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Monday, April 30, 2012

Potting Bench from Old Pallets

My Mother-in-Law LOVES to Garden.  About a month ago I went to a craft store with her and she saw a potting table and said how much she loved it.  So of course I thought to myself I could totally make one of those for her.  The best part is we built it out of old pallets and wood we had around our place, so it didn't cost us anything to build!

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We had some old pallets and in the barn we have some old 2x4's that were worn to match the pallets.  We started by pulling the boards off of the pallets.



Of course my little boy wanted to help, but mostly he just played with the hay in the barn that was underneath the pallets.


When we were building the frame with the old 2x4's one of them cracked.  But that is what happens when you are dealing with old worn out wood.  So as you can see we just counter sunk some holes and put some screws down in to hold it together.


This is what our side frames looked like.


Then we just used a Brad Nailer to tack the pallet boards on the bottom.  We talked about putting a 2x4 across the bottom or something to sturdy it, but the pallet boards did a fine job of  that.


We used the Brad Nailer to put on the rest of the pallet boards as well.


We built a little shelf across the back, and put pallet boards down the front and the sides to hide the framework.

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We gave this to my mother-in-law for her birthday, but I think it would make the perfect mother's day gift too!  She decided she liked it so much, she put it on the front porch.  I thought it looked darling there!


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112 comments:

  1. This is such a great way to use an old pallet, looks fab!

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  2. What a great upcycle! The finished potting bench looks awesome. I bet your Mother-in-Law was thrilled to receive such a special gift :)

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    1. Thank you. It was her touch of decorating it that made it look so great! Thank you so much for reading my blog!

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    2. These are fantastic, thank you for sharing. We are now on the hunt for some old pallets.

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  3. This is awesome! I love it! And it looks so easy to do as well! Did you just use a crowbar to get the boards off the pallet? I've had the hardest time trying to break mine down!

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    1. Yes we used a crow bar and a hammer. They came off pretty easy but atleast 1/4 of the board cracked when we tried to take them off. but since pallets are usually free that wasn't a huge deal. And for some of the side boards to hide the framework we were able to use some of the cracked ones and it was fine. I am so glad you stopped by! I hope you will consider following my blog!

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  4. Now THIS is inventive. Love it! Thanks for showing how. Linda

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  5. Coming over from I Should Be Mopping the Floors! LOVE this idea! Pinning and new follower!!!

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  6. Looks great thank you for the tutorial I am a newbie here visiting your blog from Ohio came over from Debbiedo's

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  7. this is absolutely beautiful! i keep looking for some pallets cuz of all the cute crafts out there and this is definitely one i will remember. :) thanks for sharing at g*rated.
    -marie

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  8. Love it ! I need one, great post, I'm pinning this too !

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  9. That is really fabulous! You made lifting those pallets off the base look so easy. I think you made a really cute potting bench indeed. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

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    1. It didn't take too much work, but we did break a few in the process. Thank you so much for stopping by and hosting! I hope you will consider me for a feature! Thanks!

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  10. Super cute! I have a pallet at home and have been debating what I should do with. This may be something I should try out:)

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  11. This is awesome. I'm hosting a Homemade Mother's Day Link Party and this would be a wonderful addition. Please consider linking up at http://mylifesatreasure.blogspot.com/2012/04/homemade-mothers-day-link-party.html.
    You have a great blog - I'm now a new follower.

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  12. That is excellent... what a thoughtful and creative Mothers Day gift! I'd love it if you'd share it at my link party going on now :)
    http://www.salttree.net/2012/04/open-call-tuesday-2.html

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  13. I love this! It would be a perfect gift for someone (could you please tell my husband). :) I pinned it and FB'ed it, thanks for sharing at the Weekend Warrior!

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  15. This is fantastic! Wish I lived closer to my mother, this is what I would be doing for her for Mother's Day. Great job!

    Visiting from Whimsically Homemade!

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    1. Oh sad :( I wish you could love closer to your mother too! Mine is an angel! She watches my son while i work full time! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  16. It turned out so pretty! If I have not said this before, I love your blog name.

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  17. That turned out great!! i'm off to look around your blog some more :) have a great day! xo Holly

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  18. you get the best daughter in law award! It looks so awesome - thanks for sharing!

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  19. Thanks for link to my Homemade Mother's Day Link Party

    Karri

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  20. Hmmm...I have two pallets taking up space in the back...When I saw this I was thinking the same, to put it on the front porch! Thanks for the how to. I may get Mr. B to make this for me :) I'd love it if you'd come by and share this at my new link party at http://www.kathewithane.com/2012/04/youre-gonna-love-it-tuesdays-2.html ♥

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  21. This turned out so beautiful!

    Thanks for joining our Beautify It Monday Link Party!

    -Four Sisters

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  22. What a great Mother's Day gift! You did an amazing job on this. It looks so good on your MIL porch. :-) Hope you have a wonderful night!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes Mu M-I-L is the one who made this look amazing by the way she dressed it up! Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. That looks great, Alese! What a very thoughtful gift, too! I've been looking for a potting bench type table for our sunroom and am thinking I may have to ask my hubby to make one for me.

    visiting from WUW : )

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  24. What a great idea! My MIL would love this. If I can find some free pallets I should give it a try!

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  25. This is absolutely fabulous Alese! Great job :)
    amber

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  26. That is awesome! And I love the way your mother-in-law dressed it up on the porch. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes she definately made a good project look AMAZING! She is great like that! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  27. Wow, this is an awesome idea! I have a bunch of old pallets that I've been dreaming up ideas for...and I think this will be at the top of the list! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  28. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - - you were featured today!!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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    1. I love your blog. It was one of the first crafty blogs I ever started reading. I have been croosing my fingers for a feature on your blog since I started blogging a couple months ago. So I was SO excited to see one of my projects featured. I appreciate it so much! Thank you for hosting a great party too!

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  29. Awesome! This is a Great mother's day gift. I sure need one of these. This would make it a lot easier to re-pot my plants. I will have to keep a watch out for some pallets. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. That is just amazing, a palette potting table! So inspired by your handiness, and thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  31. wow this is great! now i want one too!

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  32. This is awesome! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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  33. Hi, I just found your blog. Love that idea for the potting bench! And, the setting your Mother-In-Law has it in is just sweet, so cheerful! I was doing a little "peaking" around your blog, and I think that idea of the wedding date on the old window is so cool! And...I just became your newest follower, yay! Would SO appreciate you following back! Thanks a bunch!

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    1. Thank you so much. Yes my MIL has a very creative eye! Thank you so much for stopping by and being a follower. I am headed to your blog right now!

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  34. I love this. It turned out very cute. I pinned it to my pallet ideas board. Thanks for inspiring.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  35. That looks great! I just pinned it! Thanks for sharing on Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!!

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  36. Alese,
    This looks fantastic! And your little helper is darling. I would love to make one for my mom who also loves to garden. I on the other hand can't keep a plant alive (other than my Rosemary) to save my life. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  37. Oh, I LOVE this!! I'm gonna have to have the hubby build this for me when he gets home from deployment! I have lots of room on my patio just asking for something like this!
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I'll be featuring this tomorrow!

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  38. This is really neat! So creative!

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  39. Lovely idea.. I just pinned it! :) Thanks for linking up at friday fun party..

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  40. The thought of using a pallet and making a potting table had me so curious! I can't get over how great it is! Thanks for linking this to Sunday Blog Love, this is one of my top picks for the week!

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  41. I love this table! Nice job and not too difficult!
    Susan
    Homeroad

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  42. ADORABLE! So simple and yet....very stylish looking. Nice job.

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  43. Wow! Great job! It looks like a piece you'd pay a lot of money for!

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  44. Fabulous! You did such a great job and the little guys is too cute out there helping ;) I love it! Following now too.

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  45. Really cute and thrifty too! What a wonderful gift! It means so much more because you took the time to make it yourself!

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  46. You linked up to my party but I think my party is missing from your list --unless I missed it.

    Cheri

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    1. I am "so very" sorry. I knew there was one or two that I missed but I couldn't figure out which ones. Thank you so much for bring this to my attention! I have added your name to the list!

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  47. This is waaay cute. I know she loves it and she loves you!!:)

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  48. This potting bench is great. I love the weathered look. It's amazing all the things you can make using pallets. It looks gorgeous on your mother in law's front porch.
    Ruth

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    1. Yes my M-I-L is the reason this table has gotten so much attention! She dressed it up so great! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!

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  49. Love pallet wood! What a great job on the bench!!

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  50. I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this post on my sidebar for a week!! Thanks so much for joining up to my link party, A Marvelous Mess!! Feel free to come by and grab a featured button (on my sidebar as well). www.marevlouslymessy.com

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  51. This turned out just so great. Wonderful images too. I featured your creative project on this week's Motivated Monday at BeColorful
    pam

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  52. Your helper is adorable! My mom loves to garden too. The pallet turned into the cart is an amazing transformation. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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  53. This is soooo cute! I would love to have one of these...my mother would as well. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

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  54. Seriously? From a palette? It's incredible! Pinning and sharing on my FB page.

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent and creativity on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17.

    Jenn

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  55. I love this potting table and love how it is made with pallets. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you at the next party!

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  56. This is so cute!! Looks amazing! We're so glad you joined us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks and come back soon!! -The Sisters

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  57. Thank you so much for linking up to A Crafty Soiree! You make it all sound so easy. Never ever would I have looked at something similar and thought oh I could make that. I'm very impressed and featured your potting table in the newest A Crafty Soiree, up this Thursday at midnight. Please come check it out when you can :)

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  58. I love how it turned out and the flowers are gorgeous! Newest follower.

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  59. AAhhhhh! I love this potting table. Ever since we built our raised garden beds I've been trying to get Mr. Woodsy to build a potting table. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  60. Your potting table has been featured for Functional Friday!

    Thanks so much for linking up!

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  61. Hi Alese, thanks so much for sharing your potting table at Project Queen last week. I love it! I will be featuring this at the Highlights Party on Monday evening.

    I'm a new follower! Love your blog.

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  62. Hi Alese, thanks so much for sharing your potting table at Project Queen last week. I love it! I will be featuring it Monday evening at the Highlights Party.

    I'm a new follower via L.F. and love your blog.

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  63. I just found your site and love it. I'd love if you stopped by my blog. I'm you're newest follower.

    Kimberly @ mypinterestreality.com

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  64. Super cool and you made it look so easy! Thanks!

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