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Pallet Coat Rack – Mudroom Reno Part 3

Reusing old pallets is a huge trend right now and one that I just LOVE! There are so many things you can do with them. This is already the third pallet project here at The Sisters K! If you missed Karlie’s creations, she’s made an awesome coffee table and these perfect little benches.

With our mudroom renovation in full swing, I knew we would need somewhere to hang up coats and scarves and maybe even a spot for my purse to live when at home. There’s no closet even in the near vicinity so that meant it had to be hung on the wall and therefor something interesting and unique and fun to look at. So with all the pallet re-purposing I’ve been seeing lately (I blame Pinterest), I dreamed up this idea to make basically a big square out of some old boards and frame it with some chunky white molding to contrast the dark boards and then find some kind of hooks to attach that would work to hang our coats on. This was a bit of an adventure – we’ve never really even tried to tackle anything like this before so we had some fun just figuring it all out as we went along.

I actually had kindof a tough time finding free pallets but ended up getting a couple slightly banged up ones from the free pile at a local resource yard and then my lovely husband spent some long hours while I was off at work ripping them apart! What a nice surprise to come home to…

Look at that gorgeous rainbow of old boards! I love the varying colors and levels of cracking and how rustic they are. I really wanted to keep the boards looking this way for my finished coat rack but there was a slight problem – they were super gross! Covered in cobwebs and super dusty and probably a bunch of bugs living in them. Karlie kept telling me just to sand and stain them but I knew that would change the look and feel of my boards. In the end, we gave them a little scrub and then decided to seal them with some satin polyurethane. All that changed was that the boards became a little darker.

Then we got to wait for them all to dry…

I was so impatient to get started! Before doing any cutting, I had to figure out how I wanted them all the fit together. This involved a lot of rearranging….

Once I was finally satisfied with my layout, we took a straight edge to mark where to cut.

And broke out our ‘power tools.’ Ha! This thing worked surprisingly well and what an arm workout!!

You just line up where your cut needs to be with the slit and slide the saw right in and off you go. It even has 45 degree angles which we would use later to cut the frame out. We really wanted this thing to be sturdy so we applied some wood glue to the back of each board and attached them to some fiberboard we had cut to size (a 48″ square) at Home Depot, and then put some short screws in from the back.

I did a lot of jumping around and squirming with excitement after each completed step of this project – this one especially. It was really starting to look like what I had pictured. So exciting!

Cutting the molding for the frame was a little more difficult, somehow the 45 degree angles just would not match up! So we decided to be ‘artistic’ and float them just slightly off the boards and leave a little space between the corners.

Oh I just love that big crack on the top board!

We attached the frame the same way, just some short screws in through the back…here’s a shot of the back and our insanity. I’m a little embarrassed at how much of a mess this is but it gives you an idea.

Check it out – all finished! Eeee!

Next we had to figure out how to attach this big heavy thing to the wall. We found out where the studs were and measured the spaces between them and marked where they would be when it was hung and then pre-drilled some holes.

And attached it to the wall! I found this little rack of hooks at The Container Store (love that place!) that I think fits perfectly so then we centered and attached that as well. Pardon my big head; got to make sure it’s level….

And it’s finished! I think I’m in love….

And it’s still so rustic – my favorite parts are all the gashes and cracks and imperfections.

Time to put this thing to use! We hung it a bit off center on this wall and got a separate hook for my purse to hang on so it would be out of the way of our coats and have it’s own special spot

It is perfect – even better than I had imagined. And I can’t believe we made it and it’s still in one piece and functional!

Pallets are so fun to reuse. I’ve been dreaming of doing an entire accent wall in our bedroom but Adam’s not quite on board yet (ha! no pun intended) so for now this little coat rack will have to do. I think something like this would be SO cute as a headboard to frame out a bed and make it a little extra special. I am all about the contrast of rustic and dark with smooth bright and white and this satisfies that quite nicely.

I have a lot more faith in our handiness after such a successful project…which one of my 53 project ideas should we tackle next?! Oh the possibilities….

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DIY Benches

It seems the making of my pallet coffee table started a new obsession – making furniture out of reclaimed wood. So when I started thinking about renovating the kitchen and changing the seating I immediately thought of making my own benches. And so out came the leftover pallets and hammers, and to work I went. This project actually took longer than expected, because my leg ideas changed over time, mostly because I had to accommodate the heater that ran along the side and back walls. I knew I wanted the bench to sit flush against the wall, but had to have the legs at least 3 inches in in order to avoid the heater. I thought of steel pipe legs (01), of hairpin legs (02) and finally just settled on making them out of wood and staining them black, to imitate a metal finish (03) – because of easier construction and cost. Making these benches would have been way easier if not for that heater though…

First step involved tearing apart my remaining pallets.

Second step, cutting them to length. My original idea was to construct one ridiculously long bench for that area – just over 90 inches long. My dad helped me realize how unsteady that would be, and the idea changed into take two 45 inch benches that can now be used elsewhere when we move, even for outdoor seating!

The eight boards for two bench tops.

And here the legs are being constructed – a rough box shape, with an extra 3 inches on one end to accommodate the heater. We clamped these together and simply screwed in the from the top and sides.

Four constructed bench legs.

And the final product – the legs were screwed in from the top, and a middle 2X4 was placed underneath in the center, for extra support and to prevent warping. Sanding came next…

Followed by staining…

And putting them into place! I used a stain in Golden Pecan, painted the legs with black paint and added coats of polyurethane to the stain. The benches fit perfectly in the area, they don’t move at all and they’re super stable.

Here you can see the heater underneath, but thankfully everything measured out correctly and it fits just right. I might add a long cushion in the future, but for now I’m enjoying just the wood finish with some decorate home-made pillow covers (the fabric is actually from Ikea!).

 

 

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Pallets on board!

There is a reason I’ve been MIA for the past week – a pretty big one. I’ve been working on building myself a new coffee table from old pallets! Re-using and re-purposing old pallets has been such a craze lately – I have a huge folder on my computer filled with projects I’d like to tackle. And with the weather being so nice last week, I decided to give it a go and try to fix an area that’s been bothering me in the living room lately – our mismatched coffee tables. These were both just sort of throwaway items that got donated to our house (as is the case with much of our furniture).

Pretty bad, right? Different colors, different styles and different heights, I just couldn’t handle it anymore.

A quick search on Craigslist resulted in a batch of really nice, big and free pallets.

First step was tearing off all the boards – this took quite a bit of time and arm power. My grip strength was pretty much nonexistent after two days of this.

After pulling them off, they went right back on! Hammered out the screws and lined all the boards up as close as possible to create a flat-top for the table.

All put back together, nice and flush. There did end up being about an inch overhang that we took a saw to for a quick fix to even everything out.

Flipped it over and pulled off the boards on the opposite side – did the same with a second pallet, but left the other side with evenly spaced boards for the bottom of the table.

I added 4 extra boards to the bottom outside in order to give it some more height, I didn’t want it too low.

A few passes with the sander to smooth out the biggest problems – pallet boards are notoriously gross and rotten but I got pretty nice boards to start off with.

Then it was time for staining! One coat of Jacobean stain, with a few coats of satin polyurethane finish and then the hardest part – waiting for things to dry.

Once dry, I attached the two pallets with brackets on the inside.

Flipped it over to attach rolling casters. I knew this table was going to be pretty heavy when all was said and done, and these make it so easy for me to move on my own.

And after!! So much nicer, a big uniform coffee table that actually has some personality!

I love the space for magazines or storage between top and bottom, and the different wood grains from each board.

My advice? If you’re thinking about a project like this, go for it! Pallets are easy to come by, and since they’re free you won’t have any guilt over messing anything up. Everyone has to start somewhere.

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