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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Upcycling a wood pallet, DIY project FREE!

Oh, I would say a few months back, while I was browsing the garden section at Lowes,
 I spied a wood pallet near their trash.  
I asked the cashier if I could have it. 
 She said sure, and then asked why? 
I said I am going to do something with it, but I have no clue yet! 

She laughed and gladly handed it over to me.
It took me until today to figure out just what I was doing with it!
Old white, Annie Sloan paint in hand,
dark wax,
some craft paints, and I was good to go!

First, I cleaned it real good with some simple green.
Next, I painted it Old White.
Next, process after drying, 
I took these two color craft paints, an old rag and just ragged those colors on.
I then sanded it, and put the dark wax on.

Hey with cows all the rage now, I just so happened to have these pretty cheese plates for years now..
They used to be displayed around my kitchen window.

I had that look for a long while, but it needed a change.

This pallet took on such an aged appearance. 
 I love the hints of red, copper and dark wax coming through.

Makes a perfect little display shelf.

Paired up with my $3.00 Goodwill table...I would say I done good!

Have a great day gals!

Hope you get in on my burlap giveaway


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Blogger Richella Parham said...

I would say you done really good! Honestly, that little shelf looks like something you would have paid good money for! Now that's my kind of recycling! :)

August 23, 2011 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I like it! The red looks good on it. It is always fun to see what color you are going to paint something and what you are going to do with it!

August 23, 2011 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

You done REAL good!! I am home....Catching up.
: )

August 23, 2011 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

I haven't ever seen a pallet like that! I love what you did with it! I was at Lowes yesterday and they had a big pile out back and was going to ask if I could have one, but I've got too many projects going on right now. Your pallet shelf is perfect for your breakfast room! Way to go!

August 23, 2011 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yep! You did do good! :D

August 23, 2011 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

That looks great Debbie! I have a small wood pallet sitting in my garage that I got from Lowes too. Love what you did with yours.

Have a wonderful day,

August 23, 2011 at 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sure did do good!...but I'm not surprised you always do the cutest things and this is right up there with the best of 'em.

August 23, 2011 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

Looks great!! You know I love color and yes, the red is my favorite. :-) All the colors blend so well and the patina looks aged. I really like this!


August 23, 2011 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

Looks great!! You know I love color and yes, the red is my favorite. :-) All the colors blend so well and the patina looks aged. I really like this!


August 23, 2011 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love! I like your pallet upcycling project the best that I've seen. Others were cool, but your pallet has a neat aged look. It's also smaller than a big honkin' pallet. I told Mr. Nancy all about the pallet craze (he grew up on a farm) and he told me in no uncertain terms that he has allowed me to drag all sorts of things into our home, but he wouldn't allow a pallet! Well, if I got inspired and replicated yours, he might not notice! (I'm banking on that).

Thanks for showing us!


August 23, 2011 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Hey- That is pretty darned cute for a throw-away. When you said pallet I was picturing the GREAT BIG ONES they use to haul stuff on. What a great size that one it and it is just perfect in your setting! xo Diana

August 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger nádya said...

How smart you are...I just loved your pallet-shelf!!!! Excellent job!!

August 23, 2011 at 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you did a beautiful job,, you have found your calling for sure,,you sure have a good eye for color,,you mix paint good,, do you paint like pictures painting? (my kind of painting) ????

August 23, 2011 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, Deb, I love it. You did do good. I remember your plates when they were on the wall. I saw a whole dumpster of pallets yesterday and told Doug that some bloggers would love those.

August 23, 2011 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love that look. It has a french country feel.

August 23, 2011 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger L said...

How cute is that! Love it.

August 23, 2011 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Traci said...

LOVE the pallet shelf - it looks great. And yes, paired with you GW table - you done real good! It is perfectly aged!

August 23, 2011 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love how that turned out. A cute shelf like that in my breakfast area would look great! I may have to find a pallet of my own! Fabulous job!

August 23, 2011 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

you smartie , you.. how goo does that look.. wow... love it

August 23, 2011 at 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it! And a great way to recycle.

August 23, 2011 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger said...

Wow, what a transformation! It looks great. That sure is a small pallet-never saw one that small.

August 23, 2011 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

I was picturing the great big ones too and wondering what you could possibly do with it.LOL It does look like you paid good money for it! You are amazing!

August 23, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

that turned out so cute. i love the color and that you used it for a little shelf. great job.

August 23, 2011 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

id love to feature this on my next revival monday, please let me know if it would be ok with you.

August 23, 2011 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

You sure did done good Deb, I LOVE it!! Martina

August 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Little City Farm said...

I can't believe that's the same pallet. Wow,...looks amazing.

August 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Debbie that is fantastic, I've been eying a pallet on my neighbors curb. I just my have to pick it up after seeing this. I love the patina you've given it.

August 23, 2011 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

You had me ad wood pallet! I love what you did!

August 23, 2011 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger mimis kitchen52 said...

What a great look! Wish I had thought of it, but you done did good!

August 23, 2011 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Debbie - so very clever! I love it!

August 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Beautiful! What a great pallet :) Love the plates.

August 23, 2011 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

You did awesome! Love how you painted it!!

August 23, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

You're so creative! I love what you did with that palette! Great paint job,yet again!

August 23, 2011 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

That is too cute! What a nice idea & you painted & distressed it to perfection.

August 23, 2011 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger reFresh reStyle said...

I agree, You Done Good! Love the colors and the idea!

August 23, 2011 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Olive said...

Very, very well done. Looks like a sixty-five dollar shelf! Joe grabs those pallets all the time and takes them apart and uses the wood for various projects.

August 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love this Debbie! Your painting technique really made it look like a rustic shelf and it looks perfect above the table. Nice job!

Hope Hurricane Irene doesn't come our way this weekend. I'm still shaking from the earthquake scare we had today!

August 23, 2011 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger xinex said...

Wow! How impressive, Debbie! It looks perfect!...Christine

August 23, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Keetha Broyles said...

Really awesome!!!

August 23, 2011 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Looks fabulous!! Love the paint treatment you used!

August 23, 2011 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

So clever, Debbie! You really did a great job with the painting. Love the way it looks so aged. And here I thought you were going to take it apart and make something else when it works great just as it is!

August 23, 2011 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger The Tuscan Home said...

Girl, I have one word for you...
B R I L L I A N T!! Seriously, you are brilliant. I would hang that in my house, what a great idea and way to display items. I adore your plates, too! Thanks for sharing! XO ~Liz

August 23, 2011 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger The Barnett Family said...

OK, I am headed off to Lowe's to dig in their trash!!! What a great "green" about reduce, reuse, recyle! Love the shelf...placin' my order for one right NOW!!! Thanks for sharing!

August 24, 2011 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger Susanne Tyree said...

Trash to Treasure! Now that is a great idea, has that country and rustic look to it. I love it Debbi!

August 24, 2011 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger Randi said...

My husband has been bringing home pallets so that we have something outside to stack our stove wood on. All the while I am looking at them, wondering how I could make them look cute. Now I know! I love your style!

August 24, 2011 at 1:14 AM  
Blogger Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Love it, and what a great idea! Hubby actually has a stack at his shop, hmmmm?

August 24, 2011 at 4:30 AM  
Blogger Funky Junk Interiors said...

LOVE this! What a cute little pallet that is as well!


August 24, 2011 at 4:41 AM  
Blogger People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

Kah-Yute, Debbie! What a great idea!!!

August 24, 2011 at 4:49 AM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

It looks terrific! I love the depth to the color and your fearless way of ragging the colors on. The vignette looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

August 24, 2011 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

I would say that you did more than good...that's great. You are so clever. I don't think I would have thought to do that. You should bring a photo back to Lowes...they would be shocked.

August 24, 2011 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

The shelf looks fantastic, Debbie! I did notice that you must have opted against that beautiful tablecloth you were experimenting with some time ago. I thought it looked so pretty... :( Your table looks wonderful, and the runner is probably more practical for daily meals.

August 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

You done "More than good"..haha
I love it.. looks like something you bought from a very expensive store... I'll have to keep my eye out for some small crates/pallets...

August 24, 2011 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

Definitely awesome Debbie!! I have never seen a pallet like that before and now I will be known as the crazy lady who haunts the back of Lowes looking for one just like it. LOL! You never cease to amaze me! :-)

August 24, 2011 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

I have to agree with you.... you done good!! I love the look and it is absolutely adorable in your kitchen. I have three pallets of singles in my yard and will be snagging those pallets when they get empty for a project or two. Thanks for inspiring!

August 24, 2011 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger linda said...

wow talk about makeing something out of nothing this is perfect in your french country kitchen great job Deb.

August 24, 2011 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

If I had walked into your house and saw that shelf, I would of thought you paid a pretty penny for it. It turned out awesome. I have never seen a pallet like that before.

August 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Michele Smith said...

WOW I'd say you done good! I would never have guessed that was a pallet. Fantastic job, you are SOOOO creative! LOVE your ideas Debbie!

August 24, 2011 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

Clever! Like how you finished it too.

August 24, 2011 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You my friend are just to clever. This is one of your best ideas yet. It's simply perfect... perfect place, perfect color, perfect collection and best yet... the perfect price.

August 24, 2011 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Becca Bertotti said...

Now THAT is what I call recycling at its finest! I LOVE what you did, Debbie. It's the perfect shelf for your wall space. Love how you accessorized it, too!

August 24, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Pam Kessler said...

Great job. I love the size of that one. And those chickens are very cute!

August 24, 2011 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger ~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

I love what you did with your wood pallet! Looks fantastic..

August 24, 2011 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love your new shelf! I need to get me some pallets...

August 24, 2011 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger bj said...

That turned out just as cute as it can be. I've never seen a pallet that small...I love it. You really did a great paint job on it, too.

August 25, 2011 at 1:55 AM  
Blogger Paula@SweetPea said...

What a great way to repurpose something destined for the trash. I love it!

I've got a large pallet in my basement just waiting for me to use for something. What that something may be, I'm not quite sure.

I'm new here and am glad to find your blog.

August 25, 2011 at 5:16 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Ok, that IS amazing! How in the world did you think of this!!!! I love it!

August 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger 1 Funky Woman said...

Could you be any cuter or more creative? I would love to have seen you see this by the trash and see the big lightbulb go off over your head. Amazing and it really looks like a million not from the trash pile!


August 25, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Savannah Granny said...

Love the shelf. Great upcycle.

August 26, 2011 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Tanya Anurag said...

Awesome re-use! the shelf looks beautiful.

We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

August 30, 2011 at 12:40 AM  

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