April 25, 2013

There is no shortage of uses for pallets. Sometimes trends on Pinterest can get a bit played out (ex: mid-september’s “make a pumpkin version of all recipes ever!” or “how to paint everything chevron!”). But, I never get tired of seeing some new pins of the vast and creative uses people find for pallets. The ingenuity blows my mind, and they’re basically always free. (If they’re not free, you’re doing it wrong. The used-ness is what makes them charming!).

One project to put these DIY wonders to use is framing our bathroom’s stale & vacant large mirror.

Framing A Bathroom Mirror with Pallets from Rachel Schultz

Framing A Bathroom Mirror with Pallets from Rachel Schultz

Above the sink, we had these less-than-functional metal tray things.

I over-ambitiously removed them long before we got around to starting the project, so we lived with some busted-up wall holes for several weeks.

I don’t regret this, as it made us even more ready and happy to upgrade. We found a pallet in very good condition (try small garden and hardware stores). David delicately disassembled it, taking care to avoid cracking the slats.

Framing A Bathroom Mirror with Pallets from Rachel Schultz

Framing A Bathroom Mirror with Pallets from Rachel Schultz

We stained it using Minwax’s Early American, which was left over from our adding feet to our couch project.

Isn’t lumber even prettier when it’s free?  The pieces were easy to nail up, and we had to put very few holes in the wall (yay for renters!).

Framing a Bathroom Mirror with Pallets from Rachel SchultzFraming A Bathroom Mirror with Pallets from Rachel Schultz

(So to recap, this project was with all materials that were free or we already owned. Booyah!) The busted-up wall discussed at the beginning of this post is completely covered now.

This bathroom doesn’t have a lot of storage space, so for now we use lots of jars on the counter. That frame just awarded this bathroom 100 warm & cozy points.

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  • Ashley

    How did you adhere the wood to the mirror?

    • Rachel Schultz

      It is actually not on the mirror but around it. So we just used nails into the wall

  • Kristan

    How did you cover up the clips that hold the mirror on the wall? I would love to do this! I am wondering if it would work glued onto the mirror itself.. the bottom of our mirror goes down to the counter top and doesn’t leave a nice space like yours. We also have those big clips that are holding the mirror to the wall. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Rachel Schultz

      We actually have the clips too. The board doesn’t come all the way down to the mirror. We are surprised about how unnoticeable the gap and clips are. Best of luck!

      • Anonymous

        Thank you for the response! Did you put the wood onto the mirror or onto the wall?

      • Kristan

        Thanks for the response! Did you use any glue on the mirror, or just nail around the edges? Would you be willing to take a close-up to show where the wood went over the clips – I’m trying to get my husband on board to let me do this project!

  • Really great idea. Wooden pallets ensure more strength with high durability and it enhances the look and style.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Good point! Thanks.

  • Peggy

    I love the pallet frame! Its got a rustic feel which makes the imperfections in the mirror look like they were done on purpose. :)!

    I was looking through the sale section of West Elm and thought these would look so pretty in your bathroom.||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-

    • Rachel Schultz

      Those are cool! I love west elm. Thanks :)

  • The mirror looks so warm and inviting Rachel! I too am in awe of what can be done with pallets on Pinterest.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks Blair! Your blog is looking great.

  • I LOVE IT! Panels make everything better.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks. I agree :)

  • Rachel Schultz

    Yes, a few.

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