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Showing posts with label Pallets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pallets. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Pallet Plate Holder

As some of you may recall, I had decorated the top of my old fridge with two pallet boxes that I made last summer.
When my new fridge came, the magazine type box was too tall to put on top of the new fridge.
I had placed it on my coffee station.  I really wanted to hang it on my wall, but alas it was way too heavy.  I really like the way the wood bowl, pie pan, wood scoop and spoon look in the rack.
I decided to make a lighter rack to hold them.
Hubby cut up another pallet that didn't have a back to it.
I nailed a piece of pallet wood onto the bottom of the rack.
I then took a piece of lathe, cut it, and nailed it to the back.
It is 2/3 lighter than the other rack--PERFECT!
I didn't want to paint it.  I also went back and forth on whether I should paint a saying on it.  I decided that I just wanted it to look old.
To make the wood look aged, I took some Dark Walnut stain and dry brushed the edges.
I think I made the right decision.
I love the way it looks on the kitchen wall.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Mantel Made from Pallet Wood

Okay I have less than 12 hours before Christmas, and I have yet to clean.
I am continually distracted by little decorating projects and things.
The bottom line is that I really don't want to face reality and clean!

On Saturday I started out with good intentions, only to be side tracked by the thought of that corner cupboard hiding in my basement just yearning to be a part of the furniture family upstairs.
I was determined to find a place for it.

I did, but not without some other rearranging.  
I had to move the cabinet that holds their school books.
I had to then move the Primitive table I made to put the school cabinet in that place.
I had to move the tree to fill in the gap that was left by the school cabinet.
Finally I had to bring up the recliner and put it back in place where the tree use to be.

All for this....
I then thought about using the primitive table as a coffee station.
The legs were too short so why not rebuild it?
Hubby and I tore it a part and fit it to the length of the radiator.
I realized the top is way too rough, so hubby went out and bought an 8x8 pine board.
I stained it and polyed it.
Using pallet board, I turned 
my table turned into a Mantel! 
I love it!
It is not quite decorated the way I want it.
Give me some time after I clean :)

I am already looking forward to my next project which is to repaint the kitchen.
It's so cozy!

Monday, September 10, 2012

I Made a Rustic Table

We have been enjoying a 9/11 conference at our church called Awake America.
Tomorrow night is the last night, and I just hate to see it end.  I have been so educated these past two days about our Founding Fathers and the Constitution.  It is been one amazing history/Bible lesson.   The kids have loved it too.  I can't believe how much public school didn't teach me.  Now I know it is because they were pushing their own philosophy on the children.  Can you say G-U-L-I-B-L-E?  That is what I was!
If you are in the Hunt Valley, MD area, I urge you to come out and listen to Dr. Chuck Harding.
Here is the church's Website Hunt Valley Baptist Church where you can find the address and time of the service--which is 7pm.
I hope you'll come!

Okay, Now for a little project that I was determined to build.
About two years ago we gutted our attic.  There was a small rustic door that was there to block the crawl space on the other side of the wall.  I knew I wanted to make a table with the boards.
I used pallet wood to build a frame.
Unfortunately hubby doesn't tear things apart nice and neat, and I could only salvage three boards from the little door.  The one side of the door was painted purple.  I chose NOT to display that side.
I nailed the door pieces to the frame.
I then flipped it over attached some 1x2's for legs.
I used part of our balcony that is falling a part for braces on the table legs.
Don't ask me what is bracing our banister on the deck--DANGER!
Here it is before I painted the legs.
I painted the legs in a sandstone color and stained them with Dark Walnut Stain.
You can hardly tell from the pic that I even painted the legs.  They blend in with the pallets that I used for the frame.  My purpose for this rustic little table is to use it to display some crafts at my sale in November.
It reminds me of a table that you would find in a primitive kitchen circa 1800's.
So what do you think of my rustic ole table?
For now, it will hold my plants in the house.
I just want to enjoy it for a bit :)

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Rustic Pallet Tray/Box

Every November for the past 9 years I have held a craft sale in my home.  I am always trying to figure out how I can make it look better every year.  I actually try to make my home look like a store. Many times people thought it was a store and came back a week later only to find that all of my furniture and home decor had taken the place of all the crafts.
For this year's sale, I want to make some shelving and boxes out of the pallets I have collected.  I love using crates and wood boxes as back drops to the crafts.  Here is one little idea I came up with.

This wording was on the side of one of the pallets.  I knew I wanted to use it in a project.
I cut the boards to the right size and added two wider pallet boards for the bottom.
For the sides I added two medium size pallet boards.
I really wanted it to have handles.
 So....
in my stash of wood I found my last piece of wood lathe.
Hubby threw away all the lathe from our attic demo.  I am so sad about that. The wood lathe really adds to the pallet wood for finishing touches.  So now I am on the hunt for some wood lathe :)
Okay, back to my little project.
I cut the lathe so that it fit across the wood box like a handle.  I must tell you that this was my sons idea first.
Brilliant!
So now I have another neat wood box to use as a back drop to my crafts.
I did take some of Minwax's dark walnut stain and brushed it over the fresh cut wood to antique it.
So.....
does anybody have some wood lathe they don't want?:)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Present for Mom

Aren't moms the best!
If you have one still living
you should let her know how much you appreciate her whenever you have the chance.
I remember always hugging my mom and saying, "I love you" when I was young.
 She would tell me how she couldn't believe how much I hugged her and said that.
Now that I am older, I can't hug her every day, but I always want her to know how much I love her.
Long distant hugs and kisses look like this now XOXO  :)

Well, anyway, my mom asked if I could paint this bookshelf for her birthday.
It was such a blank slate.
I was ready for the challenge.
She wanted me to put some graphics on it and make it pretty.
I thought she would want some color, but to my surprise she wanted it white and stained.
So I painted it white with some latex paint.
I kept all of my graphics that I printed off just in case I wanted to use them again--Perfect.
The top was too plain.
I wanted to add wood to the top, but what?
At last week's Rustic Restorations Weekend, Kim over at Reposhture gave me the idea
to use Pallet Boards for a top.
Here I go again with the hammer, but the nails came out easy--not easy peasy though.
I sanded and stained the pallets with Early American MinWax Stain.
I also used this stain over the white paint.
I chose three Fruit of the Spirit to paint on each shelf,
 that I have admired in my mom over the years. 
Meekness
Longsuffering
Goodness
They are centered even though it doesn't look like it on this pic.
On the one side I painted a nest.
I used this graphic from the Graphics Fairy on my
Little Miss Misfit.
On the other side I used this graphic from the Graphics Fairy
that I used on my Spice Cabinet.
I added some more twigs to make it look like her nest was coming out of the seams.
So here it is!
Happy Birthday MOM!
Here is the BEFORE:
and AFTER:
Now she needs to find room in her home for it :)
Happy rearranging!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Making Vintage Signs with White

Okay, signs are a pretty common thing that people like to make here in blogland.
But.....
I am so excited that I can pick any font on my computer and make a sign with it.

These wide pallet boards are perfect for signs.
I usually use the charcoal method to transfer my sayings that I print off of the computer.
That is where I print off my saying.
Color on the back of the lettering with a charcoal pencil.
Flip it over onto the surface that I want the wording to be on and
trace around the lettering.
Then I fill it in using my black Paint Marker.

I didn't want to only have light colored signs.
I wanted some with some dark colored ones too.
So I bought a white Paint Marker.
The problem with dark paint is that you can't see the charcoal.
Solution....
Color on the back of the lettering with white chalk.
It works!

I painted the boards with some acrylic paint.
I didn't paint all the way to ends of the board,so it looked like the paint had faded or chipped away over time.
Coming up with the right saying is a challenge for me.
Plus, having the right font that matches that saying can also be a challenge for me.

Here are the signs I just painted.
I like the look of using two different fonts in one sign.
They are not stained in this pic.
I am loving the white marker.
It was perfect for the look I wanted.
Once they were dried I stained them with Walnut colored stain

Again that is the look I like....
Old, Distressed, and Rustic!


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mini Tool Boxes from Pallets

I have an antique tool box that a special friend gave me years ago.
I thought that pallet boards would make a perfect imitation antique tool box.

I had an old oak chair that fell to pieces
and
 Guess what?
 I saved some pieces.
I am so glad I did.
The rungs on the chair made a perfect handle for my mini tool boxes.

I measured and cut out each piece for one box.
Since I cut out enough for two boxes,
I tied and bundled them together with twine so I wouldn't mix up the pieces. 

I drilled a hole in the end pieces big enough to fit the rung.
I then attached the end to the bottom piece like this.


I flipped it over and attached the other end like this.
Then I added the sides to the rest of the box.


I was NOT happy with the way I cut the ends,
SO............
I went back to the garage and cut the ends in more of a triangle shape.


like this:


That was much better!

Copying a font off of my computer,
I transferred the word Herbs using the charcoal method.


 I numbered these boxes on the other side.
I also added some leather straps to the inside of the mini tool boxes.


I did a wash of stain over the fresh cut wood to antique them.

I really love the way these turned out.

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