We are excited to announce that we will be participating in Second Use Building Materials’ first-ever Handmade Holiday Market. It will be held Sunday, December 1st from 11am to 4pm at Second Use (3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA). Come visit us and see what we’ve been up to! We’ll have lots of holiday gifts and home accessories made from salvaged material – framed art, memo books, wrapping paper, lighting, tables, cupboards and more.
Ten years ago, we made the mistake of planting 3 Leyland Cypress trees (too) close to our house. We wanted to create a screen between our house and our neighbors. The trees turned from a cute hedge that provided dappled shade and privacy, to a 40 ft dark forest that shaded out our entire backyard. Usually we are tree huggers, but in this case we turned into tree cutter-downers.
After we spent $600 to have the trees cut down, I thought the least we could do was to commemorate them with a small side table (a $600 side table).
Leyland Cypress slab left over from our logging project.
An old metal (maybe welding?) stand, picked up at RE-Store.
Recently we were invited to attend Delta Faucet’s 2013 Maker/Blogger event, and they surprised us with a gift of their latest kitchen faucet design, the “Pilar” with Touch2O Technology. We’ve installed and used it for a month now, and here’s what we think:
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then let me show you how much we like our new faucet! It’s smart: works with the touch of your hand – a touch turns it on and off. A magnetic catch keeps the hand-held spray firmly in place. If your kids leave it running, it will turn itself off. If your Mother-in-law is not so tech savvy, she can use it just like any other faucet – no special instruction required. (I just have to say, my M-I-L is super tech, you go Grandma!)
When we found this old car jack at Second Use, we weren’t even sure what it was – it just looked COOL! We thought it would make a great lamp base, so when this old utility clamp light came along, it seemed like a perfect match. This project was very simple, with no wiring except for adding a new plug.
Wow, winter blew in this weekend with 25 knot winds and inches of rain! At least the garden is ready – we weeded, re-seeded for a winter garden, readied the cloche, and installed a copper border to keep the slugs and snails out…Hopefully we’ll have a healthy crop of mustard greens, mache, radishes, lacinato and the amazing “everlasting spinach” (think winter smoothies).
Then, completely unrelated, but really cool, we gathered pine cones for the curtain rod finials we plan to make (see tutorial here). Unfortunately they weren’t completely open yet. We decided to experiment and put them in a warm oven at 250 degrees, and see what would happen. Success! Within about 10 minutes they were perfect, with just the faintest whiff of cooked pine cone. (yum?)
We love pine cones, don’t you? What do you make with yours? I think we have an abundant supply!
This is one of the reasons we started Hammer Like a Girl – helping each other with yucky projects/tasks like this that we put off until the pile threatens to fall over and hurt an unsuspecting passerby.
Before: The pile in my basement. (I’m not proud of it.)
Next time we will take a recycling trip: the plastic bottle tops will go to Aveda, the Styrofoam and peanuts to Ikea, the pvc pipe to RE-Store, and the used batteries to the local Hazardous Waste Site.
We worked out a little system to make this project not so painful. Monica documented the items on a list (for tax deduction purposes) while I went through and bagged stuff up. When we dropped the bags off at Goodwill they gave us a tax receipt which we stapled onto the list – when tax time comes along it will make my life easier when I need to itemize. When it comes to taxes, I need all the help I can get.
This is the first post in a new category where we show little photo collections of some of our projects. The intent is less “tutorial” and more “look at things differently, you never know what can go together to make something new and one of a kind”. Enjoy and please let us know what you think! We love feedback.
Steam table, on its way to the scrap metal yard. Stripping it of its silver paint revealed iron legs and galvanized body/shelf. Removing the screwed-on top revealed a solid copper lining (like a silver lining only better).
Old Douglas Fir lumber from Second Use Building Material.
Old set of hinges, from a gate we removed in our backyard.
Finished side table with hinged plank top for access to storage.
Top lifts for storage.
Steel bar reinforcement.
Original stamp of manufactuer: Stanley Doucette, Los Angeles.
Old exposed hinges.
Doug Fir plank top.
Iron legs and galvanized shelf exposed after stripping of silver paint.