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Friday, July 31, 2015

Brassy to Sassy

I may or may not have taken this out of someone's trash.  I will never reveal my secrets.  It was so shiny and pretty.  It was calling out, "Save me, save me"!
This was going to be my project today.  I was going to take some pretty step by step pictures but my daughter beat me to it.  I didn't even know where it went until I stepped out onto my front porch to see this in the yard.  I believe that was a hint she may want this for her room.  
I'll provide prettier pictures when it's done and hanging in her room.  
Yes, she painted the brass chandelier white.  We plan on also making a fabric wrap for the chain it's hanging from.  There's more to come I promise.  Until then, I can already see the transformation.  It's going to be sassy!

Laughter in the Classroom

I came across this article, "Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention."  A study that shows the benefits of laughter in the classroom.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Teacher Resiliency Through the Year

A great article to share with teachers at the beginning of the year.  

Finders Keepers

I've been going to some estate sales, garage sales, and thrift stores.  Read about the treasures I found and the transformations I made.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Chalk Paint Table

This table turned out so cute even though it's got the same colors it started out with only freshened up with DIY chalk paint.  You can make your own chalk paint for very little money.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

DIY Fail or A Work in Progress

This has been one of my DIY fails or maybe it's just a work in progress that  I will find a fix for.  Either way, what was planned as a weekend project of course isn't going to happen.  Hopefully I'll find a solution this week.  Read More...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pallet Art

This was such a fun project.  Read here how I did it!

Catching That Perfect Moment

Island Makeover

We've started our kitchen remodel and I couldn't be happier with the way our first project turned out.  Our island looks so sleek, updated, like a brand new lady.  Read all about our DIY Island Makeover here  ...

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Bedroom Pallet Wall

This is a project I have been wanting to try for a long time but never had the time, didn't know where to start, didn't know if I had the right tools, etc.  One of the parents at the school I work at kept posting on Facebook they had a ton of pallet they wanted to get rid of.  One day after church we drove by this parent's business and inspected the pallets and the rest is history.  We drove back home, got the truck and trailer and loaded as many of the pallets we thought looked good or least gave us as much bang for our buck, (the most quality wood).  
Here is the trailer full of pallets we brought home.  I'm not going to lie, they aren't real pretty stacked on the side of my house.

Here my husband is using a hand saw to cut the wood off the pallets.  We read up on how some other people took wood off the pallets.  We tried prying the wood off then realized how long it was going to take to take the nails out.   My husband just started sawing the wood and it literally took about two minutes to cut the wood up one section of the pallet.  Just be careful not to cut the hand saw cord.  My sister-in-law could tell you a story about that but that's a story for later right Sara?

Don't worry about cutting exactly straight because the wood will need to be trimmed exactly later anyway.

This process took my husband about an hour.  I took a few pictures, ran one of my daughters toan activity   and came back to my husband and son being completely finished.  They didn't cut all the pallets you saw  on trailer.  They cut what they thought they needed just for the one wall and kept the others intact for the next project.  

Here is what the pallet looks like one you get all the wood planks off.  My husband later went back and pryed all the vertical pieces off and saved the two by fours for another project.  I will share that project with you later, (DIY Farmhouse Table).

Here is the wood they were able to get from the pallets.  

My son and husband went through and marked all the studs with a chalk line.  You can nail gun the pallet wood into the wall directly not using the stud but I'll tell you why that's not a good idea later.

We just started laying the boards out on the floor side by side to see how they would look.  They weren't all the same lengths because not all pallets are the same size.  Also, not all the wood was the same width.  This is where you will have to have a table saw.  You could use a hand saw but you probably won't get the exact straight line cutting as you would with a table saw.

We started nailing pieces on the wall with a nail gun.  Our bedroom is by our garage so we were able to keep the air compressor in the garage.  It is very loud.  We found that working as a team made this part go much faster.  I had the nail gun and a measuring table in the bedroom.  My husband was in the garage with the miter saw and table saw.  I measured the pieces and marked them with a pencil while he cut the pieces to size.  We also worked on carrying several pieces in and piling them up.  I would lay the pieces out side by side to see how they looked.  All these pallets were fairly weathered which is the look I wanted.  There were light brown newer pieces and dark brown and gray pieces that were really weathered.   The more weathered they looked, the more I liked them.  The wood had so much character with the aging process.  I also wanted the boards to offset each other and not match in color.  You will have to just eyeball this to what design you want.  

We nailed the boards lining them up with the studs, two nails at each stud marked.  Making the nail holes exactly one of top of the other does look better I think.  That's why I wanted to handle the nail gun.  There were some boards that I had to really press on due to them being a little warped.  The more aged boards did have this problem.  Once we got a few nails in them, they straightened out.  
My husband did measure around the return air vent and the electrical outlet.  These were areas I wanted him to handle.  The vent was perfect, it just screwed into the pallet wall.  The outlet was a little trickier.  I talked to an electrician at work and explained to him that the electrical box in the wall wouldn't come out to the pallet wall.  It wasn't long enough.  He gave me this little piece of plastic tubing that you put on the screw to lengthen the screw somehow when you put back in the wall.  I don't really even know what this is called.  We tried it and it worked to make the outlet box fit secure in the wall and the outlet plate fit flush against the pallet wall.  I'm not sure how secure it would be if someone were to yank a cord out of it by accident but we aren't going to use this outlet much and it was used by an electrician so we thought it was okay.  

Here is the finished product once we got everything cleaned up and back in order.  I've seen put a vintage buffet in front of it and I'm working on a DIY pallet project/photo project.  I will show you that later in another post.  This wall ads so much character to my bedroom.   We chose to do the bedroom first because we wanted to make sure we liked it before doing another wall in our house and if we made mistakes on it, not many people would see it.  We could always pull if off and re-sheetrock it if needed.  I'd love to hear what you think and if any of you tried a pallet wall and your thoughts on the process.

Materials Needed
Electrical Hand Saw
Electrical Miter Saw
Table Saw
Electric Nail Gun
Nails for Nail Gun
Air Compressor
Tape Measure
Chalk Line
Extension Cords