DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet?

01 Sep 2011

So many things! If you ever come across the opportunity to pick up a few pallets take a look at some of the ideas I have come across for recycling old pallets into furniture and other practical and decorative pieces.

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DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

ABOVE and BELOW: Who would have thought that a humble pallet could be transformed into so many practical pieces. Make a coffee table, make a dining room table, even make a sectional sofa or daybed with a wood pallet.

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

In the kitchen


DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet


ABOVE and BELOW: Don't stop there... Recycle a pallet into useful furniture and accessories for a country or cottage kitchen. Store your plate collection, make a kitchen island or dining room table. By recycling an old pallet you can create beautiful pieces - for free!


DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

In the bedroom

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

ABOVE and BELOW: Complete your Shabby Chic bedroom with a rustic headboard made from... an old pallet !

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

ABOVE and BELOW: One blogger turned wooden pallets into an adorable bed for her daughter. But I would recommend some serious sanding if you plan to use pallets as a bed for a child.

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

In the garden

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

ABOVE and BELOW: Whip up a garden bench or a relaxing chair for the garden from an old pallet.


DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

ABOVE and BELOW: Rustic pallets are perfect for in the garden. Make up a patio or table for the deck, or plant up pretty annuals and herbs for easy access.

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

ABOVE and BELOW: Use a pallet to create a vertical herb garden, or for planting up a vertical garden for a balcony. Click here for instructions on this project. Start by wrapping the front and sides of the pallet with landscape fabric. Place the pallet on its back and fill with tighly compressed potting soil. Start adding your plants to the openings - and the top - and make sure that they are well-compacted into the soil before placing the pallet upright to rest against a wall.

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

Pallets for pets

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

DIY Project: What can you do with an old pallet

Find and prepare your pallet

Its best if you have the opportunity to look through the pile of pallets and choose which one will work best for you.  Be picky!!!  Choose one that doesn’t have a lot of nails sticking out.  Make sure it still has most of its structure as you’ll need that support to hold everything in.  You don’t want a pallet that is missing a lot of slats. Before leaving, make sure to flash your pearly whites to the person that is graciously giving you the pallet.

Set aside plenty of time to give the pallet a good sanding – start with 60-grit and move up to finish off with 220-grit sandpaper.

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