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Remember, way back when, we posted about all kinds of pallet possibilities? Ever since then, I’ve been daydreaming about how I could incorporate pallets into my home decor. A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a shelf made from a pallet on Pinterest.
I mean, honestly, this is an EASY project. There were no written directions, but I knew hubs and I could tackle this pallet shelf project together, no problem. And need I remind you that pallets are FREE? We got a few pallets on the side of the road right next to a dumpster. If you’re looking for cheap projects, I’m your girl. 😉
Not much to look at, eh?
We actually made this project a little bit harder than it had to be, but the bottom piece was pretty beat up. Hubs took it off using a crowbar and we later added a nicer looking piece in its place. This step is not necessary if your pallet is in decent condition.
We used a palm sander to lightly sand the wood. This pallet was banged up, but I still loved the grayish, old look it had. We wanted to preserve that at all costs, so a light sanding was all that was called for.
Hubs cut the bottom two slats away from the rest of the pallet, including the “framing”, because that’s all we were using.
We added the other piece of wood (from the same pallet) to the front.
Another piece of pallet wood was added to make the bottom of the shelf.
And here she is looking gorgeous. In case I haven’t made it clear, I LOVE aged wood. It’s beautiful and has so much character. We did add a water-based polyurethane that deepened the color a bit and gave it a more finished look.
Finshed + Decor = LOVE
So let’s see if I can fill you in on the random stuff I put on the shelf. First we have a vintage coffee sign that, believe it or not, I got in Ocean City, NJ at a vintage sign shop. The lobster plate and silver lobster crackers (I am absolutey positive that is not the correct term for them) are from a gift I gave my hubs which also included a big lobster dinner I cooked for him.
The right side holds a fish and seafood recipe book that Monica gave me, a Nicholas Sparks book that I don’t care about it but had the right color scheme :), an old olive oil bottle from Trader Joes and a wine bottle from my favorite place in the whole world: Tabora Farm & Orchard.
My original idea was to put it on the wall behind the bar. So, that’s what we did.
It’s totally not the right scale at all for that space. Boo. 🙁  So, we’ll be taking that pretty little shelf down and finding a new home for it. However, I think I know what I’m going to do on that wall, and it includes pallets. Ha!
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The comments +

  1. beth says:

    I think it looks just fine there!

  2. Andrea says:

    Love that idea! My hubs passes a pile of them coming home from work – so he’ll have to make a stop and pick one up! Love your blog too, btw! So glad I learned of it!

  3. Becca says:

    love it. how did you come up with the stuff to put in it…love that even more!

  4. Rita May says:

    I love pallet projects! Have done a few myself and have a category on pinterest for them. Yours just got pinned.
    Great shelf.
    Rita @MAY DAYS

  5. Nice job! I have a pallet sitting right on the side of my house… I’m going to give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Andrea says:

    Very cool. I am going to pick up one of these next time I see one. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. We get pallets all the time because the wood pellets for the stove comes with one but just recently the place we were buying them decided to charge $5 extra for the pallet or bring one with you. Geez. Anyway, I like this idea. (I pinned it) I saw another idea for a planter using pallets. I saved a couple back for that project this Spring. Awesome job on the pallet shelf. Really.

  8. I think these are brilliant!

    Bon Weekend!

    Martiel @ Sewmantra

  9. Anonymous says:

    not worried about the toxic chemicals used to treat pallets?

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