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Inspiration ‘Flows’ Through These Reclaimed Wood Tables

The Pacific Northwest is home to many beautiful native species of hardwood that local artists and furniture makers have used to create wonderful pieces of natural art. Greg Klassen is one of these artists. He takes unique pieces of reclaimed wood slabs and transforms them into stunning tables that exploit the natural contours of the wood grain. He embeds pieces of cut glass that fit snugly into gaps in the wood resulting in what appear to be rivers flowing through the barren earth.

Klassen cuts, sands, and finishes the wood, but little else, resulting in a celebration of the inherent beauty in the imperfections we find in nature. The inlaid glass magnifies this notion, and speaks to the revitalization of once discarded natural resources.

How to Make a DIY Pallet Bed Frame

One of the home furniture items in which you might need to invest big money is the bed. Go to any mattress store and you’ll find prices ranging from a thousand bucks on the low end to $5,000+ or more! Bed frames, especially those made of hard wood, are quite expensive, and if you need to furnish several rooms, the cost can make a dent on your pocket. Why not recycle pallet wood to make a sturdy and attractive bed frame instead? Here is how this DIY pallet project can be done.

Here’s a good example using six pallets that demonstrates just how simple it can be to make:

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Commercial movable bed frames are quite costly, but if you know how to use hammer, plane, nails, sander, and paint brush, you can save a lot of money by using pallet wood from discarded crates. For a bed frame, pallet wood pieces that are in good condition would be the best choice. They must be thick and sturdy to support the weight of one or two people. Consider the size of the bed you’re planning on using – a full, queen, or king size will each require a slightly different amount of pallets.

The head board can be made from two pallets put together to form a double purpose headboard, which will be a support and a storage place for items you always want to be close to you when you sleep such as your mobile phone or tablet, headset, charger, books, and magazines.

Determine the size of the bed and make the frame by nailing wood planks together. Then, make the head board from wood planks as well. Design the head board in such a way that there are recesses to contain gadgets, books, and magazines. After finishing the frame and headboard, apply paint. White is ideal, but using a color that matches the paint of the room will be fine. Then, attach metal wheels to make it easy for the bed to be moved.

This DIY bed frame from pallet wood will be a treasure to your home and could last for many years. And if the time comes when you need to get rid of it in a move or something, it won’t be that hard considering you didn’t spend very much on it.

Need some more inspiration for your next diy pallet bed frame? Check out the images below to get some great ideas. Have a questions? Let us know in the comments.

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This Artist Just Reinvented Wall-Mounted Taxidermy – Introducing “Crochetdermy”

Do you have mixed feelings when you enter a place that has tons of stuffed animals mounted on the walls? Perhaps that’s putting it lightly. What if you like the idea of paying homage to these creatures, but feel a little creeped out knowing that deer head was once attached to the body of an animal that roamed the earth and shared the same air we breathe? In that case, consider the alternative to taxidermy – “crochetdermy”.

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Shauna Richardson is the woman behind this unique decor, which she just debuted in an exhibit at this year’s craft council. She uses crochet to create life-sized replicas of animals. Using a mixture of materials that include coarse mohair wool and glass eyes to create these realistic “sculptures” that include lions, bears, boars, and baboons. Check out the examples below to see exactly what she does.

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“I use the traditional craft of crochet in a not so traditional way and have developed my own freestyle technique which I use to respond to, and highlight, the anatomy of each piece asIi go along. no two pieces are ever the same. it is meticulous work, typically using mohair yarn and a 3mm hook.”

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All images courtesy of Shauna Richardson

She painstakingly creates each one by hand, a process which can take months. One can’t help admire not just the detail behind these examples, and the concept itself, which doesn’t require hunting and killing any rare animals. We have no doubt her work will be in high demand after exhibiting these examples.