Lets talk pallets

I always found it interesting how people could take a whole pallet and make something beautiful, chic, or rustic. When I started thinking of making my own creation for my husband, once again, Pinterest to the rescue. Before I made him his desk, he was using a small flimsy folding table. Like this one:

It was horrible. Barely enough room for his monitor or his keyboard. Oh, the mess! But enough about what was… time to get down to business.

Oh, the things you can do with pallets. Yes, you can make great things with them, but the hardest part is taking them apart! For this project in particularly, it was difficult finding a pallet that was sturdy enough and built in a way that it would support the shelf. It’s funny, while going through the process of creating anything, hindsight is 20/20. As with any of my projects, I suppose my go to saying is, you live and you learn.

What you’ll need:

  • 2-3 Pallets
  • Measuring tape
  • Sheet of thin ply wood
  • A long 2×4
  • A 1×4
  • Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Drill
  • Stain
  • Satin Sealer
  • Paint

Unfortunately, I cannot explain exactly step by step, measure by measure, because it all depends on the pallet you choose for the project.


I used pieces of the 2×4’s to place at either side of the pallet to hold the shelf (as you can see in the picture above) and one of the 1×4’s for extra stability, in the middle. For the top shelf, 3 pieces of pallet wood were used and secured into the base by large screws. For the middle section, I used the rest of the 1×4 to place underneath, this made a shelf for books/magazines/CDs. Note: What I neglected to do, was predrill holes for most of this project. It made putting this together very difficult. I strongly recommend predrilling holes for ease when drilling the screws.


Now here’s where I feel hindsight is 20/20. If I would have had sufficient tools, I would have used a pocket hole system to connect the wood of the shelf. The way I did it, was messy. I used a sheet of ply wood, wood glue, and screws to connect the pieces of pallet wood. The desk I used for inspiration for this project only used two rows of pallet wood for the shelf, but I felt this wasn’t sufficient enough for my husband’s stature. Two 2×4’s were also screwed into the base of the shelf to connect to the 2×4’s placed on the base pallet at either side. Using the plywood to connect the pallet wood for the shelf was also for stability. There was going to be a large gap between the shelf and the top piece of the base pallet. I solved this by using another piece of plywood along the top of the base pallet and faux tiling as a feature piece.



As you can see, I stained the sections I needed first, painted the base white and then went over it with a chalk blue I had left over from projects I did for our wedding (post to come).


Again, stability was key for this project. I needed to make sure the weight from the shelf and the top did not make the whole desk topple over. My solution for this issue, I used a couple of decorative dowels for legs, staining these to match the shelves. Next, satin sealer was used on all the stained wood to help protect the wood.


Here it is, set in it’s place. It’s lasted a year so far, so I must have done something right! What do you think?

Have a great day!

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