Sunday, October 27, 2013

Rescued Wood Pallet

My husband already thinks I am crazy, but when I asked him to help me lift a dirty, wet wood pallet sitting next to a dumpster into our car, I got *the look*.  You know... the "You can't possibly be serious about putting trash in the car?!?" look.  I attempted to prep my husband before said dumpster diving by showing him a bunch of wood pallet displays on pinterest.  Nevertheless, he seriously thought I lost my mind.

Rescued from the dumpster

I used a handsaw to cut off two of the supports so that the pallet could function better as a shelf.

Removed two of the supports

This beat up wood pallet had some rough times in life and needed some love. The wood was cracked, splintered and jagged.... but, but it has a lot of character and charm, right??  Lets hope so or my husband is going to give me another look. The "I told you so" look.

Sanding off the rough spots

Used short screws to secure splintered wood

Once the pallet was smooth enough to handle and the loose pieces were secured, I added picture hanging hooks and wire gauged for heavy duty support.

Hang the pallet Take 1: Heavy duty picture hanging hooks and wire

While the heavy duty wire did hold the pallet on the wall, however, I had nightmares that the wire would come undone and the heavy pallet would fall on the unsuspecting guests sleeping on the bed underneath.  I looked to the only place that I can find all information... google.  Lo and behold, I found a tutorial called How to Hang a Wood Pallet. Off to home depot I went to get a french cleat.  The pallet does not weight more than 100 lbs but I purchased the french cleat for 200 lbs because it was longer. We were able to screw the cleat into three of the wood boards on the pallet and two wall studs.

Hang the pallet Take 2: French cleat to support 200 lbs

I spent some time styling the pallet while it was on the ground. I added hooks and picture hanging brackets to where I wanted to hang china plates, teacups, paintings, etc. The great thing about the rustic wood pallet shelf is that you can screw and nail whatever you want into it, pull it all back out and the remaining holes only add more character to the piece.

Add hooks and photo brackets onto the pallet to secure items

The final product of upcycling a wood pallet found next to the dumpster into a rustic display!

Rustic Wood Pallet Display
Adding a little rustic to our guest room

Even my unconvinced husband now agrees that the wood pallet project turned out pretty cool. Mark the calendar - that's a win for the wife!

Dear Husband, how about them apples?!


  1. I admit when I'm wrong, and I was clearly wrong in this case. The pallet turned out great, and you did a fantastic job with it!

  2. This looks great, did a great job.

  3. What is the little ring at the bottom?

    1. @Ruth Carr The little ring hanging from the pallet is a mini twig wreath.