Many, many, moons ago, I mentioned how we may have grabbed a pallet (more like two…) from the construction zone that is our neighborhood… We’re such rebels, we even asked for permission to snag the pallets first! And I had such big, grand plans to use it with some vintage license plates that once belonged to my great-grandfather, remember? Yeah, totally hasn’t happened yet, still at the drawing board for that one.
On the other hand, I did think of something just as awesome to do with all that free lumber we suddenly acquired.
Mostly because we bought an awesome map when we were on vacation. And boy, was I excited! Another map! But it’s an awesome map so my
hoarding collecting isn’t completely out of hand yet…
I may have celebrated the entire way home from vacation with my
spoils new awesome map… just maybe… I’m sure you’re all thinking “man, this girl is nutso!” But before I spill the beans about our map, we needed to take apart those darn pallets…
At first, we thought, “hey, this shouldn’t be all that hard to do it’s just a few nails in some wood, no biggie” and boy were we wrong! Taking these seemingly innocent looking pallets are possibly the hardest thing to deconstruct that we have come across.
Those deceitful little buggers. We tried to take them apart the old fashioned way, with a hammer and a pry bar with no luck.
We tried to cut the nails with our handy dandy multi-tool to no avail.
And then we brought out the big guns. The Saw-Zaw. Or as my loving father affectionately refers to it, The Home-wrecker. And it was magical. This piece of machinery made us feel like fools. Cutting through the pallets like butter. Did I say it was magical? Because it totally was.
We only ended up taking off six planks from the pallet, just enough to cover any mistakes that might be made along the way. Saving the rest for later creations. AKA, I’m still stumped as to what to do with it… and cutting those boards off is a bit of a work out!
A day or so later, I got around to cutting the angles for the frame. After marking where the cut would need to go with a pencil, I was ready to go!
We picked up this handy dandy miter box on my first experience to Harbor Freight Tools. And oh-my-goodness! It was like candy land for us DIY-ers. On a side note, next big painting project we have- you can find me there stocking up on painting supplies. No joke. Any way, back to the story… I plopped that sucker into the miter box, lined it up with my markings, secured it with a clamp, and started sawing a way. The planks aren’t too thick so it was just fine to do with a hand saw.
Now, to hold all of those gorgeous boards together, we picked up a package of wood joiners for a couple of bucks. These just get hammered into place, with what else, a hammer! We put two on each joint, after checking a million times that the angles were correct with our speed square.
Either way, after fumbling around a bit, trying to get everything level, we had ourselves a new piece of art and a new map to display in our house!
Not too bad for first timers, eh?! Now our guests won’t have a big blank wall to stare at while they’re staying with us! It’s the perfect size for the big blank wall in there, like it was meant to be or something “strange” like that!
Right now, I’m loving the look of the exposed wood right now. We left the nail heads in the board too, which I super love. Although I think if I ever grow tired of the wood, I might white wash it something fun… too soon to tell though!
And yes, for those of you eagle eyes out there, the map is of the Traverse City area! We love that area, it’s where we vacation every year and even where we were engaged! It’s always a good time to take a peak at the map and see all the places we’ve been… It’s just such a special area for us!
I’m so glad that we were able to pick up this map while on vacation, it’s a perfect addition to our other maps in the room, and this one’s so much easier to read! We were able to do this entire project for about $30 and half of that was the price of the print! Not too shabby if you ask me!
And after looking at the pictures of the room above, I might repaint this room… maybe a nice calming blue? The sandy-yellow doesn’t really do it for me anymore… Or maybe it’s just that the lighting was terrible since it was so cloudy when I took these photos…
What have you guys been trying out lately? Experimenting with wood pallets anyone? I can wait to figure out what to make with the rest of our pallets!