I've had this idea in my head for a while now: Use pallets to build a real piece of furniture.
Yeah, I know it's not all that original and a lot of people are pinning pallet projects all over Pinterest lately but they are all such great ideas.
So I didn't let that deter me and a few weeks ago I asked my father in law to pick up some pallets from work and drop them off at our house. We had to wait a week or so until he came across the right ones, ones that were in good enough condition to use for a piece of furniture. Then we spent an entire weekend prepping the pallets.
After figuring out how to configure the whole thing we sanded the heck out of all the pieces. This wasn't a lot of fun to do but totally necessary. Pallets are pretty rough and if you don't want to get a splinter every time you touch it you need to sand a LOT!!! Use power tools and don't try to sand by hand.
The whole process probably took us 4 days since we also have a baby to take care of and the weather didn't always cooperate. If you stick with it more than we could you should be able to do this in 2 days.
After the sanding was done we mixed some white stain from Ikea (left over from our stairs and doors) with Polyurethane. Spend the extra money and get the one that cleans up with soap and water. The brand we used was Valspar.
We put on an even coat and let them dry. If you want to do this 'right' you should now sand again and do another two coats of stain with a sanding in between. I'm not patient enough and I also didn't want the wood to get too white. So we only did one coat ;)
We then brought everything inside and stacked the pallets the way we wanted. Hubby got some metal plates and caster wheels from Lowes and we went to town.
Be prepared to adjust the pallets a little bit, since they may not be square, by clamping them and attaching one piece at a time. It took both of us a few hours to get it all screwed together.
Lastly we attached the caster wheels to the bottom, so now we can easily move it around if we want to.
I love it! I love the industrial look a la Restoration Hardware but with a waaaayyyy smaller price tag.
I also like that it's not perfect. There is so much visual interest there and I just can't stop looking at all the details.
Overall the project cost us:
$27 for all the brakets
$30 for the caster wheels
$30 for the Polyurethane
The pallets were free :)
So it wasn't a super cheap project but it was well worth the money we spent.
Have you built anything from pallets lately? If you build something similar make sure to let me know, I would love to see it :)