decor items on Etsy made with plumbing pipes. My initial thought was the process involved a torch to cut the pipe. And, that thought was enough to keep me on Etsy and buy a paper towel holder. 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. Well, on one of his many visits to the Etsy paper towel holder he casually mentioned how easy it would be to make one. There was no mention of a blow torch.
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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. It was too easy, promise.
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. Everyone noticed the window treatment hardware. How often does a guy notice this stuff?
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I loved them until I feared I had gone overboard with the parts.
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?