Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Accidental Finish

My pallet obsession continues and after being gone all last weekend, I arrived home to a fresh pile of pallets that sweet hubby had picked up for me (the neighbors love me...or not).  I have been asked where I find pallets.  I see them everywhere and have stopped into a few businesses to ask for them.  The businesses are more than happy to get rid of them.

Some of the pallets hubby got were beautiful, others not so much.  One in particular was rough and uneven, and I thought it might become firewood.  But, upon further inspection I realized it would work well as one of the pallet book holder shelves we have all seen.  I cut off the piece I needed with a jigsaw and added a couple of pallet boards--one to the bottom and one across the back middle section to complete the shelf.
And the accidental finish part of the story?  I painted this fun little piece red initially and added a stain, a dark stain.  I didn't like it.  Black and red always remind me of Asian decor, not that there is anything wrong with that, it just isn't my style.  I decided to slap on some green and turquoise paint that I was using another pallet project and my accidental, unintended finish happened.

Some sanding and stain, a few added hooks and I was happy.  If you haven't noticed I add hooks to just about everything possible.  In my opinion hooks are one of the best organizing tools out there and if I can add some to a project I will.
 Find more ideas at Donna's Funky Junk Interiors.

25 comments:

  1. I love this! Can I just tell you how happy I am that you have a pallet obsession??!!! I have a pallet and can't decide what to do with it, but you keep giving me inspiration!

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    1. If you get more pallets, you can do more stuff!! :D

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  2. This is one of my favs. I love the accident. :)

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  3. wow this looks great!!!! I wish I could have more project accident's like this lol

    craftingforbliss.blogspot.com

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  4. That may have been an accident, but it turned out great! It looks completely authentic. ~ Maureen

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  5. Fabulous, as always! Love it! I love hooks on everything too - I've always got lots of things to hang up.

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time

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  6. Love it!! The colors are perfect!!
    Lorraine

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  7. LOVE your "accidental" paint finish!!! Agree...never too many hooks :) Laurel

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  8. This accidental paint finish is gorgeous! I love the layers of color. You need to do this again...but on purpose!

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  9. It's fabulous. I wish it was mine.

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  10. Love it!!! The finish is beautiful. I really want to make one of these!
    Susan
    Homeroad

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  11. Love the finish and the tip to use hooks whenever possible!

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  12. I love it! The colors are amazing, it looks like it is really old. My nephew owns a pallet place, they make thousands of them, I love the scraps too!

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  13. I love it when that happens - it just creates itself beautiful when you don't get it right the first time.

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  14. Awesome! Love the pallet repurpose, and got a little excited to see Home Companion tucked inside. Is it back out??? I'm off to find an answer- love that magazine!

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  15. I simply adore that color combo finish!!! I want to try that...at what point did you add the stain and what color was it?

    It is just too cute!

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  16. I just built one of these today and I love it! Thanks for the inspiration! I love your blog.

    April

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  17. Do you prime your pallet wood before putting paint on them? I am always afraid the paint won't stick but if I am going for the rustic look does it matter?

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  19. my daughter made this but uses it for a wine rack,,,great ideas!!

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  20. What color paint and type did you use!? I love it!!!

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  21. Awesome!! I want to do this. Did you treat the first layer of red paint/stain with anything before you painted the turquoise over it?

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