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Pallet Shelves & Boys' Reading Nook

The boys have a little nook in their bedroom that I want to use as a reading area.  We bought a Pottery Barn chair for the boys at a yard sale for $5, which is already in the nook.  I also added some signs that I found from the same yard sale.

Currently, I have a basket for their books, but I found some pallet shelves on pinterest that I thought would work perfectly in here. Right on time, my neighbor had sod delivered on two pallets that he didn't mind giving to me!
I was able to find great directions on making these into shelves from Ana White Homemaker. I enlisted the help of my dad, my own personal handyman, to complete this project.  We made a few changes from the directions:  
  • We had to replace some of the boards with others that were cracked. Dad carefully pried the boards up so that they didn't split from the nails.
  • We cut our shelves in half next to the brace.  
  • For the bottom, we used one of the pallet slats previously cut in half instead of scrap wood.
I sanded the rough stuff down and cleaned them up. Time to transform the nook!
What's even better is that it got me to hang up the curtain I've had for almost a year! I was able to repurpose some light strand covers to put on the ends of the valence. I have a set of baseballs on here, footballs, soccer balls, and basketballs on their other window treatments.

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  1. So darn cute! Love the pallet idea


  2. These came out great, Erin!

    Super idea! Bet the boys love them.

  3. I am currently designing a playroom for my daughter. Thanks so much for the great ideas!! :)

  4. Those are so awesome. We always have pallets laying around and this would never had occurred to me. Besides my two boys would be tickled beyond belief.

  5. I really need to get my hands on a pallet and do this, awesome!

  6. These are great. They look so wonderful there on the wall. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing with us :-)

  7. Really cute little makeover. The pallet shelves turned out really well.

  8. I'm so glad that I'm following you! This is a brilliant idea. Love it. Thanks for sharing on Sundae Scoop!


  9. These turned out so cute! Thank you for sharing. This looks like a great way to organize your boys' books.

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:


    Have a great day!

  10. What a great way to use pallets in an interesting and functional way.

  11. Very cute! I love how you've decorated the room and love the new shelves.

    Have a great day.

  12. They are super cute! Do the boys just LOVE them?

    1. They do love them, and the best part is that their books are actually staying off of the floor! I can't say the same for their toys :) ~Erin

  13. I did just one pallet book shelf a few months ago too (http://takingtimetocreate.blogspot.com/2012/03/pallet-book-shelf-book-rack.html). I love them! Such a great use for a pallet.

    I really like how you left the wood raw. It adds so much texture!

    1. I thought about painting the shelves, but I liked how they looked already. Plus it was another step! If it was newer wood, I probably would have painted them. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. What a great idea! Love this and it would look great anywhere - might have to try this
    Definitely your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time!

  15. Now that is definitely clever and so perfect. Love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  16. I LOVE how your pallet shelves turned out! You did an awesome job & I love the touch of the little baseballs on the end of the curtain rod, SO cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday Round Up, I hope you have a great week!,

    -Kayla :)

  17. Hi Erin,
    I know that you already saw your featured post, but I just wanted to officially tell you that you are a Featured Blogger at Adorned From Above's Wednesday Link Party. Thank you so much for linking with my Wednesday Adorned From Above Blog Hop last week. I have listed your posting as one of my featured links for this week.


    Grab the featured blogger button or just add a link back to the my blog.

    Thank you again for participating, and the link party is opened for this week.

    Debi Bolocofsky

  18. You've been featured at Sunday Round UP! Hope you have a great week!,

    -Kayla :)


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