Hi all and welcome back!
Ever since we’ve moved to Stillwater, we’ve been doing a lot more bike riding. The hubs has been riding to work and we all ride with the kids to and from school everyday. This is the first summer that we have no training wheels! So, when I saw some antiques bike downtown at one of my new favorite stores, Urban Rescue, I thought it might be cool to incorporate it into the decor. I had the perfect spot for it, so I decided to pick one up, paint it and build an industrial bike holder to go with!
This is what the bike looked like to start with.
It was covered in rust, and I don’t know a thing about rust. It was also pretty dirty, so I had to clean it up a bit.
It actually covered really well!
Then I started painting it with Rustoleum Metcallic spray paints.
It was a little tough getting the black and white contrast, but I worked it out. On the places I couldn’t get with the spray paint, I touched up with acrylic.
It took a bit longer to paint all the little details, but once it was all done, I loved the contrast. I cut out some brown paper that I have a huge roll of, for just such an occasion. Hint-it’s also a great to have in case you want to do a gallery wall like mine HERE.
Once I knew where I wanted it, I built my industrial bike holder. It was so easy! Plumbing pipe is all the rage right now in industrial decor, and I used it to build my throw ladder holder, so I knew it would “go”. So here is what I bought
I put it all together like so. I wanted a little “lip” on the front because we get a lot of earthquakes here and I didn’t want it to shake off.
Then I scraped off all the stickers and spray painted it with the leftover black metallic spray paint. I used drywall anchors to attach it to the wall, and then got some help to hoist it up to the ledge.
The holder would have held it just fine, but because we had a little earthquake that very day, I added that little chain and double secured it to the wall :).
Almost done, but I was looking for a way to display this cool road sign my old neighbors bought for us as part of a going away present. I love that it reminds me of those guys and the time we spent on Fennimore Rd. So, I made a little faux road sign post out of leftover PVC pipe from my TV faux industrial shelves.
I actually bought the bike when my best friend from growing up was here visiting, so the whole little project makes me think of friends, so double bonus.
I tried to take a picture of the room, which is almost done. I’m not the best photographer, and I’m still shooting with my iPhone, but this is a general idea. I have a ton of DIY projects in this room, so take a look around and let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks for stopping by!