before & after: pallet bench and serving tray


I suspect we’ll have to do a roundup of great pallet before & afters soon because they are constantly coming in. These two projects by Marianna and her boyfriend were made from the same old wood pallets, and both exemplify the beautiful character that pallet wood can add to your home-decor projects, large and small. The tray is such a simple little piece that I’m sure will get a ton of use, and I love how the bench transforms that corner into a lovely little rest stop. Great work, Marianna! — Kate

Have a Before & After you’d like to share? Shoot me an email with your images right here! (Low res, under 500k per image, please.)

See more of Marianna’s bench and tray project after the jump!

Time: 1 hour per tray, 1.5 days for the bench

Cost: $5 per bench, $0 for trays

Basic Steps: We used black gate hinges that we found at Home Depot. We sanded them down to give them a more rustic look. We used two per bench. Finding the right palette was key; taking it all apart and sanding it down was essential. Double check your measurements; especially, pay close attention to warped wood, as this may change measurements. Make sure you sand down the pieces very well. This was particularly important for the bench, since we use this for seating. We suggest adding padded felt to the bottom, so your beautiful hardwood floors don’t get scratched! This also comes in handy when you want to rearrange; you can just slide the benches around. — Marianna

Alison Hinks

That is AWESOME. NC doesn’t allow pallets in landfills (hooray!) and I always brainstorm all the amazing things that can be made with them if I had the skillz!

mandy doubt

Pallets, close to my heart, i made a garden bench with armrest that has lasted nearly a decade! Could we have a little move info on the actual construcion of these! e.g photos of the underside…?

Sarah Reiss

Love it – this completely gives me ideas around how to create a banquette in our kitchen. Kudos, smart girl!

Brooke

Where did you get the fantastic silver industrial looking pendant light from?

Kait Brennan

Is the palette just used for the tray or did you use them on the beches too? Where would I find palettes? This is such a great idea!

Rinna

I have been thinking about making a very low toddler table with these as there are so many everywhere BUT they are quite rough. Any tips on how to make them smooth and splinter free? Great inspiration anyway as usual.

Chrissy @MABSOOTa

The pallets go especially well with the already-present textured wood on the ceiling (LOVE exposed beams) and mirror frame. I wish I had the space to do these type of projects :(

sainbaeno

Beautiful. Can you tell us a bit more about how you made the bench?

Rosamond

did you find the pallets hard to work with? when we’ve tried in the past we had such a hard time prying the darn things apart. for some reason, they seem like they were built to last!

gia

One of my favorite posts!! Marianna, I agree with above comment, can you show us the inside of the benches so we can see the construction?

Sarah C.

I seriously wish this was a tutorial (the bench). I don’t understand, Marianna; if you sanded the heck out of it, did stain (but not seal) it afterwards? Otherwise, you probably sanded all the lovely aging/patina off!

Jenny

These are really beautiful. A word of caution for pallet crafts: it is important to be sure that the wood in the pallets you use has not been treated with wood preservatives, fungicides, or pesticides. The dust can be especially toxic. U-line sells new, untreated wood pallets that are safer but lack the patina of the old ones. Still, likely a much safer choice.

Denver

Awesome! simple things can turn into elegant items, you just to let loose of your creativity

Taryn

@Jenny – you’re so right about the chemicals in certain pallets; however, buying new ones would defeat the purpose of using reclaimed wood, in the name of sustainability, as is often the goal in projects like this. I believe you can find non-treated pallets if you avoid getting them from grocery stores.

blu House

what a delightful idea for such an obcure object!

Andy Morris

I love to see you recycling pallets so creatively. This gives me an idea for a wine bottle rack. As an artist I am constantly seeking new ways to use old things.

Sini

Wow! I adore that little tray. Your home looks so beautiful and I love those little Finnish detailes.

Merryjean

I am wondering are the pallets safe to use? I’m not making a dispariging(sp.) comment. I don’t want to use anything in my house that might contribute to ill health. Also, where can I buy pallets?

Anitacalero

Can i get invited so l can see your beautiful world?
So clever, so you two, so PERFECTION!

Joseph Pineda - Kitchens Melbourne

As a new interior design practitioner I have been searching and collecting an images and idea like this about home and interior design for my school research project. The information and images presented here is really wonderful! I have
Bookmarked this webpage and will be included to my report.

touchedpainter

In 1968 when I was a junior in High School, I (financed by me) finally got my first horse. The barn (stall, hay room, tack room 12′ x 36′) was built mostly from discarded pallets & 2×4’s, doors & windows. It is still on my parents property, and is a nifty yard & garden shed. Last summer my father & I finally sided it with prepainted (by us) cedar shakes.

Amanda

Do you have any other advice/directions/pictures on how exactly to make these? Thanks!

April

Love that look of the pallets—thinking of doing something like that for seating in a dining part of our tiny house, only with some kind of slick surface to sit on

chelsey

I also LOVE this! And the pendent light, where is it from?

lisa schussler

do you happen to have a tutorial on how you built the bench?

Apryl

I love the leafy outline painting on the wall! Does anyone know where to find it?

Millie

Love, love, love this idea! The weathered textures are amazing! I’m posting a link to it from my blog also! Thanks for sharing such a terrific idea!

Emily Elzner

How can I find out exactly how to make the bench? I want to do it asap! Please email.

Buffy Watt

My husband and I would also like to know how to make the bench and tray as well. So if you could also email me also, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much for sharing such a great idea with this blog!!!
Have a blessed day!

Rusty Andrews

I love the bench, exquisite! A short “how to” walk through on construction would be sooo appreciated. A little challenged in trying to figure out the details of this project. Really looks amazing and would like to build one too.

Sharryne Brook

This is exactly what I have been looking for. They are fab! Where can I find instructions for making the bench please? My son (14) and I would love to try to make them.

Laci Hoobler

I am decorating my apartment in an eclectic rustic fashion. The bench is beautiful! I am not the first to ask for instructions to make it. Do you email them? I would love to add something like this to my collection!

Sally

Love the bench and tray out of pallets. Do you have directions on how to make them?

Damian

Hi there ,

Same as above, I have an abundance of pallets, and would love a tutorial on this.
I see people have been requesting this for a couple of years which makes me wonder is the information available at all.

Love your site, please let us all know what the story is with the build.

Thx

Laura Hartman

Thank you, Grace for posting this and putting up with everything everyone says! Could I potentially get a tutorial of how to do this, if possible? Thank you!

Eric

Are their instructions on how to make? I need this in my life!!!!!

Bree

I’m obsessed with this and would love a tutorial!

rose cahill

love it! are u sending directions/tutorial for the bench? i need one :)

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