All Aboard the Pallet Train!

Yes, yes it’s time we got on the pallet train here at joyosphere. I don’t know why it took us so long to hop on either… we basically live in a construction zone where there are pallets free and plenty just strewn about the neighborhood! We can understand why people are crazy about these pallets, it’s free wood! We’re good with free in these parts.

1014005_10151703223669194_790152198_nSo last night, we decided we had better get a jump on finding a pallet when we realized an entire stack of them had been taken the previous night. Bummer. And we did indeed find one, caked in mud. So much to the neighbor’s confusion, we pulled that bad boy up and stuck it in the trunk of our car… or at least we tried to… And we proudly drove home, pallet and all.

But what were we going to do with all that free lumber? Believe it or not, I had a plan worked up already in my mind to create a custom frame for our guest room. A custom frame for what you ask? For those of you who follow us on Instagram, you will remember this picture:


Vintage Ohio License plates that belonged to my Great Grandfather that my Dad gave to us. Cool, huh? I loved the unique look of them and wanted to use them some way without cutting them up or bending them any further (some of them have got some rust going on in some parts…). Since our guest room has slowly developed a “travel” kind of theme, we figured license plates would be a pretty good fit in there. So framing them seems to be a pretty good option for us.

But they kind of smelled… a lot. I didn’t want to put them in the room without first cleaning them up a bit, which was easy enough. Meet my pal Mr. Clean…

mr cleanWe’re old friends by now, Mr. Clean and I, so naturally this was my first choice to give those plates a good scrubbing. They cost about $4 for a pack of 4 at Home Depot, so not too much damage to the wallet.

scrubbingAll it took was a little elbow grease to get the years of dirt and grime off of those license plates and a wipe down with some white distilled vinegar to get rid of the musty smell that we didn’t want in the house.

And for all of you Ohio State fans out there wondering why an Ohio license plate is blue and yellow (like that state up north that shall not be mentioned… for now…), that is a “commemorative” plate from 1972 when the University of Toledo Rockets football team won the Tangerine Bowl in 1971! And it’s Midnight Blue and Rocket Gold… none of that maize and blue stuff…

license platesSo there they sit… in the wash tub in the laundry room, waiting for our next steps.

palletThe pallet desperately needs to be power washed to get all of the mud that’s caked on there, off. And then it will need to dry. And finally I will get my hands on a pry bar and pull that sucker apart! I think I’m looking forward to that part! We found a couple of sites (through Pinterest, of course!) that outline how to take apart a pallet without breaking it in twain (…in twain!)… It might be awhile until that happens, people say it’s not the easiest of tasks… I might have to recruit my awesome husband to help me out with that one…

What have you folks got in the works? Any tips for us as we try our hand at taking apart a pallet? We’re pretty excited about this project, can’t wait to get it done!



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