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Summer Deck made out of Pallets

 We have a small area between the back porch and the garage that is a muddy, yucky mess all Summer.  There are large old trees that block the sun from coming though and when it rains we get mud puddles.  It's a space we all avoid.  We've been wanting a deck for that spot but the cost of materials was ridiculous.  My dad suggested making a deck from wood pallets.   So that's just what Mr. Blessing did!  Tip: If you are going to try this project, you'll want to get the heavier pallets with smaller slots between the slats of wood).

He set the pallets on cinder blocks that he leveled off.  And trimmed it out with old barn boards (that's him, digging through piles of barn boards).

We were fortunate that the red paint on the barn boards matched the trim on our house.  After two coats of white deck stain, it looks like it's been here as long as the house. (Pardon the leaves and debris - we've had some serious high wind/tornado weather lately).  We have a pallet company right here in town.  You probably have one nearby and they usually deliver too.  Mr. Blessings jokingly calls it our "hillbilly deck" but I think it's another one of his amazingly creative projects!

27 comments:

  1. Awsome Polly! It looks so good! And what an ingenious idea...never would have thought that. Love the photos!

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  2. That looks fantastic! I love a "budget" idea that turns out looking like a "million"!!
    Well done....:)

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  3. I love it ! It looks great too , enjoy. :o) Sue

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  4. It looks perfect! I love creating and hard working people. You take amazing photographs.
    XXXX Ido

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  5. The deck turned out so BEAUTIFUL..and how creative to use heavy wood pallets. Did you have to pay for the pallets or did the company give them to you for free? Oh, I just love the photo of the finished deck :) :) It's gorgeous. you're right...it looks like it's part of the house ;) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

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  6. That is fantastic! Absolutely love it with that white paint, that great table, that planter...I guess I could just say I love it all!

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  7. I LOVE it! I'm trying to get my hubby to look at it and do one for us, but he just gives me dirty looks!

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  8. what a great idea. good seeing you again this past weekend polly.

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  9. That is AMAZING!! Really what a beautiful deck you have and out of pallets... who would have thunk it!!! I love it! xoxoo

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  10. Polly,
    I am so stealing this idea. Tell Mr. Blessings to do a tutorial...quick!
    Deb

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  11. That is fabulously creative.
    I would love one of those in my backyard ... and I just might know where some pallets are waiting to be put to good use.
    Thanks for the lovely inspiration!

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  12. The deck is fine and fun...however.....it's YOUR photography that stands frim!!!
    Love it!
    ~Heidi

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  13. I think it is very clever and I love the re-purpose ... and budget friendly... It has it's own personality...

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  14. You're a girl after my own heart. A deck from pallets - love it! Looks great and I'm sure you saved some bucks. Thanks for sharing this.

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  15. love recycling.. that's so cute too. no more mud puddles, yippee. most times pallets are pine, but some times the frames are oak...we use them for picture frame material. smiles to you,susie

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  16. Your pallet deck is amazing. Actually we had planned to build a deck for the childrens summer pool and this would be a nice choice. then it is even easier to take away for the winter.
    Have a wonderful week /Therese

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  17. Hi Polly! What a terrific idea! I never woulda thunk of it in a million years!
    Funny I've been hooking up with French Inspiration Thursday for a few weeks, but I'd never seen this blog.... I LOVE it!! So much eye candy my retinas are burning *winks* Your newest follower (and fellow Francophile *winks*) Vanna

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  18. Oh, this is awesome! I wish I'd thought of this 10 years ago when I built my brick patio. That's 2 weeks of my life I'll never have back.

    This is beautiful, restful, and cool! XOX

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  19. that is too funny, i need a deck around my new place, dont want to spend the money, and just yesterday said..i know where there is a pile of pallets that would work just fine......hmmmm...looking good, may just have to do it !

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  20. What an amazing idea!!!! I love how it turned out, especially the red!!!!

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  21. What a lovely deck! It looks better than those fancy expensive decks.
    Hugs,
    kelly

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  22. What a great idea! Using pallets creatively is super popular right now. The way you used them is the best I have seen yet!

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  23. So beautiful and peaceful. Indeed as if it had been there all along.
    I really luv it.

    And the leaves and debris... give it a finishing touch to the photo.

    Wish I could come over and have a cup a tea right there and aaaaahhhhh count my blessings.

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  24. How many cinder blocks did he use? were they just used on the corners for stability, or was it similar to a layer of concrete with the pallets on top?

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  25. Hi there! How many cinder blocks did he use? was there a complete layer underneath?
    Thanks so much!
    Sara

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