If you’ve followed my latest project called Project: Pallet Shed you’re probably wondering how things are coming along. The rainy days and humid hot days are really delaying the building process and I just can’t seem to catch a break. For instance, today I was planning on grabbing some coffee and heading out to work on the shed and guess what was happening outside? It was raining, thundering and lightening all morning. (sigh)
In my last post I mentioned I had a few ideas rolling around in my head pertaining to the shed roof. From the beginning, I’ve desired a metal copper penny roofing material to cover the roof of the shed. But, after all the work of a DIY and recycled project it seemed kind of wrong to spend a bunch of money on the roof. The whole idea of a recycled project is to use items from previous projects or items that were destined for the landfill. I wanted to build this shed for as little money and to squeeze in as many recycled items as fit while creating something I really needed. So call me crazy, but a beautiful brand new shiny copper penny metal roofing just doesn’t seem to fit the project.
I searched Pinterest (an addiction of mine) for ideas of recycled materials for roofing and I came across a tin can lid roof. It was very cute, but the lids gave the roof a gingerbread house kind of a feel and I wanted more of a rustic cabin and didn’t want the cutesy look.
The idea rolled around in my head for a while and thinking how can I change the look so it didn’t look all cutesy. That’s when it hit me! What about removing both ends and cutting them down the seams. Then, flatten the cans out and make my own metal roofing. The cans would rust nicely leaving a nice orange and brown roof. Hmm
That brings us back to the rain drops on the porch roof… I decided to use my time wisely and gathered the cans I brought home from work and cut each can and flattened them while the rain came pouring down. This step needed to be completed prior to attaching them to the roof and this step could easy be completed on a rainy morning on the porch.
I used gloves and tin snips to cut the cans. The cans didn’t flatten easily so I layered them on the porch and stack a bunch of stuff on top to help flatten them out the best I could till it’s time to shingle the roof.
Wish me luck on my recycled tin roof and stop back to see the next step in Project: Pallet Shed.
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