I can’t believe it’s Friday already! These weeks seem to fly by. Is the fall weather kicking in where you live yet? It sure has here! It’s been chilly, really blustery, and a little rainy earlier this week! I sure love seeing the leaves change though, it’s my favorite thing about fall. I also really love my nice flannel socks. So cozy!
Anyway, back to today’s project! I’m so excited to have finally created something using pallets. I’ve wanted to for so long, but just have never tackled it. Well, now we have! I mean, who doesn’t like free wood that’s already been distressed and weathered for you? 🙂
Our master bedroom is a coastal themed room, and I painted it a pretty aqua/teal color a couple years ago. I love the color, but have been trying to update the decor a little.
We’ve had this sailboat picture up for a few years now, and David’s had it for even longer before I came along. We like the picture, but wanted a different look for that wall. I already had a free-standing smaller mirror in the closet that needed something special. So, we found some pallets, and got to work on our coastal pallet mirror!
Like I said, I’ve never done a pallet project before, therefore we had no clue how to take them apart. Pinterest to the rescue! We found that the easiest way to disassemble them was to use a sawzall saw and cut right through the nails. Let me just say, for being someone who calls herself a DIYer, I (we, actually) have ZERO tools. Like, we own a couple of screwdrivers and a hand saw, and that’s about it. I really want to change that, but for now, it’s a reality. SO that makes some projects a tad difficult. Enter: our amazing neighbors. Seriously friends, good neighbors are hard to come by these days, but we have the best! They have a garage full of amazing tools. While David and I were contemplating how the heck to take the pallet apart with basically nothing, our neighbor came out and offered his sawzall. A. MAZ. ING. Cut up those pallets completely in 60 seconds. We give a huge thanks to our sweet and helpful neighbors!
With the pallets apart, we cut the wood planks in half because they were quite large (again, thank you neighbor for letting us use your skil saw, too!).
We laid them side by side, and used two larger pieces of wood to attach on the back using some really good wood glue. David also nailed in some nails to give it some extra support since it was so heavy.
We left the glue to dry overnight. I then took my standing mirror, sanded it down just a touch so the paint would stick, and brushed on a navy blue acrylic paint. Navy is our accent color in the master bedroom.
When the wood glue dried, I whitewashed the wood to make it look more distressed and weathered. Kristi from Making it in the Mountains had just whitewashed her Pottery Barn Inspired table (You can check it out here), and I LOVED how it turned out. I knew I wanted to whitewash something, and this was the perfect project to do it on! I had some leftover white chalk paint, and I mixed it with water. I used about 3 parts water, 1 part paint for my wood. I just painted it on and kept painting until I got it the way I wanted it to look! It’s the perfect weathered look for a coastal bedroom. After it dried, we used some Gorilla glue to glue on the mirror. We put some heavy boxes on top and let it dry for a few days.
To hang this heavy beast, we found OOK Hangman brand French cleat, and it is AMAZING. It holds up to 100lbs. Guys, this thing ain’t going nowhere. I just want to shout out a special thanks to my super patient hubby who had to hang this huge thing twice because his wife is slightly a Type A perfectionist and can’t sleep until it’s all just right. Thanks, honey!
After we got it up on the wall and were looking at it for a bit, we decided it needed a little something. So, I grabbed some sisal rope and got to gluing it around the edge of the mirror. It was the perfect thing to add more of a beachy touch to it!
Aaaaand, this is how it came out! We are SO in love with it! It’s the perfect addition to our long wall above my dresser.
Mirrors are also such a great decor piece to add to a smaller room, as they really make the room look a little bigger. And, Jade just loves looking at herself, so it’s just one more mirror to add to her “collection”!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with all fall things! 🙂
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