Saturday, March 3, 2012


This afternoon was a great day for charity shopping, it also happened to be a great example of how English weather can be very unpredictable. I had SHP’s guest blogger, Anna-Marie and On Screen Fashion’s, Kara Rennie over for a visit. We took a walk down Catharine Hill, which is littered with beautiful boutiques. It was sunny, dare I say, even a little warm when we started the Frome tour, but after we popped into a couple of charity shops it started to hail. Yes, hail but at least each of us ended our charity hunt with bargains in hand. (Check out my Facebook albums to see what I bought.)


Shopping alone can be boring, although you do have the luxury of thought – there’s more time to think about whether the item you want is worth the purchase. So when you go shopping with friends, especially with Kara and Anna, everything you say is awesome receives a ‘Get it!’ response. I’m looking forward to going to Standerwick with them tomorrow; if what I’ve bought today is anything to go by, I am coming home with splendid – and encouraged – impulse purchases.

That was today, tonight I’ll be sharing an upcycled pallet. It’s quite a popular thing to upcycle lately. Some people even make ottomans or desks out of them, they’re fantastic.

There’s a fireplace and stove shop just down the road from where I live and they often have pallets on the pavement. One afternoon I popped in and asked whether I could have one and they were happy to watch me awkwardly walk away with, what felt like, a ten stone pallet. This is probably the most difficult project I’ve completed so far, but not so hard that I had to ask for help. Let me tell you how I went about it.


What you will need:





Sand paper


My pallet dimensions: 60cm x 80cm x 16cm


1) Remove the sheet of chipboard from the pallet if supplied with one, otherwise buy enough chipboard for the project. You will need three 60cm x 16cm pieces.

2) Remove all exposed nails if possible. Do this using the hammer claw. If you can’t remove the nails, ask someone to cut them off make sure they won’t be a problem.

3) Use the saw to cut your three 60cm x 16 cm pieces.

4) Nail two of your chipboard pieces under the middle and bottom horizontal wood panels, which you will use as a shelf. See image. Hammer your nails into the blocks to make sure your chipboard is secure.

5) Sand down the palett and make sure all splinters are removed and wood is smooth

6) Nail the last chipboard piece to the back of the pallet across the top deckboard

7) You could paint the pallet at this stage.

Happy hammering!

Yours truly,




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