Brass and white is by far my favorite color combo right now. After all, who knew that simple and unexpected brass fittings would look so charming paired with white rods and white shelving, right? Last week, we came up with a ladder shelving system that is one beautiful midcentury-inspired design. This shelving system is minimalist and very functional for any small space.
This was not the easiest of DIY projects, but I am thrilled to share just how we put this design together.
MATERIALS USED: 6 1/2″ Brass Pipe Tee, 2 1/2″ Wooden Dowels Painted White cut at 33in length, 6 1/2″ Wooden Dowels Painted White cut at 15″ length, 6 1/2″ Wooden Dowels Painted White cut at 13″ length, 6 Floor Flanges Painted White, 4 1/2″ Double Female Brass Fitting, 3 Shelves measuring 12″ x 24″
We marked 1/2″ on both ends of each dowel piece because we needed to place each fitting that far in so it would be secure and sturdy.
As we placed each fitting in and connected each dowel piece, we were constantly checking each piece with the level always making sure everything was aligned perfectly. After each bracket was ready, we anchored each one to the wall placing them about 20 inches apart. Make sure you align the dowels that are connected to the flanges before securing them to the wall. The next and last thing we needed to do was to lay each shelf on top of the brackets and nail them into the supporting rod.
We really, really love how it turned out. The bookshelves add a chic look to this corner and fit so well with the eclectic mix of wood, concrete and metal.
Editor’s Note: As with any DIY, if you plan to use this in a child’s space, take extra care to make sure everything is anchored properly and secured for your child’s safety.