This pallet-based patio proves that even renters can have stylishly-remodeled spaces
HOW OFTEN ARE WE WAITING TO TRULY START LIVING?
Yes we are RENTERS, and yes, we sneakily “REMODELED” a tropical island style retreat, with pallets!
You see, we do love where we rent, except for ……. the architectural style!
So to have our dream style tropical outdoor room, it looks like we will have to wait till we buy a house, have the right budget, have enough time…. right?!?
“NO, we are going to remodel it!“
Creatively, the Renter’s Way:
Rule #1: No drilling into / attaching to existing walls
Rule #2: No painting existing surfaces including floor, walls and ceiling
Rule #3: We want to prove that everyone can have a gorgeous space no matter what their budget is, so we are making this with pallets!
Rule #4: We love a built-in look, but everything we build should be easily taken apart when we move.
As if this was not enough fun already, porch.com – a wonderful network where homeowners can get ideas and find professionals for their home improvements – asked me to share this story in their #loveyourhome series!
Ready for the story to begin? This post will be a fun tour of our pallet outdoor room, for detailed DIY tutorials on each component, go to the list at the end.
We’ll start with this inspiration board!
We want this outdoor space to evoke the beauty of the ocean near us, and some of our favorite places like Kauai .
The materials, forms and colors are all inspired by the nature and culture of tropical islands, from turquoise water to yellow plumerias, from fishing baskets to tin roofs of island shacks.
First thing we set out to transform was the floor! We built panels of wood floor mats with pallets, stained them to look like tropical hardwood, and created a stenciled area right outside our living room door.
Remember the DIY pallet bench and table with beach pebbles? Yes, those were designed for here! Now they look like built-in furniture don’t they?
Now let's see what they look like on the patio.....