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Transform castoffs from your garage into cool accessories for your home or garden

Before: Shipping pallet, After: Outdoor table
Photo by Linda Lamb Peters; written by Johanna Silver

Before: Shipping pallet, After: Outdoor table

Shipping pallets lurk everywhere: abandoned behind grocery stores, stacked in the corners of big-box parking lots. Bay Area bloggers Matti Salomaki and Megan Speckmann decided to remake a piece of this suburban flotsam into something useful—and beautiful. Taking apart a pallet, they constructed a tabletop from its boards, coated it with natural wax stain, and attached legs they’d found at a garage sale. And the genius touch? A living table runner that consists of a sunken, succulent-filled box (complete with drainage holes) secured to the table’s underside. Succulents grow slowly, don’t mind being packed in like sardines, and need only occasional watering (which is unlikely to cause the wood to rot). We can’t think of a better addition to an eat-in garden.

Design: Matti Salomaki and Megan Speckmann, FarOutFlora, San Francisco (faroutflora.com) 

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