5 DIY Wood Pallet Projects

Kobus Voorham
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Free for the taking and bursting with raw style, pallet wood has quickly become a favorite building material for savvy do-it-yourselfers. Pallet board is unique and there is rarely a need to distress this wood since most of it gains a natural, rich patina from being exposed to the elements.

Without a doubt, you will absolutely relish making these DIY wood pallet projects. They are a fun and economical way to create a lively home and garden with a style that straddles edgy and traditional–truly a modern rustic look. Accessible to anyone with the motivation to source street-side pallet materials, most projects require simple tools you may already have on hand.

You’ll break Instagram the minute you post this utterly charming pallet herb garden wall. Artist Zina and her husband mounted a full pallet on the backyard side of their house. Plastic potting trays fit neatly between the slots. The finishing touch: names painted on the garden in fancy script.

Wood Pallet Entryway Ceiling

Self-described “interior design fanatic” Jessie at the home lifestyle blog Cape 27 spent next to nothing on a wood pallet living room wall, which left her extra materials. What to do? She continued the rustic look by tacking up the pallet boards to her exterior porch ceiling. This oh-so-simple project was as easy as taking down the light, power nailing a perimeter and field boards, then replacing the light.

Wood Pallet Outdoor Table with Succulent Garden

Do you have an old, disused table? You’ll have this upcycled pallet project done in a snap. Face-nail or screw pallet boards to the top of the table, clear coat them, and you’re done. For a delightful extra touch, omit a center pallet board and replace with a low, 2-inch high potting tray and fill with succulents.

Wood Pallet Bed Headboard

Satisfy your inner rustic-chic soul with this inventive pallet bed headboard. Source two pallets, thoroughly pressure wash them, and let dry for several days before attaching to your bed frame. You can clear coat them with satin polyurethane or leave the wood unfinished for a mixture of the primitive and the sophisticated.

Wood Pallet Radiator Cover

Radiators rank high on the list of unsightly home fixtures that cannot be removed. One way to hide your radiator is with possibly the least expensive radiator cover ever: a wood pallet. Simply knock off one side of boards with a hammer or pry bar. After cleaning it, you can place it in front of your radiator for instant coverage.

Wood Pallet Bookshelf

Give your treasured books a new home with this quick and easy bookshelf made from free wood pallet boards. Mom, musician, and military wife Jen Woodhouse banged together this utterly charming bookcase in no time at all with four pallets and some extra pallet parts. You’ll have a blast doing the same with the help of Jen’s detailed instructions.

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