DIY Pallet Bed

Project 1
In the post before I shared some ideas for wood pallets I was able to get my hands on (wow there popular now) and promised to share the projects I would finish. Therefore below is a tutorial for Project 1.
OK ill admit, this project has actually been finished for about 2 months now :( ... I know I know ... but I'm excited to share with you now the wonderful Pallet Bed I made for my daughter Audre!
To begin I looked for the sturdy one of the pallets and the closes to the length of her toddler mattress. I then hammered in all the nails sticking out and added a nail or two too the wood slabs that needed it.
As you can tell from the top picture there were a couple slabs missing and one that was rotted and needed to be replaced. Thankfully my husband had quite a few scraps laying around I could dig through. From there I measured and cut to the right length for my pallet. After nailed to the pallet I then just needed to sand getting it ready for the paint. The sanding was done with my husband's electric sander.
Before I could paint however I wiped the pallet down to get rid of the saw dust it was covered in. THEN.... the painting! I choose just a plain cheap white paint. You can find it any where...family dollar even carries white paint...who knew... but I actually didn't have to buy any because we had some left over from a different project.
I then applied only one coat because the old antique look was what I was going for. Then after a day of drying I took the electric sander to the pallet again, focusing more on the edges and sides.
After this we went to Ace Hardware and bought 4 wheels to attach to the bottom for legs.
Next came the kinda hard part. Starting with a sheet of plywood cut out to the size I needed for a headboard (which we had left over from a different project :)) I used some thin baseboard pieces my husband had laying around (lucky me) to give it a frame. I used wood glue and my husband's nail gun to keep it in place. This idea came from here. Then it just needed some paint. I kept it simple and just matched it to the bed. After drying I took the nail gun to attach it to the bed frame. You cant really use heavy wood for the frame or it wont be sturdy when away from the wall.
These are the wheels we had choose.
The outcome is amazing! I really didn't think it was going to look this good. I'm very excited with the way it turned out. My daughters room is so little as it is so the bed is perfect!
You cant really tell in the picture but I ordered a mini chandelier online for the room as well :) its so cute! And Pink! :)
To be honest this whole project cost me 30$. I spent 30$ on the wheels :/
Which if I wasn't in such a hurry it probably would have been cheaper but I didn't feel like looking around. If your not as lucky as me with having scrap wood laying around and husband's tools, I believe you would still come out on top by choosing to make your own bed. Plus! you get the pleasure of telling everyone you make it! :)


No Sleep

Election Night :(
With all the comotion from tonight I was left restless. Couldnt sleep. So what does the Corley house do when we cant sleep? Well just me and Audre anyways...
We found some boxes that havent made it to the trash yet and decided to use them to our advantage.
The Outcome
Audre: Mommy this is my house now!?
Me: YUP! you'll have to pay me rent tho....300 kisses a day :)


Its here! Its here! Happy Halloween

Wishing everyone a Happy, Warm, Safe and Sweet Halloween.
I have to say, the one thing I look forward to every year (other then the family fun of course) is seeing all the wonderful costumes walking around! This year I get the privilege of escorting Little Miss Hello Kitty :) Shes definitely a cutie.
Reminder: Brush the candy eaters teeth extra good :)
Be super safe. Check the link for Safety Tips :)


Project Coming Soon :) EEKKK

Can You Guess?
Yes you got it! Wood pallets!
I'm super excited for the weeks to come. It seems wood pallets are very popular right now. Every time I have been able to find any that were free, someone scooped them up before I could. However today is the day my bad luck ends!
I have so many ideas and cant wait to get started. I'm going to share with you some of the projects I found that I want to complete. I have found most of the project inspiration through the wonderful world of Pinterest. However if you do not have an account I have provided a link for all.
First. pallet art
I'm thinking above my TV in the living room.
Going in the living room of course. Corresponding with the pallet art.
For the kitchen. Would look super cute with my distressed cabinets.
Nuff said its just to cute to not make.
For the bathroom. Not sure if I will do it exactly like it but very cute.
I will be sure to take pictures to share. Wish me luck :)


Spring 2012

Easters almost here :) thanks to my wonderful talented mother-in-law we were able to get our Spring Family Photos done :)