Green Living Upcycling: Sophisticated Pallets

Shipping pallets are ubiquitous and are often junked after a single use. Some eco-friendly green living designers and artists have decided to make better use of this valuable resource. With a little imagination, shipping pallets can be transformed into amazing works of art and functional furniture. Reclaiming old wood is all the rage and the pine used for shipping pallets is the perfect material for an upcycling project.

Old Bits of Wood is an innovative shop run by Larry Jones from Huston, Texas. Larry handcrafts each beautiful item from reclaimed shipping pallets and fencing. While Larry makes a wide selection of custom-built items, its his gorgeous coffee tables that tickle my fancy most. Its one of Larry’s pieces which is the featured picture and other fine pieces are shown in the pictures below. Contact Larry on if you wish to have a custom sized piece made or browse his lovely shop here.

Green living: Old Bits of Wood Coffee Table

Green Living: Old Bits of Wood Coffee Table


Green living: Old Bits of Wood Dog

Green living: Old Bits of Wood Dog Box

Built by Boots is a wonderful store where all the unique crafts are built by active duty military and veterans. Shop owner Brice Ayres is happy to discuss custom builds. The shop has an eclectic mix of stunning pieces and is well worth a visit. Some of their wares are pictured below, but feel free to browse their shop here.

Green Living: Built by Boots Headboard

Green Living: Built by Boots Headboard

Green living: Built by Boots Rack

Green living: Built by Boots Rack

Michelle E. Black takes summer trips to Hermosa Beach with her family where she like to sit and watch the surfers. She recreates a scene (pictured below) from one of her visits on an upcycled shipping pallet which was used to ship dental equipment. This breathtaking piece is one-of-a-kind which you can see on her Etsy shop here. Michelle is an avid photographer and artist who has utilized pallets in many of her works – browse her lovely shop to see other shipping pallet art.

Green living: Michelle E Black

Green living: Michelle E Black

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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6 thoughts on “Green Living Upcycling: Sophisticated Pallets

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  2. Nikki Fotheringham Post author

    Hi Dana – I will happily take it off, can you let me know if its the first picture or the last one? Or, send me your info and we will put that up instead.

  3. Christina

    Love re-using old wood for new purposes! I just want to caution people about using too much pallet material for indoors. Some of it is treated with chemicals that will release into your home, so I reccommend double checking the wood before bringing it inside. Some things we have done at my house are build the exterior frame for a compost pile, and a garden shelf for all my various tools and pots.

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