Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Featured on Ana White : Farmer's Market Stand Plans

I'm so excited today because my little DIY farmers market stand is now immortalized with very fancy looking build plans thanks to the lovely Ana White.  The project was featured on her site this week and I couldn't be happier to be in such amazing company. Hope this is helpful for those of you who were asking for specific measurements or needed help with visualizing some of the details.

Farmers Market Garden Stand DIYwm | (7 of 9)

I'm sure you are already familiar with the amazing resource Ana White for great DIY furniture plans so its a treat to have anything I dreamed up included in the catalog.  Thanks for the love Ana!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Problem with Pallets No One Told Me

In a somewhat round about way, I came be in possession of a few rickety wooden pallets.  Pinterest has one zillion DIY pallet projects that all appear to be fairly straight forward.  I feel fairly comfortable with power tools.  What's the problem?


Well, the problem is that in order to tear the pallet apart,  I'd need to employ Joe Manganiello, all the Duggar children, and the Incredible Hulk!  Even still, the probability of getting a single board free if damage is 0.00! Those boards are on there with multiple bent nails that just DO NOT WANT TO COME OFF!  AND each board is affixed at three different points.  When, by some miracle, I was able to wrestle a single point free, the darn thing would split somewhere else.  In other words, free lumber ain't free.

So there you have it. The problem with pinterest pallet projects.  Perhaps this is mentioned elsewhere and I've just missed it?  I know I've seen the mention of there being "some effort" involved in getting them apart but there always seemed to be more attention to paid to the conversation about where to find them or to make sure they were chemical free.  At no point did I remember reading about how I'd be kneeling in my front yard sweating like an animal and wrestling with an unreasonable chunk of wood! You've heard it here first folks!

Or perhaps I just got saddled with the meanest pallets in all the land?  Either way, I figured it was worth a mention for those you out there thinking of starting your own pallet projects. I know many of you have used pallets in your own projects - what have our experiences been?

All that said, I just can't bring myself to just chuck it either.  This one looks so pretty just waiting to be put to good use so I MUST find something to do with it.  I just can't quite think of anything practical for me that allows me to keep it intact and/or go at it with a saw so that sawing off all the nails isn't a deal breaker (keep in mind this one has a center support). What do you think?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Quite possibly, the best $75 ever spent at Ikea

Ok so perhaps this isn't a scientific imperative but this use of hex mirrors on the ceiling just may be the best $75 ever spent at Ikea!

image source: Lauren Diane Svenstrup dining room via Apartment Therapy

I know this isn't your typical ikea hack - installation is easy, it required zero power tools but that's partly why I loved it so much.

Not only does it beautifully compliment the dark paint and draw the eye up, it also adds an architectural element to a flat ceiling and add surprising personality to the room. In other words, I could not love this more! What do you think? 

Have a better idea of what you would do with $75 at Ikea? 
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