Repurposing Pallets: 10 DIY Projects

RePurposing Pallets | 10 DIY Projects

Pallets are a fabulous material for repurposing. When you take them apart, there’s almost no limit to what you can make with them. Trying to decorate your home on a budget? Here are ten projects you can do to update your home with one of the least expensive materials out there: pallets.

1. Make a porch swing

If you want to get a porch swing but don’t want to shell out a ton of money, why not make your own? Using pallets and rope, this project is simple and inexpensive. Click here for a great tutorial.

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2. Create a stunning chandelier

Unique lighting fixtures add a modern touch to any home. There are many ways you can use pallets to make chandeliers and many different unique designs. Get quick instructions on the one below here. Looking for something different? Click here for a detailed tutorial on another unique chandelier design.

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3. Make a tree house

Pallets are a great material to use to make treehouses. From forts in trees to mini houses on the ground, pallets are perfect. Get an idea of how the treehouse below was made by clicking here.

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4. Turn pallets into a sofa

Everybody loves sofas, but not everybody loves paying an arm and a leg to get one. Be adventurous: use pallets to make you own sofa! Bonus: the sofa below even includes storage! Follow this tutorial to make your own.

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5. Create an Adirondack chair

It’s almost summer, which means it’s time to start relaxing outside again. Using one pallet and these downloadable instructions, go ahead and make your own comfortable and sturdy chair! Perfect for reading and resting.

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6. Stand pallets up to create a unique look for your entertainment area

Tired of looking at a blank wall? Stain a couple of pallets and then mount them against the wall! You could even take it a step further and mount a (lightweight) TV and speakers on the pallets to create a unique entertainment center.

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7. Make a rolling coffee table

If you want to make a big coffee table that’s easy to move, use this tutorial. It’s both inexpensive and convenient, and has the added bonus of being really pretty.

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8. Create a cute dog house

Your furry friends deserve a great project too, so why not make them their own doghouse?  You could make a big, fancy one like the one below, or if you’re looking for something simpler, click here for downloadable instructions for something less complicated.

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9. Whip up a great desk/bookshelf combo

Keep everything organized with this great pallet desk. It’s not too complicated, so look up the instructions here and try your luck!

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10. Make a fold-up desk

A neat space-saver, this desk features a fold-up leaf and plenty of room for storage, while fitting right against a wall. Perfect for small rooms and apartments! Click here for the detailed instructions.

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Gaylor Electric and Habitat for Humanity

BRISTOL, IN – Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County is blessed have to Gaylor Electric, Inc. partnering with us on the 176th home we have built in Elkhart County. Gaylor Electric, Inc. generously gave of their expertise, time, and resources to install all of the electrical at our latest home on State Line Road. This was the first partnership between Gaylor and Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County.

Gaylor Electric, Inc. is a design-build specialty contractor based in Indianapolis, Ind. They are bonded, licensed, and insured in 34 states. The company provides electrical, industrial, utility and telecom services to their clients; this project was the first time they donated these services to Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County. For more information on Gaylor Electric, Inc. please visit their website.

Thank You Gaylor Electric, Inc.

10 Cool DIY Projects for Summer

10 Cool DIY Projects for Summer

Summer in Indiana is great. Flowers bloom, the sun is out, temperatures rise, and people get back some of the motivation they lost during the harsh winter. What better way to celebrate this gorgeous season than with DIY projects? Not only do these ten projects utilize materials found in our ReStore, but they will make your summer months even better.

So without further ado, here are 10 cool DIY projects for summer:

1. Make a beautiful planter out of a couple of half wine barrels.

Here at the ReStore, we have a ton of half wine barrels just waiting to be repurposed. This planter is a creative way to upcycle these barrels and create a unique display for your flowers.

Wine barrel planter

2. Create a vertical garden.

If you don’t have much space outside or prefer to enjoy your plants indoors, this project is perfect for you. Using mason jars, wood blocks, and metal rods, this is a way to create a garden that’s space-saving and adds beauty to your home. Can’t find metal rods? Use knotted rope instead!

Mason jar vertical garden

3. Make your own outdoor hanging swing bed.

Using pallet boards and rope, make a relaxing spot to swing and enjoy the outdoors. Worried about rain? Use a memory foam mattress topper instead of a regular mattress for easier removal.

Pallet hanging bed

4. Use an old door to make a coffee table/storage nook.

 We have a lot of old doors here at the ReStore, and they are perfect for repurposing projects. This summer project is a great way to create more storage for all the books you plan on reading. Bonus: it’s yet another beautiful spot to display your plants.

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5. Create an outdoor canopy.

Sunshine is great, but so is shade. Using closet poles, a pretty cloth, and some old milk jugs, this project is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors without getting a sunburn. Can’t find old milk jugs? Try filling half wine barrels with dirt, rocks, or sand and mounting the poles in them.


6. Make your own mini greenhouse.

Old storm windows make perfect walls for your own little greenhouse! Once completed, get your kids to help take care of the plants in this small greenhouse. They’ll be proud to have their own plants, and you’ll be proud to have built something so cute and practical.

Baby Greenhouse

7. Use old drawers to make a new bookshelf.

Another great material we have at the ReStore right now is old drawers. Why not use some to make your own bookshelf? You can even make it extra pretty with some of our recycled paint.


8. Create a French-style bench out of two old chairs.

Who knew this beautiful outdoor seating spot could be made out of broken chairs? This elegant project will add class to your outdoor seating area without breaking your budget.

French-Styled Bench with pillows

9. Use hollow core wood doors to make a relaxing daybed.

In the summer time, relaxing indoors can be every bit as wonderful as relaxing outdoors. This detailed tutorial explains how you can make your very own daybed complete with storage for books, blankets, pillows, and anything else you can think of.

Door daybed

10. Make your very own double lounger.

What’s better than a single lounger? A double lounger! Use this completed project to relax with a buddy, or have more space to spread out by yourself.

double lounger