A few weeks ago I was inspired by Ana White at Knock off Wood. I have never used one of Ana’s plans however this is a great resource for all of you wanting to build-it-yourself. We have built a lot of our furniture in our home. It is usually because we can’t find and don’t want to spend time to search for just the right thing. It is easier to just build it which is a common phrase around here. My handy husband also recently purchased a fun new tool. I encouraged the purchase because now he is itching to build stuff– my plan exactly.
Anyway- Ana posted about a quick bookshelf she made with an old pallet. She included all the DIY steps. It seemed like the perfect way to solve a problem. I have a bag I keep around with Bible, journal, books of choice etc. I needed a place to keep this stuff near the couch where I generally read.
This shelf came to life really fast. I posted on facebook that I was looking for some pallets. It took about 24 minutes and I had an offer to pick up some pallets from a warehouse. A big shout out to Justin Blanchard for making this happen for me- Thanks Justin! I love the weathered wood, it will also look neat if I choose to paint.
We went to pick up the two pallets and found a third pallet on top that was very different. It was newer, much harder wood and was smaller than the others. We hated to leave it because the wood was very high -quality and we knew we could disassemble and use the wood. I had that feeling that it would turn into a treasure.
We had been talking about building a roll-under-the-bed train table that I had designed and drawn. We have always had issues with the largeness of train tables. We have a small house so innovation is key to peaceful living around here. Due to sickness and lack of time, no train table as built.
The day after Christmas I walk outside to throw some trash away and spot the odd runt of a pallet. The idea hit me square in the face. I quickly showed Shannon. He brought the pallet in, placed it on the table, while I made my case. This pallet will make the perfect base for the train table! The built in space would work perfect for storage. Shannon gave me that I get-cha and Im with-ya kind of look. What transformed 4 hours later is kind of magical. We happened to have all that we needed since the pallet accounted for most of the table. We painted the pallet, Shannon added a board on top with a border. We already had the wood from some other projects. We had the green paint. I owned the containers. Ten dollars ensured we had sturdy wheels to add to the bottom.
So, without further ado, I present to you: My innovative roll-under-the-bed train table!
Most of the trains and tracks were from Kenimers collection. We added a few new pieces for Tucker for Christmas.
We finished it at night and presented it to them in the morning. They were ecstatic.
Two happy boys playing with the train table. It easily cleans up and rolls under the bed! I know that idea came straight from the heart of God. He is the master of innovation, creativity and resourcefulness. He doesn’t waste a thing. Not even old pallets. I am so thankful he enlightened my heart and showed me this project.
P.S. Inspired yet? Click Here are some other really neat things to do with pallets.
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