Today’s rescue comes from Melanie of Making it in the Mitten. She loves entertaining outside during the summer, and this year she decided she “needed a space to place food and beverages while we are outside.” Her husband grabbed a couple of free pallets from work, and they used them to build an outdoor bar!
She spray painted both pallets in a cool aqua shade, then screwed them together. A piece of scrap wood became the tabletop, which crafty Melanie painted with chalk paint so she’ll have the option to “write fun things or to label specialty drinks.” Now that it’s finished, Melanie says, “It was a pretty simple project, but I love the final result!”
To read more about this project, check out Making it in the Mitten.
Laura from My Newest Addiction kept seeing really cute coffee mug racks made from pallets, but did not love the $100+ price tag they came with. Instead, she created a version of her own! (Secret spoiler alert: you don’t even need a pallet to make this!)
After a search for a pallet left her empty-handed, Laura’s husband mentioned the scrap wood in the garage and offered to “nail some boards together in a pallet-like shape.” Once her “pallet” was assembled, she spray-painted the base color (a copper foil) and her letters. After her second color went on, Laura used sandpaper to help the “other shade pop out and give it a pretty, worn look.” She attached her letters and hooks and voila! I’m betting her mornings are at least 67% better with this beauty greeting her in the kitchen.
See the complete instructions at My Newest Addiction.
Joan from Scavenger Chic loves old wall hooks, “especially when they are made out of something unexpected.” She snagged a bunch of casters from her junk pile and combined them with scrap wood to create a fabulous coat rack with a stylish rustic industrial vibe! Joan used a pallet and old window molding to provide the wood pieces she needed. She gave the wood a light coat of paint, then nailed the boards together. After drilling holes for the casters, she glued them into place. Now she has a great-looking new piece that’s ready for work “in a mudroom, bathroom, guestroom or a kid’s room.” Nice job!
See the complete instructions at Scavenger Chic.
Scavenger Chic‘s Joan loves working with pallet wood so much that she started to panic as her stack of pallets dwindled. Luckily, she found three pallets leaning up against a dumpster, so she was back in business! Check out her latest pallet project.
This one happens to be a great way to use up the smaller cuts of pallet wood leftover from other projects. Joan started by cutting out an arrow from plywood. Next, she covered the arrow with her pallet scraps, trimming the edges to fit the shape of the arrow. She added to the wood’s patina with a bit of paint. To really make the arrow look finished, she painted PVC lattice to look like rusted metal, and wrapped it around the edges to frame the arrow. It looks amazing!
See a picture tutorial of this project at Scavenger Chic.
Amy shared this craft at Stow & Tell U for Valentine’s Day. Her version of this is definitely geared for that holiday, but this is a concept that you could adapt for any holiday or event–it would be super cute at a wedding, actually. Amy crafted her version using scraps of pallet wood.
Starting with three slats from a pallet, Amy cut the slats in half and trimmed an end on each piece to form an arrow. After sanding the boards, she mixed up a custom stain using red food coloring and vinegar. Once applied, the homemade stain gave the boards the look of weathered, pink paint. Amy painted on some catchy, love-realated locations with white paint before she nailed her pink arrows onto a sign post. Adorable!
Get all the details you need to create your own version of this trail sign by clicking over to Stow & Tell U.
Over at Pennies ‘n Grace, Molly tells us, “When we moved into our home last August we made plans to make our huge loft into a game room/office space.” In need of some inexpensive furniture, she decided to experiment with turning pallets (like the one pictured below) into couches.
Pallets are one way to get a lot of wood for cheap or–very frequently–free. Molly and her husband went to their favorite pallet collecting spot and brought home several truckloads. Her husband used the free pallets to build L-shaped wooden frames, by stacking and nailing the pallets in place. Molly found foam cushions at the local thrift store and covered them in fabric to create seat cushions. The addition of lots of throw pillows along the back of the new couches makes them extra comfy. What a great way to upcycle and get inexpensive game room furniture!
Find out more about these homemade pallet couches at Pennies ‘n Grace.
Here’s a pallet project perfect for your winter decor! Made by DeDe of Designed Decor, she has a bunch of these pallet snowflakes hanging outside her shop, where they are selling like hotcakes!
“I love making things out of free stuff and I especially love to repurpose things into something useful,” DeDe tells us. She measured and cut her pallet wood in a variety of ways to create the weathered wood decorations, and provided all the details at her blog. She used a DIY stain of steel wool and vinegar to age them a bit more, and added a d-ring to the back of each snowflake so they’ll hang easily. What a neat idea!
Make sure you visit Designed Decor to get all the details!
At Prodigal Pieces, Larissa scored some weather shipping pallets for free, thanks to Craigslist. She decided to use some of her pallet wood to make some shutters for one of her windows.
After dismantling one of the pallets, she cut the boards to the sizes she needed for this project. Each shutter was make of several longer boards that were braced together by two smaller boards nailed across them. Larissa points out that it’s easy to cover up the lighter wood that shows up where the boards are cut by dabbing it with a bit of watered down gray paint. The finishing touch was the addition of antique barn door hinges to each shutter. “Viola! Not only did I help a local merchant clean up an unsightly pile, but was also able to create a lovely rustic touch to my home,” Larissa says happily.
Visit Prodigal Pieces to view a full tutorial for these faux barn wood shutters.