I love the look of shelves made from pallet wood so I decided to build one and use it to display photos, etc. That way I can change the display as often as I please. I found a couple of free pallets behind a local business and since they were small I was able to lift them and load them into the back of my Versa. There were some with more weathered looking boards that I really liked but they were too big and heavy and since I intended to paint them anyway it really didn’t matter. For Mother’s Day this year I bought myself a reciprocating saw. I used this little gem to not only saw the wood but to saw through some of the nails too (a lot easier than trying to pry them out with a hammer).
After cutting the pallet I cut two pieces of wood and nailed them in place to make the top of the shelves. I then sanded it (optional) with an electric sander to smooth out some of the really rough spots.
Next I stained it with a mixture of walnut and cherry stain that I had left over from a previous project. I wanted a dark base so that when I used sandpaper to give it a distressed look after painting it the dark color would show through. I screwed two large picture hangers through two layers of wood on the back for added strength. As you can see from the photo below, the shelf looks pretty good with just stain. If you are going for a more rustic look you could just stain it and leave it at that.
I have been experimenting with my own DIY version of Annie Sloan chalk paint for a while. An earlier post of a shelf that I bought at Home Goods and painted with a mixture of paints I had left over from other projects and plaster of Paris can be viewed in the archives. Although my chalk paint worked well I have been dying to try Annie Sloan’s paint to see if it is as awesome as I’ve heard…
I chose Provence (of course). The paint is expensive, $38 for a small can but it goes a long way and definitely lives up to the hype! I used two coats over the stain and to save money I used clear Johnson’s Paste Wax instead of the A. S. wax. After the paint dries (a couple of hours) you just wipe on the wax and buff it to a soft smooth finish then sand some of the edges to give it that distressed look. I love the way it turned out! The color reminds me of all the pictures I’ve seen of blue shutters on houses in the south of France.