I am a Pinterest addict. I get lost on Pinterest. It’s like squirrel heaven. You can start looking for a recipe, get distracted by a cool idea for the house, see a cute outfit, and now they’ve added shopping directly from Pinterest?! It’s a problem. Not one I want to do anything about, but I’ve heard that it’s good to admit you have a problem.
Anyway…that’s not really the point of this post. The real point is that I have seen all these really cool pallet projects on Pinterest that I have been dying to try. I was recently commissioned to turn a blah bonus room into a funky, cool hangout room. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to incorporate some pallets. The client was awesome to work with. He’s a single dad that wanted to create a space for his soon to be 16-year-old daughter to hang out with her friends. So rather than tell me what he wanted, he had me consult with her on what she wanted. It was so much fun!
I start all of my projects by uncovering what the person’s vision is for the room. In this particular case, she didn’t really have an idea of what it could look like or what she wanted. I took some time asking her about her likes/dislikes to get to know her a little bit. I showed her some pictures to get a feel for what she might like in the room. She liked purple and blue. She liked the bohemian style rooms with mattresses on the floor and lots of pillows. Perfect-I had a great idea of how I could get pallets into that theme.
Here are some of the idea/inspiration pins that got me started for this room:
Here are the before pictures of the room:
I realize that I need to take better before pictures. This doesn’t really give you a good idea of what the room shape is or what it looked like. Sorry about that. Suffice it to say, it wasn’t anything special. Just a kind of overflow room.
The room was so large that I decided to create different sections for the space. I wanted a beverage/snack area, a seating area for watching TV, and a sleeping area (or extra seating space). The client already had a great IKEA daybed in the alcove of the room so I just needed to jazz it up. I was working with a tight budget on this project so I utilized everything I could that was already on hand. The client also had a twin mattress in storage. My pallet idea quickly took form. I had seen a picture of pallets as the base of a seating area with lights underneath. I wanted to do something similar. It would have lots of pillows and be low to the ground to try to incorporate the bohemian seating.
The client was able to locate enough pallets for my project. Thankfully, he offered to pick those up for me. My first step was cleaning them. There were 10 total pallets.
No small feat to clean them all. I ended up using a car washing brush (looks kind of like a broom) along with some water and Pine-Sol to get them clean and fresh smelling. Then I removed nails or screws that were sticking out (with
my pink hammer and drill!). I had to wait for them to dry before the next step so I started working on putting together some of the IKEA shelves I purchased. This was my first attempt at putting furniture together. I usually delegate this but I’ve decided that I need to get better at doing some things for myself. I did pretty good with the IKEA furniture. It really is easy to put together. I did hit a snag when I couldn’t put enough force into getting the bigger shelf onto the wooden dowels. I ended up having to sit on it and hop up and down a little. I was so glad no one was there to witness this. Embarassing!
Here’s a picture of the final product put together:
It was time to go back to the pallets. My plan was to paint them white with spray paint. I started on the first one. I quickly realized that white was going to take way more time and spray paint then I planned on spending. I ran to Home Depot and traded for one coat gray spray paint. I needed about 2 cans per pallet. Times 10 pallets. Yes…20 spray paint cans. But the gray ended up giving me the exact look I wanted. It was like a washed gray that still allowed the different colors of wood to show. By the end of spray painting the pallets, I thought my hands were going to be permanently cramped. It’s amazing how easy this looks on Pinterest. Not so easy when you’re actually doing the work. I was exhausted by the end of the day. I will admit…the next time I tackle this I would invest in a paint sprayer.
The original plan was to form an L-shape with the pallets with two twin mattresses on top with a ton of pillows. I was able to find a website that sells mattress covers with upholstery fabric for a pretty good price (about $35 per mattress cover). With the covers, it was very similar to a couch. With the pallets and the mattresses, there just wasn’t enough space for the L-shape. I had to do both mattresses in a line instead. It still turned out great. IKEA had some very inexpensive pillows and pillow covers that I was able to pick up in the colors that the client’s daughter preferred. All in all, I love how this project turned out. I even found a cool chandelier for over the sleeping area! The final pictures are below. I really will figure out how to take better before/after pictures for my next project…
The pallets ended up being free. The spray paint was about $60. When you add in the mattress covers and pillows, the overall cost for this “couch” was incredibly reasonable. The total room was completed for less than $1300 in materials.
What budget pallet projects have you tackled? I would love to hear from you!