It feels like I have been away from this space for quite awhile.
Thanks for the kind comments about the garden habit posts that have been filling in for my usual wordiness.
We are settling in to new routines here...but anxious about what is around the corner.
At some point I will share what is going on here in our home and our family. But we still do not have all of the answers. But at least I feel like I can come up for air now.
Today I wanted to show you some of the pallet projects going on around here.
The patio has been complete for several weeks now, but we were in need of some furniture so that we could actually enjoy the space. And if you haven't shopped for outdoor furniture in a few years...its expensive as all get out!
And then I saw Rachel's table.
After seeing how Rachel and her husband used a pallet and a few castors to make an outdoor coffee table...I knew the answer to our furniture problem.
I started collecting pallets from alongside the road, behind stores, etc. Many of the pallets we found had color on them, but I like the look of the natural washed wood. The boys had a ball with this..."There's another one Mom! Quick Stop!" Kids have such good spotting eyes, ya know.
Here is our finished table. I love it so much. And all it cost us was the price of the castors. Which wasn't much.
We also ended up using pallets for several other projects. Actually we went a bit nuts with the pallets.
We are lucky enough to have the ugly green power box for the surrounding 8 houses in the corner of our yard. I absolutely hate looking at it. So we used two pallets nailed into a 90 degree angle to hide it. I planted a few volunteer morning glories at the base of the pallet. They are just starting to climb in and out of the slats. In a few more weeks, you won't even be able to see the box behind it.
S also came up with the idea of using pallets to upgrade our outdoor shower area. The pallets were perfect to raise the shower floor up out of the area that stays pretty muddy. He used pallets to also semi-enclose the area to give a bit more privacy and a place to hang towels and swim suits.
We have a new outdoor kid's table too. Its super long and skinny and we can fit 10 little people at it at a time. Perfect for summer time.
Have you had enough yet?
There's one more...
A good friend was getting rid of a sample piece of butcher block counter top left over from their recent kitchen remodel. S used it, plus left over pallet pieces to make this kitchen island for me. Now the stove top is free of the cast iron pans, but living on the bottom shelf of the island, they are ready at a moment's notice. And I love having so much room to chop up veggies fresh from the garden.
I told you we went a bit nuts. But we were having so much fun, we just couldn't stop ourselves.
We're feeling like we have a whole new backyard with the addition of the patio and all of the new finished projects.
I have a new post over at Simple Organic. A little diy project for summer travelers. Enjoy your weekend!
We have family coming into town, so ours will be full of crazy cousin time! So fun!