Industrial style apartment

Jessica & her fiance moved into a new apartment, June 2013 and I got the chance to help them update it and personalize it. It was a nice challenge to help update it on a budget, while using pieces they already owned to help design the spaces.

Warning: this is not a tutorial with step by step images, this is more like a “hey look what we did!” kind of post. I will provide links to tutorials that can help you out if you decide to try one of these projects.

DIY Bedroom by CMYfabriK
DIY Pallet headboard & pallet bedframe

DIY pallet headboard and bed frame
headboard closeup
Pallet Headboard Collage
Inspiration via 1 | 2 | 3
DIY pallet headboard
Finishing the headboard

And yes we were using the hand saw to cut inside! Just pay no mind, that’s what vacuums are for!

DIY pallet bed frame
Building the bed frame
All day we tried not to trip over these two
DIY pallet bed frame
Completed bed frame
DIY pallet headboard and bed frame
Closeup of night stand set up

Living room vignette

This next image was the inspiration that started it all. The easy part was finding the pallets for free on Craigslist, the hard part was ripping them apart and getting all the pieces we needed. Since we were going for the industrial feel, it was good that the boards had scribbles, spray painted numbers and other imperfect parts- that just added to the overall feel.

Shelf inspiration
Inspiration via

Everything seen in this design came over from the old apartment, the only new items we bought were the drop cloth curtains, a couple air plants, some antique knick-knacks that had an industrial feel. These included a pair of old wooden dumbbells, a Kodak camera case and a large metal Georgia stamp found at Paris on Ponce. We got the metal filing cabinet in the corner for free off Craigslist too! The “afraid to fail” art was done for the previous apartment. Tutorial here.


DIY pallet entertainment stand/ media stand

DIY pallet entertainment stand/ media stand
tv palette shelving

It was great to help Jessica and her fiance Evan to get settled into their new apartment. It had a more customized look that was achieved by using most of their furniture from before but putting a more sophisticated touch to it. Working with the pallets was a tough job but in the end it was really inspiring. It kind of makes me want to see what else I can build using recycled pallets and I’m sure I can find some more for free on Craigslist.

What kind of projects have you done using recycled pallets? We’d love to see your DIY!


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