Old Rusty Plumbing Knob Shelf!

March 6th, 2009 in member junk     
plumberdaughter plumberdaughter, member
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My son had a small license plate that I decided to attatch to the shelf.
I used new zinc plated nuts and bolts to hold the faucet handles. They rusted nicely by putting them into vinegar and salt to pit the zinc. When I could tell the zinc coating was dull/pitted I rinced and then put them into bleach with salt. Nice and rusty!
I used an old trap to hang the tin sign.
Nice spot to hang a letter jacket.
Gotta love air tools! Air nailers are so much fun!
My son had a small license plate that I decided to attatch to the shelf.

My son had a small license plate that I decided to attatch to the shelf.


My latest project, this is the plumber daughter in me I love the old rusty knobs. I made this shelf for my sons room. He needed a shelf for all of his stuff. I found rusty plumbing faucet handles which made great pegs. I didn't have any rusty bolts, so I did some research on how I could rust them quick. Of course I got comments "most people try to prevent rust". I used plant hooks for the shelf brackets.


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, shelf, coat rack

Comments (10)

irishrovr writes:
What a lucky young man to have such a talented mom fixing up his room!

Eileen http://ruralwisconsin.blogspot.com/ Posted: 11:14 pm on March 31st
RobJ98167 writes: Being ans old plumber, I love this idea! You have inspired me! Posted: 10:03 pm on March 21st
junkermidge writes: Another great project! Way to go!
Midge Posted: 9:14 pm on March 9th
fellowjunker writes: Love the use of the old faucet knobs on your shelf Kim. This is a great addition to your son's room!!!
xojanis Posted: 11:19 am on March 9th
CreepinJen writes: Very cool use of the faucet handles. Great tip for quickly rusting things. I have to say that you look so nicely dressed in your workshop... unlike me who has been known to work in my PJ's. :)

Posted: 8:24 am on March 8th
csudderth writes: Glad to know how to get that great rust--bet you did get some funny comments. Shelf really turned out nice.
Christy Posted: 10:17 pm on March 7th
MimiToria writes: Kim-
Great tip on rusting things. Now, I need to gather my things and get them going developing that rusty patina we junkers all love.
The faucets on the shelf for the holders are soooo very cool. Did your Dad have all of these? Very cool to incorporate that plumbing ancestory into your projects. Your daddy,Glen should be proud.
The trap is a way cool addition as well.
Say we still need to meet up for the lunch we missed the week I was sick, so we can get caught up in person.
Great post!
Gretchen Posted: 9:26 pm on March 7th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Looks great! I still have about 12 or 15 of these faucet handles I need to do something with. Nice job!

Candy Posted: 6:25 pm on March 7th
JunkArchitect writes: You come up with the coolest things! This is another great project and thanks for the tips on rusting.

Jim Posted: 10:18 am on March 7th
SweetMelissa writes: What a great shelf for your son. Aren't air nailers just the best??? Hey, and thanks for the quick rusting tips! Posted: 11:05 pm on March 6th
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