I’m so excited to share one of my favorite projects to date!
We picked up a pallet off the side of the road when we were living in Springfield and I had been mulling over what to do with it for a while. I finally decided to use it to make a holder for all of our coffee cups! (Or at least some of them.)
This was actually a pretty easy project! We did it in two days, but we definitely could have done it in one.
Materials and Equipment:
- Hooks and screws
- Paint, letter stencils, sponge brush (Optional)
- Right angle ruler
- Ruler or tape measure
- Safety glasses
- Circular Saw
- Cordless Drill
First, a couple of notes: (1) You may want to power wash your pallet before you dive into this project since you’ll be hanging things that you drink out of on it! (2) I added the COFFEE detail on the top, but this is obviously optional! The top board was longer, so I decided to add some words instead of hooks.
Okay, let’s get started!
We used a fourth of the pallet, so first we decided which fourth looked the best and had the most stable and best-looking wood.
We marked where we wanted to cut using a pencil and right angle ruler.
Next my dad cut where we had marked using a circular saw. ****Make sure to wear safety goggles****
Once you have your mini pallet, sand it down! How much you sand is up to you, but make sure it is smooth enough that you won’t get splinters when you hang up your coffee cups!
Next I painted COFFEE on the top. I used letter stencils and a sponge brush. I’m really happy with how it turned out! (Sorry I didn’t get a picture while I was doing it!)
Putting on the hooks was probably the most difficult part. Use a ruler (or tape measure) and pencil to mark exactly where you want the hooks to go, then drill them in. My hooks weren’t totally even, but once we hung the coffee cups you could hardly notice!
We bought these hooks at Lowes for $1.50 each, so we spent a little less than $20 on them. There were cheaper hooks, but I’m so glad we opted for these! I think they make it look really polished. Plus, this was the only material we had to buy for this project!
I love how well this project turned out! A big thanks to my dad for helping plan the project and for cutting the pallet, Brad’s dad Danny for advising us on how to hang it, and Brad for always being supportive of my projects and for drilling in the hooks!
I’ve had several questions about this project, so here are a few additional facts and tips!
The final “mini pallet” is 20.75″ x 25″. The top board is 5.5″ and the other 3 are 3.5″ tall. The stencil letters I used are 3″ tall.
Here are a couple of pictures of how we hung it up. As I mentioned in the comments, we kept one of boards on the back of the pallet and rested that on two nails in the wall.
I hope that helps and makes things a little clearer! Thanks for all of the positive feedback everyone!