Upcycling. It’s not just a buzz word for the young and trendy, everyone is at it! And for good reason – in this day and age anything that’s free or cheap is a big help to most; and if it’s good for the environment too, who wouldn’t want to give it a go? One clever upcycling trend is using wooden pallets to create quirky household and garden decor. They’re usually free to get hold of, easy to work with, and with a bit of love they’ll look great in your home.
Before we get started, here’s a quick guide to where you can usually find them for free – just be sure to ask permission first before taking them.
- Retail Parks (head to the deliveries area)
- Industrial estates
You’ll need a few tools to get the job done, so make sure you’ve got the following to hand. If you’re missing something from the list then do buy from a reputable seller as they’re the kind of tools you’ll use time and again in the future.
- Claw Hammer
- Cordless Electric Drill
- Crow bar
Pallet Coffee Table
This has to be one of the easiest yet most useful pallet projects we’ve seen. Perfect for indoors but would look great outside on some decking too. Simply choose a wood stain that will fit best with its new surroundings. (credit 99 pallets) Here’s the tutorial.
Pallet Garden Planter
Growing your own veg is all the rage – do it in style with your own free pallet planter (credit Architecture Art Design)
What could be easier than stacking pallets to create a base for a mattress? This genius idea looks create and offers extra storage too. This corner unit is perfect in a guest room where you might be short on space. (credit Architecture Art Design)
Pallet Shoe Rack
This clever idea takes up so little room and will look great once given a lick of paint or wood stain. Try it in your porch for a handy place to leave your muddy shoes, or de-clutter your bedroom by standing one in your closet. (credit Design Rulz)
Quit throwing your coat on the stair case banister with this stylish and functional feature for your home. Choose different shaped and coloured doorknobs to fix on for hanging things, and paint in whichever colour suits your décor most. We love this rustic brown for country cottage homes, and distressed white would sit perfectly with a shabby chic theme. Sit a few picture frames on the shelf to give it a personal touch – you could even carve a welcoming message for guests along the top slab and highlight in a contrasting paint colour. (credit 99 Pallets ) Here’s more rack designs to get your imagination going.
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