Good morning, savvy savers! If you are anything like myself, then you are always on the hunt for items for the home that will add functionality, style, expression, and beauty without breaking the bank! This weeks Organizational Idea comes from my own office, its my Stacked Pallet Shelf Craft Organizer! I must admit, I am a Pinterest junkie, and last summer I began to see so many trends in upcycled home-design centered around the use of pallets, so I thought I would give it a go myself!
First, I set out to find chemical-free pallets; this sounds hard to do but just by calling my local newspaper, grocery store, and health food store, they were able to tell me whom their local pallet distributor was, and that they, and their own stores, are caring chemical-free pallets! A few phone calls later, I had an appointment set up to pick up a handful of pallets! A word to the wise, always look for pallets that are in-tact, without glue, excessive nails, and do not show any signs of bug entry or exit areas! Upon bringing the palate home, I washed them down in a solution of vinegar and baking soda, patted them dry, and let them dry in the sun for two days!
Once the pellets were dry to the touch and smell (yes, wood had a dried smell), I began to sand them down with a fine grit paper, and then stained them with a water-based stain; I used Minwax All-Weather Wood Stain in Antique Walnut. I applied two coats, and in between drying times, wiped the wood down to remove any excess stain, as well as lightly sanded the corners and edges. Once the pallets were stained, sanded, and ready to install, I brought them into my home, and secured them to the wall with four-inch wall hooks; they are not screwed to the walls but hang, but the pallets are snug between the hook and the wall and do not move at all.
At this point, I installed smaller two-inch screws and hooks into the shelf and went to town putting out my crafting items. This shelf has been handy to display my looms, cutting boards, dispensers, ribbon rolls, glue sticks, and even allows a point of inspiration and reference by way of displayed art as well! The shelf holds tons of arts, crafts, and sewing items, only takes up 5″ of floor space, and fit behind my office doors! I also installed a small Indian grommet bag, to hold all of the scrap half-sheets of printing paper used when couponing. I love the way the shelves turned out!
Let me know what you think, and leave a comment below!
Here’s to being organized!