April 5, 2011

A Pallet chair, I made ALL.BY.MYSELF.

After cruising the net for a few minutes I realized the true value of pallets. 

Yes...pallets.  The kind that you get furniture delivered on (or in our case, cabinets) .  They are use full for SO many other things besides firewood, or worse-being hauled off to the landfill.

I decided that the pallets were going to be the basis of my next DIY project.

 I began by sawing off some boards.  
I sawed off all the back boards on the bottom pallet, leaving the front four (on the top side).
 I had to work in the basement on Saturday due to bad weather. Then, on Sunday I was able to take the party outside and enjoy the glorious day!

Next, I took the second pallet and began sawing off more boards. 
I sawed off two boards from the middle of the pallet and left one rear board for support.

I was SO excited because for the first time EVER I was able to use a skill saw, sawzall, drill and more totally unsupervised while hubby mowed the yard.  : )
I even staked my claim on his DeWalt XRP 18 Volt Drill.  It's now hidden under my side of the bed (no one tell him please).
I went back to the first pallet and sawed off the remaining 2x4 boards in the middle of the pallet, leaving 4 boards for the backrest and the side supports.
I cut portions of the 2x4's that were in the mid-section of the first pallet
and made the front legs for the chair. I had to saw them at an angle to
insure they sat level on the ground.
After I finished sawing the pallets the way I wanted them, and had the legs attached to the front(with some big honking nails), I began eyeballing how I wanted the back rest to attach.
That's when I ran into a problem..dun..dun..dun.....
I realized that the gap between the backrest and the bottom pallet was too large to nail or screw together.  I had to do some modifying to the original plan.  So, I took two small boards that came off the pallets and placed them in the gap.  Then, I used the DeWalt cordless drill (I'm in love with) to screw some giant screws through all three boards-into the frame.  I followed those up with some more large nails.
After all the screws were in place and the chair was secure, I added additional boards (that also came from the pallets) to make brackets securing the chair backing. 
Finally, I tightened down all the screws, made sure all the nails were hammered flush and ask my hubby who had just finished mowing to have a seat on our new pallet chair. 

He was a little hesitant at first, but after popping a squat he loved it.  It is quite comfortable.  Just the right angle to lean back in and relax. Overall, I was totally proud of myself and my carpentry, not to mention my use of power tools.

When all the work was complete I  my pallet chair. It's even big enough for two!  Hubby was also happy when he had a place to relax after mowing our huge back yard.

(Pay no attention to my snow white legs and ugly attire,
its been winter here folks).

I finally got around to painting the chair last night.  It took FOREVER!  There are so many nooks and crannies on pallets, it was hard to reach them all. 

Laid down some plastic in the back driveway before painting.  I went with a light gray outdoor paint (mostly because it was on sale).  But it works since our house is rock and concrete, it matches. 

After about two hours of painting I had this!

Hubby helped me move it into the yard so that I could get my car out for work today.  We put it up on some boards off the ground until the paint completely dries.  It will definitely need a second coat.  That wood soaked up almost 1/2 gallon of paint.  And I added some flowers so it would look all pretty.

Here's me with the finished product.
(Side note: The chair is completely level.  The yard is not, ha ha.)

Hubby and I tried it out together.  He really just wanted to put my craftsmanship
to the test. ; )  I passed with flying colors!

Thank you for checking out my pallet chair making fun!

I'm so excited!  My pallet chair tutorial was featured on the Fine Craft Guild DIY Party!

 DIY Tutorial
I also linked my tutorial to the DIY Monthly Party
My post is also included in the party over at
It's So Very Cheri!

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Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

Oh, Tiff, I am THRILLED you are sharing this with Fine Craft Guild in our linky party. WHAT A WINNER!! lOVE IT.

For sure, you can stop by in a few hours on the blog and come pick up your 'I'M FEATURED' badge, as for sure I'll be featuring this!

It will be featured here:

ash said...

That's so awesome! That pallet chair is really cool; you're so creative. It's a really good way to recycle and save money, a win-win situation! :) I'm excited to see it painted.

Life in Rehab said...

Bravo! Pallets are wonderfully versatile. I'll bet this gets you featured on a ton of great blogs.

I do a party post every day. Pop by and pick up a few new places to show off if you'd like.

Oh, and welcome to the bloggosphere!

Holly Lefevre said...

This is fabulous! What a great idea...I have a pallet and was on the fence about using it inside my home but an outdoor bench is a great idea and yours looks fabulous! I am a new follower.
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Rachael West said...

Well look at your Mrs. Creative... they that would be an AWESOME BLOG name anyone interested? ha ha.

I'd love to see it stained - I love how rustic it looks.

XO - Rach

Shannon said...

I am going to try a few pallet projects this summer! FREE WOOD! YAY! ... My vision had me prying the wood apart with a pry bar? did you try this or would that be too hard? I've never pulled a pallet apart before ... :) I love your chair!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Fabulous creation! love it!

Sandy said...

Now that is the most brilliant thing I've ever seen! Really, those pallets are scattered everywhere and as you said, "End up in the landfill"... bravo!
You need to post that in the DIP Project Party!

Anonymous said...

Well, that is just fantastic - I love the colour too!

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

Look at you Miss Handy! I am very impressed! I just found a neverending supply of free wooden pallets and am looking for crafty ways to use them. I am currently using one to make a headboard for my son and I hear ya, on the nooks and crannies. I am on my last (3rd) coat of polyurethane and I have been putting it off, because I am SO over it! The next pallet project will embrace to worn down rustic feel and get NO paint!

Amy said...

Tiff, it is so nice to meet you. I wanted to say a huge Thanks for taking the time to link up to my Round Robin! I loved your idea that is so neat and amazing! Thanks again. Have a great weekend...

Aimee said...

Ok. I am VERY impressed! What a great idea!!

Kim said...

No.You.Did.Not!!! Wowzers you did good! I love this blog and I'm gonna follow from now on. Please stop by for a visit sometime.

Anonymous said...

Just be carefull with what's been on that pallet. That one looks relatively new. But if they have been used for hazardous or toxic materials you probably don't want to be sitting on it. And you really don't want to use pallets for firewood.

Unknown said...

I know these pallets came from a medical supply manufactuer where my father works. They are used to transport medical bags, for IV's etc, and also baby bottle liners. They are the cleanest pallets anyone could use for crafts.

Thanks for you info.


c.w.frosting said...

Super chic & so creative! Found you via Home Podge =)

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

abeachcottage said...

You did a great job with your pallet chair. It turned out really lovely.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Way to go, I am impressed!! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

Wow! impressive!!! I wouldn't have thought of that at all...great job... looks so pretty!

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

I love the design. Even better that it's built for two.

Anonymous said...

Tiff, I absolutely love this, you are awesome gurl, I too love playing with the power tools, come see what me and the Mr. made together, I usually tackle these projects by myself, but this weekend the Mr was availible to help.
I love this so much hope you don't mind if I copy cat, if I do I will refer to your blog,Breakfast with Tiffany.
I'm following, please come over to LazyonLoblolly and check out our planter.
Follow if you can.
You are awesome gurl!I'm visiting from MM.
Great job on the pallet chair,gives me inspiration.I'm gonna tackle it.

Michell @ Girl In Air said...


Megan @ Cut the Craft! said...

This is GENIUS! Awesome, awesome job!


All Things Fee said...

Oh so Jealous! Wish I had the perfect spot for your chair!

Would love to see you share it at my link party!

http://sassandfrasscrafts.blogspot.com/ said...

OMG. I have been eyeing up some pallets for a while now. But I just didn't know what to do with them. I kknew they were gold, just couldn't think of what to do. you are a genius. Love it. I found you over at Costal Charm. I'm your newest follower.

Jacqueline said...

I love it! I love anything that's made from pallets, I just finished a sofa table a few weeks ago, I'd love for you to check it out,
My simple home life

Anonymous said...

Brilliant. I have a pile of pallets in my yard waiting for a project.


amber @ barbwired said...

Ok this is awesomeness! I want to make a billion of these!
amber @ barbwired

Connie said...

Great Idea!! I might have to find me some pallets and try this. I am happy to be your newest follower. Please stop by for book club or blog design if you're interested--connie, measuredbytheheart.blogspot.com

Abby said...

So creative! I love it! I think the color is perfect too

Mandy Beyeler said...

THanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts - I featured you today! - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

came to check out that painted version.

you done great gal!!

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Found you via Sunny's blog. :) Just wanted to tell you this is BEYOND AWESOME!!!

Roeshel said...

Wow! Great job! I love it!


Its So Very Cheri said...

Be sure to add our party button to your post--our top 10 list is going up today and then we will begin tallying points.


Cassie Bustamante said...

looks awesome! great job at thinking totally outside the box!

Jessi said...

That's awesome!!! I'd love to make one too...and my brother in law usually has access to plenty of pallets...but I'm afraid of power tools!! :/ Maybe I can force myself to get over it! Great job!

Liz said...

LOVE IT!!! That is the perfect height for my toddlers, and I was wanting to have some casual seating out back. I think I would do a primer first though, and then seal it all in with polyurethane because I would hate to do all that work and it get ruined by weather! :) nice nice job.

Unknown said...

Very cool! I shared your link on my FB page and twiiter. Love the chair.

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It looks great. With a little bit of padding it might even work as a sofa.

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outdoor furniture perth said...

Excellent work here. I love what you have made. It looks professionally made. Because it is.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Believe me, I´m gonna use your tutorial! It seems very easy! Very well explained, and the photos were very illustrative... I want that drill!

Unknown said...

google knows it :-D

CWBD Parties said...

Faaaaabulous idea!!!!

PMG said...

I saw this on Pinterest, and love the chair you made with pallets! I am adding this to my "want to do" lisy of projects. Thanks for sharing this!

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