Beautiful Things - March/April 2018
Hello everyone! Hope you are ready for another DIY project with Beautiful Things. This project is a quick, low cost way of bringing new life to any wall or island in your home. Whether you are trying to update your home, prepare it for selling, or just looking for something a little different, this project is for you.
Our current office location was a former pediatric orthodontics’ office full of fun, bright colors. The building is a great structure and I couldn’t wait to put my personal touch on it.
As many of you know, I don’t throw away things that can be salvaged and brought back to life. This is especially true when it comes to wood. I hold on to old fence boards, deck boards, and pallets for projects like these because there are so many ways to recycle and repurpose the pieces. From window frames to barn doors and most anything in between, a little salvaged wood goes a long way!
One of my favorite things about recycling wood is that the wood is never perfect. It’s a great reminder that nothing and no one is perfect. I’m an imperfect person who likes to take old, worn out items and turn them in to beautiful things.
To make the pallet wall or island you will need the following supplies:
- Dark Paint
- Fence Boards or Pallets
- Safety Glasses
- Circular or Compound Saw (Compound Saw is a little faster)
- Tape Measurer (Always measure twice and cut once!)
- Hammer or, for faster results, Nail Gun
- Carpenters Pencil
- Paint Brush
- 220 Grit Sandpaper to smooth out some of the rough edges
Step 1: Pick the area to be updated and remove any existing trim or outlets. Prep the area by wiping it down and removing any excess dust.
Step 3: Using a dark color, paint the area and allow it to dry. Remember, this does not have to be perfect. The purpose of the paint is to hide the small imperfections of the boards. The color I used was Gauntlet Gray.
Depending on the look you are trying to achieve you can stain or white wash your boards. I prefer to leave the boards in their natural color. This gives more of a rustic or industrial look, which is the style I prefer.
Step 6: Start putting your puzzle together. Stagger your pieces and vary the shades of wood. Again, more imperfect the better!
Step 7: Stand back and enjoy the view!
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