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Bottle Art. Design. Pallet Possibilities – design finch. I’m noticing a new trend popping up on a lot of design blogs recently – furniture made from reclaimed shipping pallets.

Pallet Possibilities – design finch

Ever since I spotted this funky green coffee table for my Retro Glam mood board, I’ve become slightly obsessed with finding new ways to upcycle pallets into functional pieces for the home. Wooden pallets are pretty easy to find. Often warehouses and hardware stores have an abundance that they are more than happy to give away or sell inexpensively.

However, some shipping pallets are treated with toxic chemicals or may contain harmful bacteria, so its helpful to educate yourself first so you’ll know which ones to steer clear of and which types are safe. Once you’ve found good and sturdy pallets, the possibilities are endless! Clockwise from top: Pallet Shelving, Pallet Outdoor Dining Table,White Pallet Coffee Table, Pallet Dining Table, Glass-top Pallet Coffee Table,Pallet Console Table Basically you could decorate an entire house, inside and out, with recycled pallets! Garden art on the cheap DIY: Glass marbles in your fence. Colorful marbles make a plain old fence sparkle.

Garden art on the cheap DIY: Glass marbles in your fence

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Lake Owasso Garden Club this week. It was a full classroom of avid, fun-loving gardeners and the topic at hand was Art in the Garden. As I told the group, I think art and the garden go together like peas and carrots and as I prepped my talk, I was reminded of one of my favorite DIY project from my own garden, the Garden Drama test garden.

Festooning a six foot privacy with marbles is addictive fun that really adds a pop and punch to the garden setting, especially when the sun hits it from the back. The process is pretty simple. I would recommend using new marbles. Then go to town. I lose a marble or two over the winter from the wood contracting and expanding and maybe a couple over the summer, but a little vigilance, popping them back in is all that’s needed. Beware though, once you get going on this one, you will want to be be-dazzling your entire fence. Like this: Like Loading... Faux Sofa Table. We have a very unique shaped living room and because of that I need to be creative when it comes to getting the most practical use for seating, tables, etc.

Faux Sofa Table

I saw a great post on Thrifty Decor Chick on how to build your own sofa table. DIY furniture? Sign me up! Prepping the materials. Super easy and Home Depot will cut the lumber for you. Built and Stained I decided to just stain the wood instead of painting it since we had some stain on hand that matched the wood in the rest of the room. (See Peanut checking out my work?) All done and behind the couch! 4151824626179588_3TDktImG.jpg (JPEG Image, 640 × 640 pixels) - Scaled (93. Candle Centerpiece Ideas - Decorative Candles. Candle centerpieces can add the feeling of luxury and elegance to any dinner, event, or wedding.

Candle Centerpiece Ideas - Decorative Candles

The number of table decorations you can choose from can be overwhelming, and you may be temped to hire a professional to handle your centerpiece design. Perhaps if you have limited time, a professional may be able to save you some headaches, but don't call in haste. Review the following candle centerpiece ideas to help jump start your creativity and make a decorative candle table decoration of your own.

Floating canldes The most popular centerpiece you can easily make at home is the floating candle centerpiece. Lamp Shield One of the simplest centerpieces you can make is called a lamp shield. Candle Bouquet Candle bouquets have become almost an entire industry in themselves. Candelabras For the simplest candle centerpiece idea, simply purchase a pre-made candelabra and fill it with your favorite color candles. DIY Living Room Media Shelves.

While I was in NYC last weekend and visited James and Katrina's cute apartment, I fell in LOVE with these shelves that they had built on their wall.

DIY Living Room Media Shelves

Mendy took a pic of them on her iphone and we were determined to copy them. Well, last weekend Ben decided it was time to get our TV off of the tiny stand it has been on in our living room and mount it on the wall. Then, we decided to tackle the shelves and build them around the mounted TV. I was going totally off memory because Mendy was in Cabo with her phone and the picture of Katrina's shelves! But, we forged ahead anyway and even though they are no where NEAR as cute as Katrina's (she has that interior designer eye for detail and accessories) I think they ended up ok....here is seriously what our living room looked like before (minus some pillows and Kinley toys). Here is Mendy's phone pic of my inspiration from Katrina: This is a fun DIY project that anyone could do with a free day.

Here is all you need for the project: