I have had this project planned for so long and after changing the design so many times, I finally just went for it! At first, I didn’t really want to use galvanized pipe because it is a little more of an industrial farmhouse style. In the end, I just kept coming back to it because it goes well with the overall design of my laundry room. It’s so fun to finally be adding the finishing touches to this laundry room, I have been working on it for so long and it was starting to feel like I would never cross the finish line.
Time: 2 Hours
- Drill Bit
1.Layout all your pipe pieces and fittings on some kraft paper. To make spray painting easier, I like to drill the screws into a scrap piece of wood. This way they are standing up straight and you don’t have to wait for them to dry and keep turning them.
Clean Off Grease and Sticker Residue
2. Use Goof Off or something similar to remove any grease and sticker residue from all the fittings.
Roughen The Pipe Surfaces With Sandpaper
3. Use 150 grit sandpaper to roughen the surface of the pipes. They have a pretty slick surface so this will give the paint something to stick to and ensure it won’t scrape off. The elbows and flanges don’t really need to be sanded.
Assemble The Side Pieces Of the Drying Rack
4. Putting the pieces together beforehand makes painting easier and faster, you won’t have to wait for them to dry and keep rotating them to the other side. You could assemble the whole thing before you paint it if you like, I didn’t because it was easier for me to film this way.
5. Spray paint the pieces whatever color you want. FYI Home Depot sells Galvanized pipe that is already black so you could just buy them if that’s the color you want. Our hardware store only sells the gray color so I had to paint mine.
Seal The Paint
6. If you are painting your pipe you will want to seal it with something. Having hangers slide back an forth will eventually wear off the paint so I used a clear matte sealer to help protect it.
Mark Your Holes
7. If you don’t have anyone to help you hang up your clothes drying rack. The easiest way to do it is to mark your holes roughly where you want your rod to hang. Then pre-drill and insert one screw into one of the holes, so it will rotate. Next, place a level on top of the pipe and move the unattached side until it is level. Then use a pencil to trace the holes.
Hang Your Clothes Drying Rod
8. Pre-drill your holes and attach your clothes drying rack to the wall using screws or sheetrock anchors. I ended up hitting a stud on the two outside holes and used sheetrock anchors on the two inside holes.
DON’T FORGET TO SHARE IT!
I would love to see your version of this clothes drying rack.