Easy Pallet Chalk Paint Coffee Table Makeover

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I was looking at my pallet coffee table that I made a few years ago and thought it was time for a makeover. Mostly because the living room in our house hasn’t got a lot of natural light, and I’ll be painting all of the furniture a light color to make it feel brighter. This is how I created this chalk paint coffee table makeover.

If you want to learn how to make this simple pallet coffee table, check this post out for all the steps and materials needed for this project.

coffee table tutorial

With this update, I’ve decided to leave the top part as is – brown(I don’t remember the exact color) self-sealing stain mostly because it’s waterproof and pretty much scratch resistant – my one-year-old is in a faze of climbing over it constantly.

The rest of it is painted with white chalked paint from Aldi and sealed with clear wax.

Tools and Materials:

  • Elbow Grease or any cleaning solution to get rid of any stains and dirt
  • Chalk paint- I used Aldi Deco Style in white
  • Clear wax- I used Aldi Deco Style
  • Paintbrush
  • Plastic sheet
  • Sanding sponge
  • Soft cotton rags
  • Electric drill
  • Iron hinges x 4
  • Black wood screws – any wood screws to match the hinges holes would do


The first step before painting was cleaning. I used some Elbow Grease spray and gave it a good clean. It was easier as the table was in two parts and not one piece as I originally indented.


After it was all dried and clean, I decided to go in with the paint. No prep, nothing. The first coat went on quickly on the bottom part of the table, and by the time I finished, it was mostly dry to the touch. I waited 10-15 minutes, made sure it was completely dry and gave it a second coat.

I let it dry again and moved to the top part of the table. This one was even quicker as only a few bits needed painting. 

Notice how the final effect is not perfect, but that was my intention. After the paint had dried, I sanded the edges with a sanding sponge to give it an even more distressed look.


Once the paint had dried, I applied a layer of clear wax with a soft cloth and buffed it after 5-10 min.


Next, I moved to attach these two-part together as I intended to do in the first place a few years back. I used some iron hinges. After drilling pilot holes, I screwed them to the table and painted them with the same paint. A layer of wax to finish them off.

I really like the way it turned out. It was a quick one-afternoon makeover project using chalk paint. I was glad I didn’t have to do any prep. Although I noticed that the stain has bled through in some places but nothing too noticeable.

If the paint doesn’t last long, I might give it one more go and do it over again. This time with all the sanding and priming. But for now, I’ll leave it as is.

I hope you liked this super quick makeover, and if you have any questions, leave a comment, and I’ll get back to you asap. Oh, and don’t forget to pin it to your painted furniture makeovers board! Thanks!

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  1. Love your page! i even subscribed! My dad got a construction job where they were trying to throw away pallets, and i said “NOOO” let me figure out how I can upcycle them. Keep it up, creativity keeps flourishing when we want to do more 🙂

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