Take a good look at the lovely things in the photos of this NYC home. What if I told you they were the handiwork of two young roommates, created on the cheap, in the middle of their rented apartment, with the use of ONE (and only one) power tool, a drill? Impressive? Yes! Welcome to Jeremy and Ralph’s House of DIY …
The Project: Pipe Fitting Bookshelves

The Materials: Gas pipe from Home Depot, 1×12 8′ planks of pine from local lumber yard, stained to look antiqued.

The Story: Trying to build furniture with no prior experience, without proper tools, and inside a poorly ventilated apartment. The living room was a wood-shop for approximately three months, constantly covered in dust, and often smelling of veneer/turpentine/wood stain.


Staining the shelves


Assembly of the pipes


The finished shelves
Check out lots more of Jeremy and Ralph’s DIY and design skills in their House Tour: Jeremy’s Endless Energy and Resourcefulness Images: After – Jill Slater/Apartment Therapy, Before – Jeremy and Ralph

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Lorenzo has been hanging around the RDNY.com office for the past 24 years, and, in the process, has become the president of RDNY.com, Rent-Direct.com, and Acmelistings.com. His mission is to build RDNY.com into New York's largest no fee apartment rental service. Before RDNY.com, Lorenzo was a Regional Sales Manager for Time Equities, Inc., one of New York's largest converters of rental buildings to coops and condos. Lorenzo was once a part owner of Swift & Watson Real Estate in NYC's Greenwich Village.

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