Wood pallets are the new darlings of the online repurposing world. In case you aren’t familiar with them, pallets are the flat structures used to stabilize large quantities of merchandise during shipping. When companies that aren’t in the manufacturing business receive pallets, they will often give them away for free rather than store them. This makes them the perfect material for ambitious and environmentally conscious DIY-ers.
Talented upcyclers have done everything with wood pallets from making reclaimed wood dining tables to creating outdoor furniture! While many pallet projects require knowing your way around a tool box, there are some that are perfect for even a novice DIY-er. Here are three of my favorites:
Rustic – Industrial Coffee Table
Why spend $400 dollars or more (much more) on a rustic industrial coffee table when you could make one yourself for around $30? Use Craigslist to scope out a free pallet and then head over to your local Lowe’s or to pick up four screw-in casters. If you want to get fancy, you can stain or paint the pallet and have a local cut a piece of glass to put on top. For less than $80, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind designer coffee table.
If you’ve always wanted to grow some edibles but don’t feel like you have the space, why not try creating a vertical garden. Fern, from the container gardening blog “Life on the Balcony,” has a great tutorial for creating a vertical garden using a wood pallet, staple gun, landscape fabric, and sandpaper. I won’t repeat it all here, but if you’re interested, go visit her site so you can get your grow on!
Bring the rustic industrial look into your bedroom by using pallets to create a headboard. Depending on the size of your bed, you may need two pallets for this project. Look for pallets that are in fairly good condition, with few nails and wood splinters sticking out. Clean the pallets thoroughly with a stiff brush and warm, soapy water. Let the pallets air dry (in the sun if possible), and then sand with a medium grade sandpaper. Use tack cloth to remove sawdust and then stain and seal (if you want). Use a cleat to hang the pallets behind your bed or screw them into your metal bedframe.