I found the pallet before I really knew what I was going to do with it. It looked quite new, despite the fact that it had been thrown out. It wasn’t broken in any places and the slats on top of it were nice and close together.
After much deliberation I decided to turn it into a bookshelf, with a little inspiration from Ana at Knock-off Wood. I didn’t want to mess around with cutting it up, so I used the legs to make 3 shelves. This was an easy project, but it did take me a while to find all of the pieces I needed to make it. It is completely recycled, the main frame is a discarded pallet and the hidden shelves are from the backing of an old broken IKEA bookshelf I found in the basement (hoarding broken furniture comes in useful sometimes).
First of all I sanded the whole pallet down with an electric sander to remove nicks and splinters. Then I stained it a dark brown to match the rest of our furniture. I measured and cut the bookshelf backing to size, after the stain had dried I used wood glue to attach the hidden shelving. The legs of the pallet weren’t exactly even, so while the glue was drying I tied the backing to the pallet legs with twine to keep them in place properly.
After letting it dry overnight, here you have it!
The perfect shelf for my cookbooks!
I’ve spotted some more pallets out with the rubbish at the high school nearby to my apartment. I’m very tempted to liberate them and turn them into outdoor planters. My husband has vetoed me turning anymore pallets into indoor furniture, I can see that in my excitement it could get a little too much to have a house full of pallet furniture.
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