Function doesn’t have to be ugly. In fact, it can, and should, be quite the opposite. Add polish and visual interest to your home while also providing much needed storage, space, and organization throughout. We love these six design ideas that incorporate beauty and function all in one.
Ready to take on a weekend warrior project? We’ve got just the list to get you inspired and on your way to a custom completed craft. Take a look through these 10 easy pallet projects you can complete in just one weekend. Your home will look like a page out of the latest pottery barn magazine!
Create a Coffee TableCoffee tables are the center pieces of every living room, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend hundreds of dollars on one to make your space look put together. Instead, use pallets as the perfect platform! They are so versatile that you can even decide what look you are going for, whether it be rustic, modern, or chic! Be creative with your design and use the pallet shape to your advantage; they already have built in shelves! You can even paint the pallet for a pop of color or keep the wood for a more natural look and stain it to your liking.
Go to Town on a GardenPlants are the perfect way to turn your house into a happy home. Adding a few flowers or trees will brighten up your yard, but it won’t necessarily make it stand out. To put your own fun twist on the traditional outdoor space, add some pallet planters. You can use the pallets to make a geometric tiered garden or shelves for your herbs and vegetables. If you are looking for a more intricate design, use the wood from a recycled pallet to completely redesign the planter.
Fashion Yourself Flower HoldersHaving plants in your house brings a fresh and clean feel to a space. They brighten the mood of every room and make it seem lighter and more colorful. Flower pots and vases can be bulky and obstructive. Instead of having pots on your windowsill, hang plants vertically on your wall using pallets as the backdrop. They will replace the need for art, while adding a natural and chic feel to a room. You can coordinate the design of the pallet with your home’s aesthetic too, by changing the color or texture of the wood. For a more modern or traditional look, stain the pallets using a medium or dark brown with a glossy finish. For a rustic look, paint the wood and then chip some of the paint away or simply use a sun bleached pallet.
Why Not Build a Wall?Wooden paneled walls change the entire look of a room and transform a regular backdrop, but they can be expensive. Instead of breaking the bank, deconstruct wooden pallets and use the individual boards to make a wall. For an even more sophisticated look, make sure the pallets you get are a few different shades and then mix the different tones of wood when placing them on the wall. The result: a beautiful multi-toned wood paneled wall.
Beautify Your BackyardEveryone deserves a few hours of simple relaxation a day, but few of us actually get it. Build a little outdoor sanctuary so you can give yourself a break every now and again. Make yourself a hanging bed or a cozy outdoor sofa. On those beautiful days, you might actually take advantage of the great weather and breathe in some fresh air.
Get Your Pallet Game OnBuild you own, one-of-a-kind, big enough for a giant, board game! Use pallet boards to make a table, similar to the living room table shown previously, and then paint it to match the board game of your choosing! Be careful not to choose a game with too many pieces, because you will need to either make your own pieces or buy large ones! For checkers, you can spray paint rocks or hockey pucks or come up with your own creative idea.
Paint a PictureCreate your own paintings using wooden pallets as the canvases. Don’t worry though, you don’t need to be Picasso to create beautiful décor. Create very simple paintings like the ones here, which, despite their simplicity and easy nature, still look amazing!
Serve Up a SignHave you ever wanted to make a sign with your own saying on it? Use a wooden pallet as a background and paint away! You can use a stencil for more precision or freehand paint it if you are a master. The best part of painting on wood rather than on canvas is that even if you’re not the best painter, it will still look great. The wood makes any mistakes or sloppiness look intentional! So, off you go Picasso!
Build A Bed (Head)boardHeadboards bring a bedroom together. Instead of buying one, try your hand at making one. You can make a ‘floating’ headboard or one the height of the wall. Make it look just like the sophisticated one you saw in the home magazine or make it your own by painting a design on it! Who would have thought there would be so many ways to make a headboard out of one basic material?
Dream Up a Dog BedLet’s face it, our pets are our kids, and as parents, we only want the best for them. Spend your weekend building a cozy bed for Scooby and Bruno. They will thank you with endless long walks and midnight wake up calls. Simply use a pallet as the base and add a dog bed or toddler sized mattress on top. For an extra sophisticated look, add paint, side railing and your dogs’ name stenciled on the front.
First impressions are important in life. That’s why making your front patio representative of you and your aesthetic is so essential to turning your house into your home. Below are 7 simple ways to ensure that your home welcomes both family and friends with open arms.
Add a pop of color
Choose a theme and stick with it
Add Patio decor
Make use of small spaces
Function meets resourceful
Keep it Simple