I am a big fan of recycling, or in other words, making sure that something doesn’t end up in the skip. I love seeing old wood being reused and pallets are an easy way to get your hands on some cheap, rustic looking and very versatile wood.
I found some examples of reused pallets on www.folksy.com, but… £180 for coffee table made from a reclaimed old pallet? It doesn’t look that difficult to screw four wheels under a pallet, give the thing a good varnish and get a cut-to-size piece of glass to put on top of it, does it?
Hold on, I just came across this Studio5 website with some tutorials on it… Time to save some money, folks! Tutorial: How to make a coffee table out of a pallet
And another great looking coffee table here… And you know what? I’ve got the tutorial here just for you: pallet coffee table tutorial
You may be charging £180 for your own home-made creations soon!
This design is very nice too, an ottoman designed by BCK design from Canada. Looks very contemporary, beautiful and functional at the same time.
The lovely Recicla e Decora blog also shows a great number of recycled pallet projects (although I can’t understand the Portuguese text – I always enjoy the pictures!). What about this shoe rack…? I know, a bit basic…but an original idea.
|Image: recicla e decora|
One of my favourites is this rustic bench and a similar one was shown in the BBC gardening programme Gardeners World last Summer. I’m pleased to say there’s a video tutorial for it on the BBC website. It’s not the most glamorous looking thing, but hey, it’s a pallet – what do you expect!
|Image: treesandthings via GrowsonYou|
Pallets are not just great for making tables and benches, London based Studiomama also makes lamps out of them.
That’s it for today! But if you still can’t get enough of pallets and the magic you can create with them, go and have a look on www.greenupgrader.com, for many more ideas and “The 8 best resources for Building with Pallets“.
Time to dive into the skip, I think, and find some old planks…