Used about ten different pallets of various sizes and wood types to create the reclaimed distressed look. My 6-year-old son and I spent hours distressing it with hammers, chains, bags of nuts and bolts, hatchets, knives, threaded rods and other methods. Used two types of min-wax stains (early American and Jacob) to get this look. Finished off with one coat of their polyurethane. Used the cheapest chip brushes available. Hardware was made from homemade from 1/4x2' flat stock. Really tough to bend for hangers.
Tip: wood glue doesn't take stain well so use sparingly.