DIY Pallet Side Table

Pallet projects have really taken off in the world of Pinterest. I don’t think I even knew what a pallet was before 2010. Now, it has become one of the cheapest and most popular resources for DIY home décor projects. A little creativity can turn a pallet into the perfect addition to any room in your house!

Before I show you one of my favorite creations, we need to talk about the most important material: the pallet! What is a pallet anyway?

Pallets are a platform that provide a base/foundation for materials to be easily stored and moved (usually by forklift). The wood pallet is the most popular type of pallet, followed by other materials, including plastic, wood composite and metal. You can usually find pallets behind grocery stores, home improvements stores, or any location that receives large shipments from a freight truck. If you can’t find any around town, you can always check out craigslist for free pallets.

I found these pallets left behind by construction workers in my mom’s neighborhood:

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Stack of pallets found in my mom’s neighborhood. (Construction area)

**TIP** When searching through the pallet stack, look for the pallets with the most usable wood.

There were tons of variations within these pallets; Some were new, some weathered, some had yellow tones, others had gray or red tones. I knew I would be able to pick and choose the best pieces for my project.

Breaking the pallets apart takes a good amount of work and elbow grease. To make your life easier, use a jig saw or circular saw to cut the boards at the ends. Get yourself a Jig Saw like this —>

Pry the wood from the center support with a crow bar to salvage the entire length of the board. This should give you 8 to 14 boards per pallet. Remember to remove nails from slats. If you decide to leave the nails in for some added character, be sure to cut and file them down.

After seeing that stack of pallets in my mom’s neighborhood, I was feeling creative. I checked out my local thrift stores and consignment shops until I found this interesting little hexagonal side table. I could have kept it white, but I had left over chalk paint from one of the hundreds of teacher crafts I had been working on. (If I were to do this project again today, I would probably keep it white)

I was deciding whether to keep the table white or continue painting it this sunflower dandelion shade. At that time, I had also been working on a pallet headboard (more to come on that one). I started piecing together the top of the table with pallet scraps from my headboard. I love how each piece has a different texture and warmth to it: Gray tones, yellows, reds. I played around with the design and position of the pieces, and planned for filling in the blanks.

**Tip and Trick** Map out your pieces before securing them. I like to move my wood pieces around like a puzzle until I find the perfect combination and design.

Once I was finished mapping out the pieces, the table top ended up looking like this!

I also added pallet pieces to the sides of the table:

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Side view of the table.

This adorable side table is now living in my guest room!

The possibilities with pallet furniture are endless. It’s impressive how something so simple and common can be used to create something as beautiful as an original piece of furniture.

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Shiplap VS. Board and Batten

What’s old is new again!

Wood paneling is back, in the form of shiplap, and hopefully here to stay. I say wood paneling but I’m not talking about the knotty pine in your grandparent’s den. If you’ve watched HGTV recently, specifically a little show called FIXER UPPER , you know what I’m talking about. The one who can do no wrong, Joanna Gaines, is all about shiplap (WWJGD= What Would Joanna Gaines Do?).

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“Shiplap was installed throughout the house, along with hardwood floors for clean lines and a fresh canvas to build on.” -JG

Shiplap, usually laid horizontally, tends to make the most of cottage-inspired/farmhouse homes in need of the texture and the warmth of natural material. This feature is prominent in farmhouse decor, rustic, coastal, and many other design styles. There are so many ways to incorporate shiplap into your home projects. Whether you use weathered natural wood or want a more clean painted look, a wood covered wall makes any room feel warmer.

 

 

Another textural favorite is good ol’ Board and Batten. Many people use B&B to add  architectural detail and texture to a space. A relatively easy way to achieve the symmetry of adding wall panels is with board and batten. Board and batten can  be used on a large accent wall to help the ceiling look taller by drawing attention to the vertical boards. Many people use this technique for wainscoting as well. 

The great thing about both of these trends is they provide a touch of texture and warmth to a home. Whether you prefer a country chic or modern finished home, these accents may be what you’re looking for, let’s compare!

Entry:

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Dining Room:

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Fireplace:

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In my opinion, shiplap is a more casual, informal option while B&B has as more formal classic look.  With their neutral look and timeless texture, these two trends can be used just about anywhere.

 

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