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Fun DIY Pallet Projects

Hello, I am Aniko from Place Of My Taste. I am so thrilled to be here today to show you some really fun pallet projects as they are so in style and allow you to create a designer look within a budget. I hope these ideas will inspire you to go pick up some shipping pallets and create your own furniture. I will start the list off with our own creation. This fabulous and colorful outdoor space that we tackled last summer was featured in BHG magazine’s latest issue so you may have seen it already.

We created this fun outdoor room on a standard 10′ x 10′ deck. Previously we had a table with four chairs out here and it was OK, but can I be honest? We did not spend nearly as much time outside as we do now, since our cozy and inviting outdoor room came to life. The picture below shows you what the deck looked like before: plain and nothing exciting.

We have access to shipping pallets from our business, and that’s where the idea of recycling those pallets came from. We decided to build an L-shaped sectional into the corner of the deck, which is my favorite piece. It serves as a chaise lounge and couch.

We also built this nice coffee table out of pallets. We wanted to keep the umbrella as our patio gets lots of sunshine during the day, so we cut a hole in the middle of the table for the umbrella. It goes right into the umbrella stand that is hidden under the table.

Another really cool part of the deck is this fun flower hanger, featured below. It is just a single pallet that is leaning up against the railing. Sometimes the simplest ideas make the biggest impact.

Styling the deck was my favorite part of the project. I sewed pillowcases and a foam cover to finish up this cheery, colorful outdoor space.

Just recently we added some fun string lights to the deck, which added an extra cozy look to the already fabulous deck. Our family spends lots of time out here. It’s the perfect little paradise for those breezy summer nights.

I think pallets are easy to work with and the creativity with them is endless.
Here are some of my other favorite outdoor projects made out of pallets to get you inspired.
Look at this fun swing bed. Could you imagine laying on there and reading for hours? I totally could.
I love this DIY potting station. Fabulous.
You could also make this easy patio day bed using pallets.
And how abut this fantastic paradise? The colors are so fun and well-organized.
I hope you got inspired to get your hands on some shipping pallets and build something fabulous.

Get the instructions for these fun pallet projects here!

DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Hi, my name is Alexandria Szwarc, and I’m so excited to be with you at Style Spotters! I am a DIY home improvement blogger at DIO Home Improvements (the DIO stands for “doing it ourselves”). Being featured in Better Homes and Gardens was a dream I never thought would become a reality!

How it happened.  In January, I received an email from a Better Homes and Gardens remodeling editor asking me if I would be interested in having my kitchen makeover featured in the May issue. I had to re-read the email a few times before it hit home and I determined this was real!

After exchanging a few emails, a photo shoot date was set for two weeks later. The night before the shoot, two BHG photographers arrived at my home to do a walk through and unload their equipment for the following day.  As one can imagine, I didn’t get much sleep that night with too many thoughts running through my mind.

The following morning a stylist arrived at my home. After helping to unload her car full of props, she got to work on setting the kitchen up while I got ready. A short while later, the photographers arrived and started setting up their equipment.

The day was a whirlwind to say the least!  Everyone made the shoot so much fun and put me at ease since I much prefer to be behind the camera! A few hours after arriving, they had their shots and my interview was over.  I sat down still not believing that in a few months my kitchen would be in the biggest home magazine there is!

A couple of weeks after the shoot, I received an email of the photo proof that would be used in the May issue. It was so hard not to share that with everyone!  In April I received a package with my copies of the issue. I was beyond excited! I couldn’t wait for it to hit the stores for my family and friends to see it!


A little more about my kitchen. When I looked at my house before buying it, I cringed at the kitchen and both bathrooms, but I knew these rooms had potential. Growing up in a house that was 100 years old and full of character, one of the things I missed most about my current house was the charm that’s lacking in newer homes.

The first project I did in my kitchen was the wall opposite the door to my yard. I added interest to this area by attaching craftsman-style wainscot and making a new air return vent cover. When asked how I came up with the idea for the door on my refrigerator surround, I explained the air return vent cover I made. I loved the Union Jack sheet metal that I used in that project and thought it would look great above the refrigerator. I was also on a very tight budget and wanted to use what I already had in the house!

Another project I did in the kitchen before redoing the cabinets was building a plumber’s pipe bench.  I have been obsessed with all things plumber’s pipe for about six years now.

I’ve often been asked how I came up with the idea of redoing my cabinets. The house I grew up in had 12-foot ceilings, my previous home had 10-foot ceilings, and my current home has 7.5-foot ceilings. I felt claustrophobic when I first moved in here. I wanted to make the kitchen feel taller. I was able to accomplish that by adding height to the cabinets. It worked because now I feel short in the kitchen!

I wanted to add the refrigerator surround because I felt it would make the kitchen look more custom and expensive than it actually is. After the cabinets were finished, I painted my refrigerator and range hood with appliance paint. Yes, you can paint your appliances! I also had some leftover fabric that I used to make a faux roman shade and matching roller shade for my kitchen window. You can see more of the cost breakdown and how-tos of my kitchen makeover here.

Being a part of the Better Homes and Gardens experience has been a dream come true and so much fun. You are invited over to DIO Home Improvements at any time to follow along with my projects or  talk about your own projects. I love seeing readers’ before and after photos!

DIY-ify: Ikea Hack DIYs


Trend: Ikea Hacks!

I love a good Ikea furniture DIY. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Ikea Hacks I’d been saving for inspiration. It’s amazing what people have come up with!


DIY Campaign Chest from the Rast Chest: For Chic Sake.

Gold Desk Ikea Hack from discontinued Ikea items: Just Bella.

 Frosta Side Table from the Frosta Stool: Ikea Hackers.

 Painted Dresser from the Tarva ChestWhy Don’t You Make Me?

 Hanging Art Display using Bumerang Hangers: Ladies & Gentlemen Studio.

 Catch-all Corner Shelf from Knuff Magazine File: Design Sponge.

DIY Mid-Century Coffee Table from the Lack Coffee Table: Triple Max Tons.

Kitchen Island from Billy Bookcase + Numerar Countertop: Golden Boys and Me.

Sputnik-ish Chandelier from the Stokholm Chandelier: Ikea Hackers.


What do you think? Have you tried to revamp any Ikea pieces? I’m pretty sure I need  to try out that chandelier.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

Best of the Blogs: Furniture Refreshes!

Who doesn’t love a good makeover? I’m obsessed with them these days! From fabulous new facades to a side table turned into a cake stand, I’m always amazed by creative ideas. With my obsession in mind, I scoured countless blogs to discover my favorite furniture refreshes for this month’s Best of the Blogs feature.  Here are my top picks!


1. This revamped table from House of Fifty shows that little details go a long way. I’m all about gold accents right now!


Photo Credit: House of Fifty


2. This Ikea-hack dresser from Sarah Hearts combines two of my favorite trends: two-tone and overlays.


Photo Credit: Sarah Hearts


3. More Ikea upgrades! This one, featured on Armelle, gets a new look with fresh white paint and eye-catching hardware.

Photo Credit: Armelle

4. I’m always pleasantly surprised when people turn basic items into creative pieces. This toddler chair-turned-planter from Four Generations One Roof  is such a fun way to recycle unused furniture.

Photo Credit: Four Generations One Roof


5. One thing I’m currently coveting for my work space is a colorful tray to use as a catchall. I love that this DIY tray from Simplified Bee can be customized with inexpensive wallpaper scraps.

Photo Credit: Simplified Bee


6. I’m a sucker for all things colorful, especially this bold green chair from Young House Love. The rattan-inspired design and cheerful ikat pattern make it my ideal office chair.

Photo Credit: Young House Love

7. A ladder turned into shelving? Yes, please. One of my favorite things about this makeover from A Beautiful Mess is that that you can easily remove the shelves to use the ladder for its original purpose.

Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess

8. I’m amazed at how Remodelaholic turned this inexpensive table into a console with drawers and shelves. I’m also a big fan of baskets and how they add contrast to this piece. 


Photo Credit: Remodeacholic

9. As I said, I love a pop of color. This teal table from Yellow Brick Home brightens the entire entryway and the Greek key pattern on the sides is the perfect subtle detail.

Photo Credit: Yellow Brick Home


10. A touch of rustic style is a great unexpected element and these reclaimed wood tables from Kojo Designs seem incredibly simple. They also saved extra money by using wood from a fence they had just taken down!


Photo Credit: Kojo Designs

11. I think this refreshed empire dresser from Picked and Painted is the perfect cottage style piece. The slightly distressed paint gives it a great worn in look while the glass knobs add a touch of elegance.

Photo Credit: Picked and Painted

Have you ever given a piece of furniture a new look? I have an old coffee table waiting for a fresh coat of paint and after seeing all of these projects I can’t wait to start! Next month we’ll be sharing some of our favorite 4th of July decorations and DIYs. Do you have one that you’d like to send our way? Shoot me an email at

- Kenzie Kramer, Social Media Editorial Assistant

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