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.