No, that is not a typo. I meant pallets! Just the other day I spied six or seven pallets piled outside a coffee house and was overwhelmed by the urge to take them. I didn't - and now I regret it. When I came home I decided to do a little reseach and discover just what one can do with the lowly pallet, and look at all these fab ideas I came across.
A headboard, and a beautiful rustic one at that! Thumbs up for Norwegian Stylizimo. These following two also came via Stylizimo's members.
A painted pallet as the base of a daybed or one piled on the other with casters attached as a rustic coffee table.
If you want your coffee table to be a little more sleek and contemporary, add a lick of paint and a glass top and the added brightness and reflecting surface give it that cool clean modern edge.
Here a discarded pallet has been transformed into a beautiful plate rack: an eye-caching centrepiece in the kitchen. Made by German designer Katrin Arens who uses "materials from derelict country houses, cellars, and carpentry studios" in her designs.
Found these deck chairs made from pallets on Remodelista, made by (and available to purchase from) Studiomama.
Photo c/o Apartment Therapy
I came across a few that were used for daybeds, like this one pictured above. Just remember that pallets are made from the cheapest possible wood and are pretty rough, so I don't think you'd want to have it as a permanent, everyday sleeping solution! But sand it down with an electric sander or have it as an occasional and you're set to go.
This one I'd seen before and absolutely loved it. It's from Under the Sycamore and I desperately wanted to copy the lighting idea for our nursery (not pictured here) but alas, our room was too small. Notice she also used a door as the headboard. So clever!
Well I never... A pallet garden? Brilliant. Thanks Life on the Balcony.
This endeavour reminded me of two things: no item is too lowly to upcycle (as long as you can add a dash of creativity and perhaps a dollop of elbow grease), and of the incredible number of wonderfully creative people out there. Thank you blogosphere for bringing them to us!