Do-It-Yourself Nesting Box

Summer is near, time to enjoy and embrace the natural world! Having a bird house or nesting box is a significant way to create a mutual relationship with nature. bird houseAs we are aware, humans have been increasingly building concrete jungle environments which in turn, is pushing out other species habitats.  By building an alternative and (nearly) natural environment for birds to nest, we are at least making an attempt to co-habitat.

pallet

pallet & pieces

Construction

Construction

Using an old pallet, a little man power, and a few power tools we built this amazing bird house! Once again, pallets are a booger to work with. We were able to get this one apart with a pry-bar and hammer, always use gloves when working with pallets! There is generally an excess of nails, most of which are rusty. After pulling off the best pieces, they were sanded (80 grit) to make the wood slightly safer to work with.

The pieces were cut according to the bird house plan used then glued and nailed appropriately.

I chose not to paint the roof, allowing Scott’s Liquid Gold Cleaner & Preservative to work its magic.

Before & After

Before & After

Nesting boxes have many positive purposes:

1. Attract natural pollinators to your garden.

2. Think wake up call – sweet chirping or obnoxious alarm clock?

3. Create a mutual relationship & co-habitat with the birds of your community. 

4. And well, birds are just fun to watch! Why do you want a bird house in your yard?

bird house

Nesting boxes generally attract birds like wrens, blue birds, chickadees, titmice, wood ducks and wood peckers. Check out choosing the right bird house for your backyard! Thanks Anthony for great instructions!

This post and project were created by our Intern, Amber Lesser. Amber is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado. Thanks Amber!

From Nothing to Something!

A Do-It-Yourself log cabin style coat rack – made from a pallet!

Pallet

The Beginning!

Reusing old items is not always appealing, but re-purposing them can be very enjoyable and rewarding! I gathered some random materials around the office and home; a pallet, planters, random metals objects (hooks), and a few tools to create my very own cozy coat rack.

There is no doubt about it, pallets are not the easiest to work with but after some demolition work, I began sanding away. To create an even greater rustic look I used an old bike chain and hammer to dent the wood more. Then, I used a damp cloth to clean off the excess dirt and wiped it down with Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Wash.

Rack in Progress

Making it Happen

Soon, I had a great product to begin staining. While letting the stain set in, I painted the little random objects to use as hooks and baskets. I gathered some nuts and bolts to tighten the pallet and attached the other materials (wood glue and clamps would have worked as well).

Once the rack was dry, it was quite dull so I used Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative to moisturize and shine my new coat rack and old pallet.

Job 1

The Finished Beauty!

If you want to start a project like this, make sure to look around your house you may be quite surprised at what you find! This fun project is a great way to spruce up your house while keeping those extra ‘things’ out of landfills.

This post and project were created by our Intern, Amber Lesser.  Amber is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado.  Thanks Amber!

An All-American Toolbox!

Like many, I love finding unique ways to breathe new life into old obsolete household items.  While cleaning the garage storage closet  I found this old toolbox, (maybe circa 1950) that belonged to my father-in-law.  I did not want to put it in the trash or donate it but it was just sitting there collecting dust.  I took it out of the garage and started to clean it up hoping that I might be inspired to find a new use for it.  And guess what, it worked!  How about An All-American planter to brighten my porch this Fourth of July? I started by cleaning up the toolbox with a gentle, mild detergent.  I used Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Wash. I wanted to be sure to get all the dirt off, inside and out, and remove any chemical residue.  But I also wanted to be sure it was safe for plants. You can see that it was pretty dirty! To deep clean the wood and hydrate it, I used Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative on the outside of the toolbox to restore the wood.  The wood was so dry and thirsty it took several applications.  When the wood looked good, I buffed out the extra oil. Then, I placed whipped topping containers in each section to catch extra water and added ten dollars worth of  red, white and ‘blue’ petunias. Added a few flags and Voila!  I have a unique planter from an old toolbox steeped in American history and ready to celebrate the Fourth of July! Wishing you and yours a safe and happy All-American Fourth of July!

An All-American Toolbox!

Like many, I love finding unique ways to breathe new life into old obsolete household items.  While cleaning the garage storage closet  I found this old toolbox, (maybe circa 1950) that belonged to my father-in-law.  I did not want to put it in the trash or donate it but it was just sitting there collecting dust.  I took it out of the garage and started to clean it up hoping that I might be inspired to find a new use for it.  And guess what, it worked!  How about An All-American planter to brighten my porch this Fourth of July? I started by cleaning up the toolbox with a gentle, mild detergent.  I used Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Wash. I wanted to be sure to get all the dirt off, inside and out, and remove any chemical residue.  But I also wanted to be sure it was safe for plants. You can see that it was pretty dirty! To deep clean the wood and hydrate it, I used Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative on the outside of the toolbox to restore the wood.  The wood was so dry and thirsty it took several applications.  When the wood looked good, I buffed out the extra oil. Then, I placed whipped topping containers in each section to catch extra water and added ten dollars worth of  red, white and ‘blue’ petunias. Added a few flags and Voila!  I have a unique planter from an old toolbox steeped in American history and ready to celebrate the Fourth of July! Wishing you and yours a safe and happy All-American Fourth of July!