Palletpalooza and a Giveaway Winner

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set up christmas
If you are anything like us, setting up Christmas has taken much longer then it should have. Decor is scattered here and there as Whitney’s creative juices dictate her every move. We’ll have it all in it’s place this week. That’s the plan anyway.
christmas decorating
Today’s project is somewhat of a teaser as it’s part of something larger. This week we’ll be hard at work dressing up our porch for the holidays. Usually it’s one of those places that just gets overlooked as the hectic season takes hold, but this year, we’ll be dressing it up on the cheap. We’ll be doing it in phases and then revealing the whole look at the end of the week.

It’s no surprise that we love pallet projects. I like how rustic they look and how with a bit of paint you can transform them into pretty much anything. Not to mention they are free, call me cheap. First there was the pallet headboard and then the pallet mirror.  Now, it’s a holiday pallet door mat.
Christmas doormat
It’s rather simple really. You’ll recall that we removed the flexible particle wood backing from the master bedroom mirror. We don’t like to waste anything so I used the backing as the main support for the pallet door mat.
back of mirror
I cut it 32″ x 18″ using the table saw. We then arranged the leftover pallet planks in the order we wanted them and I trimmed them up at 19″ long with the chop saw so they’d be similar lengths. Once the pallet wood was ready, I stapled them to the backer board using a pneumatic staple gun.
nail pallets
And voila, in just 15 minutes I was done with my contribution on the project and passed the painting off to Whitney to finish up while I cleaned up the mess that seems to follow any wood cutting project.
pallet door mat
After a few experiments with color, Whitney settled on a very festive red and green, mostly since our porch is devoid of any color whatsoever. Somewhere down the line we had decided that a black door was a good idea, but since, we’ve agreed that we’ll need something a bit more inviting. We’ll put it on the “things to do in 2012″ list.
painting pallets
She wrapped up her painting with a light sand for that rustic look before topping it off with an English Chestnut stain.
stain pallet wood
The door mat is the first step in making the porch a bit more festive and cheerful.
Pallet Christmas Door Mat
Besides the pallet door mat, this week we’ll be working on some side trees, and dressing up the rest of the porch entry.  Stay tuned…

Update: Want to see how the porch turns out? Check it out here.

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  1. love the pallet door mat.
    so much more durable than any regular one!
    thanks for sharing :)
    {love} lauryn @

  2. I think this is my favorite pallet project that I have seen. I love the colors you used.

  3. So neat! I will have to try this out for next year. Very pretty “mat”

  4. That looks awesome! I love the rustic yet cheery feel to it!

  5. So simple and festive! I like that you used the thin board and didn’t make it any taller than you had to.

    jamie @

  6. Your doormat is just darling!!! Great idea – and so simple. The color selection is perfect!

  7. This is such a fun idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  8. How did the backer hold up? We have very exposed doors and I would be concerned that it would get wet and rot quickly. Thanks for insight!

    • We lost one board that we reattached with a nail – if I were to do it again I think I’d add a bead of glue to help out. Thanks!


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