If you’re anything like I am, your social media feeds have been inundated lately with links to “fixer upper” style projects and inspiration. The farmhouse, shabby-chic style is taking the design world by storm. For DIY fanatics, the good news is it’s fairly easy to get that fixer-upper look with some very basic, and often free, supplies – like wood pallets.
Found behind your local grocery store or hardware store, or at your local building site, pallets come in many sizes. They typically consist of more than a dozen solid wood boards, and if you’re willing to put in a little elbow grease, they can be the anchor for some fabulous home decor and furnishings.
First, though, a word about pallets and safety. Pallets are great, but you have to make sure the wood isn’t chemically treated – especially if you’re building something like a raised vegetable garden bed. Also, ask someone if the pallet was used to haul hazardous materials. If so, stay away. But if it was hauling orange juice, furniture, or otherwise nontoxic items, you’re good to go.