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Monday, May 30, 2011

From Pallet .... to Bookshelves!

Oh my goodness gracious!!!  I haven't been THIS excited about a project since my ladder laundry rack!  (Well, the mom cave is pretty exciting, too - but that's not done yet!:)~

Anyway.
I'm sure you've all seen the pallet-awesomeness floating around blogland .... I've seen some pretty rockin' pictures of pallet headboards, pallet coffee tables, and even a pallet kid's bed!  (Go to my Pinterest board HERE to see them!)

I asked helpful husband to bring home an old pallet from his latest job site for me (yes, it was FREE!) -- with the intention of turning it into a headboard of some kind.
But then I got to staring at that pallet ..... and something else popped into my mind!
Bookshelves!
The PERFECT bookshelves for displaying some of Lucy's favorite books in her playroom!

Check THIS out:


Whadyathink!?  Wanna see how we did this sweet little project....?
Well, read on, my friends!

Step 1 - cut straight through on the lines drawn below:
(Helpful husband used a hand saw for this part - what a guy!)
 Step 2 - use those extra middle boards to nail on the bottoms of the shelves:
 This is what they look like after steps 1 & 2:
 Step 3 - pry the middle board out of the shelf (to allow more room for books):
Step 4: Sand 'em down!  (I used an orbital sander.)
Here are the shelves, fully "constructed" and ready to be prettied up! :-)
 Step 5 - primer!
I brushed on Kilz primer ... wowzers, that stuff is pretty awesome!
It's like primer and wood filler, all in one!  It's so thick, it literally filled in a lot of the rough spots (which inevitably come with using an old pallet as your building material!).
 Step 6 - a couple of coats of paint (I used Rustoleum "Heirloom White").
I love that color, by the way.
LOVE. IT.
 Ready to be moved inside ....
 Ta-da!
Bookshelves complete.
 The "construction" isn't perfectly smooth and straight .... but for Pete's sake!  They are made out of an old pallet, folks!?
 And besides ..... I LIKE the imperfections.
They add a little extra character, don't ya think?


 Lucy LOVES them, too!
And Mama loves that the top shelf is still a little too high for Lucy to reach, so the "good" books can stay up there .
(And hopefully by the time she can reach it, she'll understand that ripping out and coloring on pages is NOT OK! ... oops!)
I love this project SO much, and I hope you love it, too! :-)
Cute, functional, and total cost .... $6.00 (for the spray paint and primer).
Sweet! :-)




159 comments:

  1. you are simply impressive, from nixnax

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  2. Awesome project. I just love those projects that cost so little! TFS.

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  3. What a fabulous project! Thanks for the great tutorial. Definitely something that I can tackle.

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  4. I just ran into these on a blog the other day and I want some!!! BEAUTIFUL!! :)

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  5. Great job Bec, they turned out awesome!

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  6. I LOVE this project. This is officially the first project I am going to attempt!! I LOVE it!! I was freaking out tonight seeing this. I have been wanting to get a bookshelf of some sort and make it into something cool. This is perfect!! Ryan has a pallet at work he is going to bring home tomorrow for me to start! Where did you find the cool pallet with the curves (Ryan says they are the fork lift blade slots)? Thank you for the AWESOME idea!! This is going to be SUPER popular. Hey, even I am going to attempt it.

    Sherry

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  7. That is fabulous.... now to source a pallet :)

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  8. Wonderful! My kids need some of these for their bunkbeds. They always have books falling off!

    http://www.thegunnysack.com

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  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Seen something similar done with rain gutters, but I like the rustic style of this even better! Great pics of your process- thanks so much for sharing! I'm a new follower :)

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  10. You are TOO talented, I was thinking, I'd love to see this! (PS, we love that book I Love You Through and Through...one of Lallie's favorites!)

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  11. Love them Bec. So glad they turned out!

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  12. Oh, my, this is awesome!!! I sure hope you don't mind if I copy you, this will be great for the home office. Love Lucy's little rocker too, I have one that is identical, it is stained rather than painted. Cute!

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  13. Are you kidding me? You are SO creative, I just LOVE it! The shelves are adorable and your little Lucy is even cuter in her little rocking chair reading!

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  14. Love it!! Been needing to make some shelves like this for Zeeks new room. These will be perfect! :)

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  15. Great idea! And I absolutely love the fact that you can see the covers of the books. Thanks for linking up at The Little Birdie! :)

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  16. I love this! You are so creative...again! haha. I like the imperfections too. They do add character. Some of those books look familiar too. :) I love the tickle monster!
    ILoveLucyJean

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  17. The book shelves look wonderful, you did a fantastic job on them!

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  18. OH My Goodness!! I am super excited to try this for my daughters play room!!! what a fantastic idea!! Thank you sooo much!!

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  19. These are brilliant! Well done!
    Would you be willing to link up to our weekly Playdate party at http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/05/playdate-link-party-everyone-welcome.html ?

    Cheers,
    Lori
    http://beneaththerowantree.com
    Come & Play!

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  20. Well aren't you clever? What a great idea. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

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  21. These are so darn clever (and cute!). Love them in white, too.

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  22. WOW!! I love it! I have an old pallet in our shed - now I know what I must do with it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  23. You need to sell these. Seriously.

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  24. So cute! Thanks for sharing, found you at DIY by Design!

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  25. These are so super cute! I have a pallet in the garage just waiting for this project. Quick question: How did you attach them to the walls? My husband is always worried about shelves falling off the walls. And this one has to be able to hold books...

    Thanks!

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  26. I'm LOVING these pallet bookshleves! I'm your newest follower and would love if you linked up at Sew Woodsy today!

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  27. how smart is this?! Great way to reuse something that rarely gets any repurposing love!

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  28. Wow! Great job! I love these. I could really use them in my boys room :)

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  29. LOVE this idea!! Just became your newest follower would love if you followed back:) Martina

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  30. OMG. Looooooove!!!!!! I want them!!! I'm on the hunt for a pallet this weekend.

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  31. You are a genius!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, you have inspired me to make one myself. {I am in desperate need of a bookshelf for my kids rooms..their book baskets are overflowing!} And so happens we have a pallet sitting in our front yard!

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  32. What a nice idea! They look great!

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  33. Wow--what a great idea! I write a children's book blog--would you mind if I shared one photo and a link back to your tutorial? Let me know! Thanks--
    vanessa

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  34. What a great idea! You are awesome!! I'm a new follower from the Paisley Passions Blog Hop and so glad I found you! I would love for you to link this up tomorrow at "It's a Party"!
    www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

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  35. I have been dying to make these! You make it actually seem do-able!! Just stumbled, pinned, and tweeted this! Thx, dear!

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  36. Oh my goodness!! Thank you for the comments!!!
    To answer a couple of the questions above ...
    To affix the shelves to the wall, we used a stud finder to find the studs first -- then used long wood screws and drilled them into the studs -- VERY sturdy! :-)
    And Gwenny, no I will NOT be selling them!!! I like them right where they are! :)~

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  37. Love it!! bookmarking so i can remember to blog about your and your diy!

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  38. That's fantastic!!! What a great use for those pallets! I actually drove past a big pile of pallets today that someone was turning into mulch, but I like your shelf idea much better!

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  39. I made some of these a couple months ago from Ana's plans on www.ana-white.com (she's a genius, I'm guessing you already know that though!)...I left mine natural for my son's room but yours are very cute in white!

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  40. Anonymous,
    I do know about Ana White (sort of), but I didn't realize she had made bookshelves out of pallets! I should have figured, I guess. :-)

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  41. That is so cool! I love them. Great vision and great idea.

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  42. This is great!! I love a good pallet craft! I am a new follower and I am going to pin this to pinterest! Also, I am visiting from Sugar and Dots and I love what you came up with! I am hoping you will come to my blog Friday and link it up to my Delicately Constructed Fridays!!
    Thanks so much and have a great week!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  43. So excited to find your blog. I'm a new follower! I'm always looking for creative pallet uses as I see them roadside constantly. Nice job and great idea!

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  44. These turned out just awesome! I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/from-pallet-to-bookshelves/

    Thanks for inspiration!

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  45. That is marvelous. I made some out of plate racks, but they aren't deep enough for many books. I love yours so much more! So glad to have found you.

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  46. What a great project! Always looking for a good way to corral our books and this is too cute. Stopping by from Delightful Order. :)

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  47. Wow, this project is fantastic! You're brilliant! This will be perfect in my son's room.

    BTW, I am hosting a quilt giveaway on my blog if you'd like to check it out! Take care!

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  48. I love them! thanks for sharing

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  49. Love it! I'm your newest follower!! :)

    cinsarah.blogspot.com

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  50. Just found you via Somewhat Simple. Love this! Definitely going to try it!

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  51. What a fabulous idea! They look fabulous and work so well! Thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party! I'll be featuring this tomorrow!

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  52. LOVE it!! What a super fabulous, super creative, and super cheap idea:)
    I'd love it if you'd link this up to The After Party @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage...

    http://www.3meadowlakecottage.com/2011/06/striped-curtains-finally-and-after.html

    ~Erin

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  53. Brilliant idea - love how it turned out! I am a new follower!
    www.njs-randomness.blogspot.com

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  54. Love this:-)
    Both of my bookcases are full....
    I'm enjoying your blog!
    Have a blessed day,
    Stefanie

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  55. So cute and creative! I love this idea

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  56. I LOVE this idea! I'm planning on featuring it on my blog tomorrow. Great Job :)

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  57. That is such a fantastic idea! Your daughter is super cute too ;)

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  58. Aww, I really, really like those. Great use of pallets! Erin at http://www.inbetweenlaundry.blogspot.com

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  59. Great blog!
    I'm a new follower from the hop!
    Come check me out when you get the chance:
    Carolina Summer

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  60. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, visiting from Just A Girl linky party!
    Veronica

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  61. Love it! I'm pinning this!

    Wendy
    www.designedtodwell.blogspot.com

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  62. I featured this on my Blog today and I'm a new follower :) Happy Friday!

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  63. WOW! I'm smart and trendy hopping over to follow you! Come follow me too?

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  64. OMG!!! What an awesome idea!! I'm so featuring this next week! And yes, I do think the imperfections add character. We've got a lot of pallets lying around here--of course they're under big stacks of concrete blocks, but whatever! I want to do this so bad now! Thanks for stopping by the Sit and Relax weekend hop! See you next weekend!
    Michelle
    Heartfelt Balance Handmade Life

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  65. Hi, I'm stopping by from Social Parade - I am a new follower and would love a follow back. :)
    -Shellsea

    love the bookselves

    Love, Shellsea Blog

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  66. I LOVE this project!! What a great idea...I will definitely be using this idea for my daughter's room!

    I would LOVE if you would link up this project to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} Linky Party!

    Briana @ Sweet Peas & Bumblebees

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  67. Such a wonderful idea!
    Thanks for sharing

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  68. So cute! I can not believe it is made from a pallet! I love the look darling! Thanks for showing off today!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  69. WOW! What an amazing idea!!! :) I love it!

    I'm a new follower!

    -Hope
    dreamingmommy.blogspot.com

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  70. Wow! Another wonderful, creative repurposing project! Definitely the best project I've seen using palettes, and one that I'm hoping to try at home!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  71. This is such a Great idea! Thanks for sharing. I will never look at a pallet the same way again:)

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  72. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Just posted it on my dad's Facbooke page... told him had to get busy making it for my son. :) heehee

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  73. I need to find a pallet! Sheer genius! I'm putting your bookshelves in the PoPP SPOTLIGHT. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  74. Where did you find such an amazing gem of a pallet it actually came with lady curves!? The only pallets I find are split, stamped, and impossible to break apart.
    I want a curvy lady pallet! ;)

    Pamela @ pbjstories.blogspot.com

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  75. VERY SMART! I love it. Found you thru Ladybird link party!

    I'm following now. I love the design of your blog!

    www.keepitsimpleyay.blogspot.com

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  76. Hey girl - I'm crawling out of my post surgery hole to visit a few of my favorite gals.

    This is a super cute use of your materials. I would never thought this would turn out so stinking cute. You have incredible creativity and vision! Love it!

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  77. genius, genius, genius! i have seen these types of book shelves made out of spice racks, and gutters, but not pallets! kudos on your original idea!

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  78. This is so cute and affordable and great! need I go on? =)

    I would love if you linked up to my make it for less mondays @ simply cadence

    www.simplycadence.blogspot.com

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  79. I LOVE them! I always see free wood pallets and try to think of how I could turn them into shelves! Thanks for the idea!
    Jill

    Iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com

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  80. these are darling! I love them! you did such a great job! Thanks again for featuring me on your blog! I am a faithful follower and would love it if you would follow me too! Thanks again! and great job on these! they turned out amazing!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  81. That is AWESOME! What a brilliant idea! I just showed it to hubby who has access to lots of pallets and he's going to get on it. I can't wait! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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  82. Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We will be featuring your project tomorrow. Please make sure you stop by and grab a featured button!

    Katie from Sew Woodsy

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  83. Great idea! I don't see instructions for attaching the bottom though. Did I miss something?

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  84. What a great idea!
    http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/

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  85. WoW! I love love love this! I have 'pinned' it to my "must make" folder!!! hahaha! it is fabulous and I can't wait to 'copy' this idea for my daughter's growing book collection!
    Cheers!

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  86. This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing!!! I want to try this now!LOL

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  87. Cory,
    To attach the bottom ... a drill and wood screws! :-)

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  88. LOVE these! Pinned for future reference :) I need to get my husband to bring home some pallets...

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  89. Gorgeous, this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!

    http://itssewforyou.blogspot.com

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  90. WOW. My Dad has tons of pallets at his work. I think that I may just have to try this out! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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  91. I <3 these! I went on Craigslist & Found a whole bunch of ads for free pallets! I am sooo making these! I wanted to know tho... What did you do to attach them to the wall? Did you have to carve out a hole?

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  92. That is amazing. I love it! My daughter would go crazy for it and think she was at Barnes & Noble. Great job!

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  93. Just pinned this. Sure I'm not the only one but I wanted to let you know since it's so amazing!

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  94. LOVE this idea! I featured you today! Great job and thanks for sharing!!

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  95. I am pinning this too! Fantastic idea!

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  96. These are awesome. What a fantastic tutorial. I have always loved pallets, a friend of mine made a beautiful desk with them. Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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  97. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

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  98. I love these! They turned out fabulous!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow! ;)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  99. omg. i love this idea. (and my hubby works at the store where he can get pallets for free)

    but how did u get them to stay on the wall?

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  100. We just made our pallet bookshelves over the weekend! I love them, and now we are on the search for another one to make a set for my son's room!

    Here are our shelves on the wall!
    http://melquistfamily.blogspot.com/2011/06/pallet-booksehelves.html

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  101. How did you know I love pallets?! Ha Ha Seriously, I have like 8 sitting in my garage right now and my husband is threatening to dump 'em, so I am making some shelves with them as we speak! I am hoping to post 'em next week, but I am pretty sure they won't look quite as fab as yours do!

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  102. Those are great! Really pretty. I've been wanting some shelves like that for my kids where they can see the front of the books. Planning to do some other "pallet" creations too! Looking forward to sharing this on my blog in the morning. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  104. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please them share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  105. such a lovely blog site.. definitely coming back to read more of your posts :)

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  106. oh my gosh, I just found your blog while googling "krylon blue ocean breeze" ( a color we're using in my daughter's nursery) and trying to find examples of the color being used....and have fallen in LOVE! YOu have so many great ideas!! I've been seeing Ikea spice racks used as book shelves all over the internet but seeing that I live hours from an Ikea it was just an idea I was saving for later. BUT THIS! This is genius! My husband is in construction so I could easily get my hands on a pallet for this purpose and I love the look! (I'm sure he'll be thrilled for yet another project I pass his way too, HA HA!)

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  107. This is genius. I think I am gonna have to go find some pallets just to do this. Don't know if I'll be able to find big ones like these though.

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  108. I am astounded at your creativity!!! You inspire me Rebecca!!!!

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  109. This would be amazing as a craft shelf, too. Easy to fill with jars or recycled containers, and screw jar lids with their jars onto the bottom for a sewing corner. This is freaking brilliant! I love it!

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  110. This is soooo cool! Im gonna give it a go at making one! awesome post! thanks!

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  111. I love this idea! Have a pallet sitting in the garage waiting to be made into something...think this is going to be it! I posted this to my blog so come check it out! {http://thisposhpalette.blogspot.com/}

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  112. i love this diy project !! very vintage inspired. I was wondering how did you attach to wall? and what do i need?

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  113. I was looking into book shelves but no need- I love your idea and I will use it! I would love it if you shared it with WorkShop Wednesday. I would to feature it next week!

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  114. just loved your idea of these pallet book racks. these are simply so superb. love to reuse the stuff.

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  115. We have 6 of these book nooks made for our nursery and working on painting them right now, this has been such a fun project for my and hubby, I really loved digging through the trash at lowes to get the pallets and we even found some small pallets that were kid size that are going to be perfect. We have also rearranged the design a little bit and made some display shelves also! Thanks for the idea and the inspiration!!

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  116. Great tutorial! My question is....where is everyone in blogland scoring these pallets? I have no idea where to look for them. The ones I've seen have always been the ones used for hauling grass and they are not only caked with mud but they are made of that super cheap splintery wood. Any suggestions on where to find some?

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  117. I love these. I just showed my husband (since he will be doing the sawing ;) and we are going to make them! I have no idea where I am going to put them yet but that is okay by me! haha!

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  118. Elizabeth- my in-laws get pallets from the schools in the district. Many of them are happy to get them off of their hands- so whenever they have about ten sitting around they will call them and have them come pick them up. I would try calling around to grocery and retail stores as well and of course flea markets!

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  119. I Have a pallet sitting Garage waiting for me to fine the perfect idea for it... Which I just did! Love it.

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  120. Found this on pinterest ... thanks for the instructions ... I can do (almost) anything if I'm given good enough instructions to follow ... I have a pallet JUST like that one in my backyard just BEGGING for me to make bookshelves out of it!! Thanks!

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  121. This is absolutely amazing! I am about to start the bed for my son and this is the perfect "matching" pallet bookshelf for his new room!! Thank you soooo much! I am not painting it though because I want it to match the head board!

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  122. Fantastic idea! They would look gret in my daughters nursery school. Books are clearly visible yet still tidy.

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  123. Love those shelves!!! Wish I knew when my kids were younger! Thanks for sharing those step by step instructions. I am going to forward this to my friend who just had a baby.

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  124. THANK YOU for just helping me solve my problem of not having any bookshelves in my new classroom!!! I'm so excited!!!! You are so awesome!

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  125. Wow great job on this. What a great way to repurpose a pallet.

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  126. They look great! I've got this linked to my bookshelves post too today, well done!

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  127. Its a great idea. Really only suits a cottage or rustic decor - but for that it is a fantastic project. Great step by step photos too. Love it!

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  128. Wow! Good job. Very interesting work.

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  129. My husband is a manager at a warehouse and he can get me hundreds of pallets!!!! I pretty much have an endless supply so now I am excited about making them into different projects. Thanks for the idea!

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  130. Hi, just wanted to let you know that I linked to your post from my post on how I made my own shelves. Mine aren't painted like yours, but I love 'em anyway. You can see mine here: http://thosecraftysisters.blog.

    Thanks!

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  131. I have a very small space where I'm creating a reading nook for my son would it be possible for you to measure the dimensions of yours.

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  132. Excellent! Of course the rustic, found object look brings on the charm! Did you use picture loops to attach to the wall? Thank you for sharing this awesome idea!

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  133. What a brilliant storage solution and a great way to re-use some old pallets. Alongside my sliding wardrobes in the spare room, this is all my storage needs sorted!

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  134. Love the pallets! I will use them in children's closets for my clients. Adorable!

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  135. Nice project, the best part is that the shelf is easy to access and good for children.

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  136. I decided to remove the middle block from the shelf as per the directions but unfortunately, because of the wight of magazines and books, the board bows down. I think next time or at some point, I will add a small 2X4 block to add extra support to the board. I recommend others don't remove the middle piece.

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  137. This is brilliant but where do you find pallets with that little shaped notch taken out?

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  138. This is a very creative DIY project, I will certainly give it a try for my little one. I found another great simple DIY shelving idea for garage storage that is pretty cheap. Visit http://www.DIYGarageShelf.com to get a DIY kit.

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  139. Qué hermoso reciclado!!!... felicidades por ello y por tu babé, es hermosa!!!... cuando quieras te invito a conocer mi familia en www.cartasaparis.blogspot.com

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  140. I love these bookshelves. I just want to mention to everyone to be careful to check how the pallets you're using are treated - esp if you're using them inside without much ventilation. Check out the info here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallet under the section "phytosanitary compliance". There's some helpful info, and a link to methyl bromide health effects. Happy and safe DIYing!

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  141. This is the best tutorial I have come across on pallet shelves on the internet. Thanks a million for sharing...I can finally try my hand at this. Stunning job!! :-)

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  142. how did you attach them to the wall?

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  143. Love this!!! I have a small farm and many old and new pallets no chemicals. Love the instructions and on my list of things to make for my grand babies. Thank you..

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  144. What did you hang them on the wall with?!

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  145. WOW! I LOVE LOVE LOVE! and we have tons of pallets in our warehouse where I work...this will be the first of my many new and exciting DIY crafts! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  146. Thank you sooo much for posting this. I have been looking for a way to organize my girls books. This is PERFECT! Not to mention really inexpensive.

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  147. Absolute genius .Several pallets out at back of my hospital am going to find the nice stores guy and request a few ! So many books in my house it feels like a library !Thank you !!!

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  148. I wondering how big the wood pallet is, I am new to DIY crafts and was wondering if all pallets are the same size or if they come in different sizes?

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  149. These are fantastic! Have you considered selling these? If so, you have a buyer here. I don't have the confidence to tackle this project, but want these shelves :) Thanks for sharing.

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