I've been wanting to do something with a pallet for a long time, and I have finally gotten around to it. You see so many great pallet wood projects out there, it is inspiring. I loved this reclaimed wood sign from Serendipity Refined since the minute I saw it last year (*swoon*), and although I am not that artistic, I thought I would give it a shot.
To do this project, I didn't just "steal" a pallet. Pallets are often reused and most of them will have "Property Of: So-N-So" on the side. Therefore even if they are sitting on a store's loading dock, it doesn't mean they are up for grabs. You should always ask if you can have them before taking them. Also, you should educate yourself on what exactly the pallet is made of/treated with and how to pick a "safe" type. They can be downright hazardous to work with.
Lucky for me, my local grocery store was getting rid of a couple broken heat treated pallets (these used to belong to an ice cream company):
I love how it turned out. I was thinking of adding words to the top "Give Thanks" or something like that, but I am tired of cutting out lettering stencils. Maybe for Christmas I'll ask for a cutting machine and I'll go back and add them next year.