Step 1: Sawing the wooden pallet at the desired height
We don’t need the entire wooden pallet for our shelf with storage. Saw just above the second plank of the pallet. Don’t throw away the upper part. We’ll be using that in the following two steps where we will close up the back and bottom of the shelf.
Step 2: Shutting the back of the shelf
Take a crowbar and pry out two planks from the part of the pallet we won’t be using anymore. Take a loose plank and screw it to the back of the shelf, between the two other planks.
Step 3: Closing the bottom of the shelf
Now we do the same with the bottom of the shelf. Screw the other loose plank at the bottom to create a storage department.
Step 4: Sanding
Next up: sanding the wooden pallet shelf. You can use sandpaper or work even faster with a sander. Sanding will remove possible splinters, irregularities and stains so you get a smooth surface. This is a necessary step before applying varnish or paint.
Step 5: Drilling holes for the coat racks
Want some coat racks so you can hang up a scarf, jacket, plant, … ? Drill two or three holes, depending on the number of wanted hooks. Don’t attach them yet, we need to varnish first.
Step 6: Varnishing or painting
Obviously you want to enjoy your wooden pallet shelf for as long as possible. It is therefore highly recommended to protect your shelf with a layer of varnish. Do you want to give your creation a different colour first or paint a nice pattern? Don’t let anything stop you to give it a personal touch. Finish off with some varnish. The varnish and paint can be applied with a brush, but a paint spray gun allows you to really cover every corner and edge.
Step 7: Installing the coat racks
It is time to attach the coat racks or hooks to the shelf once the varnish has dried.
Congratulations, your unique wooden pallet shelf is finished!
You can now attach your DIY creation to the wall and start filling and decorating it. Let your inspiration flow and turn it into something fantastic. Enjoy your homemade shelf!