Pallet Floor

This idea was the intitial idea that started my bedroom make over and got my mind started on blogging. I have been asked numerous times for pictures of this project, so here they are!

I started researching making a floor out of pallets, after reading a blog from a building we will go, who has asked that the blog not be shared without permission. I read how they did it and jumped in.

Let me say first, that it took many hours and much help from numerous friends and family members to complete this and I never could have done it without them! SO the first step was collecting pallets!! And I collected them for about a year, 2 or 3 at a time, because not all the slats were usable, I had pallets everywhere! Friends delievered them as they were passing through, I picked them up, people now tease me about my pallet obsession.

To take them apart, this was probably the hardest part of the projext. My neighbor helped with his sawsall and 10″ construction blade. We went through several to get them all done. After doing so many of them we figured out that if we stood the pallets up to where the slats ran horizontally and cut all the ends of one side, then the other, and then worked down the middle it was the fastest. I would put pressure on the slats and make a small gap for the blade to start it, and the slats were off in no time. Just took some muscle and time.

Next, all the nails had to be punched out of the slats, because the wood tools do not care for metal. So I sat in the barn and using a punch, pounded all the nail ends out, again my neighbor was a good enough sport to help! The last few pallets were taken apart by me, another friend and my grandpa, because I was laying the floor and ran out!

Once I thought I had enough slats, I loaded them in the truck and hauled them to my Grandpa’s basement where his wood shop is set up. I sorted them, wide and narrow and started plaining them. Took 2-3 days of work, but we got them all to be 1/2″ tall.

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Quite a pile of boards! Once the boards were planed, we joined one edge of them. The joiner was probably the scariest machine to run! After the boards were square on one side we used the table saw to make them square on the other. Believe it or not, I started with a pick up truck bed pretty full of boards! We lost a few along the way that were too narrow, too thin or too broken/split, so more is always better than less.

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Once the boards were ready to lay, Grandpa pulled the carpet up, while I was at work, and I helped to lay a new subfloor. A bad subfloor was the culprit all along, but the carpet was in bad shape too. The subfloor I chose was 1/2″ board.

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This is just over the halfway point. There were more boards that came out to be about 3″ then the wider ones are closer to 8″ if I remember right. We staggered the seams also. One the back we used an adhesive, like you would for tile, then just nailed through the existing holes since the nails had large enough heads to cover the holes, this kept the slats from splitting.

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The closet was the hardest part of laying the floor, since we had to cut almost every single board, and it was the leftover ones that wer not as pretty. This little section actually turned out to be my favorite! I love the darker and variated tones of the wood.

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Here it is! I used an oil base clear stain. I wanted the natural colors of the wood to show through. This is right after I stained it, so it is not so shiny now, but I put 2 coats of the apoxy stain on for many years of durable life. Not only do I love my floor, but everyone who has seen pictures has thought it turned out well. All the hours of elbow grease and time was more than worth it!!

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Antique Chest

Recently I blogged about making fence rails out of old bleacher boards. Trash to treasure is one of my hobby. While I was there picking up the old bleacher boards, my friend stumbled across an old steamer chest that he had found at a yard sale years ago. When he asked if I had a use for it, I could not bring myself to say no! This antique steamer chest he guessed dated back to early 1900s.

I was very excited to load it onto the truck that was about 3/4 of the way loaded with boards. When I got it home, I unloaded it and put it on a blanket so I would not scratch my wood floors (A blog about my pallet floor really is coming)  and started cleaning. The inside liner was peeling off the wood liner. So I started sanding, and gently scraping as the fabric backed paper peeled away. It took me a couple days and even though I did not get all of it off, I got most of the old liner peeled away from the wood.

The beautiful trunk smelled old and musty and I consulted several friends on ideas on how to remove the smell. My carpenter friend came and evaluated the broken board in the bottom of the chest. I ended up taking the advice of the guy I got the chest from, he told me to put apples in a pan and leave them for a couple weeks. I could not believe that it actually worked! The old musty smell is gone, and the chest smells fresh.

Upon closer examination, the outside of the chest was totally encased in metal. Some of it was embossed and while other was not. I used a product to remove tarnish from it, and I could not believe the difference! It brought the old chest back to life!

When I was sure the musty smell was out of the chest, I relined it. My friend was nice enough to give me some felt type upholstery fabric with the chest. I cut it to size and used spray adhesive to put it in the chest. My carpenter friend told me that the broken board in the bottom was left as it is, so I had no reservations about going ahead and securing the lining. The beautiful dusty rose fabric compliments the dark color of the metal shell wonderfully.

Now the chest is ready for years more of storage and use!

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Milk Can Nightstand

I really enjoy finding old things and turning them into something new again. I have been in the process of slowly redecorating my bedroom. I was originally going to make a lamp out of the old milk can, but in person, it was too large to make the base out of. So now I had a milk can, and no project. My new bed was finished, made by a local carpentar from shiping pallets, and much taller than my previous bed. So, the milk can was a natural fit for a nightstand!

I put one of my mason jar table lamps on it, but the can lid itself was not large enough for anything except that lamp. So, now a new problem, I needed some kind of top. I originally thought plexi glass, but a piece large enough to make a top out of cost more than I wanted to spend on this little project. I considered making a top out of pallets to keep with the pallet theme throughout the room, but I did not want that look either. So I thought and thought. The other problem I ran into, is this is a vintage can, I did not want to jeopardize the integrity of it, so whatever I came up with I wanted to be able to leave the can as it was.

A family friend was cleaning out their garage and found a lazy susan from their old dining table that they had kept and tucked away. It was a dark stain and had a clear top coat over it. There were a few scratches and dings, but the more character the better fit, especially in my bedroom!

I talked to another friend that is a carpenter and he suggested ways of attaching it that would not damage the can itself. Then my neighbor came up with this! 2 screws with large heads, and 2 strips of leather that I cut thin that were leftover from a previous project

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The holes that the leather are put through were already in the lid, so I did not alter it in anyway! My favorite way to do things, keep things as true to original as possible and prejects that are as inexpensive as possible!

The finished product came out beautifully!! It is the perfect height with my new bed and it is a good size to hold my lamp, glasses, phone, alarmclock and even a book if I want!

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It fits in perfectly!

Mason Jar Lamps

To continue redecorating my bedroom, and focusin on bringing in more light, I wanted to look at lighting options. I am very much into the Do It Yourself ideas, as I explained in my earlier post about my chandelier. The chandelier provided a lot of light, which is great when you are working, but not so much when you are reading before bed or something like that. So I was back to needing light.

Since Mason Jars were already an element that I was incoorporating into my design, I figured it would be best to coordinate with that same idea. So, I again turned to Pinterest. I got some good ideas, and had about decided to make my lampshades and everything. I was having trouble choosing from all the different styles on there, because there were several that I liked.

I finally settled for a simple jar with a prewired lighting kit that I got online. I endded up waiting to get the jar, because I did not want a quart, I wanted a half gallon to help offset the weight of the lighting kit and the shade. It did not take me long to discover the jar was still too light, even going with the bigger jar. I used it for awhile without anything in it, while I waited for my farrier to collect used horseshoe nails. I am glad I thought of that. It ties the jars together perfectly with the more western flair of my decor, and it is a great weight in the jar to keep it upright and balanced.

Because I was worried that the nails would rust and leave spots on my antique mason jar, I painted them with clear spray paint. This kept them from rusting and keeps my jar clean and as nice as the day I got it!

Lastly I had to find a shade. I knew I wanted burlap, to match the valances I made, but that was as far as I was sure. I started looking, and found a burlap lampshade at Wal-Mart for less than $10. Sold! It completed my lamp! IMG_20160509_215806_681

I loved the simple look! It fit perfectly with the ideas that I had to go with the rest of the room. Actually, I liked it so much, that I ended up making a second one! I now have one that sits on my nightstand and a second one that sits on my dresser!

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A friend helped me get the nails, as I switched farriers. I was lucky enough to find two jars, with the same number on the bottom 29! I thought that was really neat! So, I made it one step closer to having the bedroom that I want. One project down many more to go!

Mason Jar Chandelier

One of the biggest reasons I decided to start this blog was to share the projects I have completed, tips and tricks so that if others decided to try them, they could learn from my mistakes. When I decided I was tired of looking at beige walls, carpet and cream curtains, a change was necessary.

When I moved into my new room, several years ago, I noticed there was no ceiling light. No problem I used a lamp on my dresser and a lamp by the bed. As I started doing more sewing projects, that was not enough light to see my work well, especially when it came to things like hand sewing and removing stithes. My solution was to figure out a light that would go with my new style.

Mason Jar were just starting to become popular, even though I loved the look of them before the latest craze. I started looking at photos online and stumbled across my current chandelier at a flea market in West Virginia. It was a $10 or $15 find! I was very excited! When I purchased it, there were no globes even so that was one less thing to think about because I already had a plan!

The Mason Jars increasing popularity the past few years made finding the desired jars a lot easier! The bedspread that initiated the whole change had a lot of blue in it, so I wanted blue Mason Jars for globes on my light. I decided I liked the look of the pint size jars, so my only dilema was attaching them to the chandelier.

I asked a employee at my local hardware store, and he suggested a LockTite product, which worked initially, but when the jars heated from the light bulbs, they fell off, right next to my dog laying on the floor ironically. He decided that wasn’t the best place to lay. JB Weld was my next choice and it held for quite awhile. I discovered that the type of lightbulb had a good bit to do with the amount of heat also. With the pint sized jars, a regular lightbulb would not fit, so I purchased appliance bulbs that fit nicely inside the jars and put off adequate light. When the first bulb blew, I purchased what I thought were the same ones, but they were dufferent enough theymade a lot more heat. I would definitely try to find energy saving etc, that do not ut off as much heat as a traditional bulb.

With a little bit of clean up and some TLC I had a chandelier for my bedroom that I absolutely love! It fits the style of my room perfectly and it is a one of a kind piece that i will treasure!

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