Recently, I went to dinner with a good friend of mine and she was showing me some of the things she and her husband are going to make with wood pallets. This really piqued my curiosity, so I started looking around the Internet to get an idea from what others have done.
The result? I found many different unique furniture ideas that use something very inexpensive – wooden pallets. Add a little paint, some lighting, cushions and you have a sort of bohemian beach house look that is perfect for just about any type of decorating style.
My Favorite Projects
Are you hooked on Pinterest? I’m completely addicted. I headed there first to find some projects and here are some of the best articles I found.
- DIY Crafts Ideas was my first stop and the screenshot you see above, because this is the bed my friend was talking about. Wow! Who would think this was made from something as inexpensive as wooden pallets? I can’t wait to see what my friend comes up with for her bed. I love the lighting on the bottom.
- Wonderful DIY has some really cute ideas for creating cheap furniture. Not only do they have several projects, such as the wine bar pictured in the screenshot above, but the article also explores how to revamp an old chest of drawers or repurpose a bed frame into a beautiful and unique bench for your garden.
- Love Chic Living has a lot of really unique wood pallet furniture ideas. My husband better watch out because I am completely in love with the home theater seating made from wood pallets pictured above. In fact, if I had basement space, I would be seeking out wooden pallets right this second.
- Reid Pikul keeps this outdoor pallet furniture quite simple, but oh so cute. You can stain it and keep it minimalist, or you can add throw pillows and cushions for a more refined look. The only drawback I see to this set is that the directions are all in picture form. This is probably great for those mechanically inclined, but I need written directions to really figure things out. Perhaps one of our readers can chime in with more detail on this idea?
- DIY crate bench. If you haven’t checked out some of the articles on Hometalk, you should. This particular project was written by Christina who runs Operation Home Blog. Christina is brilliant. She took wooden crates, which can be purchased at any craft supply store (think 40% off coupons over time for a great deal) and a few other items from the hardware store. The end result? A super cute bench for your mudroom or entryway with slots for kids to stash backpacks or boots etc. Of course, I’m particularly partial to the red she chose. I love a pop of color. However, you could create this bench any in color of the rainbow. Christina’s instructions are perfect. They include written points, illustrations, and detailed photos. Good job, Christina!
- Last, but not least, is an upcycled bed for your pets. Using crates and cushions, you can create a luxurious spot for your pooch to nap. MNN.com offers several different ideas for inexpensive pet beds you can create yourself, but the one pictured in the screenshot above is my favorite. There aren’t a lot of instructions for how to create these beds, but you can likely figure it out with the help of your local hardware store.
As you can see, there are many upcycle projects on the Internet that can not only save you money but give your home a unique and warm look that invites visitors to come in and stay a while.