Pallets are an incredible and versatile material to work with. They fit in with all kinds of DIYs. But, how do you turn them from scrappy run-down looking planks to flashy and fashionable works of art?
You paint them, of course.
Step 1: Clean the pallets
The key to this distressed look is texture. So, you don’t need a lot of prep work here. You don’t need to apply a primer or to sand the pallets to keep their rough and natural grain. Just wipe them clean with a damp rag.
Step 2: Apply some paint
Cover the pallets with paint.
Brush them thoroughly to cover the tiny cracks and crevices. Lightly dab the brush into the woods’ surface to give them more texture.
(Note: if you want a lot of colors without blowing your budget, use craft paint that come in little tubes. They’re cheap but effective.)
Step 3: Sand the pallets
Once the paint dries, sand the pallets using your orbital sander. How you want the pallets to look is really up to you. Light sanding leaves more paint on and makes the pallets appear less distressed.
Step 4: Apply wood stain or color wash
Add more flare to your pallets by finishing up with a wood stain, a color wash or a couple of layers of either of the two.
And, you’re done! Breathe some color into pallet furniture with this amazing paint trick!