Thursday, January 29, 2015

Upcycled Pallet Jewelry Organizer

I've had plans for YEARS of starting up this blog, and could go on and on why I haven't, but without further ado, here's my first post!!  Let me start off by saying I have a SMALL obsession with old wood, pallets in particular.  I mean, to the point where I had them lined up along the side of my house and would have probably cut off a finger or two if my husband would have thrown them away.  The good thing is, they never go to waste, and I always find a way to put good use to them. :)

First I started off with broken down pallet pieces that I cut to the length I wanted. I love that they are old and some of the wood already had that green patina which I absolutely love!!
Then, using my handheld electric drill, and good ol' paint sticks that you can get at any hardware or paint supply store, carefully placed a screw in each board, placing a paint stick on the top and bottom to secure the wood together. 
I had a bunch of hooks and eyelet hooks that were all different sizes and colors, so I used Rust-Oleum's metallic spray paint in oil rubbed bronze purchased from Home Depot
Once they were dry (about an hour 1/2 for each side), I predrilled my holes in my pallet to make it easier for the screws to go in the wood.  This was a HUGE time saver!! I've done this a few times before, and shoving those hooks, and twisting them until they were embedded in the wood good enough to actually screw in....I didn't have the energy to exert that much elbow grease this time.  
I just kind of eye-balled and spaced the hooks where I wanted them, knowing I could always add more later if I needed to.
And that was it!!! I absolutely LOVE the rustic look this brings to my bathroom, and all the storage it holds.  They are all spaced out enough to clearly see all of my earrings and necklaces, without having to dig to find the right one I want to wear!
I hope you enjoyed the detailed instructions on how ANYONE can turn a broken pallet not only into something functional to hold your jewelry, but also serves as a beautiful piece of art for my bathroom!

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