I mentioned in my recap from SNAP! that I was one of the 50 lucky people chosen to participate in the Lowe’s Designer Challenge. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I was up for the challenge. Somehow during all the madness I was able to snap a few photos.
We had one hour to create a project. We had a table full of random supplies (with a drop cloth on it covering it until they said GO)! They also had limited drills, wood, paint, and other supplies you would need to create something. Let me just tell you. If you ever watched Craft Wars on TLC this challenge was like that times 10 (or like I was telling people… Craft Wars on Crack)! Put 10 groups of five women in one place to create with limited supplies and you have utter chaos. I wish someone would have captured what the first minute looked like. Everyone tore off their drop cloths from their tables and then ran for supplies. Our group removed the drop cloth and started planning for like the first 20 seconds… then we all realized everyone was running for supplies. I immediately ran for wood and snagged the last bottle of wood glue. I knew Jon would be proud of that. Sarah from Becoming Martha ran for paint and I’m not sure what everyone else ran for. To the person I may have hit with my 5 long pieces of wood… I apologize now.
So you may wonder who was on my team?
- Sarah from Becoming Martha
- Hedi from HoneyBear Lane
- Kelly from Live. Laugh. Rowe
- Michelle from A Little Tipsy
Here is our team huddled around the table, as Sarah quickly drew out our plan for our puppet stand! With limited supplies and NO power tools I knew we needed to keep this simple. Let’s get real–using a handsaw is not ideal for cutting mutliple pieces of wood (and straight at that). Ultimately we just used what we had and didn’t make any cuts. We also hot glued and stapled wood together (never a recommended method). But since they weren’t judging on functionality we figured this method was ok.
Painting started immediately. We first thought to stencil a pattern on the drop cloth. Then we realized that wasn’t ideal. We also happened to snag a Lowe’s sign and decided to incorporate that into our design. I just so happened to capture a shot of the remnants of the leftover painted sign.
Michelle was a pro at putting on the finishing touches to our puppet stand! Do you like the “polka dots”? Those are the little circle floor pads you put on the bottoms of chairs… Yah we got really creative!
After all the chaos we were actually done first and had a few minutes to spare! How cute are the “puppets” Michelle created? I slapped the purple paint on the pots, and now after looking at the photos I just realized we put more circle floor pads on the pots! That is how crazy it was during the challenge!
Also, Michelle created these super cute butterflies to go on our ties! We cut two pieces of half-stenciled fabric to use as the ties. Using paper towels, zip ties and wood beads we created these butterflies!
I captured this panorama shot right after we were just about done. Let me just tell you–the amount of paint on the floors after we left the challenge was a little crazy. I felt bad for the clean-up crew!
Sarah playing with the ballerina puppet!
There we are team 10… towards the end of the challenge–if not at the end of the challenge! It was so hard to remember everything went by so quickly! And, yes, there were camera crews… in our faces asking us questions while we were trying to create our project.
There is a finished puppet stand in all its glory!
Our fabulous team took “Most Likely to Go Viral”! That was the award we won for our puppet stand!
Dislcosure: Each team received a $25 Lowes Gift Card for participating. We were not required to write about our experience. I just wanted to share the behind the scenes look from the challenge. FYI–all photos unless noted were taken with my iPhone.