Monday, October 14, 2013

DIY Pallet Accessory Station

I’ve been harboring an idea in my head for a couple months and this last weekend I finally had the time to act on it. You see, I have detested the jewelry armoire in my bedroom for a long, long time. I HATE when I am getting ready to go somewhere and I have to dig and look for earrings or a necklace. It’s just irritating. Then one day I pulled a drawer out and it broke in my hand and from that point forward, it’s fate was sealed. It had to go. Pronto.

I desperately needed something that displayed all of my jewelry so I could look at it all at the same time and something that made it easy to put the jewelry back where it belongs. So I started looking online for something that would work. I found several different things, but then I saw the price and had a mini heart attack. If you know me very well, you can guess what happened next. I started thinking about how I could create what I needed myself. I also thought about what materials I have available to me (preferably for free) that I could use to create my project. We all know by now that I have a plethora of pallets available to me at any given time, and so an idea was born.


I confiscated a 30x30 inch pallet from my family’s business and started sanding. I think I ended up sanding it a total of 3 times, each time using a finer grit sand paper, until it was smooth. I then washed the whole thing down, removing any saw dust and dirt.


I then gave it a very sloppy coat of white acrylic paint and let it dry thoroughly. I then “antiqued” it with this stuff…


Martha Stewart Tintable Antique Effect and Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paint in Gray Wolf. I simply mixed the antiquing medium with the paint in a bowl until I achieved a a very thin paint. I then applied the paint mixture over the dried white paint on the pallet and then wiped it off quickly, doing small sections at a time. I let this dry completely.

After the pallet was dry, I turned the pallet over and attached a metal grate to the back. You can find metal grates at you local home supply store already cut into lengths of various size, They are usually in the section with all the garage and tool organization supplies.


I also hot glued some industrial burlap to the back.


I also attached two metal hangers on each corner of the pallet.


I then flipped the pallet back over and screwed in cup hooks at various places along the painted boards.


Here is the finished results so far..


I took my masterpiece in and had the hubby hand it on the wall. I then proceeded to fill it up and empty that evil armoire.


You’ll notice the burlap is perfect for pins, broaches, and post earrings.


The metal grate is great! (Pun totally intended) I can hang my chandelier earring from it.


The cup hooks hold all my necklaces…


..and I even attached a dowel rod at the bottom with some extra large hooks for bracelets and scarves.


You’ll also notice that the top provides a great shelf for my perfumes and ring holders.


It was actually easier than I thought it was going to be to create this accessory station and now that I have it, I’m not sure how I lived without it!


Happy Monday.



1 comment:

  1. Valerie, that is so cool! What a creative way to display your jewelry and see in a glance the opportunities to mix and match. I love the perfume on the top and the rod on the bottom! You are simply AMAZING!!!!!