Pallet Back Drop

Submitted by tracysmith on Thu, 09/13/2012 - 12:32

I've been building furniture now with help and inspiration from Ana's site for about two years and in that time I've snapped many pictures of my projects. I was always missing something and I couldn't quite figure out what that was and how I can change it. Some of you have seen my pictures on here and always, there is the light blue back ground of my exterior garage wall.

I recently teamed up with a local photographer and she helped inspire me to jazz up my pictures by adding props and she suggested that I make a back drop to shoot my projects in front of. I had no idea how I was going to do it but with some brainstorming with her, I came up with a pallet backdrop.

Easy enough right? It really is! All you have to do is use a reciprocating saw (like a Saws-All) and put your blade between the top boards and the boards they are connected to to cut the nails. I recommend cutting them instead of trying to pry the boards off because a lot of pallets are constructed using a twisted nail and they are very hard to pull out. I ended up breaking many boards in the process!

I also added some neat trim boards that we had lying around that were also weathered and it gave the backdrop a little more dimension. The object wasn't to make it perfect so I purposely cut the trim boards at different lengths and then nailed everything to the repurposed 2x4 boards that you just separated from the top boards.

Estimated Cost
FREE!!!
Estimated Time Investment
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pallet wood
Finish Used
None! Isn't nature wonderful?!!
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project