Alright! I’m officially ready for fall! And I’m so glad it’s finally here. Well, kinda! Today it’s cold and rainy, but it sounds like later in the week it will be warmer. Isn’t it funny how the changing season kind of prep us instead of just throw us into the next one?
We’ve had a couple pallets sitting in our driveway since early this summer and I thought it was time to do something with them before the snow starts flying. You know that’s not far off, right?!
Since we also have lots of furniture and random accessories in our basement, I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone. I took this large mirror that we weren’t using and a pallet to create a funky, semi-junky art display for our living room.
This project is pretty simple if you have the right tools. My husband and I disassembled the pallet using this method. It was super fast and easy! Then my husband ripped the boards down (which means to cut lengthwise) with our Dewalt table saw so that the edges were a bit more uniform. See how they’re quite wavy in the picture above? We didn’t want them to be perfectly straight, but the waves weren’t working for us, so we just straightened them out a bit.
We then popped out the nail heads on each board and cut them with our Dewalt compound miter saw so that they’d fit in the mirror frame. After all the boards were cut, I mixed up some soapy water and bleach and scrubbed each board front and back and then rinsed them off. I might be a little paranoid, but the boards smelled a little and I didn’t want any gross bacteria or anything in our home, so I figured better safe than sorry. And thankfully, the smell was gone once the boards dried!
We took the backing off the mirror, took the mirror out and put it away for safe keeping (ya know, in case I want to use it for some random diy project in the future) and then I painted the frame with a couple coats of Chalk Paint® in Pure White. I didn’t even wax the frame because I was feeling lazy!
After the frame was painted, we attached the boards using a nail gun at an angle so the nails wouldn’t pop out the front. Then we used a drill to attach a couple screws to the back, wrapped some frame wire around them and then across the back, screwed them in a little further, and then hung it using some picture hangers. They look like these, but I’m not sure what “strength” ours are.
So, it kind of sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really not that difficult, I promise. And once you’re done, you have a fun way to display art, holiday decorations, and much more!
Since everyone is pulling out their fall decor, I thought I’d start there. I wanted to change things up a bit for this display, so I didn’t use traditional fall colors or decorations.
I went super simple with this display. Just a simple banner, some (fake) wheat in a little jar, and simple statement. fall.
I think the simple decorations really let the beauty and richness of the wood show through.
Wait. Did I just say that pallet wood was rich and beautiful? Some may beg to differ, but I actually think it’s really pretty…in a rustic sort of way!
This display was a challenge for me because it’s surprisingly difficult to find decorations you can use vertically. When you decorate a mantel or tabletop, you at least have a place to prop decorations up. It’s a whole different game trying to figure out what to do with vertical space. I found that a manual staple gun with small staples and hot glue work wonders, though. I think they will be my close friends as I figure out different ways to use this display space.
I’m loving the non-traditional colors of this display, but it certainly was hard to break from the norm. I love fall and all the rich colors it brings, so not using them felt a little wrong.
What do you think? Traditional fall decor? Or is it okay to step out of the box every now and then?
Want to see more fall decor? Check out last year’s “mantel” here.