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    Pallet Palate

    Pallet Palate

                I’m always on the lookout for unique ways to change up my house, and with three kids who also have [expensive] wants I’m left with two options: spend insane amounts of money OR look for cheaper ways to satisfy my itch.  I usually go with the latter.  Recently I’ve taken an interest in pallet…yes, as in shipping pallets.  I never realized just how much you can do with one of them – they are so versatile!  From shipping, to furniture, to wall décor, with a little ingenuity and some elbow grease you can turn a palette in to almost anything you could imagine.

                In my house, we love movies, but there is never enough room on the couch for us to all fit comfortably – which brings us to my FAVORITE pallet up-cycle: CINEMA SEATING.  I love that you can make it as big or small and any shape you want so no matter what it’ll fit your home AND your style.  To complete this project, you need your desired design, pallets, paint, various cushions, and of course tools (drill, screws and sander, to be exact!)  If you can find used pallets (and trust me, you can, google it) all you need to buy is paint and cushions (if you’re really crafty, you can make cushions and save even more!), making this a rather cheap project that will seriously revamp your home!

                One thing I love is my bed… seriously, like stay-in-bed-all-day kind of love.  For the longest time though, I didn’t have a headboard, I saw them as pretty to look at, but not useful enough to actually purchase one.  Then I saw the pallet headboard, another DIY craft that adds a lot of value with little out of pocket; and with so many ways to build these headboards, each as is as unique as the person who will sleep there!  You can make your headboard as big or small as you want, leave the gaps between planks or add planks to fill them up, add lights or fixtures or leave it plain, etc. the possibilities are limitless!

     

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                In the interest in keeping this post short and sweet, I’ll just quickly list the other furniture possibilities before moving on.  You can use pallet furniture in every room of your house: beds for the kids’ rooms, tables for the kitchen and living room, desk for your office, room dividers for anywhere, etc.  You can also bring your pallet furniture outside in the form of lawn chairs, swings, bike racks... I can go on and on but you get the point.

                I haven’t forgotten about the wall décor, walls need love too!  And if you’re anything like me, your wine addiction also needs love – which brings us to my favorite wall décor pallet hack, a wine rack!  As with the other pallet DIYs, there are multiple ways to make this: size, color, shape, how many bottles it holds, and the ability to hold glasses are just some of the ways you can customize your wine rack.  For this project, you’ll need a pallet, paint/stain, nails/screws, and tools (such as a drill, hammer, crowbar, and a saw.)

                If you’re not much of a drinker, or you’d just rather put other things on display in your home (such as pictures….) you can create various sized and shaped shelves to hold picture frames, hooks (for clothing, keys or jewelry) flower pots and more!

                I may be MIA for a while, as my next few weekends are booked solid with all the pallet projects I plan on doing!