Way back on Memorial Day, Mr. P and I took the ridiculous amount of pallets we had collected and decided to make some goodies. Let me be frank: when it came to using the saw, that was all Mr. P. I was more of the visionary, electric sander, and painter. So before you give me all this street cred for using power tools, you can go back to thinking of me as a wimp in that department. Unless you count the electric sander… then in the words of Aloe Blacc, I’M THE MAN I’M THE MAN I’M THE MAN.
Ok. To the point. We created four pallet projects that lovely day and in each of the four parts of this brief series, I’m going to reveal a project and tell you how we did it.
Today we’re going to start with my personal favorite: our coffee/wine shelf. For the longest time I was jonesing over this shelf from Hobby Lobby, which can be seen on Forever in Pursuit‘s fabulous blog.
I still love the way this looks, and I saw it in-store and half off the other day (!!) for anyone who is interested. We liked the idea, though, of making something original that suited our space in a more customized way. Our house is little and our kitchen is no exception. We decided to use the one spot of wall space available to us:
Since this spot is right by a doorway, something larger like a cabinet would take up valuable walking space and be very awkward, so the shallow depth of this was perfect.
On the left side we store cookbooks, on the right, syrups and wine, and up top we have a mantel to hold other beverage paraphernalia.
And on the bottom, hooks for (some of) our mugs. Yay! Now to the DIY portion.
We began by taking a skill saw to a pallet. Consider the side (in this photo, the side that’s laying on the porch) with the most horizontal beams to be the back of the shelf, or the part that will be against the wall. You want to cut your pallet initially so that the front has two horizontal beams: one at the very top and one at the very bottom. This one measures 42 inches wide and 23 inches tall (that’s including the additional half inch the mantel adds). If you are making a shelf for a smaller space, you can cut off nearly half of it so that there are only two (instead of three) vertical beams, which would measure somewhere around 23″ tall by 21.5″ wide.
To create the bottom of the shelf (what will hold in your wine and cookbooks), take a beam that is flush with the pallet. The beam we used measures 4″ by 42″ (and just over a half inch thick). Simply screw it to the pallet on the left, middle, and right.
To create the mantel (the top), take a beam (this one came from another pallet) that is slightly larger than the top of your pallet section. Finding one that sits perfectly flush, like you did for the bottom, will do the job, but it will be easier to store things on top of this if it’s a touch bigger. The beam we used measures 5.25″ by 43″. Screw it to the pallet the same way you attached the bottom.
Not pictured is yours truly taking an electric sander to this puppy (no puppies were hurt in the making of this pallet shelf). Whether you’re using a little sanding block or an electric sander (YOU THE MAN YOU THE MAN YOU THE MAN), your goal is simply to make sure there are no sharp edges or splintered wood. Nothing could be more of a negative wakeup call than getting a splinter while trying to make coffee. Forget that.
And then, you lucky duck, you get to stain this piece.
We used a foam brush for staining, which was easy to use and left a clean, thick application. On another pallet project (coming soon), I used cheese cloth, which gave a lighter, more aged look.
Once the stain dries (give it some time, because this guy will stink up your house for a few days–no rush to get it in there too soon), use a stud finder to determine where to screw it into your wall.
Now that it’s attached, fill it with beautiful kitchen things. This was the least fun part… I’m kidding. I felt like I was decorating a Christmas tree. It was awesome.
Good job. The last step, which unfortunately isn’t pictured, is to attach your mug hooks. We went to Lowes and bought hooks that were made for just that purpose. We used a total of seven.
Mm. Pretty and functional. One of my favorite little house projects so far, as it adds character to our place.
I hope this tutorial makes sense, but if anything is unclear, comment and let me know. I’ll be happy to elaborate!