You may have noticed that pallet furniture has taken over Pinterest lately. DIY pallet projects are popular because they take advantage of free or inexpensive materials, they’re environmentally friendly, and they typically don’t require much in the way of woodworking skills.
Most pallet projects take advantage of the rustic, natural look of the wood. But if your style is a more colorful, don’t despair! A little paint is all you need to give pallets a brighter personality.
When looking for pallets for your DIY projects, make sure they’re heat-treated, not chemically treated. Heat-treated pallets will be stamped with the initials “HT.”
Here are 10 painted pallet ideas that will inspire you to bring your next DIY pallet project to life with color.
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1. Pallet outdoor bar
You can make this mini-bar for your patio quickly and easily with just two pallets and some paving stones. (via 1001 Pallets).
2. Wooden pallet chillout lounge
Pallets, paint, and a few colorful cushions make up this patio lounge built for two. A cozy place to relax with a special friend, with room on the ends for potted plants. (via Freckles and Fluff)
3. DIY wood pallet bike rack
If you have more than one bicyclist (or scooter operator) in your family, then a bike rack is a must. This one is cheap and easy to make. And if you let the kids pick out the color, it might even put some fun into staying organized. (via Addicted 2 DIY)
4. DIY pallet console table
This console table is similar to the outdoor mini-bar (#1 above), but it’s meant for indoor use. The pallet is painted with a coat of chalk paint and finished with wax. The top is a wooden plank, sanded, gel stained, and sealed. The piece is narrow, so it’s anchored to the wall for stability. (via Kleinworth and Co.)
5. Fast and easy DIY pallet coatrack
Here’s another chalk paint project, this one a lovely shabby chic coatrack. This is a super-quick project that can be done in less than half an hour. (via Hometalk)
6. DIY locker cubbies
This is a much larger and more ambitious project, but the results can be impressive. This project even includes drawers in the bottom units! Spray paint is used for the eye-catching green color. (via That’s My Letter)
7. DIY pallet patio furniture
If you’re up for the challenge of furnishing your entire patio with DIY pallet furniture, this is the project for you. There’s even a hole in the table for an umbrella! The most expensive materials in this colorful project were the foam and fabric for the cushions. (via Place of My Taste)
8. Upcycled rainbow pallet planter
This pallet planter uses eight paint colors to achieve a beautiful rainbow effect. The terra cotta pots are held up by worm clamps bolted to the pallet. (via Hello Creative Family)
9. Pallet wood coffee table
This herringbone-patterned coffee table was made out of pallet wood, then stained with walnut stain and painted with chalk paint to achieve a distressed look. (via Beach Bum Livin’)
10. Pallet Wood Arrows
Of course, you don’t have to make pallets into practical pieces of furniture like tables and chairs in order to enjoy painting them. Salvaged wood, including pallet wood, has become a popular material for purely decorative art as well. These cute arrows are just one of the many pallet wood art projects you can find on Pinterest. (via Polka Dot Poplars)