Tag Archives: skip digging

Larder love!

16 Jun

It was a crispy morning yesterday and I took an early morning stroll to clear the cobwebs and gear up for the day. Not five minutes in but what should I find propped up beside a lamppost but an old larder, unloved and looking a little worst for wear with the metal panneling coming unstuck and a layer of grime disguising its potential beauty…larder before
I’ts amazing what a bit of elbow grease can do!
larder cleaning
I taped the edges and backed the mesh so as to protect the wood from my ferocious spray can.
larder spraying
Now it has pride of place in the kitchen and I’ve got somewhere to put some of my endless collection of kitchenalia!
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Boxing day!

8 Apr

No you haven’t read incorrectly, today I’ve had my very own boxing day. Finally the sun is shining and I’m free as a bird, meaning time for me and my pallet to get a little cosy. I’ve been scouting for pallets over the last couple of weeks in order to use their wood to make some planters and after reading various websites it was time to take the plunge. Luckily I had a willing accomplice which made the whole process a whole lot easier.¬†making planter from pallet

All the ingredients you need to make yourself a planter. Neon colourway not entirely necessary!

Getting the nails out was the trickiest part, first task levering the planks using a crowbar; removing the nails that are exposed by cutting them off .5cm away from the wood then bashing through with a hammer. Finally the building can commence. Here’s the first side, it amazes me that this pallet wood is so easy to pick up. It’s a brilliant source of wood and you only have to hit google to see the inspirational things people have made from them.
homemade planter side
I love the scorch marks that distinguish the pallet. I wonder where it has come from and what it has shipped?
pallet branding

And here it is… enjoying a cup of tea and some biscuits whilst admiring my creation.
planter made from pallet

Wowaweewah!

18 Mar

It’s not just digging in the garden that gets me excited, skip digging is equally as fruitful and thrilling. A miserable day outside but wasn’t I pleased I braved it when, about 25 paces from my front door, I found a huge Belfast sink poking out from an overflowing skip. ¬†After some serious lifting, myself and P managed to negotiate it onto P’s inspired transportation device…a skateboard! Wheeling it home was fairly straightforward compared to the mission of lifting it up to the second floor. But doesn’t it look good…

Belfast stink

Sinks and baths make for excellent planters as they are so hard-wearing. This also means they can by pretty pricey. Keep your eyes peeled and you could come up trumps like me! I may turn this one into a nasturtium nursery, I’ve got a few seedlings beginning to nudge there way towards the sunlight. Or it may be the perfect home for some veggies.

Hello little one…

Nasturtium