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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thrifty Thursday: Pallet Love

**UPDATE** Check out this post to see how we safely hung it and info on the stain used!

Oh Thrifty Thursday, I have missed you! It's been awhile but I'm back, joining the ever funny and delightful Lady Cordelia to share a little thrifty fabulousness.

Pallets have been all over Pintrest for a couple years now. So I know this is not a new idea, but nevertheless I think it's pretty fantastic and the pallet was pulled from a dumpster so how's that for thriftiness!?! Free makes my heart sing!

Meet my herb wallhanging planter thingy:
Isn't it so cool!?!
I pulled it from a dumpster on the way to pick up Will from school one day, with four others! It was a jackpot find. I may have done the running~man in the parking lot ;)

Bill kindly sanded and stained it for me. He did a two part stain that I am loving. It's actually what he will use on the coffee table he is building out of 50+ year old reclaimed wood from a North Carolina pier :) eeek! I told him that the pallet would be a good test project. Insert eye rolling from him. But it was!

The pallet with herb jars is the final piece I needed for our new eating area. In a few weeks I'll be able to show you what happened to the old dining room which the boys now refer to as the "cwaft woom" :)
So the living/eating area is now finished! This could be an "I Spy Thriftiness" picture. I can count 10 items that are thrifty! This room makes me smile now, it feels peaceful and welcoming. If the pictures don't show that you can come over and see for yourself ;)
And in hopes of always keeping it real with y'all, this is the heap of toys I had to push into a pile to get my pictures. Wear shoes if you come! It will save you the pain of stepping on a Lego or two, an injury I don't wish on my worst enemy! 

If you have something to share today, skip on over and link up with C! It will make for a fun link hop!

41 comments:

  1. Great idea for the herbs! I love visiting your blog and seeing your ideas. Gives me lots to think about :)

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  2. Love Love Love it! Now how did you guys hang your pallet? We've been wanting to do something with a pallet, but haven't b/c I have heard they are so dang tricky to hang! :)

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  3. Your pallets look great! They remind me of someone who lives down the street! Ol Bill making a coffee table?! Go get em Bill!! Pretty soon he will be building you a kitchen table. Shirtless in the front yard of course.

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  4. Wonderful! It really is beautiful! Great up cycle, Ko!

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  5. wow! That's AWESOME!
    you could sell those on Etsy!
    Great work, mama!
    XO

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  6. Too cute, Ko. I love me some pallet boards they are all over my house. I mean free wood, come on people.
    Legos (we speak the same language)

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  7. Eeeppp I love it all! The new layout is great and that pallet definitely provides you with a rustic chic feel that is outstanding!

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  8. I love love love what you all did with the pallet Ko!

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  9. What kind of stain did you use ?

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  10. Very cool and am dying to know what kind of stains you uses too?

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  11. I am LOVING that herb wallhanging planter thingy! I have one pallet left, and that's what I think I'll do with it! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. How did you hang the pallet?
    The one I want to hang is extremely heavy.

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  13. I would love to know how he did the two-part stain! I love the stain on it!

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  14. Saw this on pinterest! Love the beautiful stain on the pallet.

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  15. How did you hang this????

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  16. Amazing! I think I'm going to try it ! Thanks for the inspiration

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  18. Just curious how you removed al the fungicides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals before you worked on this and then hung it in a residential setting? There's a reason professional wood workers don't reclaim this wood (very often mahogany), that's because it's too toxic and deadly to work with. Long term exposure causes nerve damage and eventually can kill. But if you don't mind those side effects I think it looks great in your house.

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  19. Hi Ash, here is a link to a site that helps you determine if your pallet is safe. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-determine-if-a-wood-pallet-is-safe-for-use/

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  20. Thanks for that. I really wish the whole article had that caveat right in it. By promoting pallet reuse you need to temper it with a great deal of education and warning. Most people have no idea how that wood is treated and will assume that since you promoted it's use it is all fair game.

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  21. Nice! Just picked up 2 pallets from behind a warehouse. The guys inside said, "Help yourself". Can't wait to get started! The sanding really makes a difference.

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  22. LOVE. THIS. POST!! I've had a pallet sitting in my garage for a few months, and I just couldn't decide what to do with it! If you don't mind, I might do a similar version in my house/on my blog - I'll be sure to link back to you! Thanks again for the inspiration!!

    megBdesign.com

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  23. Awesome.... Now my wife has me in the middle of this same project.

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  24. What colour stain did you use and what was the 2 steps?

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  25. Just wanted to let you know you inspired my pallet project! See it (and a link back your post!) at http://canttakemeanywhere.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/a-tasteful-pallet/.

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  26. I love this idea! There is a pallet by the dumpster in the parking lot next to ours at work. I am giving it until tomorrow and then I am snatching it up! Thank you for the wonderful idea.

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  27. Love it...how did u hang it & what stain did you use...2 part?

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  28. that's so cool that you found something pretty like that threw out in the dumpster. Granted your husband had to polish it up. Still though it's great that you were able to recycle something that was going to dump otherwise.

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  29. I love it. Please explain the stain how you hung it? Thank you.

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  30. I was just gonna say...ouch if a guy steps on one of those sharp little tracks.... shades of 40+ years ago and my nephews... !! My feet remember it like yesterday....

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  31. Please explain how you Hung it on wall ...doing this in my living room

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    1. Hi Stephanie! Check out the post linked on the top of this one, it's in red. It shows you exactly how we hung it :)

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  34. Great photo! I am trying to find some good pallets in Cambridge. Do you know where I can find some? Thanks.

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  35. So, if I'm reading this right, you didn't do anything at all, your husband cut/sanded/stained this AND hung it on the wall? Tell me your secret, how did you get him to do that???????? I want one!

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    1. My job is to delegate and keep the kids occupied while he executes my ideas ;) haha!

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  36. Nice work!

    www.creativepallet.blogspot.com

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  37. I have searched several different feed stores & home building supply stores looking at pallets because I was gonna do this. I absolutely love it but.. I have yet to find a pallet that is built like this. :(

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  38. give up the secret to the two part stain!!! i love it!

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