The additions keep on coming at our place! Today I’m going to tell you about our little pallet cupboard. I take full credit for the idea, but my husband was definitely the muscle behind making it happen.
A little while ago, I shared a post about our pallet fence table. It was important to me to have plenty of surfaces available because our patio table just never seemed to have enough room. Not only that, but it was becoming a pain in the butt to cart everything in and out of the house, every time we wanted to hang out outside.
So my idea began to develop. I definitely wanted another table surface, but I wanted storage too. I bounced my ideas off of my husband and we agreed that a type of cupboard with a fold-down door, which became a table, would fit the bill.
This idea used up part of an enormous skid that had taken up residence in our garage for the duration of the winter. That meant our Journey stayed outside all winter (brrr!) and we were used to keeping our vehicles in the garage. I was happy to see that this skid was finally going to be used. We also used a portion of the wood from it for our son’s corner desk.
As I said, my husband was the muscle behind it, but got a little stuck when it came to the door. The original plan was to have it fold down like the original pallet fence table, but it didn’t work out as planned. I suggested having the table fold down, but using eye-hooks on top to hold it closed when not in use. Hinges were attached to the outside of the cupboard, unlike the inside of the fence table.
Once all the pieces were cut, sanded and put together, I used Thomson’s Water Seal to finish it off. After two coats plus drying time, it was ready to go outside.
After my husband secured the cupboard portion to the fence, we attached the folding door and the eye-hooks. We stood back and felt pretty good about this project.
The only thing left to do was fill it, so we brought out of a couple of bottles of wine, some pretty things to decorate it and enjoyed a chiminea fire, admiring our latest handiwork.
And then I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It would be great to have a shelf system inside, dividing the space. I liked the idea of being able to store a bottle of wine or two outside, but it would also be great to store some glasses inside, without wasting that tall space.
After talking about it, my husband went to work.. it wasn’t a tough job at all. After taking a couple of measurements, he fit a few pieces of pallet wood inside, dividing the space up perfectly.
The cupboard isn’t waterproof or dustproof, but with the addition of our outdoor sink, this is less of a pain point than it could be.
The only thing left to do, really, was to buy some plastic wine glasses. Of course, after I spent $5 each on four glasses, don’t I find some in OUR colour at the dollar store? That’s the way my cookie crumbles, I guess!
To make this outdoor pallet cupboard (3 feet by 1 foot), you will need:
- 6- 1″x6″ boards cut to 18″ long
- 7- 1″x6″ boards cut to 3′ long
- 1- 1″x6″ board cut to length of preference (for shelf)
- 1- 1″x2″ board cut to 3′ long
- 2- 1″x2″ boards cut to 20″ long
- 4- 2″x4″ boards cut to 10″ long
- 1- light duty chain appx. 4′ long.
- 1 pack of medium-duty hinges
- 4 small wood screws with washers
- 1 pack of 1-1/2″ deck screws (appx 100)
- 1 or 2 closing/locking latches/hooks
- Mounting brackets
You will basically be building a box with no backing. The front will be on hinges to swing up (to close it). The shelves can be custom fit, according to your preferences.
Once put together, simple coat with a sealant and you’re all set!