WARNING: Crafty blog


Okay, when I created this blog, I never thought I would be posting a craft project or some home improvement thing because I am not crafty and most home improvement things that I attempt turn into me makes 16 different trips to Lowe’s and I think a lot of bad words (I don’t say them, so it’s ok 😉

A while back I noticed that someone was throwing out some pallets, so like any good pinner (unsure what this means, visit http://www.pinterest.com) I stopped and loaded them into my car.  This weekend I finally got around to doing something with them.  I’ve never really liked my coffee table – it’s okay I guess, but I thought that this was the perfect opportunity for me to fix that, so I made a new coffee table (eat your heart out, Bob Villa).  Okay, I realize that this makes me sound a lot more crafty and industrial than I actually am, but I’m okay with that.  Here’s what we did:

Items you’ll need:

-Pallets – we used 2, you could use 3 or maybe even 4 depending on how high you wanted the table to be
-Sander & sandpaper – I used my automatic sander which is definitely the way to go with raw wood – we used a 120 grit, which is medium
-Paint & brushes – choose your color, we used brushed to apply and we did a thin coat because we wanted some of the raw wood to show through
-Wood glue
-LONG screws
-Drill & drill bit
-Caster wheels
-Rubber Mallet


-Start off by making sure your pallets are clean and that there’s no rotting wood – if any is rotting, I probably wouldn’t use that pallet
-Next-sand the wood down so that it’s smooth and there’s no raw pieces – pallets are very raw usually and can give splinters
-Clean off saw dust – we used the vacuum to make sure we got it all
-Paint or stain – we painted because we wanted it to be a lighter color and we wanted it to match another piece in our home
-Allow paint to dry – ours dried very fast because we did a light coat of paint so that some of the raw wood was still visible and because pallets are so raw, they absorbed the paint very quickly.
-Glaze – there are many options for a finishing glaze out there and you really can’t go wrong.  We used a satin finish shellac.
-Wood glue the pallets together and allow that to dry – make sure you get them on as straight and even as possible.
-Screw pallets together – we used 7 inch screws from Lowe’s – had to also purchase a LONG drill bit.
-Turn piece over and screw holes for caster wheels – there are many options for wheels out there so follow the instructions that came with yours.  Ours involved screwing holes, putting casters in holes and securing with a rubber mallet.

And your done – you just made a coffee table 🙂  This project took us about 6 hours.  Thanks to my handy, dandy assistant, Corrienne Bottom for all of your help, hard work, blood, sweat and tears during this project.  I respect the fact that you wore pants to church on Sunday to cover up the paint that you couldn’t get off your legs.




Cool burn stamps on the side of the pallets (came like this)Image
Love the matte gold screws we found at Lowe’s

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