Upcycled Pallet Farmhouse Decor

Raise your hand if you stop for wood on the curb. {{raises hand}} You, my friend, are a kindred spirit. I honestly hit the brakes harder if it’s weathered wood. aaah… That’s what I call patina perfection. I even have a pin board named that. What you see below is what’s left after a pallet demolition party happened. woot! My goal for today is create upcycled pallet farmhouse decor.

Weathered Pallets Before Upcycle by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Funny thing is I didn’t have to travel far for this wood. My next-door neighbor actually had a few of these strewn about over a year’s time so they got nice and weathered. I was running low on project wood, so I offered to buy them from her. She actually gave them to me for free, so you know I couldn’t pass them up.

However, the trick is knowing what is good pallet wood and what’s a leaverite (leave it right there). You don’t want to work with chemically treated wood, so make sure to look for an HT mark meaning that it’s heat treated. Also, I set my sights on hardwood pallets too. JC, my husband,  finds me oak, cherry, and maple ones at his workplace. SCORE! You can see all my past pallet projects HERE.

What you see above is the remnant of the one I took apart. It had some damage and these are the boards I could save. As a result, there are two planks and two are the bottom supports from the pallet.

TIME TO BUILD

First, I want to build something with those shaggy planks. Don’t you just love their texture? I cut the planks to length with my miter saw. What you see here is the dry assembly.

Upcycled Pallet Farmhouse Decor Wood Box | prodigalpieces.com

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Once I have it as I like, I use my nailer to temporarily hold it in place so I can add these legs. Everyone should have a stash of furniture legs, just sayin’.

Oak Table Legs for Repurposed Farmhouse Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

These are a set of oak legs that I found at the thrift store. I’ve been waiting for just the right time to use the rest of them. Initially, I had an odd set of five, and used one to create this fun Christmas decor SEEN HERE.

Then, to add the legs, I pre-drilled holes in each corner, then added screws to secure with my drill. After I make sure my wood is as square as it was going to get (pallet wood is wonky), I cut the bottom for my box table with my jigsaw. To attach it, I used my Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.

Since the legs were raw wood, I went with an Antique White Stain to add aged appeal. After that, a brown wax is seals and protects.

ALMOST DONE

Next, I wanted to add some drama with my junk stash. I had a leftover key drawer pull from this chest makeover, and these backplates from another upcoming chest project. I cut the center of the backplate where the teardrop pull used to hang and drilled a larger opening. Both need some dressing, so I painted them white.

Key Drawer Pull with Repurposed Backplate | prodigalpieces.com

Last, you know I just had to add some typography. I found this French floral graphic online and transferred it to a piece of twill fabric using a Printable Iron-on Transfer Paper.

DIY French Graphic Transfer onto Fabric by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’ll show you the end result in a bit…hang on!


NEXT UP

Now it’s time for those two chunky support pieces for my upcycled pallet farmhouse decor. This time I’m keeping it simple with only one step to get it done. My goal is to create a farmhouse style candle centerpiece. First, I measure and mark on one side for 8 of these tapered beeswax candles to go in.

Measuring Pallet Wood for Candle Centerpiece | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I whip out my drill again and use a forstner bit to drill in all the same depth.

Drilling Pallet Wood with Forstner Bit | prodigalpieces.com

TWO PROJECTS DONE

After my little DIY stent, I now how two project pieces from four pallet boards. Not bad, right? First, here’s my upcycled pallet table with some ooh, la, la.

French Farmhouse Crate Table from Upcycled Pallet Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor

DIY French Fleur Graphic on Upcycled Pallet Farmhouse Decor Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor

Those leggy legs make for a fun height to display my collection of dried flowers. Do you dry flowers too? This Ohio gal misses my garden blooms all winter, so I dry to enjoy longer.

Handmade French Farmhouse Crate Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #home #farmhouse #homedecor

DIY Dried Flower Display of Limelight Hydrangea and Roses by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #flowers #farmhouse #home #homedecor

In addition, I had fun adding these bits to the front for added whimsy. The graphic gives it character, while the key with escutcheon add that, “what’s that there for?” effect (aka. a curiosity).

Rustic French Fleur Crate with Dried Florals by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #flowers #farmhouse #home #handmade #homedecor

Key Knob Escutcheon on Upcycled Pallet Farmhouse Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Next, there’s my simple, yet rustic farmhouse candle centerpiece.

Farmhouse Style Dining Room with Upcycled Pallet Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diningroom #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Simple Farmhouse Candle Centerpiece by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Some may say my style is too simple. I say, why, yes thank you. In this instance, I like to let the folk joining me at the table and the food presented take center stage. Notice I have more dried eucalyptus and baby’s breath surrounding this centerpiece. The scent of those natural beeswax candles and the eucalyptus is blissful.

Simple Farmhouse Dining Table with Rustic Candle Centerpiece | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #dining #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Rustic Farmhouse Candle Centerpiece from Upcycled Pallet Farmhouse Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Handmade Beeswax Candles in Farmhouse Pallet Centerpiece by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #candles #farmhouse #homedecor

I want to see my loved ones faces and be able to savor the food prepared. The summer days are growing darker and this ambient lighting gives that super cozy feel. It’s like being tucked in for a long winter’s nap.

LAST THOUGHTS

When all is said and done, I’m a happy mama that helped a neighbor, created decor for my home, and so savor being able to share it with you.

Burned Candle Wick | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, scripture verse comes to mind as I blow out the candles:

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22:5

Just imagine…I crave the sun and the thought of not having a need for the sun blows my mind. Though I trust I won’t miss it because I’ll be basking in the light of the Lord one day. Ah, the glory of it all.

Hand-dipped Beeswax Candle Centerpiece for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #homedecor #farmhouse #handmade

Last, my goal is to inspire you. Don’t fall into the trap of not only having a home filled with box-store decor, but also that your home isn’t up to par to all those squares on social media. It’s your home…make it as you choose.

DIY Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room with Handmade Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #diningroom #homedecor #farmhouse

If you’d like to own the table or one of those centerpieces (I made extra), you can find them available in my online shop.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com

French Fleur Crate Table for Farmhouse Decor created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #flowers #homedecor

Do pin and share my upcycled pallet farmhouse decor. I’m sure there are others looking for ways to upcycle their pallet collection too. You know who you are…tee hee.

Create your own home story & make decor. Upcycled pallet farmhouse decor is easy & fun! DIY details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Up next, this old silverware box needs a new look and purpose. See the new look HERE.

Vintage Silverware Box Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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13 Comments

  • Jo Ann Tobias

    I love this post! Everything is beautiful. I got a tip from a fellow DIY’er a few years ago. If she had newer wood, she would actually bury it for a few months to get it nice and weathered…..I have never tried it but I did see some of the pieces she did it to and you would have thought they were ancient!

    October 1, 2019 at 8:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! Thank you so much. I do the same. Just let it sit and get patina perfection. Woot!

      October 1, 2019 at 8:44 am Reply
  • Becky

    YESSSS!!! This project is BEAUTIFUL! I stop for wood or anything I can salvage also…however, my mind doesn’t work too quickly. But I have been inspired by many of your projects..so please keep doin’ what you do.

    October 1, 2019 at 9:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahooo!! You are so fun, Becky. And, you’re a kindred spirit. Thank you for the words of encouragement. 😉

      October 1, 2019 at 11:09 am Reply
  • gwen

    We love pallets! As we like to say, ‘the wood stove doesn’t care!’ but sometimes we come across pallets that are oak or just really nice wood and we’ve GOT TO save it! this creation is great and i love the added fabric and hardware – very cute! Thanks Larissa for more inspiration!

    October 1, 2019 at 11:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha! So true… Thank you. I had a blast with it.

      October 1, 2019 at 12:05 pm Reply
  • Rena

    Simple is always better. Love the look of everything. Those dried flowers are gorgeous!

    October 1, 2019 at 9:43 pm Reply
  • Becky

    I love your new candle block! My favorite candle verse is Psalm 18:28 (I had to look up the reference there!): For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. 😊
    Nice inspiration! I was just eyeing a big “free” pile of skids yesterday, AND noting an appliance store running a “free skids” message on their computerized sign. I’d grab a bunch… but I think my husband would be… aggravated, we’ll say. I REEEALLY need to clean out the garage! 😉

    October 2, 2019 at 10:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Another perfect verse. Yes! and as far as pallets go, I get it. I didn’t need these, but wanted to help cleanup. 😉 It was purposeful in more ways than one. 😀 Thanks for the love!

      October 2, 2019 at 2:32 pm Reply
  • Marie

    One of the reasons I love visiting your blog, Larissa, is because you make unique, character rich, non-cookie cutter, save from the landfill, recycled, interesting, and amazing home decor! LOVE both of these projects. Ahem, must be from the neighbor on the other side, right? 😉

    October 2, 2019 at 12:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I could run up and hug ya, Marie! That’s really what I’m about (and I know you’re a kindred spirit too). Yes, the other side, but also has issues that I’m trying to help out with too. Country road….take me home…to the place…where I belong!

      October 2, 2019 at 2:33 pm Reply
  • Tonya

    I would like to no how much the crate table is. That is so georgous. I have a farmhouse kitchen and I would love to have that table

    October 13, 2019 at 5:13 am Reply
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