Last week I found the frame of an outdoor rocking chair perched precariously on an overloaded trashcan in an alley.
I’m guessing it used to be cushioned.
But with a solid wood frame, weathered as it is, I knew it could be salvaged
First I removed all of the old springs and links. And tightened the existing bolts.
Then I added one 2×4 for secure the frame.
Trusty old pallet wood to the rescue, yet again.
My air compressor is out of commission at the moment, so I had to use screws instead of the nail gun. In general, I try not to use screws with pallet wood because it is so likely to split.
I sanded everything down and gave it all a coat of PolyShades.
I really liked how the red of the original frame cleaned up when I sanded it, so I didn’t bother changing it
A splash of hospitality and it’s all set!
Total cost: about $2 in stain.
So, Sunday night I was putting the trash out and noticed this pristine beauty sitting out with my neighbor’s garbage cans. Of course I snatched it out of there.
It has such nice grain and a number stamp on the side! I love that detail.
Quick little addition.
Fashion some legs.
And paint them since they had a different stain on them.
Then sand, seal, and we’re done!
Rustic little coffee table in under an hour for about $3.
Before I add more in depth pallet projects, here are a couple of super simple ideas that are in use at my house. They all evolve from the same concept: removing the planks, reattaching them side by side, then sanding and painting/staining. They vary in size and function, but they are all very similar in design.
The headboard I made for my son’s bed.
The time that clock looked too bland on it’s own. Pallet plank backdrop.
Creating art for a blank wall. Pallet backing and frame then a simple paint stamp.
As a coat or towel rack. Splurging on unique hardware really adds character to even the most simple designs!
The biggest challenge in working with pallets is often the dismantling. If you can successfully remove the planks without splitting them, you’ve basically earned a free stack of lumber. And! It’s lumber which often has far more character and texture than your standard store bought white woods.
Have you completed any projects by recycling pallets? I’d love to hear about it!