Make Your Own Pallet!
Introduction: Make Your Own Pallet!
So you want to make that crafty pallet project that you saw on Pinterest, but you just don’t have access to any pallets.
What’s a person to do?
Follow these easy steps to make your own homemade pallet, and you’ll be ready to make your own pallet-based projects in no time!
Step 1: Materials
Pallets come in all shapes and sizes.
This is a very simple design for a 32-inch square pallet that is five inches tall.
This only requires three standard 8-foot framing studs ("2x4s") and a box of 2-inch nails.
You will need a hammer, a saw suitable for cutting 2x4s (hand saw, circular saw, miter saw, etc.), and ideally, a band saw (for ripping boards in half across the width to make the slats).
Step 2: Initial Cuts
Begin by cutting each of your three 2x4s into three equal pieces (each should be just a bit less than 32 inches long).
Step 3: Create Slats
To make the slats, we need to cut six of the boards in half across the width.
I first marked a line down the middle of one edge on each board indicating where to cut, and then cut these in half on a band saw.
Step 4: Attach Bottom Slats
The three remaining boards will become the middle support pieces which are called "stringers."
Fasten three slats to the stringers as shown to create the bottom of the pallet. Use two nails through each location as shown in the photos.
Step 5: Attach Top Slats
The top slats are fastened in the same manner as the bottom ones.
However, you have some aesthetic options here.
You can use all of the remaining nine slats for a "full deck" pallet . . . or eight, seven or six, depending on what you think looks more "pallet-ish."
I was going for the "classic pallet" look, so I went with seven evenly-spaced top slats. (The remaining two slats were not needed to make the pallet, so they were thrown away.)
Use nails to fasten the top slats in place, and you’re done!
Step 6: All Done!
Pretty easy right?
Now stand back and admire your homemade pallet!
Optional step: For a more complete pallet look, you may want to weather it a little. Toss your pallet around, slide it in and out of a truck bed over and over, or even leave it out in adverse weather for a while. This will all increase the character and true-to-life-ishness of your homemade pallet.
Step 7: Disassemble
When you are ready to harvest the material from your pallet, get out a hammer and a crowbar.
One of the major benefits of making your own pallet is that they are much easier to take apart than their commercial counterparts. Simply pry off the slats and remove the nails.
Occasionally a board may split in the process. But that’s all part of the challenge when working with pallets, and is to be expected.
Step 8: Now Make Something Awesome!
You now have a pile of pallet wood that you can use to make some crafty thing!
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Tuscan Colors, Inside & Out
Use Tuscan colors to inspire your room color schemes with the warmth and beauty of the Tuscan countryside. Check out these, too:
- Tuscan Paint Colors: 7 paint color schemes inspired by Tuscan villages & crafts
- Tuscany Color Palette: 7 typical color combinations, photographed in real Tuscan homes
Small-town Tuscan color palette near Volterra, Italy.
In authentic Tuscan farmhouses, interior walls are usually painted white.
Now, just because Tuscans tend to paint their kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms white .
. doesn’t mean that you have to do the same.
So this page is about Tuscan colors straight from the exterior color palette of Tuscan villages.
By the way, Tuscany is only a 4-hour drive away from the South of France, but a Tuscan color palette looks quite different from French country colors. (Compare French country bedrooms to traditional Tuscan ones and you’ll see exactly what I mean!)
Warm neutrals are the basis of any Tuscan color palette:
- golden honey
- dark brown
- raw/burnt umber
- raw/burnt sienna
- warm gray
- milky white
Next, add muted reds and deep, glowing yellows. These are essential Tuscan colors:
- rusty/brick red
- yellow ocher
- deep cotto red
- grayed warm pastel pink
- pale warm yellow
After that, add accent colors from Nature’s own Tuscan color palette:
- green (any hue or shade!)
- hot reds, like begonia purple or bright poppy, or
- vivid blues
For metals, focus on pewter, copper, and/or antiqued brass.
Tuscan Colors for Interiors and Furniture
In the original, rustic Tuscany decorating style, the color palette is almost entirely neutral. It consists of
- terracotta or cotto floors,
- unpainted wooden furniture,
- chairs with straw seats,
- occasionally a colored textile, and
- white walls.
However, even in Tuscany it’s nowadays acceptable to put some color not only on your walls, but also on your furniture.
Here’s a little eatery, the Osteria del Borgo in Micciano: The owner, Marcello, chose a mix of red, yellow and green for the rush-seated chairs and the tablecloths. (He also painted the mural of his village!)
In interiors, Tuscan paint colors can create the illusion of sunshine and warmth – even in the coolest, most functional city environment.
Tuscan Paint Color Combinations with White
If you combine a Tuscan color palette with traditional Tuscan white walls, the white will make the colors look darker and more intense.
For example, the display cabinet pictured below would ‘pop’ much less if it were surrounded entirely by wood, brick, and straw colors. (In a traditionally Tuscan environment the wall would have been white but the cabinet would have been dark brown.)
If you decide to use Tuscan paint colors on your furniture,
- Always make sure you test the colors before you start painting. Make sure they don’t look garish.
- Mute strong colors (mix in some gray, brown, or a complementary color).
- If you’re combining Tuscan paint colors with white, go for a paler version of the color than you would normally do.
- To make sure your interior Tuscany color scheme doesn’t look artificial, combine your paint/fabric colors with lots of rugged, natural materials, for example:
- straw, terracotta (glazed and unglazed) and untreated wooden furniture.
- If your home doesn’t have terracotta, stone or terrazzo flooring, try rush matting for some instant rustic appeal.
Tuscan Paint Colors for your House
Tuscan colors vary from town to town and from village to village, but usually only between different hues of brick red, peachy pink, light terracotta, and yellow umber.
There’s the occasional sugar pink thrown in (as in the photo at the top of this page). Rarely is a house painted green, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a blue house in Tuscany.
Tuscan window shutters are either dark green (‘hunter green’ would best describe it, and you can go quite dark on the color), or (natural) brown. As an alternative, there’s light bluish gray.
Tuscan villagers can be quite pernickety about what colors you can paint your house in "their" village!
A friend told me how, at the bottom of her tiny hilltop village in Tuscany, someone was building a new house.
The other villagers (40 when you counted all the kids) were nervous about the possibility that the newcomer would spoil the general appearance of their village. (If you scroll back to the color swatches near the top of this page, you get the general idea of their specific Tuscan color palette.)
Well, they got together and decided that they would have a say in the choice of Tuscan paint colors for the new house!
A chart with suggested color swatches was hung up in the Alimentari, the only shop in the village. Forty villagers flocked to the shop to tick their choice of Tuscany colors for the new house.
Which color did they pick? Here it is – photographed in situ, on the walls of the newcomer’s house (Yes, he obliged. You don’t mess with 40 people who all live, more or less, next door 🙂
Not all Tuscan towns and villages have rendered, painted houses. Many have just the natural hues of local rock, brick, and terracotta roof tiles.
If this sounds a bit drab to you, it’s because I haven’t mentioned the flowers yet.
Geranium, star jasmine, roses, wine, oleander – sometimes even bougainvillaea – they all like it hot and sunny. And (except for the geranium) they’ll climb all over your house if you let them. Climbing plants can go a long way in turning your house into a Mediterranean dream home.
Use the photo (right) as a starting point for home decorating in Tuscany colors: