I bet many of you make beautiful things out of pallets. I bet all of them are one of a kind and unique. But I do realize that sometimes a project can be a bit plain. I wanted to add something extra like Ashley from Domestic Imperfection in her project Rustic Picnic Style Dining Table. She was lucky to find nails like that in an old barn, but unfortunately, not everyone has access to old barns or time to look for one :)
So I’ve decided to search the vast space of an online world for stuff that would make the pallet projects even more exciting and original.
I’ve found a lot of “accessories” that I’m sure will give your pallet projects that WOW factor and I couldn’t wait to share them with you.
First of all, I’d like to start with wrought iron and steel fittings. This will include:
- wrought iron nails
- wrought iron shelf brackets/pipe brackets
- wrought iron cupboard handle/door handle/gate handle
- wrought iron hooks
- wrought iron hinges
- pipe and steel legs
- steel/iron casters
Wrought Iron and Steel Nails
Starting with nails I was amazed that you can actually buy cast iron nails in different shapes and sizes. You can use them for anything. From dining tables, coffee tables, lamps, bed headboards, towel racks.
They will give your projects and old-fashioned character especially fantastic for “aged look” pieces. Wouldn’t they look great on a wooden chest kid pallet pirate ship bed? You should definitely check them out.
Door Clavos Rustic Hammered Iron Decorative Nails Black Finish Hand Forged by Borderland Rustic Hardware
These come in Black, Rusted, Unfinished, Sealed Rusted, Sealed Unfinished which is fantastic as you can match them exactly to your needs. They also come in different head sizes (from 0.75″ to 1.5″) and pack sizes (from 10 to 100). Sealed ones you can use indoors as well as outdoors for all your garden pallet projects.
These nails with many positive reviews come in black and pack of 12 or 24. 1 inch in diameter and 1-1.5 inch in length.
These beauties are next on my list. I instantly fell in love with them. A number of ways you could use them are endless. I’d probably sleep in my workshop spending all my free time on my projects just so I can use them :)
Right. More nails :) These nails are steel, not iron but coated with a black oxide finish so you still get the vintage look. The length varies from 1 1/2 to 3 inches and the 3-sided head size is around 3-5/16 inch. Unusually they don’t come in packs but are measured in pounds. So the approximate number of nails per Lb is:
132 for the 1 1/2″ (4d)
68 nails for 2″ (6d)
48 for the 2 1/2″ (8d)
37 for the 3″ (10d)
If you after square nails and don’t mind steel these Standard Steel Common Square Nails are a good option as well.
Do be sure to drill pilot holes, though…drill once with a thinner bit the full length of the nail, then only halfway again with a bit that’s about the width of the fattest part of the nail.Orient the nail so that the thinner side runs with the grain to avoid splitting. Also, hammer with light taps instead of slamming it home to avoid splitting.
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Having unique brackets for your shelves will definitely add a lot of character. And with upcycled projects this is what you’re after in a first place, aren’t you?
These solid pipe brackets are great for pallet shelves and any other upcycling project. They will give a nice, unique look. Fantastic for Pottery Barn decor!
If you like this kind of industrial character you should check out these Industrial Pipe Shelf by DIY Cartel – 6 Inch shelf brackets. They would be perfect for pallet planks up to 6 inches wide. And they come with free shipping with Amazon Prime too!
For more pipe designs that would be great with any reclaimed wood or just for its own visit Iron Illumination. I absolutely adore these handmade pieces. You can have these made to order for a perfect fit.
Although you have to be patient because of their handmade nature they take a longer time to ship.
If you prefer something more shabby chic or antique style these ones will be great! They are very solid, perfect for inside and outside. They painted in faux rust finish which makes them look rusty but without any rusty residue left on a wood or walls.
Wrought Iron Cupboard Handle, Door Handle or Gate Handle
Small things like handles can really make a change for a project. You can not only use them for cupboards or doors but they will look fantastic on coffee tables, breakfast trays or chests. Put them together with those nails and your projects will turn into something truly unique.
I absolutely adore this Ring Pull Door Handle from Iron Valley. I’d definitely use it for a chest/trunk. What do you think? Let me know about your ideas for this beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Dimensions are: back plate – 4.5″ height x 2.75″ Wide and the ring diameter – 3.5″ Wide (Ring Overhangs Back Plate).
If you’re looking for a “classic” type of handle Iron Valley has several different examples that you’d like. First one, 9” Ripple Door Pull Handle – Cast Iron, is another fine example from Iron Valley. Simple and classic. Great for barn style door or towel rack.
A second one I liked is 9″ Twist Door Pull Handle – Cast Iron
and finally, my favorite 9″ Heart Door Pull Handle – Solid Cast Iron.
For a more rustic look, I’ve picked Small Cast Iron Rustic Handle Drawer Pull
This one is a raw untreated cast iron handle. Because of its nature, this handle is gray/silver color and requires some treatment before installing. To prevent rusting just use some sealer or paint or coat it in Crisco and bake it in a hot oven.
For a bigger size check Rustic 9″ Heavy Cast Iron Large Gate Pulls
Wrought Iron Hooks
If you’re planning on a pallet coat/towel rack or some cute lantern projects hooks are a must. Below you’ll find some fantastic examples. Plenty to choose from but in case you don’t like any of them just click through HERE to check out more items!
These hooks will be lovely for smaller projects and will match the shelf brackets above. What a great combination! They come in a rustic brown finish are approximately 3 1/2 in long, 3 1/2 in high, 1 1/2 in wide.
If you prefer different design you have a look below for another design from Big Sky Antiques.
These zinc cast base hooks would be perfect for foyers, hallways, and bathrooms. With a nice patina, that will blend well into a pre-1900 home.
Stylish, simple design with rustic, black finish. Can be used for a coat rack like the one below.
I’m sure you’ve seen somewhere some gorgeous pallet lanterns. They super easy to make and you could simply use any of these handmade, sturdy iron hooks. Below you’ll find simple, black arch hooks that would be great for that purpose :)
For more shabby chic kind of projects like bracelet/necklace display, these would be perfect. They come in a set of 3, in whitish color and rustic finish.
Wrought Iron Hinges
Hinges or shutter holders can really add character to any project. Cabinets, trunks, coffee tables. I actually used hinges to join a bottom and a top part of my pallet coffee table. Looks great and it saved me a lot of drilling and gluing.
Wrought iron strap hinges with a protective finish ideal for doors, cabinets and any other projects that can come to mind.
These hinges are definitely unique and worth checking out! They are not iron but steel with an antique iron finish. If you’d rather like them made of iron check ANTIQUE IRON DECORATIVE HINGES (SMALL BUTTERFLY/SNAKE) by Ironmongery World but I must warn you the price tag they come with is a lot bigger.
If you ask why I included window shutter holders my answer is because they’re pretty! :) With the beautiful, glossy black finish I’m sure you could think of many ways to use them for your pallet projects.
Pipe and Steel Legs
For those of you that just started with pallet projects or simply have less time these legs are an awesome solution.
Industrial pipe legs will add that unique look you’re after. But I must say these steel frame legs do make an impression. So if you’re looking for that WOW factor these definitely will work. But if you’re not satisfied with the product they come with 100% money back guarantee as well.
These legs are prefinished and made of zinc which prevents from rusting. They cut and threaded and ready to assemble under 5 min! That’s what you call a time saver :)
Another great example by Industrial By Design.
Classic hairpin legs in additional 2 sizes 16 and 6-in will be great for any dining/sofa/entry tables. You could easily make a nice set of bedside tables as well.
Steel and Iron Casters
How many of you have seen these gorgeous pallet coffee tables with big industrial wheels? I do love them. The wheels/casters add a lot of character and make the table easy to move around. They come in different sizes from 1.25 ” to even 8″ and you can choose between steel and iron.
When buying a set for a table or a bed it’s worth considering to get at least 2 with breaks. this way the piece of furniture stays in place.
CC Vintage has a good range of vintage black cast iron caster wheels. The smallest ones are 1.25″ and the biggest ones 8″. You can get 4″, 5″, 6″ as well.
If you don’t mind steel casters you get a nice choice too. Sizes start from 2 inches up to 9.5 inches.
They part of Add-On Program on Amazon which means that you can get them very cheap as long as your order is over $25.
Below you’ll find fantastic examples of steel casters from Vestil. They are pretty big and thick. They look very vintage and you can always paint them black if you want to achieve the iron look.
I hope you liked my ideas and findings for giving your pallet projects the WOW factor. If you think I should add something, feel free to let me know!
Thanks for reading:) Kasia