11 – How to fake being a builder (or ___?)

Junk That Matters 11 - How to fake being a builder (or whatever else you wish to be!) via Funky Junk Interiors

When I was at Bella Rustica, I did a workshop on working with tools, with the premise of faking being a real builder. I showed various photos of the ‘oh so impressive things I’ve built’, and then after each one, showed my cheat methods on how I did it.

from greenhouse to rustic garden shed, via Funky Junk Interiors

This rustic garden shed was my first real building project. I had no idea how to use the tools I needed so I had a neighbour show me. And then wrapped this up in a couple of days.

pallet wood build via Funky Junk Interiors

Today, I’ve branched beyond relying on structures already set in place. I have graduated. 🙂 I’m currently working on a new piece (coming soon) and am beyond astounded that I’m capable of implementing exactly what’s in my head! 

By golly, I am a builder! 

What was that? You wanna build too? Well, you can!  You just have to start by picking up a board and having the desire to make it into something cool. 

Wait, did you say you don’t have time? No money? Zero for tools? No skills? Too old to start over? Really…

When I started building, I was 47 years old, a sole parent, broke, and had no building skills. Oh. And I was stuck with some vertigo thing too.

I’m just really glad I took the time and built my pallet sofa so I can enjoy my old age sitting on it. 😉

How to fake become a builder (or ___?):

Find your wood. (mine was from a free pallet)

Sketch out what you want. (start small)

Ask someone for guidance. (but do it yourself!)

Borrow tools. (then you will know what to eventually buy when you can afford it)

Find ways to cheat. (use existing frameworks)

Make plenty of mistakes. (best way to learn)

Then don’t quit on yourself until it’s done.

Congrats! You’re now a builder. What took you so long?

My own builds to date are HERE.

What do you wish you could do?

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14 thoughts on “11 – How to fake being a builder (or ___?)

  1. You are very inspiring! What really inspired me in your post is when you said you were 47 when you started building. That’s me, 47 and I wanna build lots of stuff for my home.. I’m kinda power tool shy, but I know I can do it!
    Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    stay well,

  2. Donna you inspired me to build totes and now I am going with your pallet sofa… Yesterday the loves eat on my deck rusted right through… I thought of you and I will be building a new one for the spring so I can sit out there in my old age! Thanks!

  3. I can do anything when I set my mind to it (I’ve had some moderate successes)…BUT I have had cribs and headboards sitting against the back of the house for 2 years waiting for the motivation to make the kind of benches that are all over the internet. I even bought a Kreg Pocket Hole jig and still the junk is leaning. I am not sure if it’s fear, apathy or lack of energy but I need to be a builder, and very soon. Seeing and appreciating your creations makes me want them too. Pretty soon there might be pallets leaning on the house. Thanks Donna for sharing your creativity and yourself.


  4. Hey, I am a builder!! In large part,thanks to you. I hate to admit it to all you young’uns, but I am 65, and just finally doing it! I have wanted to work with wood, to build things, my entire life. It was “not something girls/women did”. HA! We’ve come a long way, baby! And I am having soooo much fun!
    Love that building, very clever of you. Wish I had a frame in my yard. Maybe soon, I will build one from scratch.

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