Our Simple DIY Pallet Pool Storage is the perfect way to organize all your pool toys and accessories!
Get all your pool gear organized, and add a pop of color to your backyard with this Simple DIY Pallet Pool Storage! #tutorial #summer
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This year Mr Juggling Act and I decided to purchase an above ground pool for our backyard. I’m so glad we did because the kids have been having a blast, and it’s not too bad for Mom and Dad either! For the last few years, we have spent nearly every weekend in Maine enjoying Brandy Pond and Long Lake on my parents boat. While we still love doing that, it’s nice to have a place right in our backyard to cool off and enjoy summer. Plus, it makes for a pretty cool summertime ‘office’ space!
One of the biggest challenges was figuring out how to manage all of the pool accessories cluttering up our backyard. It’s amazing how many things you suddenly need storage for:
- Pool Floats and Noodles
- Pool Toys
- Life Jackets
- Pool Net
I was inspired to create a cool pallet. We had recently purchased a Variable Speed Hammer Drill from Home Depot which came in handy for this project. (This is not an ad, but we really loved the product so we thought we’d share! This simple pool storage project can be easily done in a day if you have all the materials.
Do Pallets of Chemicals?
Reusing and upcycling old pallets are a great ecologically friendly projects, but you want to be sure that you are not using a pallet that has been chemically-treated with something that might be potential harmful to you and your family. These will usually have a stamp that indicates the treatment code.
Look for a “national pallet” which are used within the country and most often are not chemically treated. Clean pallets without spills or stains are your best bet. For more on this, please read How to Tell if a Wood Pallet is Safe for Reuse.
Simple DIY Pallet Pool Storage
Here’s how to get organized and put together your own Simple DIY Pallet Pool Storage!
- 2-3 cans Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X 12 oz. Satin General Purpose Spray Paint (we used Seaside for the pallet, and Magenta for the accents)
- 4-6 Hooks and Double Hooks
- Small and Medium plastic baskets (if desired)
- 2 – 3/8″ x 4″ Galvanized Hex Bolts with washers and nuts
- 2 – 3/8″ x 4″ Galvanized Hex Lag Screws with washers
- 2 – #8 Pan Head Phillips Screws (Per Basket)
- 2 – 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ Fender Washers (Per Basket)
Start by sanding down the palate to remove rough spots. How long will depend on the condition of your pallet. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
Pro Tip: I learned this one the hard way! Use a tack cloth to remove dust from sanding so it doesn’t settle into the pores. Otherwise, your paint will look uneven.
Brush off the pallet and spray paint the entire thing. You’ll want to get as much of the wood covered since this isn’t pressure-treated. The spray paint will help protect the wood so it will last longer. I did two full coats on mine and then touched up a few other areas.
I wanted to add a pop of color with my hooks, so I spray painted them an accent color. You can skip this step if you like. Attach the hooks.
Pre-drill the holes for the bolts in both the back of the pallet and horizontal fence rail. When it comes time to hang the pallet, you definitely need someone to help you.
Pass the bolts through the fence and pallet and secure the washer and nut.
Once your pallet is hung, you can use it to store noodles, towels, and even though pool net. I purchased additional hooks and a couple of inexpensive plastic baskets. We secured them with a washer and screw. The baskets are a great place to store diving sticks, water guns, goggles, and other small pool toys.
Storing the floats was another challenge. Instead of purchasing expensive solutions online, we found deep Ladder Hooks for a fraction of the cost. We removed the spring-loaded mechanism and then mounted them to the fence and they are perfect for our pool floats.
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