There are thousands of DIY pallet projects all over the internet. From a simple sign to a bed frame or couch. If you want to you can find instructions on making just about anything from a shipping pallet.
I have been pinning ideas for well over a year and have even had a pallet sitting in my garage for just as long. After seeing a post on a local free/cheap group on Facebook where a woman was offering up some pallets I decided it was about time to do some projects.
These are the supplies we needed to complete the project:
Stain (I chose “Weathered Grey”)
Varathane clear sealer
Hooks (I used 8)
An old cloth
Letters (or paint if you want to paint them on)
Professional french cleat (to hang it)
Luckily for me my hubby broke down the pallet for this project. It took way longer than expected. We decided to remove some of the bottom boards because it would stick out 5 inches from the wall if we left it as is. Once that was complete it was time to sand the wood and stain it. The staining process was super easy and quick, just make sure you follow the directions on the can. I only needed one coat of the stain and then sealed it with Varathane clear sealer.
My original plan was to paint a witty coffee quote along the top but was having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to transfer my quote to paint it. I tried the freezer paper method and my printer didn’t like that so I decided to buy the letters and found the amazing metal ones at Walmart for $1.97 each. To attach them to the wood I just used a bit of super glue. After I had the letters on I realized it needed a little something more so I painted a coffee mug on the one side.
The next step was to attach the hooks. It took a few minutes to figure out exactly where I wanted to place them. Once I had them in place out my hubby screwed them in. All that was left was figuring out how we were going to hang it up. I sent my husband to the hardware store for that task and he came home with a “Professional French Cleat”. It was very easy to install and even has a built in level to make sure it goes on nice and straight.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to see it up on the wall. I chose some of my favourite mugs to display over our coffee bar. I have an ever growing collection so I am sure there will be a mug rotation ;).