Saturday, June 9, 2012

It's Pallet Time!

When I saw that Funky Junk's SNS 138 was featuring Pallets and Reclaimed Wood projects I had to repost this project, it's one of my favs to date and I'm looking forward to doing more like it.  I think it was a post that Donna did a while back on how to select the right pallet for a project that started my obsession.  I'm very luck to have a good friend in the printing business and he now sets aside pallets that he thinks will work for my projects.

Here is the post on my pallet project ...

I have been obsessing over pallets and distressed wood lately.  Pinterest has just been adding fuel to the fire.  Initially I wanted to cover one complete wall in the living room with pallet boards, or Piet Hein Eek scrapwood wallpaper which is totally out of my budget!

I love this wallpaper!
Anyho, I recently asked my favourite Printer, Jim, what he does with all the Pallets that come into his building.  He told me he either returns them or trashes them ... WHAT????  They're treasure I told him, I must look at them.  So Frank came with me and the first beauty we set our eyes on was this one ...
I love her!  I must have her! 
She stayed in the back of my car for a few days, while I pondered what her future would be.
Then I received this image in an email from Joss & Main.
There's another image at their site with this clock resting against a skid/pallet and I loved the look.
I shared the image with Frank and told him I was going to make this clock and rest it against the pallet we brought home.  He said "why don't you just paint the clock right on the pallet".  Hmmmm.
Above is my "plan" for the project and our living room wall, can you visualize it?  Isn't it Cool?

So we got to work, Frank got to play with his Sawzall.
He removed the lower part of the skid for me.  While he was doing that I was prepping my masks to make the painting easier.
Here is the part 1, the background colours.

I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint as the base colours, the center is Old White and the outer section is mainly Louis Blue with some Paris Grey. I didn't go for complete coverage since I wanted the distressed look to come through.   Once the paint was down I slowly peeled back the mask.

Here she is, what do you think so far?  I do not know what I was thinking from here on as I do not have any photo's of the steps.  So next I painted the border, and numbers with black acrylic craft paint.  I used my Silhouette to cut my masks.  It was a little tricky, since I had to tile the image to get the size.
Once the painting was complete we drilled a hole in the center of the board for the clock motor to come through.  The hands are a little small but they were the best I could get without ordering online and waiting for them to arrive.  I'm on a roll and I'm not waiting baby!

This is her first reveal, we had a problem with the hands so I purchased a better set and movement from Lee Valley.   Next I painted the boards to mount the hangers and lanterns to.
Frank painted over a sign we had already to fit our colour scheme and we decided it looked so good we would put it over the clock on the sofa wall.
Today Frank put it all together on the wall, I am so happy with it.
Cool eh?

Here's an evening shot with the candles lit.

I really like the shadows these lanterns cast.
I wish I had a before photo but I hated the wall so much I didn't want any evidence.

This is the print that was on the wall, it looked lost on the wall and just did not suit our decor anymore (I'm not certain it ever really did).  I sold it on Kijiji to a nice couple who picked it up last week.  Yay!

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Heaven's Walk said...

I absolutely LUV your new clock! What a beautiful patina you created on it!! GREAT job! :)

xoxo laurie

frugal-interior-design said...

I love anything to do with Upcycled pallets and skids. I just LOVE this clock. You did a super job. I also love the neat lighting!!! I'm a new follower!

Stop by some time as I've recently posted a few of my own reclaimed wood and pallet projects.

tattered elegance said...

so pretty ~ I also used this same clock face and put it on a coffee table top! check out my blog for the pics! LOVE the palet wood idea!!!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

This is amazing! Truly lovely. I thought I was sick of all those palette projects but this is an original!



Lori said...

That is a fantastic idea, and I love that you painted the clock...too cute. I'm glad I found your blog, so I'm a new follower. I would love if you stopped by and followed back, so we can stay connected. Lori

Swede Dreamer said...

Love the clock! Great job!

Audrey said...

This is really nice. You and hubby did a great job. Joined and linked up so I will be back to see more creative stuff. Found you on FJI.
My entry is #181.
Hope you will visit me @ Timeless Treasures.
Audrey Z.

Toodie said...

THAT. CLOCK. IS. AWESOME. I am totally in love with it! And it's perfect with that sign above it!

June@I will craft said...

What a great piece. Lately I'm loving all the pallet art I've been seeing and dreaming of what I should make first with the pallets I pass by every day on my way to and from work. Love the giant clock idea.

Dawn and Wini book lovers said...

I found you on Cheri’s Blog Hop Party… I am following you. Please follow me back. Your Blog is lovely.

Patricia said...

Love it! You are very talented!

Following Linky Follower Party Hop.
Now following you!

Serendipitous Home said...

Hi Jo,
First off, that clock is TDF! You are so creative and talented, love how you just get to it and do it.

I've been wanting to tell you that for some reason I haven't been able to add you to my blog roll, it keeps the old blog you had even though I became a follower of this blog (help!)

I wanted to say thanks for the tip for my floor. If I had of known of a place in Oshawa (which they told me that they don't sell it anywhere else but their store in TO) then I would have gone there. If you can email me the name and I will call them.

Karen at said...

Love, love, love this! Good for you for resuming that pallet that would have been thrown out! Found you at Cheri's blog hop, an am your newest follower, will you follow me back?

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

I love the clock! If I'd seen it before my posting, I would have added it for sure.

I'm now following you on Linky so will be back more often.

Barb said...

So you know that I already commented on this when you showed it to me.

I wanted to send you the official word though that I had nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Stop by my blog for more details


(And see you Monday)

Serendipitous Home said...

Hey Jo!
I couldn't believe how fantastic that clock is, maybe you should make some more and sell them!
I think they are fantastic.


Dreams Factory said...

Your clock is absolutely AMAZING!! Love it! Keep up the good work :)