Monet Masters - Interior + Furniture Designer

Atlanta, GA, United States
Monet Masters is an interior designer based in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of SCAD-Atlanta, Monet is experienced in both commercial, residential, and furniture design. While she describes her design aesthetic as “Modern Electric Chic” with an emphasis on organic lines and natural elements, she enjoys helping clients define their own personal style, so it’s well reflected throughout their home or business. Monet is especially adept at employing creative and unique solutions for design problems that inevitably arise on projects, while maintaining her passionate drive and enthusiasm throughout the design process, Inspired by the fluidity of nature and the sleekness of modernity, she believes in creating spaces that harness positive energy for her clients, to help them live a balanced, relaxed life. This blog in intended to show the design process of projects of all different sorts, and how her love for fashion and nature inspires her design choices. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wood Pallets = Ottomans...

The following project is one that I completed the summer of 2011. This project required the use of any found material. I love to see people create amazing products out of once used products so this project was perfect for me. The material that I decided to use were wood pallets. Lucky for me the pallets that I stumbled upon were as good as new but I still had to break the pieces apart...

After breaking apart the pallet I then had to measure out the pieces needed to form the legs of the ottoman/side table. Two pieces would be combined to form one leg, this would accommodate the 20 degree angle that I designed for the legs to have.

This is the shape of the legs after combining the two pieces. For this connection I used wood glue, a wooden dowel, and a nail gun.

A shelf would not only serve as storage but is used to connect the legs and support the structure. I simply cut down two planks and sanded them so that they would be uniformed. After I position them side by side so that they connect and then reinforce the shape with a border around the perimeters of the rectangle shape.

All pieces are then connected to form the bottom half of the ottoman. This is what will support the tray/cushion.

To create the tray/cushion I first start out by cutting the top piece that will be upholstered on one side and stay flat on the other. I then cut pieces to be attached around the tray to form a border. This piece is important because it is what allows for the tray to be flipped from one side to the other.

Time for staining...You want to allow a day for the stain to dry on the wood. For quick drying, wipe off immediately after applying the stain.

To create cushions for the opposite side of the trays, I found some old fabric that I had been having then purchased a cheap pillow.

The pillow had to much stuffing therefore I cut the pillow open and began to remove material until the thickness was what I desired for it to be.

After removing stuffing from the pillow I simply stapled the pillow  down to the wood, leaving a border for the trim to be attached without any lifting.

Following the attachment of the pillow, I then do the same for the fabric of my choice.

After the pillow and fabric is attached, then I install the trim for a clean finish.

This is truly why I am a designer, to be able to take wood pallets and transform them into ottomans is simply "Divine" as Candace Olsen would say.

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