First, a reveal. Then, a confession.
So…..I didn’t have immediate access to wood pallets (I’m a little impatient sometimes) but I did have access to dunnage. Dunnage is the wood material used to make pallets. While I wanted to construct my shelves with old pallet wood, I compromised because….I’m impatient.
I needed some shelves for a space in my house. I wanted simple and I wanted slats. This dunnage was perfect because it is rougher than higher grade lumber. Knotty. Imperfect.
Which is perfect.
I started out with raw dunnage as you see above and cut them into 48″ lengths. They are about 3″ wide. Next, I sanded just enough to remove some splintered wood here and there. I then rubbed on one coat of antique walnut stain allowing the grain to show through. This type of wood absorbs a lot of stain so if you want complete coverage, I would suggest putting a sealer on first, then prepare for a few coats of the stain itself.
I also cut the bracket ties to the length of the brackets I was using. In this case, they were 8″.
I screwed the brackets into the ties first, then attached the finished ties to the slats themselves. Be sure to use spacers between the slats so you keep the integrity of the design and don’t end up looking like one solid piece of lumber.
I then gave a couple light coats of spray poly – just enough so they will be easy to clean.
Here is the finished product, keeping in mind that the floor is obviously not their final resting place!
See how easy it is?
I will be the first one to admit that I enjoy shopping at Pottery Barn, West Elm, Z Gallerie, etc… I have quite a bit of decor from these stores. However, I also like being able to create my own version of some of things that they have to offer. In this case, these shelves from Pottery Barn are $69.00 each. My pallet shelves (ok, ok…dunnage shelves) were less than $8.00 each. Cha-ching!
I will show you where they end up landing in my home within the next week or so.
Have a great Tuesday!