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There are so many different projects that you can do with pallets, but sometimes the hardest part can be painting them perfectly to finish off your project! That’s why we came up with our top DIY pallet painting tips to help you get a flawless finish each time!

DIY pallet painting tips

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  1. Remember that each pallet is unique and might take paint differently. Firstly, you need to make sure that you have a safe (and non toxic) pallet, you can check that by viewing our pallet sourcing guide here.
  2. Pallet wood can look so so great with a bit of roughness, but, the smoother the surface, the easier it is to paint! Use an orbital sander or sandpaper (80 grit works fine but aim for 120 girt or higher if you’re looking for uber smoothness) to find your middle ground.
  3. Once you’ve finished sanding, remove all of the dusk with a slightly damp washcloth to thoroughly clean the wood.
  4. If you think that your wood may be too porous, you can opt to prime the wood at this stage to make it even smoother!
  5. If you’re looking to get a really vintage like look on your pallet, then add one layer of paint and then sand the wood again. Continue this until you’ve got your desired effect!DIY Pallet painting tips the handy mano mano pallet painting tips stain brush
  6. Once you’ve finished painting, make sure to wax or seal it to make the paint job last longer.
  7. If you stain your wood, then make sure you choose a colour a shade lighter and keep adding the stain until you get your preferred colour. Remember that it’s much easier to add stain to wood than it is to remove it, so you’re better of working your way up!
  8. As you apply the stain, keep an old T-shirt next to you to make sure you catch any drips from the wet edges and blend in any brush marks
  9. Make it shine with a varnish  or polish at the end! We recommend this step especially for outdoor pallet projects.

Feel ready to take on the world with your new knowledge of DIY pallet painting tips? Why not give these projects a go first? 🙂

Wooden Bath Tray – DIY Pallet Project

How to Build a Pallet Wine Rack

Need a new table for your kitchen? If you’re a fan of rustic chic and you don’t want to spend too much, then roll your sleeves up and learn how make a DIY Pallet Table yourself.

Pallets are so easy to find and versatile that you can create anything with them, from small pieces of furniture to large items.

DIY Pallet Table

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Tools and materials

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial tools

To make your DIY pallet table you will need the following tools and materials:

Cost, time and difficulty

This project can cost less than £40 depending on the tools you already have. If you need to purchase some of the tools and materials used, you can browse this sample shopping basket.

This DIY project has a medium difficulty rating. This makes it perfect for anyone who already has some experience working with pallets and wants to practice! If you want to see more projects with a similar level of difficulty, check them out at the bottom of the article!

How to make a DIY pallet table step by step

Making this pallet table took a full day’s work. This amount of time may be reduced by attaching the pallet boards horizontally or vertically, rather than diagonally.

Step 1: Dismantle the pallet

The first step is to dismantle the pallet. To do so, you can use either a crow bar or lever, as well as a reciprocating saw with a blade suitable for both wood and metal. If you opt for the latter, you can have all of the boards ready in just 5 minutes.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial cut pallet

Step 2: Cut the boards at a 45 degree angle

To make the work surface or table top we chose to attach the pallet boards diagonally. Not only does this give the table a different look, but it also allows you to get rid of the parts of the boards with nails.

The quickest option is to cut all of the boards to a 45 degree angle using the mitre saw. If you don’t have one, then use a mitre box and hand saw.

The number of boards you need will depend on the length and width of your table, as well as the width of the pallet boards. In any case, you should figure in that the central plank is twice as long as the side planks.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial cut at 45 degree

Step 3: Make the table top

Once all the pieces have been cut to size,attach them to a panel of MDF measuring 120cm x 60cm x 10mm. To ensure they are firmly attached, first glue them in place using mounting or wood glue then once dry, strengthen the joint by using the nail gun to add some small nails.

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Lastly, sand the entire table top using an orbital sander. This allows you to even out the surface and get rid of any splinters or imperfections.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial orbital sander

Step 4: Cut the leg parts

It’s important to keep in mind that the table legs will not only support the weight of the table top itself but also all of the kitchen items and appliances placed on top. For this reason, we recommend the cuts you use for the table legs are no less than 2 centimetres thick.

Besides the legs, you will also need some other parts to reinforce the table top. Use a mitre saw to cut the following pieces:

  • 4 planks measuring 90cm long for the legs of a high-top kitchen table, or 70cm long for a standard height.
  • 2 planks measuring 20cm long, and 2 x 55cm long to reinforce the table top.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial cut leg parts

Next, use the pocket hole jig to make the necessary holes in order to screw the 120cm and 55cm planks to the tabletop. If you don’t have access to this jig, you can alternatively use angle brackets.

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Step 5: Assemble the legs

In this step assemble the table legs. To do so, join the two 90cm planks at a 90 degree angle using the same joinery system as before. Next, screw these on to the interior of the frame that reinforces the table top.

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Step 6: Varnish and seal the table

The final step is to varnish and waterproof the wood to protect it from stains and dampness. To do so, we used coloured varnish to add a touch of colour and protect the table at the same time.

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Finally, after, following each of these steps, your DIY Pallet Dining Table should look something like this!

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DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial finished

 

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This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

Hungry for more pallet DIY’s? Look no further… 😉

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Pallet TV Stand DIY Tutorial

Want to change the look of your living room for cheap? Learn how to make your own pallet TV stand with this tutorial! Not only is it a straightforward DIY project, but you’ll be able to put your feet up and enjoy your new view afterwards – perfect!

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Tools and Materials

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To make this pallet TV stand, you’ll need the following materials:

Cost, time and difficulty

This pallet TV stand is very cheap to make, with the price of materials being no more than £40 depending on what tools you already have. In this link you can access the ManoMano shopping basket where you’ll find some of the tools and materials used.

This DIY project is ideal for those who are beginners when it comes to making pallet furniture. While some of the tools used need a certain level of practice, manual tools can be used in their place to make the whole process more simple, albeit longer.

On another note, to make this pallet TV unit takes around one day’s work (approximately 10 hours).This time will vary depending on the state of the pallets. In our specific case, the boards had many surface imperfections, meaning it took us 3 hours just to get them sanded.

How to make a Pallet TV stand

When it comes to making a TV unit it is important to make sure it has sufficient storage space. This allows you to house your entire entertainment system, as well as DVDs, games etc.

That’s why our pallet TV stand features a shelf with a height of 15cm, ideal for storing your DVD player and streaming devices. The lower shelf space is 35cm high to allow different types of storage.

Step 1- Dismantle the pallets

First, you need to dismantle the pallets to be able to use the boards as shelves. To do so, we used a reciprocating saw, which allows you to cut and separate the boards from the blocks. An alternative to this would be to use a crowbar or other lever, although this requires more brute strength and time.

Note that it is important to use a saw blade which is suitable for both wood and the metal of the nails. Otherwise you run the risk of breaking or warping the blade.

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY dismantle wood

Step 2- Sand the boards

Once you’ve removed all of the boards from both pallets, sand them to remove roughness and imperfections. In our case, we used an orbital sander or belt sander, which gives a fine finish to large surface areas.

To complete this step, first attach a sheet of course grain (40) sand paper, then give a fine finish with a sheet of 120 grain.

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY sand boards

Step 3- Assemble the structure

To assemble the structure for the unit, which serves as a frame for the pallet boards, cut various planks of wood to the following lengths using the mitre saw:

  • 8 planks measuring 70cm
  • 12 planks measuring 37cm

The next step is to join these planks using the pocket hole jig.

An alternative option, if you don’t have one of these jigs, is to use brackets to join the planks. In both cases, follow these steps:

  1. Due to the width of the planks, make just a single hole at either end of the 37cm planks using the pocket hole jig. If you’re using brackets, screw them on to the ends.
  2. Next, screw the upper plank 2cm from the top edge of the 70cm plank, the middle one at 15cm from this, and the lower one at 36.4cm. If using brackets, screw these to the 70cm plank at the same distances.

On another note, when assembling the frame, it is important that both the diagonal pocket holes, as well as the mounting brackets as the case may be, are on the upper facing section. This allows them to remain hidden under the pallet boards once these are attached to the shelves.

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Repeat these steps until you have 4 frames, as per the image below.

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Step 4- Paint the parts

Before the final assembly of your pallet TV stand, paint all of the parts. To do this, we chose a mix of matte black paint for the frame and matte white paint for the shelves. This combination gives the TV unit a more modern look, but you can choose any colour to suit your living room.
We also used spray paint to paint the planks, as this makes it much easier to reach all the nooks and crannies of the frame and gives a sleeker finish. For the pallet boards, you can use either spray paint or paint applied with a roller, as in our case.

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY paint parts

Step 5- Assemble the TV unit

The final step is to assemble the unit. To do this, attach the boards to the four frames using a nail gun, starting with the lower shelf and working up to the top.
Between each support frame we have left 3 spaces of 36.4cm, which together with the width of the planks, adds up to the total 120cm length of the pallet boards.

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Finally, and after all of these steps are complete, your pallet TV stand will look like this:

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY finished living room

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY finished

Wood you be interested in a different pallet project?

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Easy Pallet Projects : DIY Outdoor Tool Storage

Unsure where to hang your garden tools and accessories to keep them tidy and ready to hand? Fortunately, this is one of our easy pallet projects! Not only does the tool organiser look great, but it’s also simple and cheap to make. Pallet’s about time you got started on it 😉

Tools and Materials

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Most easy pallet projects, including this one, need these tools and materials:

 

Cost, Time and Difficulty

It will only cost you around £20 to keep all of your tools and implements organised, as long as you already have the tools required. In this sample ManoMano shopping basket you’ll find a selection of the tools and materials used to make this organiser.

A morning should be enough time to complete this DIY project. However, keep in mind that depending on the protective coating you use for the wood, this completion time will vary according to the drying instructions.

The difficulty level for this project is low. In fact, this is the ideal project for anyone starting out on their first DIY pallet project, which is why we’ve listed it under easy pallet projects 😉 

Easy Pallet Projects: DIY Outdoor Tool Storage

This pallet organiser features an extra storage space at the back. Therefore, the top section has been used as a planter while the central and bottom sections are for storing garden tools.

Step 1: Sand the pallet

The first step is to sand the pallet with an orbital sander, both the top and back. Also sand the 3 extra boards – which you can take from another pallet.

If the pallet is in very bad condition, we recommend starting with a coarse grain paper to remove splinters and flaws. Next, give it a once over with a medium grain sand paper. This will give the pallet a more uniform, smooth finish.

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Step 2: Cut and drill the extra boards

In order to increase the storage spaces on the pallet, we’ve screwed in some extra pallet boards at the back. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Cut the boards to the width of the pallet. You can use either a mitre saw or a hacksaw.
  2. Screw the boards on to the back of each crossbeam on the base of the pallet.

This will create 3 spaces on the back which can be used to store small tools and implements, or even as a planter.

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Step 3: Protect and decorate the pallet

The next step is to protect and decorate the pallet with varnish. Varnish penetrates the wood and protects it, but as an open-pore coating, it also allows the wood to breathe and can help regulate the internal moisture. That’s why it’s ideal for protecting any wood to be used outdoors.

When applying varnish, you will need a minimum of two coats to allow the product to penetrate the wood fully and properly protect it.

Varnish is also available in a variety of colours and shades, meaning it is decorative as well as protective. In our case, we chose a white colour.

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Step 4: Attach hooks

The last step is to attach several hooks to the pallet to be able to hang your tools. Specifically, we used:

  • Hooks to hang the hose
  • U-shaped mounts to hold a spade and rake
  • Various coat hooks
  • Handles to hang S-shaped hooks from

Meanwhile, it’s a good idea to use plastic or stainless steel hooks and mounts to provide protection against outdoor weather conditions.

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Once you’ve completed these steps, all you need to do is drill some holes in the wall to hang your organiser pallet and start organising your garden tools and implements, keeping them nice and handy. (Although, nothing is as handy as The Handy Mano 😉 )

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The top section is perfect for a few plants or flower pots, adding a touch of life and colour.

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Got some pallet wood left over? Make good use of it with these other pallet projects:

How to Make a DIY Pallet Trolley

How to Make a Coat Hanger from Pallets

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