Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last 10 years, it’s no news that pallets have won the world over for their potential. You can see all my pallet projects in these posts HERE to see what I mean. As you can imagine I kinda giggled when I saw this upcycled pallet in the thrift store. Since it’s not my style, I felt the need to purchase it and relieve it from the outdoorsy look.
‘Tis the season for finding good junk for not only cheap, but free! Spring is the time when people, like me, are ready to clean house and de-junkify their homes. Thrift stores start to bulge at the seams from the garage sale leftovers and curbs showcase #trashure to be had. Such a fun time! These two pieces below may not look like a match made in heaven, but they will become upcycled farmhouse decor. Stay with me now. tee hee.
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…
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.
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.
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?
A few weeks ago I shared this picture on my social media, asking what did anyone think these items would become. Who knew it would be a repurposed snack & beverage stand? woot!
- galvanized tub or bucket
- any slat wood – pallets, fencing, etc.
- stand, table, stump
- Zep toilet bowl cleaner or any industrial strength stuff (Home Depot)>
- rubber gloves
- rubber washers the size of bolt shaft
- bolts & nuts
- drill & bits
- optional items: small piece of wood for sign, hooks, crib parts, paint, brass tee valve, plumber’s putty
In order to attached the tub to the stand and remain leak-proof, we pre-drilled two holes in the bottom.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Here is my repurposed snack & beverage stand all finished with a small artistic addition.
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.
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 have a bit, rationing so as to not create the biggest sugar high this side of the planet. They love it when I create. Me too.
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.
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.
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!