45 Easiest DIY Projects with Wood Pallets, You Can Build
A home with all the desired sections, stylish furnishing and gorgeous embellishing is the dream of every homey person. An accomplished home with all the functional and beauty applications gives us a sense of satisfaction and pleasure and those who come with the silver spoon in their mouth spend a big fortune to get such a fancy house. But not everyone is born rich and wealthy, the majority of the people are those who live on budgets and monthly incomes and for such people, a dreamy house is somewhat impossible to achieve due to the inflaming prices of the furniture and decor things in the market.
But through the pallet projects we are to give you some useful and budget free ideas by the reuse of discarded pallets for a better home with all the stylish and functional furniture gain along with some creative and amazing decor ideas too. And today we are going to share with you almost 45 creative wood pallet projects and ideas ranging from indoor furniture and decor to outdoor improvement projects and they are easy and too feasible to deal at home with. So have a sneak peek into these 45 DIY pallet home improvement ideas and you would come to know that there is not even a single thing that cannot be attained from the pallets.
We have divided the 45 ideas into small roundups so that they are easy to brief about. In the first group of the pallet ideas we have included the gorgeous collection of furniture and decor items with a touch of rustic style in all, some of them belong to the basic home furnishing like a dining set with large table and benches, an XL size multi stained pallet coffee table, lounge chair made all from the slat arrangement and stacking method.
For the outdoor bar area stools with and without back have been yielded from 50+ Best-loved pallet bar ideas with lovely and bright hues of stain. To jazz up a bedroom dwelling a trendy bed with crate like hanging shelves and a super cool media table with drawers would grab your attention below. And for the walls there is cute clock made from dice section pieces and a big mirror with pallet plank frame adding more beauty and fun to your home decor and interiors.
These multi colored pallet stools are one of the easiest things that you can feasibly make from pallets at home with pallet slats,some nails and a hammer to enjoy a fun seat in the outdoors or indoor to enjoy some drinks on.
This pallet bed frame is really something unique and modern in its style and shape and can be easily adapted to a contemporary styled bedroom. The single face skids have been joined to form the bed platform and large boards have been turned into the headboards while the crates have been hanged on its top for book storage.
This bench seat for the kids is double functional as it would allow the kids to have a fun seat on it and to climb it up at the side stair steps and pergola and the purple color makes it look damn cute to attract the little girls.
This is a master piece from the pallets made with skillful and and talented hands with fine crafting when pallet slats have been stacked tightly together to shape up the giant table, benches and the stools at the sides to sit.
This coffee table is one of its type for for two main reasons one is its large size with double shelves and the other is its finish in the rainbow colors making it look quite a shabby chic piece of decor for your living or outdoor.
Pallet skids are when dismantled we get slats and dice sections and the small and cute dice section pieces have been stacked together here to shape up this utterly creative and unique clock for the decor of your walls.
To shape up this pallet made lounge chair first make a rectangular frame from thick pallet bars and then fill it with gap using pallet slat pieces same slat would be used as hinges to support the back at a tilted angle.
This cute and small size media stand would a proud part of your bedroom decor holding your tv on the top, remotes and Cd’s in the drawers and some other things like these int he base shelf being an entertainment center itself.
If you are working on pallets then you must have some pallet scrap of left out piece different in pieces don’t throw them away as they can be used to make such a gorgeous mirror for your hall or bathroom decor.
Apart from the sofa side tables and console table one more type of table is used in the living and that is this behind sofa like that of a console table to up grade the decor of the house by holding the candle jars, flower vases, photo frame and lot more on it.
Awesome Wood Pallet Wall & How It Could Have Killed Me
Wood pallet projects seem to be all the rage these days. They certainly have all the popular elements. Basically free. They look great. They reuse what would be trash and they are easy to find. Just one thing. they could kill you. And I’m not talking about rusty nails or a bad splinter.
In most cases you should be totally safe but be sure to check out the warning at the bottom of this post. The last thing I need is for my blog readers to go dying on me. "Don’t you go dying on me".
This entire adventure started from single picture that I posted on my Pinterest board. Well, technically it started when I made a sudden and compulsive decision on Sunday at 2:00pm to go ahead and start a project that’s been renting space in my head since I saw this picture:
This is the inspiration photo from my Pinterest account. Looks awesome right? Well, instead of just commenting that I wanted to do it (which I did) I decided this weekend that I WOULD do it!
The wall in the photo above is being covered in wood strips from old shipping pallets. I think this look is really cool and I’ve been wanting to try it out.
Sunday. Around 2pm. Kids, asleep or "having quiet time". Wife, half asleep in front of the TV. Me, wired from drinking way to much iced tea and watching way to many HGTV shows. Time to do this! Time to take action and make something super cool from something old and free.
If it works out, I plan to feature a wall like this in the work room of my basement or as a dartboard backdrop. But my smaller test location is going to be the entrance to our house from the garage. I’ve been meaning to paint and decorate this wall anyway but the wood pallet idea seems awesomer. (yes, that is a word, ’cause I just added it to my dictionary)
Garage Entrance : Wood Pallet Target #1
Here’s the garage entrance to our house. Looks fine I guess, if normal and boring are your thing. I want more of a rustic Virginia barn type feel.
Step 1 : Go and Get Some Wood Pallets
Prep the car – We have a 2003 Honda Pilot. Great car! I had to put the two back rows down. For me that meant removing 3 child seats. If you’ve never installed kids car seats, its super fun, like a horse kicking you in the head fun.
Find the wood pallets – I had been eagle eyeing some pallets for weeks. Once you start looking they are fairly easy to find. Just take a drive behind the grocery store or industrial type buildings and you’ll spot some.
(since "some" people are freaking out about this let me be clear – don’t steal pallets. The one’s I got were in the trash. They trash them when they’re no longer usable. If you’re not sure, go into the store and ask the store manager – they’ll tell you.)
Loading the pallets – I fit 6 pallets in the back of the Pilot. They are heavy and a bit awkward to handle. If you’re 6′ 3" and have arms that can wrap around the world with muscles on top of muscles…. like me. then you can lift and load them yourself.
Otherwise I suggest you trick a friend into helping you. Tell them you want to grab some ice cream and catch up. Then, once they’re in the car and the doors are locked, thank them for helping you find and load some heavy wooden pallets. They will look at you weird, just stare straight ahead and keep driving. I did this once when I bought a slate pool table, works like a charm.
This is why having an older car is so money. Say you want to go pick up 6 wood pallets from the trash behind the store and put them in your wife’s car. is that cool? It is if that car has 125k miles on it. MARRIAGE SAVE!
Tips for Wood Pallet Selection:
- Some pallets are made from über heavy compressed plastic. I’m sure there’s a kick-ass project somewhere with those but for now skip them. We want the wood!
- Pallets with a lot of broken or cracked boards aren’t worth the effort or the space. Old pallets are good (great color) but they need to be more or less in one piece.
- Look for color variation. You can try to get all the same if you want but most of the projects I’ve seen look best with variety. Plus, you don’t have to spend as much time hunted for one shade.
Step 2: Remove the wood board from the pallets
Cameron – wanted to help but was easily distracted by airplanes flying over head.
"Listen to me now and believe me later" This is a pain in the A double S. You will not like it. It will hurt.
This is the part of the DIY show where the host gives the homeowner a crappy job to do overnight, then they show up the next day and it’s done.
What you want to do is breakdown the pallets into usable strips of wood.
To do this you need a crowbar and a hammer at the very least. The first board I did took almost 15 minutes and it cracked a little at the ends. Time to get out the big guns.
I took my Milwaukee Sawzall, and cut off both ends. Who has two thumbs and just tripled his productivity… "THIS GUY". With both ends cut I just had to remove the nails from the middle board.
Here’s a video of me and my Sawzall going to town on the end of the pallet boards. (credit to my daughter Charlotte for her videography skills, not bad for 7 years old)
It takes about 15 minutes end-to-end (excluding beer breaks) to break-down one pallet – using my patented "cut the ends first" method.
WARNING – Avoid Chemically Treated Wood
The HT means it was heat treated and is safer than chemically treated.
This is the "almost killed me" part. Props to @rokville for pointing this out. I had not seen this warning anywhere else. (ps: I sometimes tweet boring stuff @JasonMorgan77)
Some wood pallets used to be treated with dangerous chemicals to kill pests and disease. Today’s treatments are much safer. They simply heat the wood up to kill any living organisms.
Pallets without this stamp (left) probably aren’t a safe choice for indoor walls or surfaces where you might sit or eat.
What You Get – Wood from a deconstructed pallet
You end up with roughly 10 usable boards. Each board is roughly 36 inches long and 3 inches wide. I say roughly because there is a lot of variety in the board width and length.
One Honda Pilot load of 6 pallets therefore yielded about 60 boards, which I’m guessing is 70 to 80% of the amount that I need for my project. We’ll know next weekend.
In the end, although it was rough work, I left the house at 2 and was sipping on a Dos Equis in the back yard by 6pm. All cleaned up. Car seats back in place. Rusty nails and sharp wood pieces more or less removed from the ground.
I believe this is all from one or maybe two pallets (not all 6). Remember there are boards on the front and the back. Not to bad.
I decided to break this post into 2 sections. I wanted to publish the first steps with as much detail as possible. Often this is the part that’s overlooked by other DIY web sites and TV shows.
My promise to you is to give you the real story, so you will know what you are getting into. This is going to be a two or three weekend project for sure.
I’m really excited for you to see the final outcome, I think it’s going to look great.
If anyone else tries this type of project, please post pictures and comments here, I’d love to see how yours turned out.
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