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Thursday, June 28, 2012

How To Hang A Pallet

I've received a ton of emails asking how we hung our pallet in the new dining room. As of now I have been replying back to each email but it's getting a little crazy :) Good crazy! I love that so many of you are emailing me with questions! Keep them coming! But I thought it was time we just put a full post out here on the topic. I'm bringing in Bill AKA The Hubs, AKA Mr Doozie, AKA Mr. DIY. Hmmmm I really need to settle on a blogland name for him. Anyhoot, we will do this interview style :)
Hey babe,  first thank you for doing this interview. I feel like a talk show host. Ooo next time maybe we will do a Vlog! Then I could truly document all your eye rolls! But really, how did you hang my pallet?

I wandered Home Depot till I found a solution for my problem.

How come it was a problem?

That sucker is heavy.

You couldn't just put like 5 big nails in a row?

(snickers)

Fine, what did you find?

I thought about trying to use anchors or a stud and hang it like you would a cabinet. But I know you tend to want me to make small adjustments once it's up on the wall. So in the picture hanging aisle of Home Depot I went to the OOK section, which I knew had a lot of ingenious hanging solutions. And there I found something called a French Cleat.

Does it bother you that it's French? (wink wink)

(eye roll) I guess the French are good for some things, hanging artwork would be one.

Okay back on task before someone leaves a nasty comment on here.

I always try to double the holding capacity when hanging an item. So a 100lb cleat should be double the weight of a pallet. Plus these packs come with all the hardware, a level and no power tools are needed. Also using a cleat allows you to shift the item left to right by an inch or so if needed - something I usually have to do for you.  

So, would you say this is the BEST way to hang a pallet?

Yeah.

Allright, I can see you used up all your words, I'll show them the pictures now. Thank you. "Golf claps" for Bill ;)
Alright, so above you can see the aisle where you'll find the cleats. They are called OOK French Cleats. You'll need to get the one that is for 100lbs. They do make a 200lb one if you like to be super safe ;)
There are instructions on the back of the packaging and even a smart phone scan code to watch a how-to video. But really all you do is put one side of the cleat on the wall, level it, and screw it in.  Start with the center screw and don't tighten it until it's level (The package comes with a small level that will slide into the cleat for this).
Attach the other side of the cleat to the pallet. And Bam! You've got yourself a super safe, hangable pallet! How easy is that!?!
Some of y'all asked about the stain as well. He sanded down the entire pallet and then stained it allover with the pine stain. Once it was a dry he came back along the edges with the walnut and lightly rubbed in towards the center (A little goes a long way here). After 3 or 4 hours he finished it off with the clear coat. It feels very Pottery Barnish to me :)
Thanks for reading all the shenanigans! And don't forget to checkout the giveaway!

49 comments:

  1. Wonderful post ko [and Bill]. I have a very handy husband who helps with all my household needs too, although I do have a really awesome cordless drill that is fun to use. Have a great day.

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  2. Now all I need is the shelf to hang... I will definitely be on the look out for it :)

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  3. This is about the nices looking pallet project I've seen! Thanks for the info about the French cleat, I could see that being very useful.

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  4. I told Sean the other day that I had a pallet project for him, he looked confused...hehehe, he's gonna HATE me!!

    Anyway, I am voting for Mr. Doozie! Although Mr. Sir Bill got a chuckle b/c I know he always loved Will M calling him that, I think for blog purposes Mr. Doozie is a winner! Oh also good for a call sign too!! ;)

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  5. Love the project! And my vote is for Mr. Doozie :)

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  6. i love this post ko!!! i couldn't stop smiling as i read through your interview with bill!!! you two are the cutest couple ever!!! btw...bill is definitely mr. doozie :)

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  7. Oh my god!!!!!! That is SO funny.
    I love the shirt! I like the idea of calling him just: "Sir Bill."
    All husbands are eye-rollers. It's what makes them "husbands", I think.
    XO

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  8. LOVE the pallet shelf-and I vote for either Mr. Doozie, or The Hubs.

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  9. That turned out gorgeous! I love the staining technique. AWESOME husband to help you so much, my husband needs that shirt although, he would never let me photograph him....it would all have to be from behind so that he wouldn't know....maybe the t-shirt could have the writing on the back and say...."My husband doesn't know he's in my next blog post" :-) Anyway, welcome to the world of blogging. Come stop by and say hi :-)

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  10. Love your husband's t-shirt :)

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  11. I just found your blog and ohhhh my goodness you had me laughing!!!! ;)

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  12. LOVE this idea. We actually used the OOK French Cleat to mount our TV on the wall, so we know right where to find them at Lowe's. I think you should name the hubs "The Eye-Roller" heehee, since you mentioned this about him. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. This is a great post -- golf claps -- tehehe!

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  14. Love, love, love this! Thanks! I think his name should be Mr. Doozie or Hubs!

    Keep great ideas coming!

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  15. I was at work the other day and saw a maintenance man carrying out some pallets. I had just seen your project and begged him to put them in the back of my car instead of the dumpster :) Now I am looking at my walls deciding on a spot to put my new find! This is so cool and looks so easy! Thanks!!

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  16. If y'all have questions about the stain used or how to hang a pallet visit this blog post:
    http://domesticdoozie.blogspot.com/2012/06/how-to-hang-pallet.html

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  17. Your interview was GREAT! That was the most engaging "instruction" format that I've read!!! Fun and inspiring! I like "The Hubs"

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  18. Brand new to this blog - found off Pinterest - and good grief, you are a crack up!

    Can't wait to try this project.

    And for the love, where did you get your husband's t-shirt?? My husband NEEDS one.

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  19. Name him Mr.Doozie. lol this post is extremely helpful! :)

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  20. Name him Mr.Doozie. lol this post is extremely helpful! :)

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  21. Name him Mr.Doozie. lol this post is extremely helpful! :)

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  22. Thanks for this instr! Read a couple others, but the pics help so much!

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  23. Thanks for this instr! Read a couple others, but the pics help so much!

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  24. The pictures and detailed explanations in your blog really helps a lot, you got your best points here.

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  29. Awesome, thanks! Do you rent your husband out? My hubs is good at a lot of things, but no so much home improvement. After 18 years of marriage he has improved greatly, but we got a ways to go! :) Thankfully I have 3 brothers and a handy dad.

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  30. Does Mr Doozie make house calls to Canada ;-)

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  31. Well here is a scoop : even French got sens of humour .... :-) and enjoyed yours ! bises à tous

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    1. Thanks Nathalie! Truly all in jest :) My husbands side of the family boasts a long line of French decedents!

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  38. Hello! Question... Did he just use a brush to apply the walnut stain? Or a soft cloth? It looks absolutely stunning!!

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    1. He used a brush for the first stain and a rag for the second. Hope that makes sense!

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  39. I've got a question, since we're on the subject of hanging heavy stuff. I got a couple of sconce thingies from Anthropologie, on clearance. They may was about 15 lbs/ each. I want to hang them on either side my mantle mirror. I got some of those 3M things that say they can hold up to 25 lbs. Still fell. Any ideas of what I can hang them with? Thx! I think I posted them somewhere on my blog, www.thewritesteph.com.

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    1. Steph, I would head on over to Home Depot and take a look at all of the OOK products. They have so many hanging options for heavy items and I think you will have better luck with something from their line then anything 3M.

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    1. Krista, dumpster diving at its finest ;) If your looking for one try your local recycling center dumpsters!

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  41. What if it's for a smaller project - like cutting the pallet to make a short bookshelf for a kids room. How would he hang it so it's secure and can't fall off??

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    1. Jennifer, I would still recommend the OOK French Cleats sold at Home Depot, I would venture to say that it is the only way to safely hang pallets :)

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  42. Do any of the screws need to go into a stud?

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    1. No mam :) That's the beauty of using OOK French Cleats! Our pallet has been hanging for 2 years now (In a poorly constructed house) and we have had ZERO problems!

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