Reclaimed Wood & Black Pipe TV Stand

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV StandAfter many, many, many months, I'm finally making good on the promise to post more pictures and details about our reclaimed wood & black pipe tv stand. Whenever I post a glimpse of our tv stand on social networking, I'm always asked questions about it. The reason why it's taken so long for me to finally do this might seem silly....

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV Stand
Do you see those cords?! They are A MESS. 
I'm so embarrassed that they were like this for the past 9 months. And there was no way I could take pictures of the tv stand from different angles without the cords showing. Surely the cords would have been a distraction in the photos and would have taken away from the beauty of the tv stand. 


Between not being able to find a good spot for the tv antenna (we're cable free) and all of the cords just hanging there, something had to be done about that cord situation. Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandJust look at that cord disaster! Look at it! Last weekend I pulled the tv stand away from the wall to vacuum under it (Sam is shedding like crazy right now!) and the next thing I knew I was on my way to Menards to find a solution for my cord problem. 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandThe solution I came up with was to put thumb screws into the mounting bracket holes on the back of the tv so there was something to wrap the cords around. I also purchased Command mini adhesive hooks to mount the antenna to the back of the tv. Not the prettiest solution, but at least I no longer have cords hanging all over.  

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandFor one of the cords that was just too short to wrap around the thumb screws, I wrapped it around pipe. Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV Stand

To hide the remaining cords I used some of my old books. Can you believe I paid $1 each (or less) for those old books at an antique store in St. Charles, MN?! Some of them date back to the 1800's and have writing in them from the original owners. So cool. 

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV Stand
Now I can share our reclaimed wood & pipe tv stand without embarrassment. :) 

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV Stand
I was afraid the wrapped cords around the thumb screws would be visible from the side of the tv, but the tv is so close to the wall that you'd have to put your head right next to the wall to see them.

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV Stand
And seriously, if your head is up against the wall looking at the cord situation behind my tv, just...go home. 

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV StandSo now that I shared with you how I hid the cords behind our tv stand, I'll share the details of the tv stand itself. This tv stand happened to be another combined creation between myself and my husband. Just like all of the other projects we've created in our home, the idea for the tv stand was something I thought up in my head and shared with him as best I could either verbally or with an awful sketch. He is then able to create and build these ideas tweaking them along the way. 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandSome women get excited over purses or shoes. Maybe even diamond earrings or free babysitting. For me, it's antiquated items for our home and vacuum cleaners (gosh I love a good vacuum). The old growth reclaimed wood that we used for the tv stand was found at Used Anew, LLC in Sparta, WI. I think my husband and Larry, the owner of Used Anew, LLC turned almost every single one of the boards over for me to approve (or refuse). 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandUsed Anew, LLC is a reclaimed wood gold mine. In addition to reclaimed wood, you will find reclaimed doors, windows, corrugated tin, and more. My husband stumbled across Craigslist postings for Used Anew, LLC. and it's now our go-to stop for reclaimed wood. We used to get our reclaimed wood from my Amish friend Henry at his shop, H&L Rustic Reclaim, but not being able to go there on Sundays made it a bit difficult for us. With Used Anew, LLC., all we have to do is call Larry ahead of time, even if it's later in the day on Sunday, and he can usually make it work. 

TV stand details:

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV StandThe tv stand measures 57 1/2" in length, 20" wide, & 28" tall and the supplies used were:

(2) 1" black pipe 4'-2" in length (the length will vary depending on your needs)
(8) 1" threaded floor flanges
(6) 1" black threaded tees
(2) 1" black threaded unions
(4) 1"x1' nipples
(12) 1"x4" nipples
(2) 1" 2-hole strap (4 shown, only 2 used)

Not shown (used for middle shelf):

(2) 1" threaded caps
(2) 1" threaded elbows
(2) 1" threaded floor flanges
(2) 1"x5" nipples
(2) 1"x 11" nipples

You can find threaded pipe and fittings at your local hardware store (we like Menards here in the Midwest) or you can even order online from online retailers like

Here are some tips from my husband for planning out the pipe frame of your piece:

- Pick a pipe diameter that compliments the overall size of the piece and the thickness of the wood you are going to use.  You don’t want to pick a 1/2” pipe to build a large piece of furniture since it will make it look like the piece isn’t balanced.

- With threaded pipe you need to keep working in a line so if you start at one point and need to tie back into that you will need a threaded union which allows you to tie two pieces together.

- For attaching the wood to the pipe you can buy threaded pipe flanges which give you a flat mounting surface and four holes to screw the pieces together.

- For the feet or base you can also use pipe flanges or get creative and use pipe couplings or use a threaded reducer (or increaser in this case) to give it another look.

- Depending upon the size of your piece you may need to cut pipe to length.  Most hardware stores carry pipe nipples in lengths from 1.5” to 12” long and then 10’ or 20’ pieces of pipe to cut to fit.  Some stores will cut the pipe and thread it for you, but if you can’t find a place to do this you can always use pipe nipples and threaded couplings to make longer pieces.

Shop around for the fittings and compare prices for galvanized and black fittings.  They are going to get painted so no worries about the different finishes.  Galvanized is generally more expensive, but for some fittings you may luck out and find them cheaper in galvanized than in black. 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandFor assembling the pieces together use a pipe wrench and give the fittings a few turns tighter than hand tight. You can go hand tight, but the piece feels much more solid when the pipe is tightened into the fitting all the way.

Black pipe and fittings are usually oily so clean them with a degreaser prior to painting them.  A few coats of flat black spray paint is all they will need. 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandUse felt pads under the floor flanges so you can easily move the tv stand for cleaning (and because depending on the size of the top, the stand can be very heavy in the end). 

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV StandFor the bottom shelf, the piece of wood is just resting on the pipe. Since we don't have little kids running around on a regular basis, I wasn't too worried about the shelf falling down. If anyone is going to knock it down, it would probably be me when I'm cleaning it. 

And speaking of cleaning it, I find the best way to clean reclaimed wood is to use a vacuum nozzle with a dusting attachment. Before you bring reclaimed wood into the house though, I highly suggest you seal it with Minwax Polyacrylic.  

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandOne thing you have to keep in mind when working with reclaimed wood is that you will find irregularities in the wood. This is what gives the wood it's character and charm. As you can see above, the thickness of the reclaimed beam that we used for the top of the tv stand was different from end to end - most likely due to aging. The beam was cut in half and then each piece was butt up against each other. We used a Kreg pocket hole jig to attach both pieces together. The difference in thickness is only noticeable on one end so that end faces the corner of the room. 

Reclaimed Wood and Pipe TV StandThat end also exposes bolt impressions and cut marks in the wood and character like this cannot be mimicked. 
Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV Stand
Old growth lumber used to construct barns a century ago with its bolt holes, discolorations, and splits has been air dried for years and years and will give any piece of furniture a handsome and sturdy look. If you want to add rustic charm to your home, look for old growth reclaimed wood. 

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV Stand
Reclaimed wood adds instant warmth to any room and I'm so happy this beautiful wood ended up in our living room and not in a burn pile or landfill. 

I'll soon be sharing the details of our factory cart coffee table as well as the reclaimed wood & black pipe bookshelf that we also have in our living room. :) 

I was featured at Creativity Unleashed!

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21 Rosemary Lane
1.0   kim_madeinaday
5/4/2016 1:51:13 PM
I love every thing about this Rose!! So cool! Lovin the windmill pieces too and I love a good vacuum cleaner also. Ha! Stopping by to let you know you are being featured on Friday’s P3 Party post! Have a great week! Thanks for pinning! Best, Kim
  1.1   Rose
5/12/2016 5:27:46 AM
Hi Kim! Thanks so much for the feature! Let's talk vacuum cleaners one day! ;)
2.0   Nikki
5/8/2016 4:46:41 PM
I love your style! Everything I see is awesome: tv stand, coffee table, stool, bookshelves. LOVE!
  2.1   Rose
5/12/2016 5:28:50 AM
Hi Nikki! Thanks so much for stopping by! My style took some time to evolve and I think the reason it turned out the way it did is because I did not rush it!
3.0   Celeste | The Whole Serving
5/10/2016 10:45:19 AM
This is so awesome I love it. I have a pallet that I want to take apart and make a table or headboard. Thanks for this. Pinned for later.
  3.1   Rose
5/12/2016 5:31:55 AM
Hi Celeste! I'd love to see how it turns out! Thanks for stopping by and for the pin!
4.0   cdloken
5/10/2016 7:39:35 PM
Oh my!! What is not to love, Rose???? Your TV stand is absolutely GORGEOUS!! LOVE the farmhouse-industrial look-and those windmill pieces-make my heart skip a bit! Thank you so much for sharing at The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! Sharing and Pinning for sure!
  4.1   Rose
5/12/2016 5:32:57 AM
Hi CD! Honestly, my heart still skips a beat every time I walk into my house! Thanks for the share and pin and hosting the blog hop!
5.0   Meg | Hello Farmhouse
5/10/2016 10:53:47 PM
I love this! I'm with you-that thick old growth wood is gorgeous!! It pairs beautiful with the piping you used and your awesome windmill wall decor.
  5.1   Rose
5/12/2016 5:35:03 AM
Hi Meg! Thanks so much for stopping by! It was like we struck gold when we found that old growth wood!
6.0   Colleen
5/11/2016 6:34:18 PM
I. LOVE. THIS! That reclaimed wood is just gorgeous and I really like all of your decor, really pretty!
  6.1   Rose
5/12/2016 5:38:41 AM
Hi Colleen! Thank you! The wood made all the difference!
7.0   Terry
5/12/2016 8:42:58 AM
Gorgeous chunks of wood married with industrial pipe = drool worthy furniture! This is absolutely gorgeous! Well done! I do hope you will come and share it at Making Broken Beautiful this week ... it has just begun! :) I hope you have a great day! Smiles! Terry The Curator's Collection & Making Broken Beautiful
  7.1   Rose
5/12/2016 2:37:29 PM
Thanks Terry! I did come by and share it! And I agree, it did turn out drool worthy! :)
8.0   Claire
5/12/2016 2:59:41 PM
What a gorgeous creation. This consol looks awesome great tutorial too!
9.0   Suzy @ Worthing Court
5/15/2016 8:53:05 AM
I love this idea, Rose! I'll be featuring your project at The Scoop this Monday night. Thank you for linking up!
10.0   Nikki
5/15/2016 7:53:37 PM
This piece is beautiful! Your home is beautiful! I'm new to your blog and about to peek around.
11.0   Samantha
5/15/2016 8:30:37 PM
This looks amazing! I love it! Love how you hid the cords, too! Thanks for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link!
12.0   cat @ pocketful of posies
5/16/2016 6:52:46 AM
It looks beautiful Rose! and I love your solution to messy cords! Those are the worst! Thank you for linking up with Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! Pinning! Cat
13.0   Jess
5/16/2016 7:15:10 AM
What a fun and creative idea, I especially love your photography! Definitely a must pin :) have a great day! Xo
14.0   TwoPlusCute
5/16/2016 10:26:45 AM
What an interesting wall decor! Yes, the console is great and I like what you did with hiding the cables but, I am really into your unusual and so attractive wall art. :)
15.0   Jenny @ Refresh Living
5/16/2016 4:39:02 PM
Oh, I LOVE your TV stand! I've seen it in some of your pictures before and always loved it - thanks so much for the tutorial!
16.0   Stacey
5/16/2016 7:13:13 PM
Rose, this looks just amazing! Your tv stand is so unique and perfect for the look these days. You are giving Chip and Joanna a run for their money!
17.0   Tara @ Lehman Lane
5/17/2016 4:02:28 AM
Rose, this TV stand you created is awesome! You are my feature tonight @ Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. Have a great week and take care, Tara
18.0   alina
5/17/2016 7:42:19 AM
that is amazing! the moment i saw it i was in love with it!! such a good diy
19.0   Nancy
5/17/2016 8:46:22 AM
Oh my that wood is amazing! We have very few places that offer terrific wood....and if we find one, they are so ridiculously expensive! Your stand is stunning..... Love it... Nancy
20.0   TidyMom
5/17/2016 1:39:14 PM
I love how this turned out!!
21.0   Jacqueline
5/18/2016 7:45:02 AM
This piece is absolutely gorgeous! Do you have a ballpark cost for all the pipe and fittings?
22.0   Terry
5/18/2016 9:36:03 PM
So excited that you shared at Making Broken Beautiful last week ... can't help but feature this gorgeous table at this weeks party! Thank you again! Smiles! Terry The Curator's Collection & Making Broken Beautiful Thursday
23.0   Joe
8/10/2016 7:06:47 AM
Hey Rose - this is an awesome piece and I'm getting ready to make it for our new home! What are the measurements of each piece of wood including the lower shelves? Thanks!
  23.1   Rose
8/24/2016 7:07:40 AM
Hi Joe, so sorry it took me so long to respond. The top piece is 57 1/2" x 20" and the bottom piece is 49" x 12".
24.0   Anonymous
8/21/2016 11:30:06 PM
How long is the top piece of wood and how long is the bottom piece of wood?
  24.1   Rose
8/24/2016 7:09:39 AM
The top piece is 57 1/2" x 20" and the bottom piece is 49" x 12".
25.0   Olivia
8/24/2016 11:48:20 AM
Hi Rose, I have a question about unions: Why do you need to use unions for the length-wise pipes but not for the width-wise pipes? How do you get them to line up properly/screw in tightly to the tees without unions? Let me know if you can! Would love to start working on my own project sometime soon :) (thanks for the inspo)
26.0   Stephen
10/15/2016 12:12:36 PM
I think the t.v stand you,s have built is an amazing piece of furniture. What a great idea.Can not wait to see the bookshelf. If it is the one I seen a bit of on the wall over from that amazing t.v stand it looks to be another awesome piece.Also the coffee table.Can;t wait for more pics of the rest of the piece,s. Amazing job guy,s.
27.0   Mike
12/16/2016 7:01:16 PM
rose, your table is an outstanding piece. i was surfing the web looking for a nice piece for our vacation home and yours is the piece i want to mimick. i have a question though ... i didn't see any pics that show how the small shelf (upon which you're books sit), is attached to the top shelf. i couldn't figure it out by looking at your parts pic either. any chance you'd care to elaborate on the assembly of that part of your design? otherwise ... great job!
28.0   David
10/1/2017 1:27:11 AM
Note the number of parts do not equal what are needed to construct this unit, with or without the extra shelf. For example, the list and picture of parts show six threaded tees while EIGHT are required. Also the pictured parts are not the same in number as the listed parts.
29.0   Julia
1/12/2018 11:02:02 AM
My dad and I are busy making this at the moment for my place - it's such an awesome project to work on together! We have the base made, and now I need to use thinners on the base to get the oil off, paint it, and then go get the wood. Can't wait for it to be done... After that, I want to do bookshelves like you have in the background for either side, so half the width. Thank you for posting this - it's been so wonderful to bond with my dad over something that will be so beautiful!
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