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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Family DIY fun...I think

Like Gretchen before me, I’ve never blogged before, so this should be interesting!

My family and I just moved into an awesome house, with a giant deck! Needless to say, there are a ton of DIY projects running through my mind at any given minute. My favorite type of DIY project, is the kind that costs little to no money. Lucky for me, I have been obsessed with pallets, and the cool projects on Pinterest that you can do with them!

I found several ideas on how to make pallet sectionals for your deck, and just HAD to do it! Here is the link to the pallet sofa that inspired me.

I started this adventure by sweet talking my wonderful fiancé, Neal, and his 13 year old son, Kameron, into helping with the heavy lifting. (Neal’s 15 year old son lucked out and didn’t have to help with this part.) We found 8 foot pallets behind a local store, asked if we could have them, and voila! Here is a picture of Neal and Kameron getting ready to unload them from my dad’s truck. (Sshhh don’t tell him we used the trucky for this, haha!)

We got 3 large pallets (2 for the seats, and one to chop up to use for legs), and 2 smaller pallets to rip apart and fill in the gaps on the seats. Man those things are heavy!

Henley helped pick the pallets out. Here is a photo of her all tuckered out before we even unloaded! Picking pallets is hard work for a 4 and a half month old baby girl. Just look at that sweet smooshy face!

After unloading the pallets, we had to gather the tools needed, with plenty of help from the dogs. Here is Nala, sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong...

And I got both, Sampson and Nala, to sit down for a picture for once! They needed a break from all the help, or should I say running around, they were doing.

We laid the pallets out, and did some measuring. We are chopping one of the pallets up to make legs that are about 15 inches tall. By we, I mean Neal, don’t trust me with power tools, haha! I'm just the mastermind.

So far, we have 1 of the benches made, with the exception of a little trimming and hole filling here and there.

Hopefully we will get it finished up next weekend. Poor Neal sprained his ankle at work one day, and I'm clumsy and kicked one of the pallets and hurt my toe. We’re falling apart! Clearly we shouldn't be doing DIY projects, haha!

Stay tuned, so you can see how the end product turns out, and find out what crazy new DIY project I suck my family into next! I’m thinking haunted maze for trick or treat, what do you think?! 

Have a great week!


  1. Hi, how fun, I can't wait to see what you guys make!!! The baby is so sweet.

  2. Keep us posted...... I don't know where you live...but the clock is ticking for snow!