Monday, April 2, 2012

Patchwork Pallet

Another pallet project Becky?  Yes, I am afraid so :), and don't worry, there are more where these came from.  I have realized all pallets are different and each one speaks to me in a different way as to what it is to become.  This particular pallet was saying, "Bench me!"

I actually remembered to take a few process pictures.  I started by cutting the pallet in half lengthwise with a jigsaw, leaving the center board on the side I wanted.  I then cut the edges (one being the original outside edge or board, and one being what was the center board) straight, meaning I cut off the wood "scallops" pallets usually have.  I then added 2 boards underneath, which were needed for what I had planned for the top.
2x4 legs were screwed in from 2 sides of the top.

 I then cut off the remaining boards from the side of the pallet I cut off.  These were not as long as the boards left on the pallet because of leaving the center board.  I did not have any other pallet pieces that were narrow and long enough to fit in between the existing pallet slats.  But with the remaining shorter pallet pieces I could patch the top together, thus the reason for the two boards underneath.

After some sanding and painting, I cut the boards as needed and nail gunned them to the bench.  I also added a 2x4 perpendicularly to the legs for extra support.  This piece works well as either a bench or a great coffee table. 

Find more ideas at Funky Junk Interiors!

47 comments:

  1. Becky I love it as usual... It's your "thing" and your "style".... don't stop making things out of pallets! You have a great eye!
    Susan

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  2. Love it; you are so creative! The colors are great too. Did you use a dark wax on the top?

    Jan

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  3. Love it...I agree with Susan, it is definitely your "thing"! Your style your paint technique...so unique and fun. I see your stuff on Pinterest and I don't even have to look back at the source...I know where it was pinned from :) Awesome as always! Laurel

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  4. I love this! I love all the pallet stuff you do!

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  5. I concur, I love this table. Pinning it under my pallet stuff in case I get a wild hair to create something, or is that time to create something?

    ~Bliss~

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  6. So cute!! So beachy! Adore those colors,as you know!

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  7. Love the table and the colors. It turned out awesome!

    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  8. Oh, Becky. I am starting to have a "feel" for your stuff. I think I could pick it out of any crowd. So very cute! Loving it!

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  9. another fabulous job becky! I need to get busy making some stuff... I've been way tooo busy doing other stuff!
    Love this patchwork pallet!
    gail

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  10. Becky,

    I love all your pallet projects. Do you happen to have a tutorial on how you do your painting of them? If so, I missed it and would love the link. If not, would you consider doing one. I know it probably is something like, paint, sand, stain, seal, but I'd love to see your in progress steps, as well as know the names of your paint colors.

    Thanks!

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    1. I need helping with getting the paint to stick too. What's the secret? Awesome projects btw!

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    2. I agree! I would love to learn more about your painting technique. It looks incredible.

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  11. So beautiful! I just came across your blog, love it! you def have a new follower!

    door251.com

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  12. wow - i love this!!!! it's fantastic! xoxo, tracie

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  13. This is so beautiful! I love it. The colors are so perfect.

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  14. OH! I love the table/bench! I'm def jealous of this piece. Can you make me a copy? LOL. Great job!

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  15. Great job. I think I may need to make one now I see your awesome example!!

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  16. Beautiful! I love the way you painted the boards -- I have some old fence boards I'm going to use for projects -- this is going on my "fence post" board!

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  17. What colors did you use? I love them!

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  18. What painting technique did you use to get that look?

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  19. What an awesome bench! I also love your painting technique here and the colors you used. Would you mind sharing your secrets? It looks awesome. Thanks so much.

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  20. A stroke of genious. I think when anyone repurposes something what would end up wasted is thinking straight.It is so unique, I really like it. That is something I could have my husband make for me. I just love the wimsy of it.

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  21. This is awesome! I love it and I will definitely try my own version of it. I think I'm getting pallet fever as well...

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  22. I just came across your blog and love all of your ideas! Can't wait to make a bench like this. Love your painting ideas.

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  23. This is so beautiful, I have to go hunting through your blog!!!

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  24. I, too, would love to hear about your painting prep and painting techniques..... I think it makes the bench really pop! Thank you!

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  25. if you made this and sold them what kind of price would you put on this?

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  26. Awesome! I'm going to try and do this in a platform bed style. I always post photos of the process at my site www.stayingvintage.com but its down right so maybe on my facebook page, www.facebook.com/stayingvintage. I'll let ya know if it turns out looking as cool as your table!

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  27. What kind of paint are u using,it is amazing !I can't get my pieces to look like this.

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  28. Love this as well and really interested in, as others have been, what colors of paint you used. Did you stain before painting? Would love to hear more about how you got that look!

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  29. Don't think there's anything you've made I haven't loved. Your style is great, simple, useful, colorful, versatile. I've run out of adjectives, getting late.
    Don't know where you get your pallets but yours are much sturdier and better lumber on them. Guess we'll have to look harder to find better pallets. They are a bear to tear apart to get pieces we can use. I'll be doing research to find more and better ones so we can build better pieces. You are so darned inspirational. I won't be able to sleep tonight thinking of all the great stuff we can make. I keep finding more and more that can be built with pallets. The internet and bloggers are fantastic.
    What kind of paint and stain do you use? We're building up our store of paints/stains more as we go. When we go to Lowe's or wherever I head for the reject paints now, paint, etc is very pricey on a SS budget. Happy May Day. bless you for sharing.

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    1. I am starting mine now with an old junky pallet. I think it will give it alot of character. I'm also going to use older junky 2x4's!!!

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    2. I am starting mine now with an old junky pallet. I think it will give it alot of character. I'm also going to use older junky 2x4's!!!

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  30. How did you do the painting on it? I love it!!

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  31. Would u please tell me how you painted the bench? What kind of paint did u use and your techniques?

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  36. I love the paint colors - it just adds something extra to the bench! I think I might have to copy your project!! :)

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  37. Okay, I'm guessing the painting technique was never shared with anyone.

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