This has been on my Pinterest to-do list for a looooong time!
Actually, let me clarify, doing something with pallets
has been on my to-do list.
I’ve actually had a pallet in my garage for the past year, eagerly waiting to do something with it. I just needed the right motivation, warm enough weather, and a specific project in mind.
First off, I needed more than one pallet.
My husband started checking around. Although we passed up numerous pallets over the years, sitting on the side of the road or at a dumpster, he was told over and over again that pallets could not be given out for free. This was the first time we heard this! Apparently you can’t just walk into a hardware store and ask for their unwanted pallets. You have to grab them when you can, ask a friend that has connections, or see if anyone noticed pallets by a dumpster. In our case, a friend saw them by a dumpster!
I used a combination of 4 pallets.
Because every pallet is made of different wood, there is no easy explanation. I chose the pieces like a puzzle and fit them together.
I tried to take detailed pictures of the structure I created. Remove the worst boards first. This entailed pulling rusty nails and keeping my small children away. I had visions of my 7 year old daughter doing this with me, but on second thought, I’m not sure she has ever had a tetanus shot!
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The picture above is of the structure upside down! The part sitting on the ground is the underside of the counter top. My goal was to use ONLY pallet wood and nothing else, so that is what I did.
I screwed hooks into the back of this beam so Natalie could hang her beaded necklaces from them. I thought they would also come in handy for hanging other decorations or banners.
I didn’t let Natalie pull rusty nails out of the wood with me, but I did let her paint! I wanted a rustic, vintage look anyways which calls for imperfection… perfect for a small child to help with!
We painted the sign with chalkboard paint.
She loved it!!
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