before and after

before & after: pallet bench and serving tray

by Kate Pruitt

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

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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

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