The lowly pallet is born to do a simple but strenuous job, support freight. Its wood is strong to hold up to the task. It was not meant for much more than this. But, in the right hands, and with a little imagination, the pallet can become practically anything you may want or need! It is truly amazing the transformations in which a pallet can assume. Pinterest has helped spread the word and has made refurbishing pallets into everyone’s favorite way to recycle.
One can do just about anything with these ever adaptable, and quite serviceable hunks of wood. From wine racks to lounge chairs, the list seems to never end. It is fun to see all the new ways people reinvent the pallet. There are hundreds of sites out there for inspiration or come up with something of your very own.
Although all pallets are basically the same, they do have subtle differences in their structure. If you want to use your pallet for any type of flooring or seating purposes, a good suggestion is to choose ones with the slats nailed very close together. Other factors to consider are the color (new wood or aged wood), or if any slats are missing or broken. The pallet can also be dis-assembled and salvaged for large blocks of wood or individual slats for making signs.
This coat rack is made using a structurally un-altered, open slat pallet. Although it is missing three slats and is chipped at the top, it was decided, fits the design and lended character to the piece. We polished it up with a little sanding, wood stain, and polyurethane, added some coat hooks, and a line from an old Irish blessing. A plank was added to the bottom to form a handy little cubby for gloves and such. It is waiting to be hung in our foyer.
Although this rough-hewn stair step is currently being used as a shoe rack, it was originally built to be covered with carpet and used by our little dog as help onto the bed. It is made of pieces of the same pallet, and the slats are closer together. Some pallets have hardly any space at all between the slats and make good deck floors or adirondike type chairs.
This plant stand is constructed of whole, open slat pallets, and pieces of other pallets. It turned out wonderfully. I have received a lot of compliments on it, and it was absolutely free except for the nails and paint. What more could one ask for!
Here it is nicely accomidating all of my potted plants that normally live outside during the summer months. They are all neatly in one place so I may easily water and care for them, which unfortunately rarely happens!
WHERE TO GET YOUR PALLET:
Where might one obtain pallets? A quick search on Craigslist in the “free” catagory can get you started. Simply stopping and asking is another way to get your hands on some nice ones. Don’t bother asking the big chain stores. They usually turn them back in to their vendors or use them for their own shipping purposes. I found mine through a Craigslist search. They were at a construction site. They had hundreds and were giving them away for free! I snagged a whole truck load!
An interesting observation: This picture is pinned onto my Crafty Ideas board on Pinterest. It has garnered more re-pins than anything else on any of my boards. I have pinned similar things just to see if it was the patriotic theme, but no other has received as much attention as this one, and significantly so! What is so special about it? I have no idea! It is a nice picture and it does link to a cornucopia of diy craft ideas. I personally have not made on yet, but I more than likely will. And, to have a little fun with research and sociology, I will take a picture of it, pin it onto Pinterest, and continue the study. I will most certainly update my findings.
What a fun way to add tons of functional pieces to your home! I hope I have inspired someone to go take on a pallet project. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Have fun and let me know what you come up with!