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Pallet Compost Bin DIY ~ A Must Have

You know you’re a junker when _________. How would you fill this sentence in? For me, it’s you know you’re a junker when you bug your husband to bring home pallets so you can build yourself your own birthday gift. Yup. My mind was set on a pallet compost bin, folks. Enter in these beauties… (be sure to read through for an awesome giveaway you don’t want to miss!)

Pile of Free Pallets for Compost Bin | prodigalpieces.com

That there is potential in more ways than one. The pallet infatuation has swept the world over and it doesn’t stop here. These things have so many uses! I have built my shutters as seen here (DIY tutorial) and oodles of other pallet creations seen in this post.

Repurposed Doily Wall Art for Farmhouse Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Like I mentioned in my 40th birthday post, we are back to getting our home finished and the back yard is my target for the summer. Read more

Mug Rack with Shelf from Repurposed Pallet

Do you ever have projects that have to wait until you have time? I bet yours don’t take you nearly 3 years…at least I hope not! Back when I started blogging over 3 year ago, one of my first posts ever was how to create barn wood style shutters from pallets. It was a hit! Then, I shared my pallet clock, plate rack, and centerpiece trough. When I finished those pallet projects I had a piece of pallet left over that I didn’t get to. Well, today it becomes a repurposed mug rack. Trust me on this one, k?

Piece of Pallet Before Repurposing | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It doesn’t look like much at first glance, but I saw its potential. And I couldn’t wait to finally get to it. Even my husband gave me the look, “What are you Read more

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand

A few weeks ago I shared this picture on my social media, asking what did anyone think these items would become.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
 Some had said a light fixture, others a planter or some sort of laundry basket.  I guess no one was as crazy as me to think that I could turn all of that into a cooler/ice bucket/snack stand.  tsk. A repurposed snack & beverage stand, of course!
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
You can make one too with a galvanized something (tub, bucket, etc) and a table, a stump, or whatever you want to attach your tub to – be creative!
Materials breakdown:
  1. galvanized tub or bucket
  2. any slat wood – pallets, fencing, etc.
  3. stand, table, stump
  4. Zep toilet bowl cleaner or any industrial strength stuff (Home Depot)
  5. steel wool
  6. rubber gloves
  7. screws 
  8. rubber washers the size of bolt shaft 
  9. bolts & nuts
  10. drill & bits
  11. optional items: small piece of wood for sign, hooks, crib parts, paint, brass tee valve, plumber’s putty
I found my galvanized tub at a garage sale, new-in-box, for $5 – score! Because it was new I decided to make it look old.  Stone Gable has a tutorial already written about how to do the aging process, so head there for all the details.
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
It’s a very simple process and I achieved the aged look in no time at all.
note: Because beverages were going to be placed on the interior, I only aged the exterior.
 
Next, my hubby and I built a platform of pallet wood by using four slat pieces held together by two shorter pieces cut to the width of the four combined. You would need to use however many pieces to fit the base of the tub or bucket.  It’s similar to the same process I use in making my barn wood shutters.
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Since we were using the plant stand, we made sure our four slat pieces were long enough to hold the base of the tub, while the smaller slats fit inside the square top of the stand.  Just adjust your arrangement accordingly.
 
Now to attach the slat top to the stand…simple enough. Just grab your drill and pre-drill four holes and then attach the top to the stand with four screws long enough to grab the wood, but do not go through.
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

In order to attached the tub to the stand and remain leak-proof, we pre-drilled two holes in the bottom.

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Then, using thin bolts long enough to reach through the tub and wood, we added rubber washers on the inside against the head of the bolt.

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DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Because the tub is going to be either filled with ice or water (for an apple dunking fest!), I wanted to add a drain to make clean up all the easier – I’m all about that!

There’s a handy gadget at your hardware store called a tee valve.  It’s made of brass and is threads into whatever you’re adding it to, while reverse threaded to allow water to be let out.

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I just drilled a hole the same diameter as the large end of the tee and then added a rubber washer before threading on the nut to hold it in place on the inside. (the tee sizes vary, mine was 1/4″ diameter).  A little plumber’s putty helped since my tub has a curved surface.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

At this point, the beverage stand looked kind of naked and since I have a funky stash of hardware from past projects and junk runs, I dug through my goods and found these pieces off of a baby crib. You know, the parts that hold the crib rails in an adjustable position….look familiar?

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Perfect as a snack holder.

Again, grab that drill and mount the brackets to the base for stability and to the tub so they have something to hold to.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
We had to cut off the end of the bolts with hack saw to shorten them up a bit and used a round file to make it safe for hands to reach in.
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Here it is all finished with a small artistic addition.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
A couple of rusty upholstery springs, and eye hooks added to a piece of plywood painted in chalkboard paint, make a fun display, don’t you think?
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DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.comNow for some goodies to really dress it up for a party!
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

You should have seen my kids eye-balling that stash of goods because this type of “food” is rarely, if ever, seen in my house.  When I asked them what I should use to take a photo, I suggested popcorn and apple cider.  They obviously won out and sugar it is.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I sent my husband to the store to get some root beer in glass bottles to create an old fashioned feel …he comes home with these….plastic.  yick.  He said there weren’t any.  Hmpf.  Next time in the store with my gang, what do we see?  Two whole sections dedicated to GLASS root beer and birch beer. Problem was that it was completely in a different section of the store.  grrr…

As the saying goes, “If you want it done right, you gotta do it yourself”. Ah well.

In the end I did let my kids partake of this sugar fest, rationing so as to not create the biggest sugar high this side of the planet.  They love it when I create. Me too.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Now go on and give it a try, get funky with it, and send me your project when you’re done!
More repurposed fun…
DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesDIY Walk-In Closet Makeover with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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Potential…Do You See It?

One of my latest custom orders was for another antique upholstered rocking chair for a mommy-to-be, and it needed some seat springs replaced.  (You can view my 3-step tutorial on how to reupholster a rocking chair here.)

I asked on Freecycle if anyone had any seat springs from an antique chair. I waited a day, but I had to get to started on the rocker, so went ahead and purchased new.  Having new springs was good, but I had to try to make them work with the framing that the chair currently had or else I would have to rebuild the whole bottom.

Wouldn’t you know that the next day (after I just spent a chunk of change on supplies to replace the springs), a nice lady replied to my request that she had a broken rocker that I could use for parts.  grrrr.

Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

 An old Morris rocker – solid oak with awesome turnings, adjustable back, horsehair cushions, and plenty of springs that were exactly the same size I had needed.  Not really fixable unless you replaced the entire frame that had been cracked and broken in various spots. Oh well.  I was super-happy to have it anyway because who knows when I’ll need parts, right?
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Getting rid of something because it’s broken just doesn’t happen around here, and most people would ask, “Now what are you going to do with a broken rocking chair?”  Tsk.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Do you see the potential?  I don’t want to give away my ideas on reusing this beauty (not yet), but wanted you to think of what could be done with this chair….or it’s parts. Hmmmm.  Any repurposed ideas?
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
In addition to the freebie, my hubby has come along side the don’t-let-things-go-to-waste philosophy and he has scored almost a dozen of these absolutely fabulous solid pallets made of cherry.  Yes!  Cherry!  I die.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
He gets a big smooch and I get the goods. Win – win, right?  Really though, he loves wood and respects it, so this was fun for him to begin to plan projects and dream – he’s a great woodworker.  How about you?  What would you do with them?  You can see my other trashure (trash into treasure) on this post.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
We originally were going to use them to replace our counter tops, but since I found some solid oak doors junking instead, we are going to put the pallets to a different use…we think.  What would you use them for?
So, here’s some food for thought: Not only can something be functional as is, but what else could it be?  How about yourself, do you lack the foresight to see what you could be?  We all have glorious potential and just need to look at ourselves a little differently to get the head-smacking realization that takes us to a new level.  God has gifted us all and it’s just a matter of tapping into those gifts.
Go ahead.  Take a look at your potential and challenge yourself to think outside of your norm.  Did I think I would be a homeschooling mother to 6 children with a business and a blog?  Nope.  But, am very glad I am and that I took chances to be one.
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Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
UPDATE: I’ve made use of those springs, the arms, the rocker, and the base, just click on each word to see! The back and spindles are coming soon…
More repurposed projects for you to enjoy:
Create a repurposed coat rack using cast off barn wood and furniture pieces by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesRusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor

We live in Ohio where barn wood abounds and though I can resource it, sometimes it can be expensive because of its growing popularity. Because there’s been so much interest in my barn wood pallet shutters, I thought I would share some more of the projects I made with those same old weathered pallets.

After I made the shutters, I still had a good supply of wood remaining, and I had plans on how to make the most of that wood. The very first thing I wanted to make with them was a clock.

DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The clock I wanted to replace has been in our possession since we were married 15 yrs. ago and was the cheapest coordinating Walmart-brand clock we could find (we were newlyweds and college students = no money).  I must say to my amazement, it is still running because I used the works from inside that clock to build this one made from pallet wood!

I basically took four random scrap pieces and lay them together.  I took another two scrap pieces and attached them across the first pieces, making sure to catch all four slats.  I had to make sure to leave enough room between the slats to hold the clockworks.  My ever-helpful hubby routed a spot for me so that the pin of the clockworks could protrude out the front enough to catch the clock hands.  Last, I took my handy jigsaw (one of my favorite tools) and cut out the size circle I had trace on the front of the four slats.
*Don’t you love my mismatched screws…I was not about to run to the store for a couple screws and I love using up my miscellaneous hardware stash.
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
To get the stenciled clock face: First, I found the clock face graphic on my favorite free graphics site, The Graphics Fairy found here.  Then, I printed the clock face in the size I wanted (not reversed).  Next, I took an light-colored artists pastel and rubbed all over the back of the clock face print, making sure to cover all the text areas I wanted.
Once I had positioned the graphic where I wanted it on the blank pallet circle, I took a blunt colored pencil (a color that I could see where I had already traced) and traced the clock face numeral outlines and hash marks, pushing firmly to make the pastel transfer to the pallet wood.  Last, I hand-painted the solid numerals and hash marks with an ivory-colored acrylic craft paint.
My original clock hands were black, so I spray painted them white.  Installed the works, attached the hands (don’t forget the battery), and used a very primitive wire mount with which to hang the clock.  Done! 
Had I known I would be sharing this with you, I would have taken pictures of the process when I was making it a year ago – sorry! :o)
My other use-up-the-pallet projects included:
A table centerpiece
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Can you believe I scored over a dozen antique blue Ball Mason jars (quart & pint-sized) from a very generous freecycle lady?  Yes!!  I knew I had to make a centerpiece to display them.  At a later point, that same lady gave me her grandmothers stash of hand-embroidered linens, her own work… a whole grocery-bag full!  Needless to say, I needed no other gifts that year.
A plate rack
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This shelf was made simply by leaving part of the pallet intact and features some of my thrifted finds just using some spray-painted cup hooks.
And there you have it! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
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Don't pass by that cast-off pallet! It's got potential for a clock, plate rack, and centerpiece. Come see how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
More of my repurposed creations:
Create a repurposed coat rack using cast off barn wood and furniture pieces by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesAntique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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