DIY Home Decor, Upcycled DIY

Upcycling A Pallet into A Mail Organizer

I’m a day late in posting my DIY for the week. Reason being?? Well, simply I was too tired to actually write a blog post yesterday. It happens to the best of us… I didn’t want to take the chance of writing a bad post, so instead I took a nap (a much needed one)!

I’ve been working my new VIP Kid job early in the morning, like I’m talking about 4am! So, my body is just getting use to a new schedule.

This week’s DIY was inspired by a friend who suggested diying a mail organizer (thanks friend)! 😉 It’s always fun to get others involved with my blog and it helps to spark inspiration within my life as well!

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About 1 week ago while walking with Little Johnny, I spotted a pallet just laying on the side of the road. Call me crazy, but I have always wanted to create something with a pallet. I just never actually got around to finding one. It just so happened that the pallet was about 2 blocks down from my house, so of course Little Johnny and I quickly jumped in the car and headed over. The funny thing is it definitely was too big to fit in my car, so I drove slowly with my back hatch open…I was determined to get that pallet home! 🙂

Now, there is another part to this story as well…Just that morning before taking our walk I was talking on the phone with my Nana & Papa. They have been doing a lot of yard work in preparation for the summer! My Papa shared with me that he used the leftover pallet that was delivered to them as flower boxes! Here’s a picture of it! Patriotic spirit…perfect for this Memorial Day Weekend! We’re loving on pallet this week over here! 🙂

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Don’t you love it?! This idea happened to get my creative juices flowing. I knew I could create a mail box organizer from a pallet as well. You want to know the best part about pallets (humor me by saying yes)…

  1. A lot of the nailing and gluing is already done for you, it’s just a matter of cutting and figuring out what you would like to create with it.
  2. Many times palettes are free! If you can’t find it on the side of the road, then try going to a local grocery store and see if they’ll give away theirs!
  3. More than 1 project can be created with it!

Did I get you hooked on pallets yet?! 😉 I still have a bunch of the sections left, so maybe another project will come soon from it!

Upcycling A Pallet into A Mail Organizer


I have one more story before moving onto the details… My intention was to hang this mail organizer on the wall. Long story short…that definitely didn’t go as planned. As soon as I tried hanging it, the mail organizer fell…and myy wine bottle shattered (luckily Little Johnny was asleep).

SO, lesson learned…it’s too heavy to hang on the wall. I could use heavy-duty brackets, but I just didn’t feel like messing with it anymore. My gut was saying “LEAVE IT BE”! So, here it sits, on my side table. I’m actually not hating the look of it.

Onto the steps…

Grab your jig saw, and let’s get started!

1.I used my jig saw to cut out one section of the pallet and then cut it in half so I that I had 1 “box”.

2.I detached a board from the unused “box” and used wood glue to adhere it to the bottom of the other box.

3. I stained the back using a dark walnut color and an off white finish for the front board.

4. Then, I painted two chalkboard labels (using chalkboard paint) to create the “his & her” sign.

5. Once that was dried I attached the wine bottle using wood glue inside the center of the “box”.

Below are the pictures of how I’m using it within my home. If you can figure out a way to secure this to the wall, by all means do it! I like the look, but it just didn’t work out for me…

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What else could I create with a pallet? Could you see yourself making this?

Here’s to a restful weekend!

Wishing you well,

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DIY Home Decor

DIY Friday~ Beach Treasures Turned into Home Decor

Recently we spent a day at the beach (Ponce Inlet) , which Johnny loved playing in the sand along with finding every stick possible. This DIY project was inspired by my little boy’s exploration. Johnny spotted this beach log that he really enjoyed playing with, and of course with my DIY mindset I knew I could make it into something. So, I took his adventure treasure and turned it into a beautiful home decor. (Yup, I took this beauty home with me.) =)

I’m trying to turn our small place into a home, at least for now until we someday buy our own place (with the biggest front porch ever!) ;). Most of these DIY projects have a sentimental meaning and a story to go along with it. As I sit in my home I truly love looking at everything that I made. As a SAHM I find it to be my job to make our home cozy, comfortable & inviting, which I feel like I’m finally achieving that. It’s my way of contributing to our little family. Plus a fun little hobby for me!

Beach Log Hook 


{Supplies}

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  • beach wood with a hook shape branch
  • Americana chalky paint (in the color lace)
  • mason jar
  • string (or twine)
  • scissors
  • paint brush
  • sand paper

{Steps}

1.Sand the beach wood and make sure to round out any sharp edges

2.Run the beach wood under water and scrub off any excess dirt/sand.

3. Paint the beach wood using the chalky paint (one coat is plenty)

4. Let it dry (usually 15-20 minutes) then lightly sand the beach wood to give it a finished look.

5. To make the string hanger for the mason jar, follow these steps below.

img_4420First, wrap the string around the top of the jar 3 times.

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6. take a screw and picture hanger backing and screw it into the back of the wood.

And, you’re done! Super easy! It looks rustic, bet yet chic. (which, I’m all about these days.)

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What to place in the mason jar?

  • seashells
  • rocks
  • flowers
  • pebbles
  • succulents
  • herbs
  • tea light

Can you see yourself using this in your home? What would you put in the jar?

Wishing You Well,

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