free pantry upgrade

Bwahahaha, I can’t even say that with a straight face. ¬†ūüôā

See, here in blogland the ‘pantry reveal’ has been the recent IT thing. ¬†There are matching containers, fancy labels and stenciled shelving. ¬†Oh my! ¬†(I couldn’t resist.)

But, this is more of a pallet-turned-box type of thing. ¬†Well, it IS a pallet turned box. ¬†Or, let’s say crate … that’s a much more appealing term don’t you think. ¬†So … sorry for the false advertising. ¬†I don’t have a pantry … but we all need a place for our canned goods, right?!

And, since it’s been established that we live in a breadbox, I need to be creative.

I’ve had our pantry type items in the hutch since we moved here. ¬†But once the hutch became the tv stand, that’s been kind of weird.

I know, I know … storage is storage, but still weird all the same.

So, I decided to make a box crate out of a pallet. And it didn’t cost me a penny. ¬†Not many things make me smile more than the word FREE. ¬†ūüôā

Well,¬†dragon berry¬†mojitos make me smile pretty big…but that’s not really¬†relevant here now is it.

So, I didn’t actually take a before picture … but … it was a pallet. ūüėČ ¬†Similar to this one. And I used the same technique to remove the slats, a hammer and pry bar along with some cursing and a blister on my forefinger.

Those last two are totally optional. ¬†ūüôā

I knew where I wanted my crate to go in my kitchen, so I measured my space and cut my slats to size (14 inches long).  Based on the height I wanted, I needed 3 slats per side (one wide one and two narrow ones), so I cut 12 pieces the same length.

I took a little piece of scrap wood (maybe a  1 x 1) I had and cut it so I could use it as the brace to attach each of the sides of my crate together.  The height was measuring about 12 inches so I cut my little brackets, if you will, about 10 inches long.  Just long enough so I could get one screw into each of the three pallet slats on each side of the soon-to-be-crate.

Are you following along with all of the numbers Carol? ¬†ūüėČ
Ok, here’s the thought process … I wanted the front to be only a view of the slats, meaning the front and back slats would overlap the slats on the sides. ¬†So, in the picture above, you see how I lined my brackets up flush with the edge of the slats for the sides of the crate. ¬†I attached the 4 brackets to both ends of the slats for both of the sides. ¬†Then, by lining up the slats for the front (and then back) of the crate, I was able to attach the brackets to the slats creating a bottomless and topless box. ¬†Confused yet?

This pic is of the 2 sides with the brackets attached … ready to be attached to the front and the back sides of the crate.

Why yes, I do work construction on the coffee table. ¬†ūüôā

Which makes now seem like a good time for a few tips:
1. ¬†Don’t do construction on the coffee table unless you’re ok with a sawdusty mess. ¬†ūüôā
2. Drilling pilot holes for your screws (like I did here) is always a time saver … for those interested in saving time and sanity and maybe a little bit of finger flesh.
3.  One might want to wash their pallet with some sort of disinfectant cleaner.
4.  Sanding the slats before working with them, or wearing gloves while handling the slats would probably be a good idea.

But, I’m not one to judge so if you happen to forego any of these tips your crate is still cool with me. ¬†ūüôā

Ok, where were we … once I had all of the sides connected, I added a bottom. ¬†This is probably backwards carpentry, but that’s how I roll.

AND, so I didn’t have to rip down the width of any of the pallet slats, I spaced them so they aren’t wide enough apart for any canned goods to fall through, but not exactly a solid wood bottom. ¬†Like so.

Then I drilled holes on either side of my crate to run some rope through for handles.

And because I didn’t want people peaking at my canned goods (that’s what she said), I added a top by just cutting more pallet slats the length I needed and adding a few pallet slats to the underside to attach them all together. ¬†Like so.

And because I love me some driftwood, I just screwed on a piece that I thought would work as a handle.

After I admired her for a few hours I decided to add some random stenciling. ¬†My new favorite hobby. ¬†ūüôā

I picked a not so random number and then stenciled the word CURACAO along the front. Kind of like it’s a crate of canned goods on its way to Curacao. ¬†Appropriate I’d say.

Thank goodness, because we all know who doesn’t like random stenciling around here. ¬†ūüėČ

I finished her off by hand sanding the whole crate to distress the stenciling and smooth out the finish a bit. ¬†Oh, and just to clarify, all of the nail holes you see on the outside of the crate of from it’s previous life as a pallet. ¬†Building the crate with the brackets on the inside eliminates any new visual nail or screws. ¬†And I really like the rustic look of the open holes from it’s life as a pallet. ¬†Score!

While I was at it, I was inspired to add another driftwood shelf below our jute wrapped rusty pipe pot rack.

I think she makes a good pair with the other driftwood shelf action we have going on in our little kitchen. ¬†Which … I think looks nice and dandy below the other pallet project I’ve done in this space.

And, because this has turned into a mini kitchen tour … here’s my attempt at storing some of our less ugly kitchen things in plain sight.

Seriously, if you want to make your very own pallet crate, it really is easy, feel free to¬†email me¬†for more detail. ¬†I know you can do it … and who doesn’t love FREE, stylish storage?

And another little side note, the only electric tool I used is my drill/screwdriver … no fancy equipment required. ¬†Bonus!

What about you, have you made anything out of a pallet? ¬†Do you store your canned goods in a crate? ¬†Did you spend time with family over the holiday weekend or tear something apart to re-purpose it? ¬†I guess you can figure out what I did. ¬†ūüôā

AND … because I confessed my newest life blog goal here, and clearly I’m a bit delusional, I’m going to be linking up here¬†in addition to¬†here and at: ¬†BNOTP, Home Stories A to Z, Savvy Southern Style, Remodelaholic, Today’s Creative and Addicted 2 Decorating.

doing a lot…and gettin’ nothin’ done

Hi, hi!

Nothin’ like waiting all off-season to get wrecked on the 2nd lap. ¬†I can’t even imagine the disappointment for the team. ¬†ūüė¶

Anyone else watch the Daytona 500 last night? ¬†Or, just judge me for the habit? ¬†ūüôā

And I move on…

Do you ever feel like you’re working on so many things but not really accomplishing anything?

That is where I am right now. (more…)

Wedding #1 Memento Part 2

Happy Day after Valentine’s Day. ¬†Hopefully everyone is feeling incredibly loved. ¬†It seems appropriate to finish up my wedding memento during this week of love.

So, where did we leave off? ¬†Like a month ago…geez, sorry!

Ah yes, with this beauty.

I had a box that, size-wise, was going to work great to just set my newly made frame (check out part 1 of this memento to get caught up on how we got from California to married and then from Curacao to a little driftwood frame), trace the inside edge and cut.
Really, I couldn’t even at least get my pen tip on my already traced line so it would kind of look like an action shot? ¬†Guess not. ūüôā
As you can see, my cutting wasn’t perfect. ¬†But, my plan was to wrap the cardboard with the brown napkin so it didn’t really matter. ¬†I only had to make sure that the cardboard wrapped in napkin was 1) big enough that there were no “air gaps”, meaning that there were no spots I could see in between the frame and the napkin to what was behind it and 2) small enough that it could be wedged in and cover all of the shims so only the driftwood part of the frame could be seen from the front.

It was just a process of trial and error really.

I also decided I didn’t need to cut the napkin. ¬†I just wrapped the cardboard and used some pins to pin it tight on the back side.
I did play around with ways I could layer the veil so I wouldn’t have to cut it, but I liked the look of only one layer of the tulle so I ended up cutting a piece that I could then just pull tight and pin to the napkin and cardboard.

I had these ribbons in my stash.
The cream colored ribbon I used to wrap my bouquet (read: three hydrangea blossoms I cut that day from a bush in the front yard of our house) of hydrangeas together and the green ribbon we strung our rings on for our youngest nephew to carry as ring bearer.

Truth be told, the ring bearer action…including the green ribbon…only happened at wedding #2, but I’m including it anyway. ¬†Because…I had this idea to make it kind of like a charm necklace.
The charms include a very inexpensive, but very sentimental, ring. ¬†One Joel had given me almost 9 years previously and that I had worn on my left index finger everyday since…I’m not really a switch up my jewelry sort of gal….clearly. ¬†:/

I also cut out a pair of champagne glasses from one of the cards we received. ¬†And I made a little “pendant” out of my wedding dress tag…which I happened to buy at Anthropologie.

And there just so happened to be the perfect rusty nail in the driftwood frame I could tie my charm ribbon to.
The cream ribbon was long enough that I could just use it as sort of a boarder, just folding it over at the corners and hot gluing…
Please excuse the dog hair stuck to the glue gun. ¬†ūüôā

I then used the same embellished pins I used to hold my bouquet together on wedding day to add one more fun corner detail.
I cut out meaningful parts of each of the cards we received that day and randomly glued them on top of the ribbon.

If you don’t know, or remember, why we only got 4 cards at wedding #1,¬†here’s the refresher.

And then, I made what I think is a cute little “framed” picture…other than that stupid house right between our heads. ¬†ūüôā
I just cut off a couple corners of one of the cards we received, squared them off, and then cut a square to size from the lining (Yes, it was one of those fancy shmancy cards with a lining layer!  We have fancy shmancy friends.), glued it on the bigger square and then just hand cut the picture of us with rounded corners to fit.

It looked a little like this.
And this. ¬†ūüôā
What can I say, I’m much more of a trial and error sort of gal. ¬†Measure-and-do-it-right-the-first-time is highly overrated. ¬†ūüėČ

All in all, I’m left with another FREE and uber-meaningful addition to our gallery wall.
She fits in so well right below one of my favorite pics from wedding #1.

Here she is all together and up close.
What do you think? ¬†Did you do anything fun with your wedding cards? ¬†We still have wedding #2 cards…so I’m in need of ideas.

Have you ever made a frame out of driftwood?  If you want some tips, check here.

If you did happen to do anything fun with your little wedding mementos I’d love to see it. Feel free to post it on my Facebook page. ¬†ūüôā

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I am sharing this project here and at:
BNOTP, Home Stories A to Z, Savvy Southern Style, Remodelaholic, and Sugar Bee Crafts.

Friday Features! (on Thursday) And a new Community for me!

We’re turning impossibilities into possibilities here people, and I’m not just talking about me and my fellow challenge hosts. ¬† But, to check us out (our project updates I mean) please click on our names here: Karah¬†– that’s me!, Kari¬†from Thistlewood Farm,¬†Kelly¬†from Eclectically Vintage, Linda¬†from It All Started With Paint, Stacey¬†from A Sort of Fairytale and¬†Andrea¬†from The Cottage Market.

And, before we take a look at what some of the other challengers have going on, I need to get my brag on for just a sec. ¬†I have been having some fun email banter with an AWESOME blog out of Maryland (I can hear all my MD peeps collectively going “awwww”.), One Project Closer. ¬†Being that I am a New England Patriots fan and Ethan is a Baltimore Ravens fan, we have agreed to not discuss the ever important game that will be happening this coming Sunday afternoon. ¬†I would hate to have to verbally berate a new blog friend over email right off the bat. ¬†ūüėČ

Anyway, Fred asked if they could add me to their Blog Community!  Are you serious? Heck yeah!  And just check me out with my new Community neighbors.  I am in such good company, take a look.

This is such a great feature on their site that scrolls through new posts from all of the blogs in the Community.  You should definitely check it out here.

You’ll see some familiar names when you’re there like Centsational Girl and Young House Love, and I was also pleased to discover a few new favs like Emily from Merrypad¬†and Brittany the Pretty Handy Girl. ¬†She just made a Valentine’s Day heart out of twigs, and you all know how I heart natural elements. ¬†Check it out here! ¬†And there are many more, be sure to take a minute to visit the community and snoop around my new neighborhood!

AND, big news for all you TSB (get it, the space between!) readers. ¬†One Project Closer¬†is going to be sponsoring our very first ever TSB Giveaway! ¬†How exciting is that? I know, VERY exciting. ¬†It’s going to be in January so stay tuned. ¬†I am giddy excited about it and hope you are too!! ¬†ūüôā ¬†(Big, phat grin.)

OK … now let’s check out some of the other challengers updates. ¬†Take a look below and please be sure to click over to their blogs to see more detail. ¬†Feel free to let ’em know I sent you!

Let me introduce you to Jess from Making Over the Martins.

As a side note, my mother’s maiden name is Martin and when I first met Jess I let her know we could all use a make over when she gets a chance. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Am I right, De?

She is giving her pantry an overhaul.  Just look at her progress.
Seriously, we all know these organization projects get worse before they get better, don’t we?! ¬†But you have to go over to Making over the Martins to see what cute little tags she made for some of the organization bins she’ll be using.

AND, Jess said this challenge has inspired her to aim higher and do more. ¬†I can’t even tell you how happy that makes me. ¬†ūüôā

Now let’s check out Meg from Mega Crafty. ¬†You guys might all remember her as the fabulous Meg who hosted the Crafty Christmas Tree Challenge that highlighted my driftwood tree and a lot of the homemade ornaments I made in December.

Well she has kindly accepted my invite to join up here and she is tackling her Craft Studio. First, I just have to say that I WANT A CRAFT STUDIO. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Now that I’ve got that off my chest, take a look at her space as it is at the beginning of the challenge.
Now, get over to Mega Crafty to see what it used to look like all tidied up, AND to get in on her giveaway that ends TONIGHT!! ¬†(Hence the Friday Features on Thursday – I wanted to give you guys all a chance to enter to win.) ¬†That’s right, she is giving away a great book that she discovered she has two of in her de-cluttering process. ¬†The giveaway closes tonight so head over now so you don’t miss out!

And Meg, I have that exact same basket that’s in the bottom of the pic above. ¬†ūüôā

Now let’s check out Katie from Newcomb Home. ¬†You may need to sit down for this – you know, for all of you who work on the computer standing up. ¬†ūüėČ

Katie and her husband are going to gut and remodel their kitchen and add 144 square feet to their home! ¬†This project gets me so excited I can’t stand it. ¬†No, she’s not going to attempt to get this all done by January 31st, but she used this little challenge to push them over the edge to get started. ¬†She has a great post you have to check out if you’re considering getting started on anything like this, or just love the numbers.

And, I just love this quote she included in her post (right above our cute button), click here to get there.
So, those of you who know me personally know I am quite infatuated with Jimmie Johnson…the NASCAR driver.

Well, Dana from Cooking at Cafe D is infatuated with Jimmy Johns, the restaurant. ¬†In fact, her whole family is. ¬†So much so that they had Jimmy Johns cater their wedding rehearsal dinner AND they’re redoing their kitchen in full JJ decor. ¬†That’s right folks, you heard me, a full kitchen redo in a Jimmy Johns theme.

How fun is that!?!

Here’s a sneak peak at one thing they have in mind, but you seriously have to go to Cooking at Cafe D to see all of the fun details!
This is just a handful of some of the awesome projects in the works for this challenge.

Are in you? ¬†I sure do hope so. ¬†To read all about the idea click here to read my intro post. And don’t forget to check out the OPC (get it, One Project Closer) Community page.

the space between

I do! We did (Twice!). I finally made a memento about it.

Yep, we’ve been officially hitched for over 2 years now. Time sure flies when you’re living on a Caribbean island having fun. ūüôā ¬†A couple years earlier my brother got married, moved out of state and had a baby. ¬†So, in an effort to try to up him, in 2009 I got married TWICE (to the same guy) and moved out of the country.

State to state move, whatevah, I’m movin’ to an island. ¬†Booyah!

But, I personally think all of my nephews and nieces pretty much Trump everything else on this planet so I guess Brother=1, Me=0. ¬†Boooo. ¬†ūüėČ

But, I did end up with a pretty rad husband and too many wonderful memories to count so it all seems to have worked out for me.
A couple of pics from wedding #1 on display on our beautiful wedding #2 day.

And these were our “what the heck did we just do?” faces. ¬†ūüôā
Hmmm, the hubs face seems a bit more natural than mine…

Anyway, when I was procrasti-cleaning and got sifting through my bag o’ stuff, I got all warm and fuzzy when I came across our wedding stuff. ¬†Or, was it just the heat from living 12 degrees from the equator? ¬†ūüėČ

See, we knew we were moving to Curacao toward the end of the year in 2009, so we had thought that after 10 years it might be a good year to make it all official. ¬†You know, for all the unromantic reasons – additional security in case anything were to happen to either of us abroad, visa status, etc. ¬†The reality is we choose to share our lives together day after day for all the mushy, romantic reasons. That’s just how we do it around here. ¬†You know?!?

Hello youngness!  This pic was taken in 2002 and yes Deanna, I still have (and wear) that shirt.

As it turns out, I smile a little on the inside every time I refer to him as my husband.  One lucky lady I am!
Since our weddings (Yep, after 10 years 1 wedding just wasn’t enough, or was it that our planned wedding for family wasn’t early enough to process all of our paperwork for our move as a married couple? ¬†Details, details!) were quickly followed by a move out of the country I tossed all of the memorabilia into the grab bag, until now. ¬†I was actually looking for something for an entirely different project but I got distracted inspired. I ended up making a wedding card ornament¬†in December from cards we got at wedding #2 and then gathering items from wedding #1.

I had forgotten that I had kept my napkin from dinner after wedding #1. ¬†Unlike Sherry¬†from Young House Love,¬†I had kept mine intentionally, I never made any attempt to return it and I never for a moment felt bad about it. ¬†Not sure exactly what that says about me, but I’m not all that worried about it. ¬†ūüôā ¬†When I rediscovered it, and my other mementos my creative juices started flowing.

Here’s the scoop with the 2 weddings. ¬†The evening Joel¬†told me we were getting married that summer proposed was perfect. ¬†We shared dinner with great friends and Jayne made me an engagement ring out of a paper straw cover. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I immediately called my mom and was happy to let her organize the small wedding of her my dreams. ¬†(Totally kidding Mom!) ¬†We decided it would be in Maine (where I am from and most of the fam still lives), we picked a date, coordinated travel plans with Joel’s family to fly out from the midwest and preperations were in full swing.

Then, we got a little call, saying there was a little problem, that all of the little details for our paperwork needed to be organized by a date a little sooner than we had realized. Bring on wedding #2, which actually was wedding #1 since it happened first, but planned second.  Got it?

It turned out absolutely perfect.  We were living in Maryland at the time so we asked 4 of our favorite local couples to join us, asked a local restaurant owner we knew to marry us (he had become a legal wedding officiant to officiate another wedding before), knew of the perfect location to make it all official and had an absolute ball!  With our compact little group I had just the right amount of mementos to create something that will remind me of each and every part of that day and the people we shared it with.  Love.
You can just pretend that house in the background is not exactly between our heads. ¬†ūüėČ

Here’s the skinny, I had been in the middle of my driftwood Christmas tree projects¬†so I had the idea to make a frame out of driftwood and somehow make some kind of memento that would represent everyone who shared our day.

I started with the napkin and thought it would look neat to put a layer of the tulle I used for my veil over it.  Truth be told, I only wore the veil at wedding #2, but I went with it anyway.
I used a very strategic¬†mathematics (is mathematic without an s not really a word?) formula to decide on just the right size. ¬†I folded the napkin in quarters. ¬†ūüôā

Turns out I had a couple pieces of driftwood that appeared they would work well as a frame with this quartered size. ¬†So I got out my compounding miter saw hand saw and little carpenter’s triangle and headed out to my workshop patio table with my supervisor Marley.
One of the pieces had a few rusty screw heads showing and the other had a rusty nail coming out of it so I just worked around that when cutting.  I wanted these details included in the frame if possible.

TIP!!! ¬†When using a hand saw first score a line all the way across your wood along your desired cut line so then when you end up sawing at the natural cutting angle your cut line will follow your scored line and end up where you want it. ¬†It can so easily get out of line, why can’t my pen mark just work as a saw magnet?!?

Also, I marked on the backside of the wood because I knew I wasn’t going to be doing any painting or anything that would cover up an arrant pen mark if my cut line didn’t cut along my pen line exactly. ¬†This may have resulted in cutting just one angle the wrong way. ¬†Drats!

TIP!!! ¬†#2 – Measure, remeasure, turn your wood around to make sure your line is drawn at the right angle to actually create a mitered frame, measure one more time, then cut. ¬†ūüôā

Once I had my 4 pieces cut, I set them up to see if any trimming or angle sanding was necessary.  All the angles actually looked pretty good but, what became my bigger problem was that the thickness of the two different pieces of wood (I was able to get 2 sides for the frame out of each of the 2 pieces of wood I used) was not the same.
See the top and bottom pieces? ¬†(Kind of a¬†rhetorical question.) ¬†But see how the top piece is stacked on a too thick shim and the bottom piece¬†is too thin? ¬†My plan was to use L brackets along each corner to attach it all together because I didn’t want any of the hardware showing. ¬†But, in order to do that my thicknesses had to be the same if I wanted the frame to be flat in the front, which I did. ¬†Make sense?

Soooo, I just tried a few different things. ¬†I actually screwed in that too thick shim first. You know, ’cause I can¬†mussel¬†that sucker and screw it in so tight that it will end up the right thickness. ¬†Yeah, let’s just say that didn’t work out. ¬†And now I had awesome little screw holes that prevented my screws from holding tight on the next go ’round. ¬†Deep breaths…or was it cursing under my breath…I don’t remember exactly. ¬†ūüėČ

But, I just so happened to still have a pile of sawdust lying around from my adventures in driftwood Christmas tree making (here, here, and here) so I went with a little ol’ woodworking trick.
Now, some might mix in a bowl or measure quantities even. ¬†But, my theory is always “why dirty something I am just going to then have to clean?”, and my hands were already dirty, and I didn’t need so much that I thought measuring was necessary. ¬†Some might also take their wedding bands off if mixing glue in their hand but whatevah. ¬†ūüôā

So, I filled the screw holes and while the putty dried I found a paint stir stick I thought might work for shims and cut it into about 3 inch long pieces.  I played around with different thicknesses and finally picked a combination of different shims and stir stick pieces that I thought was the best match.  I actually also used a few pieces of a thick card stock type of material, just to try to get the thickness just right.  You never know when your dog bone box inserts are going to come in handy.

Having to come up with creative solutions to overcome the imperfections of aged, weathered and otherwise not brand new and perfectly sized pieces is of course an inconvenience.  But, the huge upside in using these materials is the character in the end result.  Give a little, get a little I guess.

I actually had 4 previously used, weathered and otherwise not brand new and perfectly square L brackets I decided to use to attach the frame together.  They had held an old project together that I had recently disassembled so I just had to use our wonder bar (yes, I think wonder bra every time I say that) and a hammer to pry the L brackets off since the screws holding them in were rusty and stripped.
When I got them off they all looked a little wonky, but I just hammered them into our concrete patio a few times and they straightened right out.  Some might choose to use a more careful approach as to not risk ruining a concrete patio, or even buy new L brackets (Blasphemy!) but this worked for me.

So, then I just lined up the L brackets along each corner of the frame and screwed them in.  A couple things to point out here:

  • I would have loved to have had driftwood piece with the rusty screws along the top of the frame, but since that was the thicker piece of wood and didn’t need any shims, the only way to hide the shims I did have to use was to put the thicker wood along each side. ¬†This is, of course, assuming that people don’t crouch underneath or climb on top of the memento to get a closer look. ¬†From the normal, eye level angles the side view will be just a nice thick piece o’ driftwood.
  • If you’re using shims, make sure your screw is not only long enough to attach the L bracket to your frame but also to your shims, BUT NOT LONG ENOUGH TO COME OUT THE FRONT.
  • Drilling pilot holes slightly smaller than the diameter of your screw (AND SHORTER THAN THE DEPTH OF YOUR WOOD) will help in the L bracket attachment process. ¬†It will prevent your screws from sliding out of place and moving the location of your L bracket when you’re screwing them in.
  • Please especially adhere to all advice in ALL CAPS ABOVE.

These all caps might lead you to believe that I made this mistake. ¬†Oddly enough, I didn’t. I know, I’m surprised too. ¬†ūüôā

I was just very aware of this because 1) I wanted the natural wood frame and knew I wouldn’t be able to cover up this mistake and keep the look I wanted and 2) I didn’t have any other driftwood on hand that would work if I screwed this first frame up.

So, I checked my screws a few times.
And then I actually attached my drill bit to only expose the depth of the drill bit I wanted to use so I couldn’t accidentally drill all the way through when making my pilot holes.
You could also use a piece of painters tape on your drill bit to designate when you should stop drilling.  I personally needed something just a tad more fool proof.

This handy little container made the move to Curacao and I was able to find the 16 screws I needed in the right lengths to attach the 4 L brackets with 4 holes each. ¬†I just went straight to my “flat top” labeled section. ¬†Yep, I say, if you’re going to keep random odds and ends you might as well have them labeled in a way you can actually find them when you find an opportunity to use them. ¬†Dork!
Then I just drilled each hole and attached.  I went one corner at a time, so I drilled the 4 holes for one L bracket then screwed them in, then reset the frame to make sure it was where I wanted and moved to the next corner.  This took more time, switching out the drill bit and screwdriver bit for each corner, but worked for me.

Ok, seriously, this post is over 2100 words long and we haven’t even gotten to the pretty part yet?

But alas, we have a frame.

From this view you can see the shims as attached on the backside.
Just to be clear, I didn’t attach the shims to the back of the frame pieces¬†separately¬†from the L brackets. ¬†When I drilled my pilot holes I drilled through the shims and frame where necessary and just used the one screw per L bracket hole to attach all of the layers together.

You can also see the box I used. ¬†I just traced the inside of the frame and cut out a flat piece of cardboard as the base for the insert of my finished project. ¬†Yes, there really is going to be a finished product, I swear. ¬†ūüôā

From this front view you can see how the mitered corners look attached. ¬†As you can see the bottom right corner gave me a little trouble. ¬†It is actually the top right corner in the end – I had plans for that rusty little nail – but I just couldn’t get it to attach flush. ¬†I fiddled with it a bit, unscrewed, puttied, re-screwed a few times and then just decided I was OK with it since I couldn’t seem to make it any cleaner looking.

Ok, I am going to let you all ponder what has been the awesomeness of driftwood, mitering, drilling, screwing, puttying and cardboarding. ¬†Hmmmm. ¬†I’m not sure how I feel about it either, but at this point I kinda feel like I’m just holding you all hostage.

Before we go, here’s just one more little tid bit of what became our Wedding #1 Memento.

Any idea why that’s included?

Have a grand day everyone! ¬†Final results of Wedding #1 Memento to come soon! ¬†And, don’t forget to sign up for our little challenge. ¬†Did you see what little exceptional progress I made in the first week here?

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I am sharing this project here, here, here and here. Check ‚Äėem out!

Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge

Doug Larson once said “Some of the greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible”.


Uhhhh, are you talkin’ to me?¬† Like directly at me, with a harsh glare and aggressive pointy finger?

That’s ok, I’m not in denial.¬† I know I’m not the brightest bulb in this chandelier of life.¬† But I sure do¬†try hard.

So, when I got an email from Karianne at Thistlewood Farm and Kelly from Eclectically Vintage (yes, the same Kelly who featured my personalized map dresser¬†– Thanks again Kelly!) telling me about their great idea I was all in!¬† Picture me sliding my whole stack o’ chips to black.¬† ūüôā

I didn’t even know about this Doug Larson guy quote until Karianne mentioned it, but man, is it true or what?¬† When she came across it she got to thinking, what was her impossible?¬† What did she truly believe she couldn’t do?¬† Then, what did some of her blog friends feel was impossible?¬† THEN, what if we all decided we were wrong?


“Imagine the Impossibilities”.

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As soon as I read the idea I got to thinkin’, what, if I were smart enough to know better, would be impossible?

A gallery wall with only one screw hole in the wall?¬† WHAT?!?¬† That’s totally impossible.¬† Isn’t it?

Well, we’re about to find out.

How many screws do you think went into these walls?




See, Karianne and Kelly came up with this awesome idea to challenge ourselves to a little Imagine the Impossible project.  They invited a few of their best blogger buddies and we invite all of YOU to take the challenge.  The Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge.

What would you try if you had no boundries?¬† What ideas do you have floating around that you (or others) think are just nuts?¬† What do you really just want to try even though a big part of you thinks it’s just not going to work?¬† (Uhhh, can you say gallery wall with one screw hole in the wall?)

It could be anything people!¬† Skydiving, mountain climbing, creative writing, closet organizing, gourmet cooking (or homemade bread making as Karianne will be trying).¬† Is it lamp painting, table decorating, long distance running, kayaking?¬† Your impossible is just that, YOURS!¬† There’s no too big or small, right or wrong.¬† What¬†limitations have you set for yourself that you might, just maybe, be able to talk yourself out of?

Oh, just Imagine the Impossibilities!

In addition to myself, here is the cast of characters.  Just click on their blog name to jump over to their site and check out some of the awesome stuff they have done already and learn more about their impossibles.

  • Kari – Thistlewood Farm.¬† Cooking is not her thing, but homemade bread is her challenge.
  • Kelly – Eclectically Vintage.¬† For all of you with basements that become black holes filled who knows what, she is going to be purging and organizing 16 years stuff.¬† We might need to send her husband down if she doesn’t resurface before the end of the month.
  • Linda – It All Started With Paint.¬† Painting a vaulted ceiling definitely sounds impossible to me.¬† Yikes!
  • Stacey – A Sort of Fairy Tale.¬† For someone who has hovered at the pillow case stage of sewing she will be attempting to sew a purse.¬† I didn’t even know peope do that.
  • Andrea – The Cottage Market.¬† She is going to be organizing her craft room.¬† I wonder if she could use any tips from here.¬† Oh, wait, she said craft room, not craft bookcase.¬† My bad.¬† ūüėČ

Update :  You can follow the one screw gallery wall experiment here and here and see the reveal here.

Our self imposed deadline is January 31st and we will all be posting weekly updates between now and then so check back¬†often to follow the “I Might Be Screwed (Just Once), A¬†Gallery Wall Experiement”.

All of our efforts, AND YOURS, will culminate in 6 separate link parties on January 31st, one on each of our blogs.  I personally, cannot wait to check out all of the links and pick a few favs to feature!

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Here’s how to join!

  1. Comment here with your personal impossible
  2. Grab our cool button (Thanks Andrea!) and get your best bloggy buddies involved
  3. Check back in on our progress, my update posts will be on Mondays (Jan 16, 23, 30) and I’d love comments about your progress along the way.
  4. Join our Link Party on January 31st.¬† We will all post the outcome of our impossible and I can’t wait to see yours!

Let’s do this!¬† Tackle the demons.¬† Dream the big dreams.¬† Move mountains.

What is your Impossible?

I am saring this idea here, here, here and here.

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