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Crafts DIY / Tutorials Repurposed

DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor

We live in Ohio where barn wood abounds and though I can resource it, sometimes it can be expensive because of its growing popularity. Because there’s been so much interest in my barn wood pallet shutters, I thought I would share some more of the projects I made with those same old weathered pallets.

After I made the shutters, I still had a good supply of wood remaining, and I had plans on how to make the most of that wood. The very first thing I wanted to make with them was a clock.

DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The clock I wanted to replace has been in our possession since we were married 15 yrs. ago and was the cheapest coordinating Walmart-brand clock we could find (we were newlyweds and college students = no money).  I must say to my amazement, it is still running because I used the works from inside that clock to build this one made from pallet wood!

I basically took four random scrap pieces and lay them together.  I took another two scrap pieces and attached them across the first pieces, making sure to catch all four slats.  I had to make sure to leave enough room between the slats to hold the clockworks.  My ever-helpful hubby routed a spot for me so that the pin of the clockworks could protrude out the front enough to catch the clock hands.  Last, I took my handy jigsaw (one of my favorite tools) and cut out the size circle I had trace on the front of the four slats.
*Don’t you love my mismatched screws…I was not about to run to the store for a couple screws and I love using up my miscellaneous hardware stash.
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
To get the stenciled clock face: First, I found the clock face graphic on my favorite free graphics site, The Graphics Fairy found here.  Then, I printed the clock face in the size I wanted (not reversed).  Next, I took an light-colored artists pastel and rubbed all over the back of the clock face print, making sure to cover all the text areas I wanted.
Once I had positioned the graphic where I wanted it on the blank pallet circle, I took a blunt colored pencil (a color that I could see where I had already traced) and traced the clock face numeral outlines and hash marks, pushing firmly to make the pastel transfer to the pallet wood.  Last, I hand-painted the solid numerals and hash marks with an ivory-colored acrylic craft paint.
My original clock hands were black, so I spray painted them white.  Installed the works, attached the hands (don’t forget the battery), and used a very primitive wire mount with which to hang the clock.  Done! 
Had I known I would be sharing this with you, I would have taken pictures of the process when I was making it a year ago – sorry! :o)
My other use-up-the-pallet projects included:
A table centerpiece
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Can you believe I scored over a dozen antique blue Ball Mason jars (quart & pint-sized) from a very generous freecycle lady?  Yes!!  I knew I had to make a centerpiece to display them.  At a later point, that same lady gave me her grandmothers stash of hand-embroidered linens, her own work… a whole grocery-bag full!  Needless to say, I needed no other gifts that year.
A plate rack
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This shelf was made simply by leaving part of the pallet intact and features some of my thrifted finds just using some spray-painted cup hooks.
And there you have it! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
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Don't pass by that cast-off pallet! It's got potential for a clock, plate rack, and centerpiece. Come see how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
More of my repurposed creations:
Create a repurposed coat rack using cast off barn wood and furniture pieces by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesAntique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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DIY / Tutorials

DIY: Barn Wood Shutters from Pallets

Do you crave the rustic appeal of barn wood in your home decor, but lack the barn?  No worries, because I will show you how to take a weathered old shipping pallet and turn it into fabulous rusty, crusty shutters.  No one will know they came from pallets once you’re done. (wicked smile appears…hee hee hee)

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Reclaimed Pallet Wood Shutters via http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Seriously though, shipping pallets are one of the most versatile cast-off items you can get your hands on.  You can build just about any piece of furniture with them, assuming you have basic tool knowledge.  My treasure came via Craigslist, where I was able to acquire some weathered pallets that had an awesome gray patina and ready-made defects, which was just what I was after, for free – yes!

side note: Speaking of patina, I’ve got to share with you what one of my younger daughter, 5 yrs. old, said to me the other day.  We were looking at the cat carrier we were given for our new kitten, which has a some rust on the door, and she said, “Ooh, I love the rusty look, how pretty!”  Ha!  She’s seeing beauty where most people wouldn’t – rust.  Love it.  Back to story…

When one is desiring to acquire pallets, one must have a truck (aka accomplice). So I called up my mom (owner of said truck) and she happily came over to follow my kids and I on a treasure hunt through two huge piles of wood, pallets included. (Don’t worry, my kids stayed clear of the mess and had fun picking flowers instead).

Let me tell you, I not only got pallets, but scored an awesome blue chippy antique ladder, some railroad ties, and a garden trowel.  SCORE! I love treasure hunts…sigh.

Before jumping into pallet disassembly, I do suggest you read this article about pallets found here.  I also have some pallet safety related pins on my Pinterest pinboard found here.

Okay, back to said project.

It is totally possible to use a hammer, gloves, and safety goggles to do the work of disassembling.  I’m sure my neighbors loved seeing me vent on the pallets.  It does take a little elbow grease or a happy-to-please husband to dismantle one of these.  (note: gift to self was a Sawzall at later point).  You can also find an awesome dismantling tutorial here.

To get started on building, first you will need the height dimensions of the window you are going to be mounting the shutter next to.  I included the trim in my measurement, but you can make it any size you like.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

My window measured 38″ high.  So, I cut three pallet slats 38″ long for ONE side of my window.  Don’t forget!  You will need to build two sets of shutters per window, so keep that in mind when counting how many slats to cut.
For one window set you would need 6 slats.

Next, I measured the width of the three pallet slats laying side by side, which gave me 11.25″. Just a note: If you want to build exterior shutters using this same method, add 1/8″ gap between slats to allow them to flex with the temperatures.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Reclaimed Pallet Wood Shutters via http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Then, to hold the longer slats together, I cut two small slat pieces per shutter (you would need four of them for a complete window set) measuring 11.25″. These smaller pieces are the crosspieces to hold the shutter together.

Last, lay the longer three pallet slats on the ground and position the two crosspieces 7″ in from both short ends. Attach them using a zig-zag screw pattern being sure to catch all three slats if you are not using a hinge, otherwise use the holes the hinge provides.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Reclaimed Pallet Wood Shutters via http://www.prodigalpieces.com

I left a couple blank screw spots in my hinge on my shutter so that when I attached my shutters to the wall, I could use a longer screw so there weren’t any extra screw heads showing.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

note: If you don’t like the fresh cut color showing at the ends of your slats, just mix up some gray and brown paint with a touch of water to create a “wash”, and touch up the ends to make them blend in.

Last, mount your shutters to the wall and stand back in awe!

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

If you want to do like I did and rustify (like my new word?) them by adding antique barn hinges, just check ebay.  Can you believe I found an entire lot that had just the right number of hinges I needed for less than $20?!  God is good!

DIY Reclaimed Pallet Wood Shutters via http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Viola! Not only did I help a local merchant clean up an unsightly pile, but was also able to create a lovely rustic touch to my home  The best part was to teach my kids to be resourceful with all that we are given.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Even today I am still using some of that pallet wood to build more projects, like my table centerpiece, a plate rack, and my rustic clock found here.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Want to see how to make the valance too?  Go to this post: DIY Barn Wood & Bedskirt Valance.

DIY Barn Wood Shutters from Repurposed Pallets by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Reclaimed Pallet Wood Shutters via http://www.prodigalpieces.com

In the meantime, I’m using the same idea to make some shutters for the exterior of my home, which are painted and come from newer wood.  Just think of what you could do with this is a very versatile project.

Any questions?  Please feel free to ask!
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DIY / Tutorials Furniture

DIY Zinc – A Mini Faux-Finish Tutorial

I like to work on furniture and have a blast finding antique and vintage goodies.  Whenever I’m trying to decide which piece to work on next from my stash (and believe me I always have a stash), I go with my mood.  My favorite style is a potpourri of French, Nordic, Cottage Chic, and Farmhouse style all rolled into one.  (Is that possible?).  But every once in a while, I veer off my norm and like to try something different.  Well…here she is with my DIY zinc finish.

DIY Zinc Faux Finish Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Ta da!  My latest redo of a 1930-1940’s waterfall dressing table/vanity. I seem to have quite the collection of waterfall furniture to choose from in and around where I live.  Maybe the style was such a trend that everyone had to have one…or could it be that it was a more affordable way to go?  Let’s go with the gotta-have-one trend, it’s more fun.

So, to begin with, this piece was in a nearly-ready-to-work on state when I acquired it.  Most of the pulls present, minimal damage to surfaces, complete set (chair included), and that large beveled mirror in divine shape.
Zinc Faux Finish Tutorial via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I do, honestly, have a thing for natural wood and love when veneers are mixed together to make patterns, such as done on this piece.  But, when there is damage that would require replacing veneer and such, I typically head to my paintbrush.  Even though veneer is not that hard to patch, sometimes girls just wanna have fun.  (does that date me or what?)
Zinc Faux Finish Tutorial via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
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I decided to have a go at a DIY zinc finish, and I must say that like how it came out.  I had viewed the wonderfully detailed tutorial by Freckled Laundry and loved the improvisation of The Salvage Collection tutorial – both full of techniques and information.  However, I decided to try another technique instead that stemmed from previous pieces I had done. Not too hard to do, and gives it a naturally-occurring element look. Almost like galvanized metal as well.
To start out, I painted the whole piece in two coats of Marta Stewart’s Metallic Silver Paint.  Next, I thinned out Martha’s coffee-colored metallic glaze using a 1:1 water to glaze ratio.  Then, using a soft cotton cloth (t-shirt) to dip in the glaze and “pounce”, working in small sections. Immediately after I applied the wet glaze, I then took a dry cotton cloth and pounced back over the wet glazed area.
* note: By going back over the wet glaze with a dry cloth allowed the extra glaze to be picked up and leave the subtle flecking.
The matching vanity bench, on the other hand, just needed some refreshed padding and new fabric.  I love the fabric, called “Antique” by Berne.  It really helped to tie-in those amber Bakelite and brass pulls (I was able to find an exact match to replace the missing one on eBay…woo hoo!)
Zinc Faux Finish Tutorial via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Zinc Faux Finish Tutorial via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
  Zinc Faux Finish Tutorial via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I’d love to hear what you think of my DIY zinc finish.  The dressing table has sold, but stop by and check out my other pieces currently available in my shop. Stay tuned for my next project and receive my FREE furniture shopping checklist, and get a discount to my shop by signing up for my newsletter via the sidebar or bottom of this post.

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