We were at the garbage tip a few weeks ago when we came across a HUGE mountain of discarded wood and a big sign, written in angry red paint that said ‘NO SCAVENGING ALLOWED.’
It was a travesty to drive away without bringing home at least as much as what we were leaving behind (which was garden waste, by the way. At least they turn that into mulch, which we can then buy back 😉 ).
In that mound there were old fence palings, hundreds of pallets, old wardrobes, broken tables and all sorts of assorted wood pieces, just waiting to be reclaimed and tended to with a little TLC.
DH is pretty handy with woodworking, he has made a few tables and furniture pieces in the past, and my mind was racing at all the lovely new furniture we could have in our home, knocked up from a few old (and free) bits of scavenged wood.
Pinterest doesn’t help matters.
I’ve spent hours drooling over repurposed furniture. I thought I would share some of what I’ve come across. Many of these links aren’t tutorials, but pictures of what people have built, meant to inspire rather than instruct.
Apparently, upcycling pallets was all the rage a while back. Seems I’m behind the trend. Oh well. Here are some instructions on how to handle pallet wood, and this is a YouTube video explaining how to work around the nails. And to be on the safe side, this article provides information about choose pallets that haven’t been treated with chemicals (although I recommend reading the comments for more detailed information).
Garden work table @ Root Simple
Garden Planter @ Instructables
Potting bench @ Grow Damnit!
Pallet table @ Pierson Park Community Garden
Compost Bin @ Landscape + garden Design
Patio table @ Today’s Nest
Crate on wheels @ My Simple Home Life
Coffee table @ Esprit Cabane
Day bed @ Casa Sugar
Pallet bench @ Design Sponge
Pallet headboard @ Lovely Crafty Home
Painted pallet coffee table @ MAKE
Pallet book shelf @ Relic Interiors
Pallet chair (video) @ MAKE
Kid’s bookshelves @ Little Lucy Lu
Plate rack @ Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
Pallet work desk @ Funky Junk Interiors
Chalkboard shelf @ Too Much Time on My Hands
Mini Pantry @ The Creative Collage
Coffee table @ noe pa hjertet
Dining table with instructions @ Re-Nest
Pallet garden @ Life on the Balcony
Pallet feature wall @ Mom and Her Drill
Pallet reading bed @ Ashely Ann Photography
Pallet planter @ Esprit Cabane
Pallet chairs @ Materialicious
Pallet rocker @ Instrucables
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.