Pallets! They really are are everywhere, just looking for a home! These nice pieces of wood usually end up in the trash, then on to landfills. But once you get looking for them, they are easy to find. My local appliance store usually has a heap of them near the trash every week. Make sure you check the markings to make sure they are safe to reuse. Also, you can look for freebies on Craigslist or Freecycle.org where you are sure to find them. I had several given to me and stashed on the side of the house, while contemplating how to make them into a succulent garden.
One morning this summer, Tom disappeared for a couple hours, then proudly led me to HIS creation! (I’m thinking maybe he was tired of seeing me hunched over in my garden, hunched over planting pots, then hunched over the rest of the day.) He partially dismantled a couple of pallets to make a usable, wide and deep potting bench. We topped it with a piece of purchased plywood for a total cost of $18. Anyway, here’s a bit of inspiration to re-purposing the ever-available wood pallet!
- Pallet Ideas (diyconfessions.com)
- Potting Bench (onecarwood.wordpress.com)
- Pallet to Park Bench… (mostlymadeup.wordpress.com)
- How to Make Your Own Furniture from Pallets (ways2gogreenblog.com)
- A Look At Pallet Recycling (larrydkeen.com)