Sunday, August 25, 2013

Updated Front Porch

I had several pallets in my garage (shout out to Married Filing Jointly for letting me have them), and I have gone over and over how I want to use them. Initially, I wanted to make a headboard, but the more I looked at them sitting there...I knew that was not the look I wanted for my bedroom. I'm saving up money for an upholstered headboard :) 


Anyway, I've been quite disappointed with the look of my front porch. We're renting, so I knew I couldn't make any radical changes, but it just needed something...new. Out of nowhere, literally, an idea popped into my head and within a couple of days it was done. This was so easy and it made a HUGE difference. 

Before: 


Our front porch wasn't bad I guess, but it was kind of blah. I loved the wreath that I had there, but it had been up there for awhile and was a little worn. I also loved having the fern there, and I'm proud of my self for having kept it alive since March. I ended up using it again with the new look, but the fern is definitely going to need to be replaced. 

After:


I LOVE this look so much more, and the pallet was the perfect touch, and it'll be easy to change out each season. I used the same mat and spray painted a chevron pattern on it. On the door is a plastic chalkboard and I intertwined burlap through it and tied a bow at the bottom. I found BEAUTIFUL flowers at Lowe's and placed them throughout the pallet. *Tip: I turned the pallet around so I could use the back side for shelves.*

I had been saving some jars for awhile and this was a great opportunity to use them. I repotted a single flower in each jar, and on a few of them I tied a bow around the jar with a chartreuse colored burlap. 




The whole finished pallet with flowers. When it's time to decorate for Fall, I plan on using an arrangement of pumpkins. I can't wait for that!


Now, for the pallet...

I used the pallet that was in the best shape, and simply spray painted it. Easy, right? I used Rust-oleum from Walmart (the can said PRIMER, and it could be used on either wood, metal, plastic, or anything). All it needed was 1 coat of spray paint and tah-dah!...it was done. 

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10 comments:

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  2. I have been pinning and collecting pallet projects for awhile now. This plant shelf is definitely one of my favorites.

    I've not tried moving a pallet by myself. Did you have help to move it around to paint it or to get it to the front porch? It looks like that would be the most challenging part of pallet projects. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. This pallet was sturdy enough to stand up on its own while I painted it, so I didn't have to move it around for that. My husband did help me move it to the front porch, otherwise it would have been heavy!

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  3. Just wanted to let you know we featured this great project at http://www.thegardenglove.com/tgg-fav-five-pallet-planters/! Thanks!

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  4. I like ideas about pallets,a good sanding or through the buzzer and you have nice wood to do anything with! literally.......

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  5. Did you have to add the shelves or is this part of the wood pallets construction? Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! Fortunately the shelves were already there, so it was really easy to put together :)

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  6. Hi there!
    What size is this pallet. I've only been finding pallets without the shelves on the bottom. :)

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    1. This pallet was 39 3/4" by 48". It had stones on it from a backyard project from a big box store (Lowe's I think). Those pallets I think usually have the extra shelf on the bottom :)

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