Upcycling, reimagining, remaking are some of my favourite words. The challenge of taking something torn and broken and making something interesting or useful, sometimes both, is irresistible. To the point that I’ve even lain awake at night picturing how I could re make something.
Take the humble pallet, it has so many uses, it’s like trying to come up with as many uses for a brick as you can, the list is endless once you start.
The reason I love them is that they are a bit bashed about and industrial, which scores highly in my book. I love mixing rough industrial looks and textures, with beautiful objects and even with luxury fabrics, like brightly coloured velvet.
I’ve used pallets in many ways, below is a planter made for the garden.
They make brilliant coat and jewellery racks, especially if they are teamed with forged iron hooks or even homemade ones from vintage cutlery would work.
Below is a shelf rack wall unit for my sewing books, embroidery hoops, string jar and bits and bobs. It’s well sanded and waxed and the finish has lots of texture and colour tones. It’s very sturdy and perfect for above my sewing machine, as it’s narrow and nothing can fall off it when I reach for something because they sit in it rather than on it.
My most recent pallet creations are the ones in my work shed. I have two nature shelves, where I put things found on walks in the country or by the coast.
I use these things as inspiration for the jewellery I make and I display necklaces on a pallet jewellery stand!
I must credit Philip for making all of these with me, he’s the one who does the making after following my (often) scribbled sketches, then I stain and wax them to get the finish I’ve imagined.
One good, natural homemade wood stain can be made by using coffee grounds, vinegar and steel wool. Put into a sealed jar overnight and it can be used next day. Tea also makes a nice natural stain. Then coconut oil is a nice finish. I like to play around with the finish. I usually build up slowly until I reach the depth of colour I want
I’m thinking of starting to use more colour. I like the worn, artfully flaked look! I have a pallet sitting in the garage just waiting for a new idea.
Have a good weekend.