I'm a sucker for used or industrial items used unconventionally—for a purpose other their intended use. I think it shakes things up a bit—makes us take a second glance and look further at what are eyes are registering. In a simple way, it keeps our minds alert. We get so used to seeing the same things all the time, since our brain is literally designed to recognize patterns. In this podcast, Jedidiah Jenkins discusses this brilliantly. He talks about how as children we are constantly seeing new things all of the time. This is why adults marvel or laugh over the sheer joy children get from seeing a train, a plane, a daddy long leg spider, a sunset...the list goes on! As we grow up, we stop being surprised by things. Part of this is incredibly inevitable. We walk into any average house and see the same stuff and so we're not really impressed or surprised because well...it's the same stuff. How many times have you seen the same ole silver, cylindrical shower curtain rod? Probably a lot. So anyways, my unconventional styling is more than just a random thing I do. It's a personal vendetta against my eyes proneness to growing dim. It's a simple and subtle way to keep me, and others, second-glancing.
Some unconventional ideas I get from other sources. Perhaps I saw it in a locally owned store, on someone's Instagram feed, or while clicking around on Pinterest. But this idea for a pipe shower curtain rod came to me on my own and those are honestly my favorite kind of ideas, because I feel confident that I don't like it because somebody else did it. (Although I'm sure someone in history has done this before). I like it merely for the vision I saw in my head and the process of making that vision come to life with Kyle.
Here's how we made it, in case you like it enough to make it too!
What you need:
△ 1 - 50″ x 3/4″ Copper Pipe, measured to fit your shower space
△ 2 - 15" Copper Pipes (to attach to the ceiling)
△ 2 - 3/4″ 90-Degree 2 Copper Elbows
△ 8 - 1 3/4" Screws
△ 2 – 3/4″ Silver Floor Flanges
△ 2 - 3/4" Nipple Fitting
△ Soldering Iron (or Torch)
What to do:
1. Cut down the 3 pipes ( 1 50" and the 2 15"ers) according to your shower space/size! Connect the 50" pipe to the two shorter 15" pipes using the 2 elbows.
2. Using the soldering iron and solder, attach the two nipple fittings to the two ends of the now attached pipe.
3. Screw in the silver floor flanges to the ceiling.
4. Screw the two nipple fittings into the flanges.
All done! Easy as pie and nice on the eyes.