Tuesday, November 29, 2011

the Pallet project

Holli - "Mom, we're going to do a project from Pinterest over Thanksgiving"
Me - "Can't we just do nothing?"
Holli - "No"

Then about a week before she came home I saw my neighbor had a pallet laying next to his truck.
I asked him if he could get us 3 more.
In the mean time Holli came home and Kirby, Holli and I ran some errands including a fabric store in North Raleigh.  I just wanted to stop there 'for a minute' to get some feather pillow inserts.
An hour and a half later we had a huge piece of foam 80"x27"x5" and some fabric for making pillows for Holli's future Pallet sofa!
We also saw a couple pallets outside of the store and asked if we could have them. They said yes and we loaded them in the car.

We quickly learned that pallets are different sizes and we needed four to match pretty well.
Our new find did not match the one from my neighbor.
Holli and Kirby took a little trip in the car around town looking for more pallets. They traded their original pallets for some that would more closely match each other.
Is that stealing?
I think it's trading.

Now the 4 pallets needed to be cut down to size.
We just happen to have builders working on our screened porch ceiling. So of course Holli got them to cut our pallets!

We started small by making a couple pillows first. 

Then we moved on to covering the big piece of foam.
The challenge was getting it ON the foam!
It took a team of three.
Thanks Amanda S!

At this point we loaded the 4 pallets in the car
along with the foam cushion
and the 2 new pillows
and headed back to Nashville.

At Holli's house we finished the pallets with six 3" locking swivel casters
and a few metal plates to hold it all together.
A little drilling then nuts and washers and bolts

The pallet boards are all different sizes
so the center caster had to move in a row.

The finished product!

Those crates at the end were a nice little discovery while Holli and Kirby were on their pallet hunt.

Thanks to Pinterest and the blog
for the great idea!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

sometimes you've just gotta change it up a bit

Looking through Pottery Barn catalogs and Ballard Design I always stop on those hallway organizing units. I want one but I actually already have one. I know, it makes no sense.
My back hall had a built in cabinet that was painted white.
I even designed it, but that was 18 years ago.
Behind those large doors were plenty of hooks holding jackets and bags.  There were stacks of beach towels and what turned out to be 7 pairs of Kirby's old shoes!  How did that happen? How did Kirby move to Colorado and leave 7 pairs of shoes?
Behind the top doors were light bulbs, batteries and flashlights, even coloring books and crayons. I suppose if I just cleaned it out and organized it a bit it would have been fine. But, it just wasn't the look I wanted anymore.
So I came up with a plan and hired a friend who has amazing woodworking skills.
First he took out the old cabinet.

Then he tried to 'slip' the new built-in in its place.
That took some unexpected extra work but Ray was a trooper and pulled it off with a smile!
This house isn't exactly 'square'!

it's in!
and now it's black
just like all the pieces in the catalogs!

And now it has baskets and hooks and jackets and light bulbs. It has coloring books and crayons and batteries and towels.  Now it even has mittens and hats just in case it ever snows!

 The beach towels look so much better rolled up
thanks for the idea Holli!

And if you've got little ones, we're ready for you with crayons and coloring books and other trips down memory lane.
Thanks Ray for your craftsmanship.
Thanks Jeff for painting and being on board with the change.


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