PART IV - STAIN, HARDWARE and INSTALL - This is the final episode of the complete start to finish tutorial on how to create a beautiful rustic pallet cabinet from scratch, using free wood pallets. Follow along as we'll research, sketch, gather/dismantle pallets, cut, build, stain and finally install our one of a kind pallet cabinet.
Watch Part I - Research and Development
Watch Part II - Gather and Dismantle Pallets
Watch Part III - Construction
Watch Part IV - Stain, Hardware and Install
Thank you very much for tuning in to this series, it's been a lot of fun! So, at this point you should have a beautiful pallet cabinet (above.) Let's take that wood to the next level by locking in those natural scars and patina with a rich stain.
REQUIRED TOOLS AND MATERIALS:
A.) Paint Respirator/Mask B.) Stir Stick C.) Stain (we've always used MinWax and have always had great results.) D.) Flat Head Screwdriver (to pop the top of the stain can off.) E.) Rubber Gloves F.) Towels (at least two - clean.) G.) Painbrush H.) Pallet Cabinet.
IMPORTANT! It's also extremely important to lay down a drop cloth or sheets or towels to protect the floor and walls from the unforgiving stain.
Stir throughly. Using either a clean towel or paint brush, apply generously (heavily) to the wood.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Because the stain was so thin, while using the paintbrush, the bristles would sling little drops of stain around the room onto things I didn't want stained... Important things. That is no bueno. So keep that in mind. Using one of the clean towels to apply the stain was ultimately a more efficient route.
Apply the stain generously (heavily) and let it sit for about 10 - 15 minutes. Then go back with a clean towel and wipe off the excess (important.)
Aftter the stain has dried for 24 - 72 hours*, we need to lock in that awesome color with a polyurethane sealer. First, make sure you're in a well ventilated room! Make sure to wear B.) a respirator mask! I get horror headaches if I don't do both! A.)Apply the polyurethane sealer just spray paint; in light, even, steady strokes. Several light coats is always the best way. Let it dry for 24 - 72 hours* C.)Once dry, you're pallet cabinet will be ready to withstand hundreds of years of wonderful family memories.
(*depending upon your weather and temperature - colder, wet temperatures will require a longer time to dry than warmer ones).
Almost done. Our wood looks great! It's time for hardware. We chose black hammered metal hinges from Lowes to attach the doors. That weathered metal is a perfect match for our rustic pallet cabinet.
Mr. Craig Holly measuring the placement of the hinges. He's a great man. I was very fortunate that he was in town for the weekend. He stopped by the shop and applied all the hardware for us! Thanks Craig!!
To prevent the wood from cracking drill pilot holes prior to attaching screws.
For the handles, we converted a vintage crystal door knob purchased at the downtown antique mall. There was a solid metal rod running between the two knobs, we removed the rod and attached a 1/4'' threaded bolt through the bottom of each. This bolt will run through the wood, attaching the knob to the door.
Measure and drill a pilot hole in door to attach the knob.
Thread the bolt through the door and into the knob. Voila!
To hold the doors closed we attached magnetic cabinet latches the inside of the cabinet and screwed metal plates to the doors.
God willing, this pallet cabinet will be passed down from generation to generation. I hope our grandkids will have it in their house when they're grandparents. It's a solid piece of furniture, built to withstand years of growing children and clumsy feet.
Thank you very much for tuning in and following along with "How To Build A Beautiful Rustic Pallet Cabinet". Please, if this tutorial has been helpful or entertaining to you, I'd love to hear about it! Please, if you build something after following through, I'd love to see what you build!! Thank you!
PAINT RESPIRATOR / MASK - $5.47 | 2-Pack
STAIN - $7.77 | qt
TOWELS - Had in garage.
POLYURETHANE SEALER - $7.78 | can
METAL HAMMERED HINGES - $2.77 | ea. (x4)
ANTIQUE CRYSTAL DOOR KNOBS - $8.95 | 2 Knobs
1/4'' BOLTS - $1.97 | 2 Bolts
MAGNETIC CABINET LATCHES - $5.25 | ea. (x2)
TOTAL COST TO BUILD ENTIRE PALLET CABINET: $70.99
Excellent price for a family heirloom. Awesome experience. Love it.
Watch Part I - Research and Development