We are often torn when it comes to buying new products. One side of us thinks, "Ooooh Shiny!" The other side says, "Find me two paper clips, some chewing gum and a can of spray paint and I can make that!" Today, we're addressing the latter... Although there's no need for paper clips or chewing gum (no MacGyver moves today) the process of hacking or creating this storage unit on your own, isn't difficult. The best part is it only involves 3 items to recreate it at home! Pipe, Glue and Paint! The best part about making something yourself is deciding the scale. The Stash storage system is fantastic for holding a few small things, but since you're the one in control of the project, you have the ability to make it as large as you want. Feel like making it 4' long? Go ahead! What about 3' tall... the choice is yours!
Once you decide on the dimensions, it's time to head to your local hardware store! Head to the plumbing aisle and to the long pieces of PVC pipe. The choice is yours to use different diameters of pipe, or if you want to keep it all the same size. Note: To determine how much pipe you'll need for the project, divide the width of your final piece by the diameter of the pipe of your choosing. Do the same for the height and add the two numbers together. This will tell you how many sections of pipe you'll be needing (you might choose to use a few less, but having the maximum number possible to start always makes things easier). Decide how deep you want your cubbies to be and multiply that by your previous number of sections and you end up with the length of pipe needing to be bought. You can have the pipe cut at the store, so no worries about having to have a truck or large car to get the pieces home. Just have them cut on site and you'll be all set. If you'd like your pieces cut at an angle, have them cut into lengths on site and then cut them again at home with a hack saw. Sand edges with a high grit sandpaper.
To assemble your pieces you can use traditional pvc glue (clean your pieces with rubbing alcohol first) found in the plumbing department, but we're pretty big fans of epoxies in tube form that can be easier to apply. Ones labeled for marine work are fantastic for this project but will need to be used outside or in a well ventilated area. All they need now is a coat of spray paint (look for one's intended for use on plastic) and you're all set! You can of course just buy one, but where's the fun in that?! Are you a DIYer? Or would you rather pick up a product off the shelf and have more free time for other things? (Images: Lowes, TaylorAnderson, Boon)