Years ago, nobody in their right mind looked at a pallet and thought, "I really should drag that away from the dumpster where it's leaning, cram it into my minivan, and take it home with me." But then came Pinterest and, with it, a proliferation of potential projects, both large and small, involving pallets.
And, yes, I succumbed. A friend was having work done on her house, a pallet was left behind by the workers, and I couldn't help myself. After asking permission and dragging it away from the dumpster in her driveway, I crammed it into my minivan and took it home.
My husband loved this, of course, but being both extremely kind and wise, he mostly looked the other way and ignored my squirrely antics.
I propped the pallet against the house, and it remained there for months until I finally figured what in the world I could actually do with a badly-nailed configuration of rugged, ugly wood. I didn't want to disassemble it or invest significant time or money, so I resigned to simple upgrades: I would sand it, and I would try my hand at painting a subtle chevron pattern, and, as a final decorative touch, I would add a large wicker basket that I picked up at a garage sale for a buck.
Next year, my goal is to plant cascading flowers or herbs there.
It's a start. I've tucked the pallet into a corner of our backyard near a fence gate, and I must say, I smile each time I pass it. It's not a work of art, but it's something. I have Pinterest thank for it.