I’ll let you in on a little secret: I love to DIY. But another little secret is that I hate to spend money. If I have the opportunity to do a little DIY but need to make a trip to Michael’s or Home Depot in order to make it happen, I’d just rather not attempt the project at all. Hence why up-cycling is my jam. Give me a DIY project, and I’ll find something in our house that is not being used or could be upgraded and will up-cycle it until it becomes something new.
So about a year ago, Matt and I found a wooden pallet outside a neighbor’s house. We used part of it for a project, but then let it sit in the garage for approximately a year while the bulk of the pallet was still in tact. What does one do when you have a large wooden pallet and no inspiration for what to do with it? Check Pinterest, of course. There’s about a thousand different things you can do with a wooden pallet. My initial hope was to create an indoor pallet console table that would go in our hallway as a sort of “home command station.”
However, several problems arose, as they typically do with DIY projects. 1) our hallway is pretty small and said wooden pallet would have had to be sawed entirely in half to make it fit. Not happening. 2) The inspiration I found for this project came from a Pinterest Creative who had all the right materials (as one probably should have) but I didn’t feel like the trip to Home Depot so improvising was needed.
So consider this post more of an inspiration for what you could do with a wooden pallet rather than a “how-to”. I’ll leave the how-tos to the professionals over at Kleinworth & Co where I found the idea. If you have a wooden pallet and want to attempt this DIY, all you really need is a hammer, some nails and a saw. I removed some of the wooden planks from the front of the pallet to use as a table top and added a couple of additional wooden pieces from a thrift store shelf (that was also lying dormant in a closet somewhere) to add the detailing in the middle of the console while providing a bit more stability for the table top.
It’s my hope that this outdoor pallet console will double as a mini buffet outside for when we have cookouts and just add to the general aesthetic of our outdoor patio. We’re trying to create a more grown-up feel now that we’re home owners and all. 🙂 If you happen to find a wooden pallet on the side of the road, my advice is to always pick it up. Even if it sits in your garage for a year, it’ll be worth it one day. Here’s to DIY projects that don’t turn out exactly like you thought, but still bring joy in the making and seeing the finished product of a job well done.