- Trompe L’oeil
I’m always on the lookout for unique ways to change up my house, and with three kids who also have [expensive] wants I’m left with two options: spend insane amounts of money OR look for cheaper ways to satisfy my itch. I usually go with the latter. Recently I’ve taken an interest in pallet…yes, as in shipping pallets. I never realized just how much you can do with one of them – they are so versatile! From shipping, to furniture, to wall décor, with a little ingenuity and some elbow grease you can turn a palette in to almost anything you could imagine.
In my house, we love movies, but there is never enough room on the couch for us to all fit comfortably – which brings us to my FAVORITE pallet up-cycle: CINEMA SEATING. I love that you can make it as big or small and any shape you want so no matter what it’ll fit your home AND your style. To complete this project, you need your desired design, pallets, paint, various cushions, and of course tools (drill, screws and sander, to be exact!) If you can find used pallets (and trust me, you can, google it) all you need to buy is paint and cushions (if you’re really crafty, you can make cushions and save even more!), making this a rather cheap project that will seriously revamp your home!
One thing I love is my bed… seriously, like stay-in-bed-all-day kind of love. For the longest time though, I didn’t have a headboard, I saw them as pretty to look at, but not useful enough to actually purchase one. Then I saw the pallet headboard, another DIY craft that adds a lot of value with little out of pocket; and with so many ways to build these headboards, each as is as unique as the person who will sleep there! You can make your headboard as big or small as you want, leave the gaps between planks or add planks to fill them up, add lights or fixtures or leave it plain, etc. the possibilities are limitless!
In the interest in keeping this post short and sweet, I’ll just quickly list the other furniture possibilities before moving on. You can use pallet furniture in every room of your house: beds for the kids’ rooms, tables for the kitchen and living room, desk for your office, room dividers for anywhere, etc. You can also bring your pallet furniture outside in the form of lawn chairs, swings, bike racks... I can go on and on but you get the point.
I haven’t forgotten about the wall décor, walls need love too! And if you’re anything like me, your wine addiction also needs love – which brings us to my favorite wall décor pallet hack, a wine rack! As with the other pallet DIYs, there are multiple ways to make this: size, color, shape, how many bottles it holds, and the ability to hold glasses are just some of the ways you can customize your wine rack. For this project, you’ll need a pallet, paint/stain, nails/screws, and tools (such as a drill, hammer, crowbar, and a saw.)
If you’re not much of a drinker, or you’d just rather put other things on display in your home (such as pictures….) you can create various sized and shaped shelves to hold picture frames, hooks (for clothing, keys or jewelry) flower pots and more!
I may be MIA for a while, as my next few weekends are booked solid with all the pallet projects I plan on doing!
My favorite Wednesday of the year is coming up (June 21st) – the first day of SUMMER! My kids get excited about summer for one reason, no more school. I, on the other hand, get excited about entirely different things: long, warm, sunny days and redecorating… Yes I said redecorating. It’s time to wake up my home from its winter hibernation and get some life back in these 4 walls. If spring is meant for cleaning, then Summer is certainly meant for rejuvenating! I know keeping up with trends ca be exhausting and time-consuming, so I’ve done the work for you and compiled a list of the most popular home-decor trends of the year!
Now that you know the seasons top trends, the time has come to spread those designer wings and fly on to your next home project – whether it’s a big re-model or small, strategic decorations, there are endless possibilities to bring the summer home with you!
Question: How many other mothers have a garage full of everything EXCEPT a car? Our garage is our personal storage unit – everyone just dumps their junk in there and forgets about it! And god-forbid I ask them to clean it out and throw some away... they “NEEEED” it all. So what can you do to keep your family happy and keep your sanity? Turn all that junk in to gems! How, you ask? Simple: repurpose.
You can find hand-me-down uses for a lot of the stuff commonly found discarded in garages, and even some stuff that’s not so common! Below are some of my all-time favorite up-cycles!
• Old tires. Put this in the “not so common” tab. There are a couple ways to go about this, but first, give the tire a good scrub down no matter what, you don’t want grease and dirt anywhere near you or your family! The first use for an old tire is the cliché “tire swing”, if you have a strong, sturdy tree and adventurous kids, this is a great way to save money (instead of buying a swing set) and getting one thing out of your way! The second use I’ve come across for tires is to turn them in to chairs! All you need for this project is a tire; a wooden board cut in the shape and diameter of the tire; paint; and a cushion – genius!
• Skate boards/Surf boards. This is hit or miss, depending on your kids. If you have sporty children who buy these boards just to outgrow them and buy new ones, I’m sure you have more than a couple lying around. You can turn both in to shelves for your kids’ room or play room! This project requires the boards, L-brackets, screws and anchors (plus a drill, pencil and level) – so simple!
• Vases. Almost every flower delivery comes in a nice vase, and when those flowers die, the vase gets pushed to the side. Vases can be up-cycled in to lamps very easily, just choose a vase, purchase a non-drilling lamp kit from online, plaster (to hold the lamp kit in the vase), and a lamp shade – assemble and display!
• Cookie/Baking sheets. I use my cookie sheets for everything from cookies to chicken, and eventually they change colors and my kids will no longer eat anything cooked on them. My favorite rework for cookie sheets is turning them in to chore charts! Super simple and cheap, all you need is one cookie sheet per child, spray paint, washi tape, magnets and markers (and a ribbon to hang it, if desired) – design your chart and get them to work!
• Pillows. Do you ever have pillows that have been replaced but are still in too good of a condition to be considered garbage? I hate when my pillows lose their oomph and become “flat”, so I replace them, but I also hate throwing them out because they’re not “bad” yet. Years ago, I saw a life-hack that I fell in love with – and I’ve finally been able to use it. Turning pillows in to a “bed”! So obvious, yet over looked, these are great little “beds” for the kids to throw on the floor and lounge around on, or fold up against a wall and make a little chair. All you need for this project is 4 or 5 pillows, an equal number of pillow cases (or a sheet, if you’re extra crafty), a needle and thread, and Velcro (optional, for keeping the pillows in the cases). Stitch them up, insert the pillows and BOOM, comfy and functional!
(Feat. Home Dynamix: Splash Rug)
• Rugs. If you keep up with me, you know my passion for rugs, and so as you can imagine, I have PLENTY of rugs in my garage that I prematurely replaced. One way you can re-use a gently-used rug is to turn it in to a wall hanging! Full size or cut down, framed or left out, there are a bunch of ways to display your treasured rugs.
This is just a small sampling of my favorite up-cycles, but nowhere near ALL the possibilities! If you have something taking up space that you (or your family) can’t fathom throwing out, do some research and create some projects! Happy garage picking!