Scrap or salvage? After checking pallets for bugs and decay, Karah Bunde of The Space Between, looks for a stamp of HT, meaning the pallet was heat-treated, rather than chemically-treated. She prefers to work with heat-treated wood but says it really depends on the project. Another thing to pay attention to are nails. Karah says, “When I want to use an entire slat, I make sure there aren't more than three nails attaching it to the 'body' of the pallet. It's too hard to pry them off if there are.” Don’t feel like prying out the nails? You can use a saw to cut off the slats.
How to reuse them: The possibilities for reusing pallets are endless, but this beautiful rustic door trough, wrapped with jute and filled with flowers, is a perfectly low-cost way to dress up an entryway. Visit The Space Between for more photos and a detailed step-by-step.