Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pallet Top Table

Holy cow, can you believe Christmas is just a week away?!  I am getting super excited, and my kids are counting down the days.

Life has been crazy busy and I didn't have time to share some of my Christmas projects with you.  Dang.

Maybe next week?  Or after Christmas?  Not sure if that works...any way, I do have a fun project from the fall that I shared on My Repurposed Life, where I contribute for the best person ever, Gail!!  It is my Pallet Top Table, and I love it.

This is a super easy project, I promise!   And who doesn't love things made out of beautiful pallet wood right?
MyLove2Create, Pallet Top Table
Here it is on my porch back when the weather was warm and the ground was green..."sigh."  Let's look at a before...
before of bench
This was another free find off of Craig's List and it has been collecting dust on my back porch (surprise, surprise).  As I walked past it one day I realized it would make a perfect little table to go with my wicker furniture makeover for holding drinks or books.
tighten legs and unscrew bench top
It was pretty wobbly, which is why someone gave it away for free.  At least that is my guess, otherwise why would you throw away a cute little upholstered bench for free?  It took me a couple minutes to tighten the legs and it was rock solid sturdy.  I then unscrewed the seat top.
measuring and cutting plywood for top of table
There was NO WAY I was taking off the upholstery just to reuse the wood, instead I used some scrap plywood, because I had some, thank goodness!  I measured it to the seat and cut it with my circular saw.  It fit perfectly!
cutting pallet wood into triangles
I had some pallets that I had broken apart, and the wood was just waiting for a project.  I thought it would be fun to try a pattern of some sort and eventually decided on triangles.  I set my saw to 30 degrees and started cutting.  I lined up my triangles on the plywood and cut until it was all covered.  Can you see my stack of pallet wood in the back?  I still have some left!
using gorilla glue to add pallet triangles
With all the pieces cut, I took them inside, so I could sit down :), and used my Gorilla Wood glue to set them in place.   Then I let the glue dry.
pallet wood glued to plywood
This is a front and back shot of what the pallet top looked like once the glue was dry.   Next, I just cut off the edges....
cutting off excess pallet wood
I started with my jigsaw and realized it was going to take for-ev-er, so I busted out the circular saw and it went really quick.
adding trim for a border
To cover up my edges I used this scrap wood that happened to be the perfect thickness, love it when that happens.  I had gotten it free from a cabinet maker years ago, in fact I still have a ton of wood from that gold mine.   I mitered the corners at 45 degrees and glued and nailed the edges on, then sanded the whole thing down to make it smooth.
Spray painting the base
I almost forgot the base!  I sanded it down, wiped it clean, and sprayed it with a half empty can of Rustoleum's Aqua.
MyLove2Create, Pallet Top Table
Here she is...my cute little pallet top table!
MyLove2Create, Pallet Top Table
As you would guess, working with pallet wood, it is perfectly Imperfect.
MyLove2Create, Pallet Top Table
Loaded with color and character.  Oh, and I did do a clear coat to protect it, which brought out the richness in the wood.  Mmmmm :)
MyLove2Create, Pallet Top Table
It makes the perfect serving table, nestled between my wicker furniture, now I can sip away at my water while I watch the kids play....errr, next spring, when I don't live in a frozen tundra. :)
MyLove2Create, Pallet Top Table
I have this little cutie in the house for now, and I smile every time I see it.  It was so glad I tried a simple triangle pattern.

I think you should totally make one, I promise you won't be disappointed!  If you don't have a bench to repurpose, why not just add the pallet wood to an existing table?  It would be super easy and fun!

Super happy holidays to you all!

Hugs!
Mindi

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Starry Night Christmas Nativity Sign, with Royal Design Studio Stencils

Hello!  I am so excited to share my latest project, my Starry Night Christmas Nativity!  It is my first time using Royal Design Studio Stencils and I LOVE them!  
MyLove2Create, Starry Night Christmas Nativity
When I was looking at their holiday stencils I fell in love with the Starry Night Christmas Stencil.  I had visions of a huge framed starry night hanging over my little nativity set and thought, "Why Not!?"

Friday, December 5, 2014

I. love. Chalkboards.

It has been fascinating for me to see how popular chalkboards have become.  In the past few years they have really taken off, and you see them on just about everything.

And why not?  They are useful and fun.  I. love. Chalkboards. :)

So...When I first spotted Restoration Hardware's industrial rivet chalkboard I fell in love.  It was simple and just cool industrial.  I have been using this knock off chalkboard for a few months and love it!  It first appeared on My Repurposed Life, where I contribute twice a month.
MyLove2Create, Restoration Hardware Industrial Rivet Chalkboard Knock Off

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pottery Barn Knock Off, "It's the most Wonderful Time of the Year" Sign

Hey, Long time no see!  

I have had a very busy few weeks, dealing with sick kids, major eczema treatments (my poor little girl), an ear infection, and more sick kids...I guess it is bound to happen right?  

Now we are on the up, and just in time for Thanksgiving tomorrow.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!  

Speaking of wonderful....I spotted this sign in Pottery Barn several weeks back, on a date with my husband, and I fell in love with it.  So...
MyLove2Create, Potter Barn It's the most wonderful time of the year, a knock off

Monday, November 10, 2014

Under the Bed Storage, Repurposing Drawers

Today I have a very easy and useful project for you!  I am always coming across free things, and I have had these old drawers sitting on my back porch, just hanging out waiting for some inspiration.

I decided that they could finally help me out by becoming some much needed under the bed storage for my youngest boy.

Aaaaand it didn't hurt to get them off of my back porch....Anyway, this post was first seen at My Repurposed Life, where I contribute twice a month for Gail.
MyLove2Create, Under the Bed Storage, Repurposing Drawers

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Life Behind the Blogger Feature

Good Morning!

I have a fun treat for you today.  If you ever wanted to know a little more about me here is your chance!
Kris from Junk Chic Cottage does a Saturday Spotlight: Life behind the Blogger series and guess what?!  Today she is featuring me!

I know, I know, try to contain yourselves. :)  I hope you hop over and check it out!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Hugs,
Mindi

Monday, November 3, 2014

DIY Coca-Cola Crate

Hey all!  Long time no see.

October really threw me for a loop this year.  I was completely swamped with all sorts of things.  Life is busy already, but when you throw in three family birthdays, my in-law's 50 wedding anniversary including a trip to Vail, an out of state marathon, and other family events, oh yeah, and Halloween.... I just had to take a short blogging break and focus on what was most important.

It is good to be back.  I did do a few fun projects during all that craziness.  Today I want to share this, oh so cute, DIY COLA-COLA CRATE...