Sunday, March 11, 2012

Recycled Pallet into Book Shelves

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With the number of little ones frequenting our house recently, I decided that we needed a set of shelves at their level.  I had a space in the hall that was perfect, but finding the perfect shelving was another issue.


Enter:  The Recycled Pallet Shelves


For diy and Pinterest fans, these shelves are nothing new, but it was a great first "real wood" project for me.  Here is how it happened:


Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves step 1
First I acquired the wood pallets -- free thanks to Freecycle!
Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves, reciprocating saw
Next I grabbed my reciprocating saw and made a few strategic cuts.
Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves after cut
By strategic, I mean so that what I ended up with looked like this: 
two slats on the back, one on the front, and the curved supporters.
Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves sander
Next I grabbed the sander...
Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves after sanding
and sanded the living heck out of every surface and edge.  Can't have any chance of booboo's!
 Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves, scrap for bottoms
Found some scrap wood for the bottoms and cut them to size.
Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves bottoms
Nailed down the bottoms.
Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves on wall
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Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves filled on wall
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Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves closeup
Pin It Minnie likes her new hangout.
Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves being used by toddler
Pin It They're a hit!
Check out these other examples to see my inspiration:


Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves by Ana White
Ana White (she's my hero!)  I hope to be as fearless as she one day.
Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves by
 Strawberry Chick.  Very nice photos and tutorial.
Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves by
ArtsyNina.  Can you believe she got her stain from her local hazardous waste facility--how cool is that?!?. 
Recycled Crafts:  diy pallet shelves
Little Lucy Lu.  I love these painted ones.  Just perfect for a little girl's room.
 



Until next time,
~Sister #2
Go Get Crafty, Sister!


7 comments:

  1. I love a good pallet project and these are wonderful. I need em!
    Lina @fancy frugal life

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  2. I have been wanting to make shelves just like these for my kids rooms for their books. I really need to pull out my scrap wood that I have and see what I can come up with.

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  3. sighhhhhh. soaking up the inspiration.

    come visit anytime--great giveaway right here: http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-giveaway.html

    smiles.

    michele

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  4. I love this pallet shelf idea...and fun to hang it low at kid height, perfect. :)
    Karah

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  5. Trying this today, thanks for the great idea sisters

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