Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Potential of Pallets

A few months ago, I stumbled upon a blog post that described how to make a free-standing shelf unit out of wood pallets. The 6 pallets were cut in half and stacked on top of each other, creating three large shelf openings. In this particular post, she put wicker baskets on the shelves. The reason I’m describing the project instead of just showing it is that I can’t find that blog anymore, and I must not have bookmarked it (or pinned it, since I wasn't on Pinterest at that time). So if this project sounds familiar to anyone, let me know where you’ve seen it!

The point I’m getting at is that this made me realize the potential of upcycling pallets to use as furniture or home decor, which I’d never really thought of before. Kind of an "industrial chic" look, or something to that effect. So ever since then, I’ve been slightly obsessed with the idea. Of course, Pinterest has only helped to fuel my obsession. Here are a few of my favorite repurposed pallet projects I’ve come across:

Since I’m running out of room for any type of large furniture on the main floor of our house, I’m thinking that a pallet project could be in my future once our basement is finished. Now the question is… where’s a good place to snag some decent used pallets (for free of course)?

If you like these types of projects, check out my boards on Pinterest. And if you're a fellow pinner, let me know so I can follow you!


Tara @ Tara Being Tara said...

In my experience, you have to get lucky and know someone. But once you put the word out that you're looking, it should be pretty easy to find. More people probably have access to them than you realize.

Our neighbor, who is a landscaper found one for me!

Good luck!

Oonafey said...

We have tons of them at my work. You might want to ask friends who work for manufacturing companies or companies that ship a lots of heavier items. Or stalk warehouse dumpster areas after hours...

Marleah said...

I always see pallets behind buildings by dumpsters, but I never know if it's "ok" to take them. I've also seen them on the side of the road and always kick myself for not stopping to pick them up!

These ideas are awesome. Let us know if you find any!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

All great ideas! Love the one for the wine bottles :)

Cate @ A Tree Lined Street said...

I love the pallet bench (first pic) and the coffee table!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

What a fun post, and who knew pallets could have so many uses? Enjoyed my first visit here - excited to follow along and read more!

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