This DIY pallet air conditioning cover couldn’t be any easier. If you’re looking for a quick way to cover your unsightly air conditioning unit, pallets are the way to go. Here’s a simple tutorial for this DIY wood air conditioner cover.
Today, I’m sharing with you a fun little DIY Pallet AC Cover project that literally took us 45 minutes to complete while the little guy was napping. Also, we literally spent NO MONEY on this, which is always a win in my book. After the last few crazy weekends we’ve had, we needed something simple!
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Guys, do you ever feel like you’re running a marathon without a drink of water? That is what home ownership has felt like the last few
weeks months. We purchased our little fixer upper a year and a half ago and have been slowly working through renovations since. Don’t get me wrong, we have made great progress and I can’t wait to share with you some of the major strides we made on the interior pre-baby (yesssss, I am, like, WAY behind on the blog posts). Our little home is a completely different place than it was when we moved in. However, the “joy” of home ownership and especially home renovation is that it NEVER ENDS. We’ve got about 246 projects in the queue that we would love to tackle as soon as we have the time/energy/money.
I couldn’t be more excited that fall is here! I’ve been soaking in the brisk morning air on our daily morning walks, this morning I even wore a beanie.. GASP. As we are preparing to move into the colder season here in the PNW, we are tackling some MAJOR last minute projects outside in our yard. Our Labor Day weekend was the culmination of our little marathon. You may have seen a fun video on our Instagram of our bob cat pouring boat loads of gravel over a fence. That was just a small part of the huge project we took on that weekend. I can’t wait to share with you the rest of the great progress we made on our little “field of weeds”. You can read more about all the hopes and dreams we have for our backyard here.
Ready to see this DIY Pallet AC Cover?
The week I was due to have our baby we got A/C installed at our house. Yes, it was a rushed added project before the little one came. Yes, it was expensive. Yes, it was worth every penny. I can’t imagine how dreadful this summer would have been with a newborn and no A/C. Ever since it was installed we’ve been talking about how we
want to need to cover the A/C unit. The star of our little blog, Gannon the Dog, loves to go potty on anything and everything in our backyard, so we’ve been a little worried that he was going to “mark” it, hence the need to add an A/C cover. Also, you can see the A/C unit from the street and we wanted to cover it up to add a little “curb appeal”.
Our goal for the cover was to keep it simple and frugal. 45 minutes and free? Mission accomplished. All you need for this Pallet AC Cover project is some basic tools (like a circular saw and a drill), a handful of outdoor wood screws (which we already had on hand from building our fence) and three pallets. If you’re having troubles finding pallets, check out your local Craigslist, Facebook groups or try asking grocery stores if they have any you can take.
Step One: Cut Front Pallet Down To Size
Our A/C unit is about 2 feet wide, so we cut our pallet down to 3 feet to allow for about six inches on each side. For the front pallet, you want to be sure that you cut both ends of the pallet off and you’re only left with the horizontal boards and the vertical supports.
You’ll need to pry some of the back boards off of the vertical supports. To do this we used our handy Pallet Buster, which is a lifesaver if you are doing a lot of work with pallets. Pallets are surprisingly really hard to dismantle and this thing has helped us save a ton of time over the years. We’ve taken a part TONS of pallets with our Pallet Buster for furniture projects around the house (like our DIY Reclaimed Wood Bed and reclaimed wood signs that I sell on Etsy.)
You may also need to remove some old rusty nails from the vertical supports. We use a wonder bar to do this and if they’re stuck real good, a hammer to push them back into the wood.
Step Two: Cut Side Pallets Down To Size and Attach With Wood Screws
Measure each side of the A/C unit, leaving about 2-3 inches between the end of the pallet to the house for wiggle room. When you cut the side pallets, you’ll be cutting just one end off (rather than both ends like on the front pallet). This helps keep the pallet structure and support and gives you something to drill into.
We drilled in a wood screw on each board of the front pallet into the side pallets. Start with the top corner screw (shown in photo below). Get everything lined up and flush, drill in the screw and then move down to the bottom corner. After the top and bottom are screwed in and everything’s lined up you can finish with screwing in the middle boards.
Step Three: Attach Top Trim Pieces (optional)
This step is totally optional, but we thought it tied the whole project together and added some additional support. It also makes a great shelf for a small potted plant. We had the wood leftover from the removed part of the front pallet anyway, so why not? We just used three pallet wood pieces cut down to size and drilled into the bottom pallets.
You may have some pallet boards that need to be cleaned up a bit in order to put the trim pieces on, like this one.
That’s it! Seriously this Pallet AC Cover is one of the easiest DIY projects ever. Set a timer and see if you beat us at 45 minutes. Ready, set, GO!
Want more pallet project inspiration? Find this DIY Pallet AC Cover and more on my Pallets Pinterest board!