Industrial Bottle Display Shelf

2 Materials
2 Hours
A few years ago, we took a trip to Dundurn Castle on a beautiful summer day and I snapped a shot of a car that was being used for a wedding taking place on the grounds. On a whim, I posted the photo to the Jones Soda site on the off chance they would use it for one of the labels on their pop bottles. I soon forgot about it and about 8 months later, I got a letter in the mail congratulating me on being chosen for one of their production runs and a few copies of the actual label with my photograph of the car on it!
Hubs was so excited he went on the hunt to find my lable on the myriad of bottles being sold in convenience stores and he was able to find four of them over a few week period! We're not soda drinkers, but the color of the pop in the bottle was a stunning yellow so we put them away in the cupboard for an idea to strike on how to display them one day. Now that my craft studio is just about complete, the entryway was looking a little boring and bare - with the exception of the awesome chalkboard hubs made for over the pocket doors and surprised me with! That sliver of wall was going to be the perfect spot to display my bottles.
Head to my blog at the link at the end of this post to see details of the supplies needed for the shelf. Hubs mapped out the studs on the wall and prepared all the measurements. To tie it all in, I enlarged a picture of the actual car I had shot and framed it so we could hang it above the bottle display shelf. Hubs drilled out circular shapes from a piece of cedar board left over from a fence project - just deep enough so the bottle would nestle into the recess and not tip over. He marked the centre of the board and also approximately where the supports would be located.
For the supports underneath the shelf, we used gas pipe, a flange, a cap, some screws and a clamp for each one. Hubs used some bluing liquid to turn the screws and clamp black, then cleaned the pipe with mineral spirits and sealed everything with spray lacquer, as he did for the industrial inspired table he recently did for his mancave.
I was originally going to hang the picture at eye level and we even put it up on the wall, but then we realized that it had to be much higher to make the proportions work once the shelf was in place. Oh well, luckily the hole gets hidden by the picture!
Once we found the height of the top of the picture, we marked it with some green tape. Then it's just a matter of measuring from the top of the frame down to the hanger wire on the back of the picture.
Our measurement was 2", so that determines how far below the green tape on the wall the hanger will get nailed into the wall. Don't forget to also measure for the horizontal centre of the wall to position the picture hanger.
Then nail the picture hanger into the drywall:
Once the picture was hung, we turned our attention to the shelf. Hubs predrilled holes for the flange in the drywall and then screwed it into place. He then positioned the shelf onto the supports and popped the clamps over the pipes from below the shelf. He marked and also predrilled holes for the shelf, then screwed the clamps onto the underside.
As an aside, because we had access to the wall in between the pocket door and we didn't hit a stud on the side closest to the door, hubs was able to add a piece of plywood behind the drywall to screw the flange into. Otherwise, we would've had to add some plugs to the wall before we added the flange. We set the bottles onto the shelf. It was only then that we realized that the car on the lable was a mirror image of the picture I took - how cool is that!
Hubs likes to restore vintage heaters and has a collection of them. Our last bit of staging was to add one of them in the corner underneath the shelf. Given the black and yellow colour, it was like it was all meant to be together! He gave the heater needed a bit more height by placing a wine box underneath it (a good call on his part!). Now it all relates; I love how the black, white, yellow and wood tones came together in the end but in an upcoming post, my entry doors are about to get a blast of colour of their own! Come back in a few weeks to see the reveal of the doors; it will be the final project to finish off my craft studio. Practically, there may not be many of you that would display a pop bottle (unless there are some Jones soda pictures that strike your fancy and you want to display them like I did). However, our shelf idea would also work great to display special wine bottles combined with a picture - or grouping of pictures - of where they were shared!
Speaking of my craft studio, that's a great segue to remind you that I've started a new section of my blog site specifically for crafts. Check out Birdz of a Feathe r and search the Craft Rehab category. I have an ultra-cool remote control caddy coming up soon, so be sure to follow if you want to receive craft ideas via e-mail when I post! Here are a few of the projects you'll find at Birdz of a Feather ~ Craft Rehab:
Not into bottles, but interested in building your own custom ledge to display pictures? Have a look at this post:
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Suggested materials:

  • Pipe fittings   (Big box store)
  • Screws   (Big box store)

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