IMG_1787-219x300They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. About two years ago, I wrapped our living room pipe with twine. I had always loved the look (very Ralph Lauren meets industrial design) and was excited with the results. But then winter came, and we live in a building where you are freezing one day, and the next you have to throw open all the windows in the middle of a snow storm to deal with the heat. But when it’s the former, we need all the help we can get. I started to worry that insulating the pipe might not be the best idea. I love good design. I hate design that negates necessity.

However, we DO have a pipe in the bathroom that can singe your tush while you’re peeing (TMI) and I never need a hot bathroom, so the other day I took a deep breath, unraveled the wrapped pole in the living room and started to do up the pipe in the bathroom.

FACTS: I used 3/8″ Sisal Rope ($8.00 for 50 feet) and cut the rope in 3-4 foot lengths so I could get the bulk of it around the pipe, which is quite close to the wall.

IMG_1770-300x272Start with a 3 inch piece facing up the pipe and then wrap the rope around it to hold it in place. Keep the rope tight as you go (you can start with it knotted if you don’t mind the slight bulge). With each new piece, overlap (in the back) to keep it secure. BE AWARE that the rope can be hard on your hands, and you might even want to try doing it with gloves as there are possibilities of little sisal splinters. Also, be Zen about this. It is not a quick fix. It takes time and patience, so breath…

IMG_6287The end result is quite good. I am cautiously happy with the switched pipe. Please let this be a smart fix. Please don’t make me ever unravel rope around a pipe again. Please don’t let me be insane. Xo.

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