There are literally thousands of things you can build using pallets. What about just the slats? Do you have leftovers or mismatched pieces from projects? Clearly, if you do, you’re into re-purposing. How can you use them up? You can make a lot of beautiful things with these thin, narrow boards. Some might surprise you.
Pallet slat wood floor
If you’re on a budget and need to replace your outdated flooring, hardwoods may not be an option. Is your sub-floor intact? If so, it’s quite simple to nail down pallet slats as a flooring solution. Simply sand, nail and finish as desired. You might opt for a natural look by rubbing in oils. Or, achieve a more conventional look with stain and varnish.
Pallet slat table
Pallet slats can also be nailed to a worn , yet sturdy table, for a rustic look. Consider using different colors of stain to make it interesting. Another method is to streak multiple acrylic paint colors onto the sanded pallet wood, then coat with high gloss varnish for an interesting look. Whatever type of finish you choose, your table will be as unique as you are.
Pallet slat wainscoting
If you can’t afford wainscoting, pallet wood serves well. Most pallet slats are 3-4 feet long. It’s the perfect height for dining room wainscoting. No trimming is needed. Simply sand and finish the slats to suit your decor. Believe it or not, pallet wood can be finished to match even the most modern of styles. It’s just wood, after all. The finish makes the theme. Go elegant with glossy black, rustic with a natural finish or create your own custom look. Then nail or glue to the wall. The attachment method depends on the structure of your home.
Pallet slat back-splash
I’ve seen a beautiful back-splash all done in pallet wood. The slats were cut in various lengths and used like subway tile, without the grout. In the kitchen I saw, the wood was well sanded. The homeowners used a high gloss finish for easy clean-up. They got their pallets for free through a Craigslist ad. Their only cost was the finish and their own labor.
Pallet slat mosaic
Artistic homeowners might consider a pallet wood mosaic, rather than using conventional tile. These can be laid into the floor or displayed as wall art. It would be a labor of love worth the time. “Tiles” of all shapes and sizes are cut from pallet wood using a jigsaw. They can be individually painted, left natural or conventionally stained and varnished. The mosaic is pieced together, then transferred piece by piece and glued down.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.