From Loud to Proud
Sep 18
Jessie Best

Upcycling is a great way to stretch even the smallest of budgets when it comes to adding another dimension to your decorating. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, upcycling is taking everyday objects and repurposing them in other ways that fit your needs or lifestyle.

I demonstrated this idea with some old pallet wood. I’m sure you have seen stacks of pallets outside of your local warehouse store or industrial site. There are a ton of great ideas on the internet that demonstrate ways to re-use pallet wood. I chose to repurpose my pallet wood as a backdrop for a set of inexpensive bookcases that needed some updating.

Here’s how I created my new bookcases:

  • I disassembled the pallets and played with the boards a bit to see which design I preferred. I was deliberating between a staggered pattern and an angled pattern. I ultimately went with the angled pattern because once the two bookcases where placed together they resembled a chevron pattern. The chevron pattern won for sure!
  • I cut the wood to fit into the back of the bookcases.
  • I stained the wood.
  • When the pieces were dry, I nailed them to the back of the bookcases.

    I know this sounds simple on paper, but it truly is easy! If you’re like me, you may need a little help in the saw department (which thankfully I had) but the staining and nailing in place was a breeze. I was so excited to haul the bookcases up from the garage and see them showcased in their new home….all that was left was some accessorizing and BOOM! Two great new textured bookcases ready to stand tall and proud in my living room!

    These pictures show the beginning state of the bookcase next to the pallet-backed bookcase with a few accessories. The next picture is the completed project, accessorized and pretty – all for around $20 and a couple hours of time!


    If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.

    Jessie Best
    Ooh La La Interiors

Filed under: budget, decorating, DIY, remodeling, upcycling, wood
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