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Stained Pallets

It wasn’t too long ago that my garage was filled with old pallets. They were quickly dismantled, sorted, and then re-used in various projects. One of which was a quick and simple headboard. The other was an even quicker project of just adding a board of two to make a piece of wall decor.

Both of these pieces sat unfinished in our guest bedroom for several months. I was debating on whether or not to stain them and finally took some “Special Walnut,” to them. Ellie still wants to do an entire room design for the guest room but I think this is a step in the right direction.

What do you think? Do you like it with the stain or did you like the au natural look of the unfinished pallets?






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  1. Andrew February 16, 2013

    My vote is for the stain, but I preferred a lighter color to let the natural differences in wood show up :)

    Thanks so much for posting this! I loved the look of this headboard: I ended up building a bed using this as the central feature. I posted plans over on my blog: I’d love it if you had the time to check it out! The post is split into three parts: – this one has the bed and headboard frames. – the actual pallet headboard. – the final pictures of how it turned out.

  2. Jason November 9, 2012

    How long for stain to dry on pallets. Because my stain still smells at times. When I sleep next to it..

    • Tommy November 13, 2012

      Stain dries in about 8 hours but you’ll definitely want to put some sort of sealer over it, if you are going to be sleeping next to it. I’d use a water based polyurethane and put on two coats.

  3. Lindsay February 23, 2012

    Again super awesome!! Great work you guys. I also for got to metion I love the “Marth meets Macgyver” that is flippen funny!

    • Tommy February 29, 2012

      Thanks so much…..coming from someone who’s blog we love, this means a lot. We appreciate it.

  4. Becky January 30, 2012

    I love your headboard made of pallets. Can you provide the dimentions, I would love to try it as well. We have like 15 pallets available to us right now.

  5. Natalie January 27, 2012

    I love the idea of using pallets for the headboard. ( and I love the stain color too!) do you have the plans (dimensions, etc) for building this?

    • Tommy January 28, 2012

      I somewhat used the Ana White plans but modified them a little. I make sketches/drawings of everything I build and will look through my notepad and see if I can find something helpful. It may take me a few days but I’ll try and get something to you. Thanks for commenting.

      • Tommy January 30, 2012

        The only details I wrote down in my notepad looks as though the overall dimensions are 54″ x 54″ (that’s for a Full sized bed). It looks as though my cross supports were 47.5″ wide and then I cut the pickets to either lengths of 18″ or 36″ and had vertical supports placed at 18″ on center and 36″ on center. The details are in an old post that we transferred over found here; I’ll work on updating this with pictures sometime this week. You can find it on our old site at;

  6. Meagan December 20, 2011

    The headboard looks great! What is the name of the stain that you used?

    • Tommy December 20, 2011

      I used Special Walnut on the headboard. It’s been my “go to”‘ stain for most of the projects around our house.


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