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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

Instructions

-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.

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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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