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I love our HOME shelf that we made from pallets and it all started with the question. What does it really mean when they say home is where the heart is? I don’t know about you but for me it’s all about the little things; a rose my daughter picked for me in the garden, my son’s cheeky smile, a candlelight dinner under the stars, our fur babies, a good book and laughter. Without the little things a house can never be a home.
Our pallet HOME shelf which we made last weekend is the perfect place to display some of those special things.
The shelf was inspired by the beautiful LOVE shelf that’s all over pinterest. I’m sure you seen it? Stunning hey? We drew up the plans and started cutting up some pallets.
You’ll need pallet pieces that are at least 13 cm wide to fit all those little momentos. Cut one long 80 cm (31 1/2 inches) piece to form the backbone of the shelf and then cut and sand:
To put the shelf together start at the bottom with the E. Use a pneumatic staple gun and wood glue to attach one of the 17 cm pieces at 90 degrees to the bottom of the 80 cm piece, then measure up 9.5 cm and attach the 10 cm piece. Make a mark 20 cm from the bottom and staple the last 17 cm in place. For the O create a U shape using the two 17 cm pieces as the sides and the 16 cm piece as the bottom. Measure 20 cm from the top of the 80 cm backbone, dab some wood glue on the ends and use the staple gun to attach the O to the backbone.
Now the H and the M. The M scared us a little. I think it’s those 45 degree angles so we left it for last. The H was pretty straight forward. Attach the 15 cm piece to the middle of the 20 cm piece to form a top heavy T shape then attach the H to the backbone so that the top of the H is flush with the top of the backbone.
Glue and staple the two 11 cm pieces together to form a V shape. Attach the V shape to the backbone where the bottom of the O joins the backbone. Sit back and smile because that wasn’t as bad as we thought. In all honesty that was pretty darn easy 😀 Do a victory dance around the garden, consider having a beer to celebrate. Come back down to earth and attach the last 20 cm piece. Go get a beer and grab the fur babies so they can see how we conquered angles.
We used a dark wood stain and then painted over the whole shelf with Annie Sloan Old White.
Finally we used 100 grit sandpaper to lightly distress the shelf before sealing it with clear wax.
I’m really happy with how it turned out. What do you think?
All things considered those angles make it worth it!! Yup, no angle will ever get me down again. Okay maybe they will 😉
The little HOME shelf and our suitcase themed dresser makeover are probably my two most favorite things that we’ve made so far.
Now our little HOME shelf is a gentle reminder of all the things we hold close to our hearts. Where do you keep your special memories and little keepsakes?
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Until next time, I hope you have a beautiful, love filled week.