I’ve been loving all the wood art I’ve been seeing on Pinterest lately! I dug around a little and found that some of these pieces sell for a pretty penny on Etsy – which is crazy, because it is such an EASY project.
I’ve been a little burnt out, and it definitely wasn’t a project that was on the top of my list, since none of our local hardware stores sell untreated lath (it is available to order). You can also use furring strips or regular 1x’s, though I was being picky, as usual. But, then!
I found some really good-looking pallets at a business near our house. Naturally, I tricked my husband into taking a “family walk” conveniently passing by the pallets on the way home. I took the dog, and he dragged the pallets home for me.
Now, pallets are gross. You should always clean the wood well before bringing any into your home, and choose your projects wisely. Personally, I do not use pallets for furniture of any kind, but I love the texture for decor projects like this.
My goal for this little trial of mine was to use nothing but scrap wood. I actually used 3 layers of leftover underlayment plywood that I glued up to make a 3/4″ base and ripped the pallet boards down to 1.5″ wide strips. There are lots of tutorials on how to make these, but it essentially involves cutting your wood strips at 45 degrees and making up a pattern as you go.
I used Minwax Early American, Whitewash Pickling Stain, and Benjamin Moore Simply White to color my pattern (definitely do this BEFORE you attach your pieces).
The frame is made of the thicker oak boards in the middle of the pallets that I also ripped down to 1.5″ wide. They were actually already this beautiful warm color, which I thought helped tie in all the tones perfectly.
If you’re wondering if I met my goal – I did! This project didn’t require a single stop to the hardware store. But, maybe that’s just another reminder that my husband is right about all the scraps I keep in the shed – oops.
I would love to make more of these, but next time, I’ll just order the laths. I forgot what a pain in the butt taking pallets apart is!