Author of "Junk Beautiful" Sue Whitney is showing you how to turn old organ pipes into storage.


  • 5 Organ Pipes
  • 12in Flat Bar
  • Laminate Shelf
  • 2 Cup Hooks
  • 5 Vintage Paint Brushes
  • Copper Wire


1. Sand the organ pipes with fine-to medium-grit sandpaper. Use a power sander on the flat sections and switch to sandpaper or a block to get into tight spots.

2. Wearing gloves and a mask, wash all surfaces with Sunnyside TSP Substitute, then wipe
them clean with a shop rag and warm, soapy water. Let dry.

3. Apply epoxy to the insides of organ pipes and clamp together. Measure and attach the flat
bar to the back of the pipes of each pipe to secure. Put 2 screws in the back of each pipe to
secure. If your flat bar is not pre drilled, drill pilot holes first.

4. Apply the gel stain, then cover with liquid stain before the gel stain dries. This will add a
nice patina. Allow to dry thoroughly.

5. Center the organ pipes on the shelf and mark with painter’s tape. Drill 2 pilot holes in the
top of the organ pipes and 2 pilot holes in the bottom of the shelf on either side of the center

line. Link up the holes, then attach the shelf to the organ pipes with a countersink drill bit.

6. Measure and mark the back of the organ pipes for hanging wire. Screw in two 2 ½ in. wood
screws part way, wrap with hanging wire, and tighten the screws.

7. Measure and make the bottom of the shelf for the cup hooks, centering them between the
end of the shelf and the pipes. Drill pilot holes and screw in the cup hooks.

8. Hammer 2 tacks partway into each organ pipe, place 1 brush in between, and wrap copper
wire around the tacks to secure the brush. Do this with the other 4 brushes. I like to leave a
bit of wire at the end and form it into a curlicue.

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