Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pallet Shelves

As I mentioned in this post, all of my projects I'm working on right now are to fill my giant floating living room wall.

I saw these plans from Anas at Knock-Off Wood's website for shelves made from a pallet of wood, and I knew I wanted to make some.

So I looked on craigslist, at my local stores, EVERYWHERE, and couldn't find any pallets. Seriously? How hard can it be to find something that most people just throw away?! Hard...but I think only when you really want it.

And then the pallet god came answering (insert sounds of ringing angels here). While I was in the process of starting on my daybed, the delivery guy showed up with something that I knew we were taking back...and it came on a pallet. I was seriously ECSTATIC when he left and the pallet stayed. Chris thinks I've lost it...I called him shrieking about actually having a pallet to be able to do the shelves with.

I measured both ends to be the height I wanted, and took my trusty jigsaw (at one point, I'm pretty sure that was Chris's trusty jig's now safe to say it's mine), and got to cutting.

Chris supervised some at the beginning (along with Kodi in the background) to make sure that I could actually cut the pallet without cutting my fingers.

See babe, I did just fine!

I then measured 1x4's for the bottom and cut those with the jigsaw and nailed them into place. I actually had to run to Home Depot because I didn't have long enough scraps of 1x4's left over from my previous projects. Just an FYI, there's a 'scrap' bucket at Home Depot of wood that they sell for super cheap. I got a 4 ft board for 50 cents!

After that, I sanded and sanded and sanded. I went back and forth on whether or not to put a clear coat of polyurethane on them. For a more finished look, I did apply a clear coat of poly, and wound up with this:

Which I liked and was happy with...until I got it on the wall. I let just one of them sit on the wall for a day to see if it would grow on me. It just looked ... kind of blah with the color of my wall and the rest of my decor.

So, I gave it some good 'ol Kara lovin. I sanded the edges and took my foam brush and put some stain on it. Yeah yeah yeah, you're supposed to stain, then apply poly, but I've never been one to do things the right way anyways!

MUCH better!

The worst part about this project was actually hanging these. They're heavy. Really heavy. They needed to hang on a stud in the wall, and I still wanted them to be relatively symmetrical on either end.

I really don't like the look of my tables or counters with clutter on them, so I put the magazines (my inspiration for a lot of things) that I had sitting out in one side, and put my coasters, TV remotes, and the book I'm currently reading in one side. The other pallet wound up with a lot of magazines as well. Can you tell which one is Chris's favorite?!

My project that I'm starting to absolutely hate is supposed to fill the space above these pallet shelves. I'm not sure that I'll leave magazines in the shelves, or if I'll make something else (I've got ideas!!) to go in there. I like it for now though! Now, if my final project for this wall could just fix and finish itself...  In the meantime, I'm linking up to these fun parties...go check them out!


  1. I saw your picture of these shelves on Knock Off Wood, and love them. I'm going to make a pair to hang on either side of my stove for cookbooks!

  2. Looks great, Kara! You're definitely rocking the wood lately! We just finished our modified media console and I posted it on the KOW Facebook page yesterday. The building is pretty's the finishing that takes the longest! I look forward to seeing more of your projects!

    Your fellow Floridian,

  3. so cool,, will definitely have to try this.. yours look great on the wall.

  4. Thanks Janelle!! Good luck with yours, I'm sure they'll turn out great!

    Thanks again Paula! Agreed...finishing takes SO long...your project looks awesome BTW!!!

    Thanks Debilou! I loved that they're different and unique! Good luck on yours!

  5. This is a great project...good for you! I'd love for you to share this on my Modern Craftswoman Monday Link Party. Thanks, Rory

  6. I like them! What a great way to coral yet display your magazines. I'm your newest follower!

  7. Thanks Ellie!! So glad to have you along!

  8. I just had a conversation recently about wood pallets...this is such a great way to use what would end up in our landfills if folks like you weren't so crafty! Well done and hope you can share more of your talents with us next week! Rory

  9. I really enjoyed your site and I love those shelves. I'm now following. =)

  10. Such a great idea!! I have a few pallets in the backyard getting nice and weather worn...time to chop those babies up! Oh - I am your newest follower! :)


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