DIY Pipe Clothing Rack

DIY Pipe rack, CIL paints, CIL Ask an expert

Okay guys, it’s time to reveal what I’ve been working on for my little DIY project as part of my collaboration with CIL Paint.

You may remember my countless posts where I’ve complained about a serious lack of closet space in our apartment; well, my project helps me solve this problem!  I decided to make my very own industrial style pipe clothing rack!  Ever since I saw Rumi Neely’s post featuring hers, I knew I had to have one for myself. Not only for its functionality, but also for its good looks. I mean all I could think about on this project was how great clothes will look hanging from this rack! It’s going to make for some kick-ass Instagram photos, that’s for sure.

The rack itself wasn’t actually that hard to put together. When you first look at the steps, it may seem overwhelming, but it was actually really easy to assemble. Especially with the help of the CIL Ask An Expert service. The CIL Expert guided me through what kind of pipe I should use and what type of paint would be best suited for the project. As mentioned in my past post, the CIL expert recommended CIL Plus because it is a paint and primer in one. They also were incredibly helpful in explaining the exact steps I should take when painting the pipes, making it so much easier for me!


Here’s what you’ll need:


  •  2 x  48-inch galvanized steel pipes (3/4-inch)
  • 1 x  36-inch galvanized steel pipe (3/4-inch)
  • 4 x 3-inch galvanized steel pipe nipples (3/4-inch)
  • 10 x galvanized steel floor flange (3/4-inch)
  • 2 x galvanized steel 90 degree elbow (3/4-inch)
  • 24 x wood screws (to fit the flanges)
  • 1 x piece of wood (8” by 2”, cut to 50 inches in length)
  • 1 drill & drill bits
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 gallon of CIL PLUS, available exclusively at RONA, in Dark Secret 00NN 05/000




  1. Screw the top parts of both of the 48-inch galvanized pipes into the bottoms of the 90-degree elbow as seen below. These will be the side bars of your rack.


  1. Take the 36-inch pipe and screw both ends of the pipe into the remaining ends of the 90-degree elbows. This will be your top bar.




  1. Make the feet of the rack by taking two galvanized floor flanges and attaching them to each end of the 3-inch steel nipples (yes, they are called nipples!).


  1. Repeat this step until you have 4 legs




  1. Take your piece of wood and screw in each leg to the base of the wood using a drill



  1. Take your rack and attach the remaining 2 floor flanges to the bottom of each side bar




  1. Use your drill to attach the floor flanges to the top part of the wood
  1. Open your can of CIL PLUS, exclusively available at RONA, Dark Secret 00NN 05/000 paint and apply with a soft brush to the pipes and elbows until even. I prefer a sponge brush to reduce potential lines from any bristles. The CIL Expert also mentioned that the CIL PLUS paint would be the best for galvanized pipe and it’s scuff resistance formula would be the most durable option.



10. Stand and let dry – VOILA!


There are many other things you can do to customize your rack. I chose the CIL PLUS Dark Secret 00NN 05/000 because the matte charcoal would complement my bedroom. The CIL Ask An Expert team recommended CIL PLUS as the best choice because it’s a paint and primer in one, helping cover scuffs and marks, as well as more durable against potential wear! It was also virtually odourless and went on so easy.

I’m so excited to put the rack to more use and see how my favourite items look when neatly displayed!


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