Today’s pallet project is a super simple and useful one!
Do you have a tangled clutter on your table or desk? This easy-to-build pallet shelf / charging station will organize everything and take care of the mess in no time!
Made from pallet scrap wood, it can sit on a desk, or hang on a wall to free up even more space!
Plus a little gift: you will get some lovely vintage crate labels as a free download too at the end!
You probably know how much I LOVE vintage orchard crates from this post- how to make pallet wood crates and transfer images to wood easily!
Today we are taking a different approach, let’s start!
Materials and tools:
- a pallet (here’s a very helpful article on where to find and how to work with pallets)
- jigsaw or circular saw to cut the wood
- hammer and a pry bar to remove a couple of slats from the pallet
- hand sanding pad, glue, modpodge, or spray adhesive
- a printer to print the label, and this really nice and inexpensive Neenah Paper Exact Index Cardstock
- nails or screws, and picture hanging wire for hanging
We started out with pallet scraps from our 2-pallet potting bench project.
As you can see when we cut the “legs” to the right height, we were left with the end pieces which are about 6″ of stringers and a board on each side of the 2 stringers.
If you are starting from a whole pallet, just cut off a 6″ section at the end of the stringers (they are the 2″x4″ usually, and the boards are 1″x4″), and leave the boards attached as shown above.
In order to make the pallet shelf charging station, all we need to do is to add a piece of wood on the bottom, and an optional piece on the back.
We can get these 2 extra piece of wood from the same pallet. Use a hammer and a pry bar to get a couple of extra boards, and cut them to the right length. Use nails or screws to attach the boards to the bottom and back side.
Next, give it a good sanding, so no scratches or splinters in future use.
Now comes the fun part: let’s put a vintage label on our pallet shelf !
Not only do I have a 1920s peach crate label for you at the end to download, but also 2 other vintage crate labels!
Print this pretty peach crate label out and cut it out on a piece of paper. I prefer this really nice and inexpensive Exact Index Cardstock because it’s less likely to wrinkle.
I used Elmer’s spray adhesive here. But Elmer’s glue or Modpodge will both work nicely too.
Apply a even coat of adhesive or glue, attach the label to the wood, and finish with a coat of Modpodge . This will protect the surface by making it more water resistant.
To hang this pallet shelf charging station on the wall, add a couple of screws on the back side, attach a piece of picture hanging wire or string, and glue or nail two piece of scrap foam or thin wood towards the bottom so it would hang flush.
Now all the clutter on our table disappeared, and everything found its happy new home here in this little pallet shelf charging station.
Can’t get enough vintage printables? Print out these free vintage seed packets and see how to make them into wall art!