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I love a ‘rustic’ look and I love repurposing items.  My husband and I decided to use wood pallets and some old wooden ammo boxes to create a chair rail in our kitchen.  After remodeling the kitchen, and I mean total remodel from tearing old lathe and plaster and creating a grand cathedral ceiling, quartz countertops, the works.  The walls of this old house still are not as you would say… umm straight.  So our new flooring would be right up perfectly against the wall, and then a foot or two away there would be an inch gap.  So to do the moldings to match the rest of the colonial type moldings in the rest of the house and make an extra molding around the whole edge we would be looking at $500.  Just not in the budget that we have left. This is our low budget and eco friendly answer.

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This is our sunroom / workshop / tool storage / toys left out / everything room. It is a mess anytime we have a project underway. (Which is most of the time.)

Here we have pallet boards and old wooden ammo crate boards which i have washed and are drying.

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We started laying out a few boards to see how they would look.

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Liquid nails, finishing nails and an occasional lg nail gun into a stud on the top rail.

It is starting to come together.

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Extra hands helped speed up the process.

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And that is our chair rail in the corner of our kitchen / main entry area hence the coat rack. Cost for the whole kitchen…
3 liquid nails
1 box finishing nails
Free wood from pallets and wood boxes

About $12 (so far…i might sand, stain and polyurethane still)

If you want a look with less variation sand, stain, and polyurethane away. I havent decided whether or not to do that. I do recommend the polyurethane though.

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