What can you do with an old pallet?
So many things! If you ever come across the opportunity to pick up a few pallets take a look at some of the ideas I have come across for recycling old pallets into furniture and other practical and decorative pieces.
Make furniture for your home
In the kitchen
In the bedroom
In the garden
Pallets for pets
Find and prepare your pallet
Its best if you have the opportunity to look through the pile of pallets and choose which one will work best for you. Be picky!!! Choose one that doesn’t have a lot of nails sticking out. Make sure it still has most of its structure as you’ll need that support to hold everything in. You don’t want a pallet that is missing a lot of slats. Before leaving, make sure to flash your pearly whites to the person that is graciously giving you the pallet.
Set aside plenty of time to give the pallet a good sanding – start with 60-grit and move up to finish off with 22-grit sandpaper.
It has been brought to my attention that, overseas they treat pallets with highly toxic preservatives. When picking up pallets it is preferable to use those that have been in use for quite some time, where toxins have degraded.