Tropical Pallet Paradise: A RENTERS’ REMODEL Story


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!

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It all started with this plain, cold, and dull place. And a huge stack of pallets!

trpical pallet paradise a renters remodel story, flowers, gardening, home improvement, outdoor living, painted furniture, pallet, repurposing upcycling

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.

trpical pallet paradise a renters remodel story, flowers, gardening, home improvement, outdoor living, painted furniture, pallet, repurposing upcycling

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!“

trpical pallet paradise a renters remodel story, flowers, gardening, home improvement, outdoor living, painted furniture, pallet, repurposing upcycling

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.

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First thing on this patio 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.

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Everything in this space is a DIY from pallets: pallet furniture, living wall, stenciled wood floors, and more! You can check out each of the tutorials from the link below. And the best part? We now know that we don’t have to wait for the right location, the right job, the right income, the right weather. The time to live our dreams fully, is NOW.

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Tammy M
    on Feb 24, 2016

    what did you use to seal the wood, to protect it from the weather?

    • Tammy M
      on May 26, 2016

      Thank you so much. Am gonna give this a try! Used spar last year and the wood still darkened! Now, I have to sand it down and start over! Thanks again, Beverly Beamon!

  • Blindsgalore
    on Jun 29, 2016

    Way to think outside of the box! Such a creative way to make the most out of your temporary balcony. Have you noticed if the weather has caused any damage to the wood overtime?

  • Nancy
    on Mar 20, 2019

    On your floor, did you pull the pallets apart or just stain and paint so that your floor line was a little higher than the inside of your apartment? I live on a cattle ranch and my backyard isnt level. When it rains it is just a soggy mess. This would allow me to be able to use the backyard after a good rain.

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  • Michelle Blanks
    on Mar 19, 2019

    Very nice. I do see some of the ideas that Are on some past DYI posts like the rocks in the wire mesh box and stenciled floor. The rainbow “herb” garden gives you more privacy too. That will probably where you are spending most your free time, these wonderful Spring days!!

  • Carol Cole
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Absolutely beautiful, I love it. You 2 did a great job.

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