How to make simple lawn chairs from pallets
‘Cheap Seats’ for the garden
Every Flea Market gardener needs some muscle, and companionship at times when doing the bigger projects outside. This is true for Sherry and Wendell Law from Memphis area of Tennessee. Sherry entered her pallet chairs in our ‘Upcycled Spring!’ contest last month and I knew we HAD to know how she made these:
Sherry says, “We made these chairs out of pallets, easy to make and they add fun to the garden!
“I’d been seeing pallet chairs online for several years and always liked them. I didn’t decide I needed them till we finished our garden. We had a big corner section that needed “more” so that’s when I decided the pallet chairs would be perfect.
“I didn’t have step by step directions for these. All I had was a picture so we just kinda had to wing it. So basically for me, step 1 was, show picture to my husband and say, “I need two of these”
“So we set out to come up with some measurements and had a good time with it. My husband, Wendell, is always up for doing do-it-yourself projects around the house, and all our projects we love to do together. ”
Sherry has added measurements to her photos to make it easy to make this chair.
First, which pallets?
Sherry says, “There are enough pallet slats on one pallet to make a chair, but it really depends on the condition of the pallet you choose. We tried to salvage as much wood from a pallet as possible but not all pallets are created equal! Also, some pallets use 4×4 support blocks, some use 2×4’s. So, best advice, look over the pallets and see what you’re getting.
Chair making tips:
Sherry tells us, “The frame of the chair is made with 2×4’s and the rear legs are reinforced with 2×4’s. Since pallets aren’t normally made with treated wood, whatever you’re making that is going to be outside, needs to be sealed. We used Olympic Maximum, Deck, Fence & Siding Stain. The color is ‘Aqua Smoke.’ The flowers were stamped on with some foam stamps that I already had. For that, I used assorted colors of patio paint that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.”
We live on a corner lot so our yard is a constant do-it-yourself work in progress! Our backyard isn’t huge, …it’s more long and narrow.
We lived here for years before we finally decided the backyard wasn’t going to ever be special unless we did something about it. Our biggest challenge was the slope of the yard. We decided not to fight it and just made the whole slope one big garden. This is our third spring and everything is growing in nicely and we’re loving it!
Now, we’re in the middle of replacing the fence and my yard is a wreck! In the pictures, you can see the stepping stones leaning against the fence that my husband makes. Stained glass, too, is one of his hobbies. For the painted windows on the fence…I just used one of my painting stamps to paint and decorate. You can see the pallet chairs in the garden.
Sherry and Wendell’s other interests
My crafting hobby is, of course, my garden art. I have tons of projects! I am busy with my Facebook page, RecycledBySkattur and my RecycledBySkattur Etsy shop, Please feel free to browse any of those pictures. Another hobby of mine is knitting!
I just want to say how much I enjoy the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website. I enjoy sitting here every morning with my coffee and browsing your pages. Love all the inspirations! ~~ Sherry