New Uses for Old Things | Wooden Pallets

While you’re in the midst of purging and re-organizing, don’t underestimate the power of repurposing. Case in point: the lowly wooden shipping pallet. They’re easy to overlook leaning against dumpsters and tossed in ditches, but wooden pallets also have built-in rustic charm with a nod to industrial functionality. With a bit of TLC, they can be transformed into fresh furniture pieces or smart freecycled storage.

Pallet-Turned-Coffee Table
A bit of sanding, four casters, a glass top and a coat of stain or paint turn these pallets into large coffee tables with built-in shelves for storing books, magazines and remotes.

The basic construction of wooden pallets makes them prime
storage solutions. On the left, they’re stacked and lined with deep rectangular baking sheets for food and glassware storage. Mounted on the wall, the slats are perfect for displaying a collection of pretty plates. 

For apartment dwellers who want a balcony garden without tons of hanging baskets or heavy pots, line a pallet with landscape fabric to keep soil inside – then plant to your heart’s content.

Pallet-Turned-Day Bed
Add a futon mattress or high-density foam topper to a painted pallet to create a day bed or lounge. Perfect in a finished basement or a teenager’s bedroom.

 Mud Room Shelf for shoes via thriftydecorchic

Rustic Book Shelf via thriftydecorchic


Porch Swings Indoors and Out

With spring taking hold, my mind is turning to fresh spaces and favorite
warm weather leisure spots. Nothing says relax like a comfy porch swing! And thankfully, even the porch-less can achieve the feel indoors.

These swings make me want to just sit back and read a book or take an afternoon nap.

I hope you have a great Easter weekend!


Chalk Talk

If you thought chalkboards were just for schoolrooms, think again. Chalkboard paint can be used anywhere and everywhere to convert wipe-off writing surfaces into usable chalkboards. Make them any size you desire and place wherever you like. From message boards, labels, furniture, walls, artwork, reminders, and tracking appointments. Or simply use the surface to draw and doodle, which will appeal to kids and the kid in everyone. It's great for organizing and personalizing just about anything in your home, office, or business. 

These FUN chalkboard labels came from Bradens Grace on Etsy.
Just buy some clear canisters or jars and get to labeling.

 These mini chalkboard table signs are too cute. Use them for labeling food at partys, showers, weddings, and buffet style dinners. They are also from Bradens Grace.

Reusable gift tags from reinspire on etsy.

More Inspiration:


Chalkboard clips for baskets and bins.

These colorful handmade chalkboard erasers are made
by Brooke at playing grown up. LOVE these!

Lovely Quote.

Beautiful spring mantel via the lettered cottage 

  And here are a few chalkboards I made. 


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