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April 29, 2014

Sweet Dreams~~~~ A New Pallet Headboard



It all started 


 my son, his Dream, 4 Pallets and a piece of plywood........








Oh Happy Day!



My son and daughter-in-law just moved into their new home, expecting their first baby boy July 6th!



With that said you know there is much to do and little time.............



When my son sets his mind on doing something their is no waiting........


                   he jumps all in, excited with anticipation  







He decided he wanted to make a pallet headboard for the master bedroom in the new home.



I know you have seen them.......



Pallets are all the rage!




He knew mom ( that's me) had all the tools he needed to make this job happen quickly and efficiently.






Plus he knows I love a DIY project and




             ..................I have a love for Pallets




So he brought over 4 new pallets (not aged) to make this beaut!



When I saw the new pallet's 


            ..............I knew we had to put our creative hats on to make these look aged



First order was to take all the pallets apart



He originally tried to pry these apart



he quickly found out that was just too much work






...........Ain't nobody got time for that..........



he was in a hurry



..........I mean he has got a baby on the way........



so he came over to mom and dads to put to use a power tool 



...........A sawzall........



                               This is a remarkable tool {a reciprocating saw}.........








If my son were writing this post he would tell you.........


tell you that "it is his best friend" :)      OH HAPPY DAY!


...............tell you "how much precious time this power tool saved him".........


he would tell you that "you should never ever do a pallet project without a sawzall"


SERIOUSLY!!


lastly he would SAY" every DIY'er should own a sawzall"


Once you use it you will be so happy


 so happy you bought one, I mean you can do so much with them.








Within 30 minutes he all all the boards cut off the pallets ready to sand and stain.







After that a light sanding to knock down the roughness of the wood



NO SPLINTER"S ...........right!









now the fun part, we laid on the stain............


the stain colors we used were...............


  • Special Walnut
  • Dark Walnut
  • English Walnut
  • Ebony





I know your wondering how we got those new boards to look so weathered.


Well I got this idea............



with the use of some watered down paint



I lightly gave the new board {before stain}



..................................a light washing with paint



then over the top of that we applied the stain.














the different paint colors we used were a blue, cream, mustard, grey, red



we got some beautiful manmade weathered looking boards


                                       ...............I was in creative heaven............



I mean you should have seen the three of us, I mean the four, me, my son his wife and little baby in the oven,Trenton Samuel





we were doing a project as a family and having a blast being creative



                                                          "TOGETHER"



I mean that's what life is all about, making memories with those you cherish and love,








While watching a beautiful piece of art emerge.....



                                   After all the boards were stained




Brad, my son took a piece of 4x8 plywood and had it cut to 4x7, stained it with ebony stain



then we proceeded to place all the boards on the plywood like a puzzle








He did not want the boards seams to line up in each row


 so he put them in a lovely mismatched order, like hardwood floors


I & his wifey helped decide where the different color boards went within this beautiful work of Art





I could see the look of satisfaction on his face from building his very first project,


the satisfaction like when he was a little boy


                          and caught his first fish


                                   ................like when he hit his first home-run :)


ah, those precious memories.



With determination we pressed on, he was determined to get this project headboard up on his wall the same day!





I mean he is so much like his momma!



                      excited & can't wait to see the end reveal in it's new home




We all three, I mean four finished off the headboard by sealing it with a satin Polyurethane.



Step-dad took it over in his truck and then proceeded to helped him put it up on the wall.



Once it was on the wall with some heafty screw making sure it was in the studs,


We all stood back and looked in awe..........


                                         at how beautiful this looked with it all put together.



Brad still had one thing to do before this was marked



                                                             .........COMPLETE


 he made a trip to Ikea.......



                             He wanted to shed a little light on the subject 






Do the lights not look beautiful against the wood!!


After a day of fun filled project Pallet headboard,


at sunset, we all sat down to a grilled steak dinner in their new home, with a new DIY pallet headboard installed and a look of accomplishment on my sweet little boys face.



"SWEET MOMENTS"


have you done a pallet headboard?


   If so please share.




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4 Thoughtful Comments:

Donna strishock said...

Beautiful... I love this look. It reminds me of a room called the Barn Wood at the Lodge at Lake Lure. My sisters, Bryte and Tambra, and I took mom, Frances Summerell, there for spring break in March. Donna strishock

Lori @ Color It Simple said...

thanks Donna for your comment, I would love to see that Lodge :)

Melissa Squire said...

Did you let the paint wash dry first before applying the stain?

Lori @ Color It Simple said...

Melissa, yes I did, it only took a couple minutes for the paint to dry since I did not put it on heavy.

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