A good way to make reforms “low cost” at your home without spending so much money in materials is using pallets. With them we can pave floors and cover walls easily thanks to its rectangular planks, that can be cut and fit as if it were a puzzle. The effect of a coated floor with pallet boards is very similar to a parquet. Furthermore, it may offer a very attractive and stylish change to your house.
In the example that we show you below, you can see that despite of being a very laborious work, the contrast between the “before” and the “after” of the living room is sensational.
If you want to do it, the materials and tools that you are going to need are: a saw, nails, a hammer or a nail gun, a sander, wood varnish, a brush and a lever or a crowbar.
To start you have to measure the area that you want to cover with pallets, in order to know approximately how many pallets you are going to need. Then, with the help of hammer and a lever you have to remove all the planks from the pallets. This is the most sacrificed part of the construction process, as you may need a few days to dismantle all of them.
Once you have obtained all the wooden boards, organize them according to their width and color. In our case we didn’t want a surface with an uniform pattern. So we used boards with different hues, and we have set them to the ground with the help of the nails and the hammer. The boards should be placed in rows with the same width, to avoid little empty spaces between them. So we have created a contrast of hues as we show you in the next picture.
In this case the base of the floor was originally made of wood we just have to nail over it the boards with a hammer. In the case that your floor is made of concrete or ceramic, which is the usual, before you’ll have to place some battens to build a wooden base where planks will be nailed, and then unify the entire structure of the parquet.
Finally, once we have fixed all the pallet planks, we’ll sand all the wooden surface with the help of the sander in order to obtain a soft and smooth texture. Then clean up the entire floor with soap before applying the varnish, that will give more light to the wood, and wait for it to dry. We recommend you to ventilate the room when you are varnishing the floor, and to apply at least 3 coats of varnish.
When you have finished your pallet parquet, it’s time to place your furniture and enjoy of your new, warm and cozy space.