DIY Pallet Farmhouse Light Fixture

Also known as the Christmas present my husband made me.

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Who knew my love language was a bunch of repurposed old stuff?

We saw something similar at an antique store several months ago. Only it cost around $700. Yikes.

{source} This light fixture would look awesome over a salvaged farmhouse table.

So, instead, my husband found an old pallet behind a store (we just asked if we could have it) and pulled the weathered wood off. I looked for some old egg gathering baskets (this took awhile) and ended up getting two on eBay for $25. He bought rope, replica antique bulbs and two small light socket kits from the wiring department at home depot.

Supplies:

Pallet wood

Baskets (I saw replica ones at TJ Maxx for $9.99 over the holidays)

Two light sockets kits

10 ft electrical wire

Rope

Light fixture thread tube (to hang light to pallet)

Bulbs

We love the results for around $75.

I love the warm ambiance it offers our kitchen.

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Check out our other pallet projects:

Headboard

Missions Statement Art


DIY: Pallet Headboard

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She saw a pallet headboard at a flea market and had to have it.

I saw the price tag and said keep walking.

But my 13 year old daughter didn’t forget the bed and she showed a picture to her Dad and batted her long lashes for months. She didn’t know if he could make it, but she knew he would try.

Because he’s that kind of a Dad.

Supplies for our $50 Pallet Headboard:

2-3 weathered pallets

2 2×4′s

light kit (optional)

Old barn wood would have worked well, but we couldn’t find any. So my husband asked a local store for a couple of pallets and got them for free (score!) Prying off the pieces of weathered wood was the hardest part of this project. But Terrell had plenty of helpers.

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Once the wood was off the pallet, it was nailed to the 2×4′s.

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My hubby found a cool vintage-looking lamp kit at Home Depot and cut a hole to attach it. It plugs into the wall.

We lightly white-washed the wood for a funky feel and moved it upstairs to my daughter’s room.

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She is thrilled with it! And she’s pretty impressed with her Dad. “Mom, I’m going to marry someone just like him someday. A man who can do anything!”

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I think she likes it.

And I like him even more.


WFMW: DIY Chalkboard Paint

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I’ve been wanting to paint my piano for years. It was given to us by a kind older couple and my son loves playing it. He’s always pecking out tunes.

But I’ve always been afraid to paint it. Because it’s A PIANO.

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I’ve been hearing a lot about chalkboard paint and not just for creating chalkboards. I learned that it adheres really well to slick wood, but it’s kind of expensive.

I discovered you can add plaster of paris to the paint (1 part powder to 3 parts paint, stir very well) and make your own chalkboard paint for a lot less. So, that’s what I did a few weeks ago.

I used a self-priming paint from Home Depot and without sanding or priming, I simply painted two coats on the piano.

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I like an aged look, so next, I dry brushed stain glaze and wiped it off with a damp sponge.

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It took about 3-4 hours for the entire project and I love:

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DIY Chalkboard paint works for me!


DIY Easter {String Art} Cross

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During (our long and sickly) Spring Break, we perked up to do a special (and easy) DIY project that we will stay out long after our Easter baskets are put away.

Easter {String Art} Cross Plaque

Supplies:

  • Piece of unfinished wood (Hobby Lobby $2.50)
  • Paint
  • Embroidery string
  • Small panel nails
  • Hammer

We painted our wood first:
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After the paint dried, we tapped 12 nails in the shape of a cross into the wood. We did two at the top, four in the middle, two on either sides and two at the bottom.

[Kitty can't resist The String]

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And we just started wrapping it around the nails going with the shape of the cross. It works best to loop the string around the nails multiples times to get it started. Keep string taunt and wrap away!

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This was a super easy project for my kids and they really got into it.

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And a simple reminder that He is Risen!

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*Pallet Family Mission Statement


DIY Mini Resurrection Garden

I stopped in my tracks on Pinterest when I saw this photo the other day:

(I researched it and I believe it originated on the creator’s Facebook page and ended up on Pinterest. Thank you, Melissa Holt for the beautiful idea!)

I knew it would be on our list for Spring Break this week. Easter is still three weeks away, but as Christians we celebrate it every day, right?

Since I have three do-it-yourselfers at home and I’m a very wise mom, I knew that one Resurrection Garden would lead to sin (also known as sibling rivalry). So we created three mini Resurrection Gardens.

It was easy to make, everyone got to add their own touches and it cost pretty much the same as making one large one like the picture above.

Supplies Needed: We found all of ours at WalMart and averaged about $7.50 per mini garden.

  • Terra cotta mini pot (tomb)
  • Terra cotta small tray
  • Small pebbles from Floral dept(one bag was plenty for three)
  • Grass seed (we have enough left over for the bare patch in our yard)
  • One small bag of potting soil
  • Small twigs and Large rock (smaller than a child’s fist) from the yard
  • Glue gun
  • Spray water bottle

1. Place mini pot on the tray and add potting soil around it.

2. Pack soil in and on top of the mini pot, forming a small hill.

3. Add pebbles coming from the opening of the “tomb”

4. Place larger rock half covering the tomb

5. Sprinkle grass seed on the soil

6. Glue small twigs to form three crosses (hot glue works best)

7. Stick each cross into the “hill” behind the tomb

8. Spray soil lightly every day with water bottle

9. Watch and wait for new life (grass) to spring forth!

It’s a beautiful reminder that He is Risen!

Indeed.