Be your own furniture designer with our fruit-pallet shelving
- Cost85 £
- Duration3 - 8 h
Don’t want a shop-bought bookcase, but have lots of books and other bits and bobs to store? Using a few fruit pallets, you can create totally unique shelving that you’ll not find anywhere else. The best part is that it also works brilliantly as a room divider.
Let's go - step by step
Sand down the fruit pallets
To make sure your room-divider shelving doesn’t end up looking like a stack of discarded fruit pallets, you first need to sand them inside and out. This will enable you to remove irregularities like scratches while roughening the surface of the wood ready for painting.
Take the first fruit pallet and sand it evenly without applying pressure, moving in one direction. Once you’re finished, you can simply wipe away any sawdust using a small hand brush.
Paint the fruit pallets
You need: paint spray system, painter masking paper or painter foil, acrylic paint
It’s now time to give the fruit pallets a coat of paint. Before you get started, prepare your workspace by laying down floor protector or cover sheets. Set the fine spray system to the ‘round jet’ setting and spray the fruit pallets inside and out with acrylic paint. Leave to dry briefly, then give the pallets a second, final coat of paint. Or instead of using the fine spray system, you can also paint the pallets with a roller and brush. In this case, use the roller to cover the flat surfaces and the brush to paint the corners and edges. Again, add two coats of paint and leave the pallets to dry.
Screw the fruit pallets together to create your shelving
You need: Cordless Drill, 3 x 16 T10 Torx countersunk chipboard screws
Is the paint dry? If so, you can start transforming the fruit pallets into shelving. Stack the pallets as you see fit, depending on how you plan to use your new shelving. First stack them together loosely and see how your DIY room divider looks. Once you’re happy with the design, screw the fruit pallets together. If you have eight fruit pallets, you will have six screws to use per pallet. Look for the pallet corners that touch, place the screws around 5 cm below the corners, then drill through both pallets using a light pressure. If your shelving still seems wobbly, you can secure the pallets with the remaining screws. Once your shelving is solid and stable, it’s time to put your books in the fruit pallets and start using your new furniture!