Living DIY:

Copper Pipe Wardrobe

Photographs By Sarah Elliott

Home currently feels…well, a bit temporary. When we sold our Dumbo penthouse, the majority of our furniture, clothing and my kitchen tools all went into storage. Squeezing a family of three into a teeny and not-exactly-swoony apartment certainly meant downsizing across the board. A 100-year-old house that was never renovated meant squeaky floorboards, a rather icky stairwell, a nook of a kitchen, electric that was dicey to say the least and a bedroom that barely fits a bed, let alone offers ample storage for both my and Victor’s clothing.

Though at times I feel a bit displaced and untethered, I love that we are living on one floor of the home we are about to renovate. Most of all, I like the story it tells. We are getting to know one another, this home and I, kind of like we are dating. I’m getting to know the little innuendos, cranky and temperamental creaks, when to tiptoe, when she is light and when she is dark.

That said, a few things just needed to be done to make it habitable, even if it is for a just a few short months. First order of business that I shared a few weeks ago was my quick fix within the kitchen. And beyond that, there was the matter of the bedroom to address. As I mentioned, it’s small – and the rather grungy floors weren’t doing it any favors. So, one fresh coat of floor paint later and she was looking crisp, clean and on her way.

I really do love when restrictions inspire creativity

And today I have another little bedroom update, this one by way of a $10.99 copper pipe and a few yards of black rope. Let me reiterate just how tiny our current bedroom is. I kid you not, our bed just barely slipped into the room, without a centimeter to spare on either side, and come on…no proper closet, not ok! Upon perusing Etsy and some Scandi design blogs, I found all these incredible blackened steel clothes hangers that hung from the ceiling and offered a cool architectural statement. The hubby quickly put the kibosh on the idea, reminding me to be mindful that we were only going to be living in this space for six months before gutting the entire home. He was right — save our coins for the actual reno. So, crafty I became. I really do love when restrictions inspire creativity. A visit to Lowes yielded a 5-foot copper pipe, two eyehooks and nylon black rope – all for under $30. Finally, a quick Google search for a swoony-looking knot and I was up on a ladder making my insta-wardrobe!

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