First, I want to say I have tickets to give away for the Calgary Home and Garden Show so all you gotta do is leave a comment below telling me you want to win. That’s it. Also, if you are planning to head down to the show this weekend, you can bid to purchase my pallet item (or any of them really) and all the proceeds will go to the Southern Alberta chapter of Make a Wish Foundation.
Ok, here it is. The item I made out of a pallet for the Calgary Home and Garden Show is a lamp! This was extremely challenging and I spent many nights telling myself that I wasn’t going to succeed at making anything from this pallet wood that I would want on display in public with my name on it. I still go back and forth between thinking I love it and I hate it but I think that might be because I’ve been looking at it for so long.
I wanted to keep the charm of the rustic pallet wood. The reason I love DIY and upcycling is not because we can cover up the dings and marks with a shiny coat of paint, but rather it’s because the items have a story behind them. In transforming them I can make them useful again but I don’t want to lose that story. I didn’t sand this wood down until smooth, I didn’t choose the ‘best’ pieces of wood and I didn’t make it ‘perfect.’ I just changed it enough so that we can look at it and not see a pallet. Now, we look at it and see the beauty in this wood. And we see something that can serve a purpose again.
This quote sums up the entire project. Seriously. I’d lost all hope that I would finish until I persevered and kept at it and got this lamp lit. It was really hard to find the right shade and I ended up making one from a chicken wire basket and some torn fabric. While I know the style might not suit everyone’s home I think this piece would be ideal at the lake cottage or some kitschy farmhouse somewhere.
So there it is, in all it’s illuminated glory. I won’t say that I enjoyed every minute of making this. I wanted to give up more than once. But now that it’s over, I do like it. And I do hope someone else likes it enough to spend some money on it and help out the Make a Wish Foundation because that’s the end goal here. I hope to see you at the show, and remember to comment and let me know if you need tickets so I can help you out. I have two pairs of tickets to give away – good luck!!