Tuesday, January 10, 2012

God Save The Pallet! Reclaimed Pallets Revamped

Used in the shipping industry, wood pallets are typically a low end commodity. Usually, pallets will get reused a few times and then they will either be scrapped as trash or used as firewood. 

Most often made from inexpensive junk species of lumber (whatever is most widely available), wood pallets are the perfect candidate for upcycling. Check out these creative examples of upcycled pallets and I think you'll agree!

Pallet Adirondack Chair

Wall Unit Display Organizer with electric light. Made from Upcycled Wooden Pallets

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upcycled pallet floor via arcticplank

Pallet furniture (above and below)

Occasional Table. 24 1/2″ x 14″. Crafted from reclaimed wood pallets and old mine tin. $60

RECUP GARDEN ': A terrace of '4 As'


DIY garden pallet fence (above and below) from Camelot Art Creations
A great way to hide trash cans or air conditioning units!

Painted wood wall art by Inspired by Charm

 Pallet headboard

Painted pallet art (above and below) by Pamela Joyce

Wonderful wine storage

in the kitchen

kitchen table upcycle

pallet stairs lead to loft

pallet wood furniture

pallet reuse


wood pallet reuse

It's amazing what a coat of paint can do! Here, a painted pallet is wall mounted and hooks are added. 

Pallet & grain sack sofa via Gibson Germany 

On a final note: A word about safety and wood pallets 
Be advised that some pallets are chemically treated and could actually be hazardous to your health. There are regulations in the US which require pallets to be treated with either chemicals or heat before being shipped overseas. The safest kind of pallets to use for projects are those that are marked "HT" on the wood - that means they have been heat treated by being dried in a kiln.
Aside from chemicals, pallets can also harbor bacteria, insects, and mold. You never know where a pallet has been, or if it could have come in contact with something dangerous, or if it was used to ship a hazardous material such as a pesticide.
Keep these things in mind when considering your pallet project. 


What's your favorite pallet upcycle?

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