After finally gathering all the supplies I need for the pipe shelving unit project, it was high time to start building the thing. But of course, it wasn’t that easy. Painting comes first.

And washing comes before painting. I laboriously stripped the grease off of each part using a scrubbing pad and dish soap. And my bathtub. I was not as thorough as I should have been. Meh.

I arranged the pipes outside to dry, and also to eyeball their overall lengths. The one on the left (which will end up on the right of the unit) is a bit shorter. This should work out well. Should.

I’m not naive enough to think I’m out of the woods with these pipes yet.

I used upside-down tomato cages to hold up the pipes for spray painting. How much does this photograph resemble a Dalek?

Exterminate. Exterminate.

That’s better. Glossy black paint can make anything look less janked up. This is another tip I learned from Morgan.