Build or Buy Pallets?

Lumber – Fencing, Lattice, Plywood, Molding & More at The Home Depot.

So, after much looking around Home Depot seems to have the best prices for lumber.

With not much money at all we can build our own pallets and create the pieces we want from there.

It’s cheaper than buying already made pallets.

Wood pallets are trending right now in the home decor eco world of upcycling/reclaiming/recycling/reusing.

Home Depot has pretty high prices for pallets sold in quarters and halves.

Four or 6 pallets needed for a project would cost almost the same amount as buying the bed already made! -_-

ULine on the other hand has reasonable prices at $26 per pallet with a min order of 5.

Which may also be an option.

At just about $150 we can build the bed we want no problemo if we order from ULine 🙂 

We’re not going to use a plywood sheet to cover the pallet boards/slats. We’ll keep the raw/authentic look & save a few bucks at the same time.

Well, now that we’re able to narrow down what kind of wood to use, where to get it from and how much it will run us we can begin to plan when we’ll be able to buy the wood and rent a van to get everything home.

We were so going straight to the grocery store just 3 blocks away for discarded pallets before reading that article!

I’d rather spend a few dollars and invest a little energy into getting pallets to ensure our health as we sleep than to go with free and convenient.

Needless to say we won’t be making any new furniture this weekend…but we’ll keep you posted on which option we choose.

Build pallets or buy pallets….

-Jay Dee, Founder

Do You Know Where Your Wood Pallet Has Been?

Do You Know Where Your Wood Pallet Has Been?

Wow. I love wood pallets. Like, i really do but I do get sick very easily.

I always have to research EVERYTHING. I seem to have a reaction to so much.  The wrong fabric/soap/perfume I itch horribly, the wrong paint I can’t breathe like I have asthma, the wrong stuffing in a pillow or comforter I can itch horribly, cough and sneeze until it’s gone.

After reading this article I think we’ll go with hubby’s suggestion of buying fresh building wood, making our own pallets and creating a reclaimed look using stains ourselves vs. sourcing and reclaiming old pallets (which are in abundance here in NYC).

-Jay Dee, Founder


Make a Sliding Door for Under $40-Apartment Therapy Tutorial

DIY Home Decor: How To Make a Sliding Door for Under $40 — Apartment Therapy Tutorial | Apartment Therapy.

Oh, the options!

Here’s the main 3 we’ve come across. Click the links for images and ideas. 🙂

  • Curtains only offer visual privacy not privacy from conversations or sex.
  • Oriental room dividers are great if we can find a thicker one but tall ones are hard to find. Haven’t found any floor to ceiling ones as of yet. (Great idea to put on wheels and make into something like sliding doors if mounted to each wall and drawn together in the middle of the room if we could! 🙂 Doesn’t do much for sound privacy.)
  • Sliding Doors Which may be the best solution for privacy.

This tutorial includes options which would allow us to mount the door wall to wall vs using the ceiling.

This is what the tracks look like for a double sliding door idea. Pretty simple DIY if you can find the components.

sliding double door mount

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A huge contributing factor in which decision to make is our ceiling is not as sturdy as we’d like. Finding doors floor to ceiling height may be difficult .

We also rent not own so making major changes to the apartment aren’t in our best interest.

We’re working on finding a solution to dividing the room with privacy in mind while not causing damage to the ceiling or creating something that’s note easily removable.

We’ll keep you posted on what we decide to do!

-Jay Dee, Founder


DIY 20 Pallet Bed Frame Ideas | 99 Pallets

DIY 20 Pallet Bed Frame Ideas | 99 Pallets.

So, I’m totally sold on the pallet bed idea.

The idea of saving hundreds of dollars on a frame and adding our own personal flair to the piece really excite me.

Hubby agrees it’s doable and it’s an idea I think we’ve pretty much decided to run with.

We’ll keep you guys posted when we start building our bed.

With the reclaimed wood door headboard this look is sure to be a creatively unique piece we can be proud of!

Love the LED under bed lighting idea. That’s a must do for this piece 🙂

Well, time to find pallets!

-Jay Dee, Founder

Shabby Chic Daydreams & Small Spaces

Bedroom Archives | Shabby Chic Daydreams.

Well, Spring is almost upon us and we’re redecorating our living room/bedroom/design studio.

We’re not wealthy so we can’t do all the upscale stuff our minds wish for…but we are wealthy with creativity.

With that creative wealth we’ve been looking at alternative ways to make this cramped little apartment into a sanctuary that can give us the space we need to live healthy.

Here’s what we need:

  • Work out/dance area
  • Comfortable sleeping area with privacy.
  • ‘Living room’ space for when the kids visit.
  • A functional writing area.
  • Our dog Nina needs a place to sleep as does our cat Simone.
  • We need to store our clothing and shoes.
  • A small vanity area would be nice 🙂

Below is one of the creative ideas we’re considering going with. A reclaimed door headboard:

Door Headboard

Here’s the problem. Our apartment really is tiny. We nicknamed it ‘The Closet’ because it feels like one. Even when we didn’t have furniture moved in yet, lol.

The space we have to work with is enough for a standard queen bedroom set with t.v/entertainment stand bedroom set up.

Soooooo, how to take one room and make it into all of our needs?

Ha! That’s the million dollar question.

We’re creatively figuring it out at the same time as working hard to keep it crazy cheap and chic.

I’ll be sharing some of the things we come across right here with you guys and maybe even ask for your vote if we come up on something we can’t agree on 🙂

-Jay Dee, Founder