Due to my complete and utter fascination with Pinterest, I have recently become obsessed with pallets. I have been on the lookout for one of these magical wooden craft-tastic pieces of happiness. I am too shy to go to the back of the grocery store by the loading dock and ask for one, and the ones I have seen "in the wild", well...I am not sure if they are free to take or if I would be arrested imediately upon putting one into my car...so I just kind of gave up on my pallet dreams. Then, one day I was driving home and there was a broken pallet right on the side of the road that I had to swerve to miss (some other person wasn't so lucky, as it had clearly been run over at some point prior to my passing by). I drove past it and then it registered what I was leaving behind...a pallet! A broken pallet, but a pallet nonetheless! I did what any good crafter/DIYer would do and I flipped a U-ey and went back and put that thing in my car. I was certain I looked like a crazy woman stuffing this huge pallet in my backseat, but I didn't care.
When I got home I put it in the garage and went inside. It sat in my garage for the remainder of that day (MAJOR artistic restraint for me) while I sat on my couch and pondered what to make with it. I was looking at my front door and I knew...that is where is needed to go...above the door...in my two story entryway.
I thought about what message I would want to send to people exiting my house, since the pallet would be displayed over the door. Then the beautiful words of Anis Mojgani came to mind and I knew immediately what I would make. If you have not listened to Anis Mojgani read his poem "Shake the Dust"....you are missing out. No worries though...I am linking them here so you can be inspired too.
Before I could start creating, I had to add some more wood to the pallet as it was looking kind of sad. So, out came the rotary saw and what followed was probably the most bad ass feeling I have had since I completed my first mud run. There is something about using a rotary saw and smelling the scent of fresh sawdust that can be very empowering. With every loud whir of the saw, I felt more and more confident that I could takeover the planet and start an army of cool saw wielding women wearing pink embellished toolbelts. Anyway, I cut and nailed in some additional slats and then I was ready to paint. I didn't measure anything because I wanted this project to be imperfect and artsy and old looking.
Notice that broken piece on the bottom? I was going to pull that up and add a new piece of wood, but then I decided no...that broken piece is beautiful. I could hear Anis Mojgani saying "This ones for the broken pallets...abandoned on the side of the road..."
Next I started to paint.
At this point my 10 year old daughter suggested I paint it multicolor to match the tablerunner she painted for me. If you don't remember her table runner, the link is here. It was a great suggestion, so I followed her lead and painted and colored outside the lines and had a blast. Before I knew it the whole thing was coming together.
More words were added and the pallet was distessed and aged with a mixture of Mod Podge and brown paint and hung above our door for all to reminded to "Shake the Dust".
Since there is a window directly above the pallet, the lighting makes it very hard to photograph, but I tried. Oh, and just so you can see how it matches the tablerunner, here is another pic:
My kids love it, and so do I. So, a big thank you to Anis Mojgani for the words and the inspiration. I was able to paint this whole thing using stuff I had at home so it was a completely free piece of art. Art with a message. My favorite kind. :)