Working from home was no longer working. I had outgrown my tiny home studio and began to fear that police would find my body buried beneath a collapsed, 3-tonne pile of antique lace. Additionally, I was struggling to juggle a home-based business with three young children (NO YOU CAN’T TAKE MUMMY’S DRESSMAKING SCISSORS ONTO THE TRAMPOLINE).
I began to search for a larger studio space or ideally, a volcano lair. I stumbled upon a cute little shop for lease in my favourite part of town. Next door I discovered the most adorable shop, The Vintage Kitchen. My heart skipped a beat.
I excitedly texted my husband. He replied with the best sext I have ever received:
“I support your dream”.
Next came the colossal task of fitting-out a shop on a shoestring budget. I made some garment racks from recycled 15mm galvanised steel plumbing pipe. The pipe fittings were purchased new from a hardware store. I painted the racks gloss black, but for a more industrial look, you could leave your rack unpainted.
The finished size of my rack is 1.8m tall, which is the perfect length to hang our antique lace maxi wedding dresses in our store.
You are all invited to our champagne opening very soon. Stay tuned for details!
You will need:
- 4 x pipes 120cm long
- 2 x pipes 40cm long
- 4 x pipes 20cm long
- 6 x tee fittings
- 4 x elbows
- 4 x nipples (!)
- 2 x sockets
- 2 x end caps
- plumbing glue
- undercoat and black enamel paint (optional)
1. Assemble the bases
2. Assemble the top corners
3. Vertical post: Join a 120cm long pipe and a 40cm long pipe together with a socket
4. Join the two bases together with a 120cm long pipe. Screw the vertical posts into the bases.
5. Finally, screw in the horizontal top pipe. You will find that as you screw in one corner, the other corner will un-screw. You can solve this problem by applying some plumbing glue to the thread at each end of your horizontal top pipe. Screw the pipe in half-way at each end.
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