I am so excited to announce that my latest project, Wood Pallet Wonders: 20 Stunning DIY Storage & Decor Designs Made from Reclaimed Pallets, is officially finished! It has been a little over a year in the making and long hours of hard work, but such an amazing experience and a great feeling to see it all come together.
In my new book, I will show you how to make twenty projects from wood pallets with step-by-step instructions and images. Each piece is based around storage and home decor, while some are a combination of both. I also incorporated some reclaimed and uncommon materials so there are a few surprises in there as well! I wanted to make sure I did not limit the reader to creating just what is in the book – there are tons of other pieces you can make by simply using my directions as a guideline and adding a customized touch.
For being a first time author, my publishing company was so easy to work with and really made the process run smooth. They offered loads of photography advice and were very patient in the beginning with my emails full of photos that just wouldn’t work. The woodshop I use is an old warehouse, so trying to get the lighting right in there literally proved impossible. I had to set up a makeshift photo booth with foam core board in the old ‘office’ area since it was the only part with a ceiling low enough to bounce light off of, and the only room with a window. That being said, I could only photograph the steps of each project on the weekends to use the natural light because by the time I got home from work in the winter months it was already dark. That alone was the single most frustrating part of the project – I had holiday travel plans and weekend activities already committed before I knew about the project so the tight deadlines meant spending every free minute in the shop. I had about four months to get all twenty projects built, photographed, edited, written up, styled, photographed again, and sent over. I thought that would be more than enough time but it went by SO fast! I was relieved that my writing did not need much editing. It was a bit harder than I had expected to write out the steps of a project. In my head I knew how to build the piece but getting it out on paper was a whole different story. However, the editor said I had a good ‘voice’ and there was not much to change aside from small things here and there.
Although I am bummed the book is finished, seeing it all come together is the most rewarding feeling in the world. I am an author with a book at stores such as Barnes and Noble and Target! Not many people can say that. I owe a million shoutouts to those who have already preordered the book and who have supported me along the way – what a great feeling. xo
You can check out Wood Pallet Wonders on Amazon and be sure to check out #woodpalletwonders on Instagram for more sneak peeks!