Today, I am super excited to share this DIY pallet coffee table that I made in just a few hours!! It has a sweet beachy feel to it that makes me love it even more. Before I go on, I would like to say that I was digging around Sparrows and Lily’s instagram feed, and she had this awesome coffee table that was made from pallets, and it sent me on a mission to make one that would work for us. Off to pinterest (come follow me if you don’t already!!) I went, and I found this adorable one, that I loved. I knew I didn’t want to paint mine though , and I also knew that wheels wouldn’t work for us (more space for kids to shove garbage under…)
DIY pallet coffee table
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- 3 wooden pallets
- flat white paint
- weathered oak wood stain (I love this one because it has sort of grayish undertones instead of reddish ones)
- Deco Art Americana Decor Creme Wax- CLEAR (this stuff is so amazing!! it seals the wood without making it shiny looking. I’m slightly obsessed!)
- an electric sander
- 4 inch screws
- Pull the 3 bottom boards off of each of the pallets. My father-in-law was kind enough to take 6 of them off. I’m sure he would have done them all, but I wasn’t sure I wanted them off of the top one. In the end, I needed them off. Let me tell you, taking those suckers off was the hardest part of this whole process.
- Set the bottom two on top of each other (open end to open end) so that they line up as much as possible. They’re pallets, and they were free. I wasn’t expecting perfection. Screw the boards together by screwing diagonally into both. Lay the top pallet onto those two and attach it with the screws. You’re going to end up with a shelf on the top layer.
- Start sanding. I used 150 paper and then 210. Again, I wasn’t going for perfection, but I didn’t want anyone getting splinters! Also, I rounded the edges and corners. Note: if you’re thinking of sanding by hand, I wouldn’t recommend it. This was a pretty short project with the hand held belt sander, but it would have taken forever without it!
- I wanted to have a weathered beachy so it would match our dining room table which we redid a few months ago. In order to do that, I poured about 3 tablespoons of flat white paint into a cup and added about 6 tablespoons of water and stirred it together until it was the consistency of milk. Then I randomly streaked the boards. I let the paint sit just long enough to snap a picture, and then used a wet rag to wipe the paint off.
- Stain the entire table, including the sides and shelves.
- Add a couple more tablespoons of water to the paint, and add more streaks of white.
- Follow that with another coat of stain. note: I used this stain before on the dining room table, and I was initially disappointed that it wasn’t looking the same on the pallets. As it turned out, the stain wasn’t mixed enough. Make sure you stir your stain well before you start!
- Finish off with a coat of Deco Art Americana Decor Creme Wax- CLEAR (Just follow the directions on the can).
I am ridiculously impatient and I was a little worried it was going to rain, so I stuck the table in my living room right away. I wouldn’t recommend doing that though. It stinks in my house despite the fan blowing out the window.I’m in love with my new table (my plan is to add baskets to all of the compartments underneath but again, i’m impatient!), and now I am busy planning my next pallet project. Your turn, have you ever made anything with pallets? Let us know what you made!
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