So remember when I said that I had other Christmas gifts to share with you all? Well here I have another one, and I'm kind of smitten with the way that it turned out:
All I did was cut off about 8 inches on each side [I basically just cut off the last long boards on each side]. I then broke those long boards down again and nailed them to the freshly cut sides of the pallet.
Then I sanded the whole thing down, threw on a coat or two of some old wood stain I found in my basement, and finished the whole thing off with three coats of satin polyurethane. [If you don't think that satin polyurethane is a gift from the heavens, then ohmygosh I do not understand you. I could drink that stuff, it's so perfect. Well... maybe not drink it, but you get my point. IT'S WONDERFUL.]
Now I think that it looks pretty cute in my mother's dining room :]
I have one more pallet left from when I went university-dumpster-diving earlier this semester; originally I was going to make something different with it, but now I might have to make one of these for myself... so long as I don't anger any more grad students in the woodshop while making it again [but that's a whole 'nother story haha.]
Anyway, I'm super happy with the way that this turned out, so I totes encourage anyone else to try making one for themselves too! It was seriously so easy, and if you can get a pallet fo' free? Even better, yo.
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