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Hello, my dear Upcyclers!
I’ve finally managed to make another pallet project. Yay!!! It’s taken me much too long, and I promise you won’t have to wait that long for the next one 🙂
I know that you guys love to DIY and craft, so I wanted to share with you a way to do it for less! Pallet furniture is an easy way to get a rustic look without the hefty price tag.
This DIY tutorial will show you how to build a pallet coffee table. All it takes is some elbow grease and time (and, of course, a few tools)!
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Get ready to DIY!
This is a guide with step-by-step instructions and photos so you never get lost. There are lots of helpful tips along the way, too.
This project is both fun and practical – perfect if you’re looking for something to do this weekend!
Tools and Materials
Step 1 – Choosing a Pallet
I chose a pallet that was medium-weight and had wide planks. The idea is to use whatever you’ve got to fit the project. This pallet was pretty much square and was roughly 4’x 4′ (1.2 x 1.2m). The coffee table I wanted was going to be 1.6’x 4′(0.55x 1.2m), so it fitted perfectly. All I had to do was cut it in half.
So I thought…
Step 2 – Cutting to size
Because of the pallet size, I was planning to cut the middle plank out altogether with wooden blocks underneath (as shown in the picture above). This way I’d had 2 roughly the same size parts that I’d stack up to make the table.
I didn’t want to move any planks because the nails used were very difficult to remove. This way, I didn’t have to. The only thing I had to do was to detach the wooden blocks that were nailed to this plank. I was going to use them later on.
That was the only problem I came across – detaching the blocks. In the end, 2 out of 3 have split, and I had to use something else.
Step 3 – Sanding
To sand the wood, I used a random orbital sander with 40-grit sandpaper to start. I wanted to remove as much material as I could. Then I moved to grit 60 and 80.
I also attached the missing wooden blocks.
The pictures below show results after sanding and before staining.
The left part was going to be the top, and the right the bottom.
Step 4 – Staining
Now the parts were ready to stain. I didn’t have a regular stain that you apply with a cloth and wipe the excess. Funnily I didn’t realize that and used the self-sealing stain as a regular one.
So after wiping, there was barely anything left on the wood. Check my post on staining pallets and wood in general if you want to know more about the staining topic.
My excuse was that my brother was helping me with that, and he didn’t read the label. The result was poor, and that only meant I had to use more of this stain and apply it with a paintbrush.
The plus side is that it has a lovely glossy finish and it’s waterproof. Not the outside-left-in-the-rain-proof but good enough for water/drinks spillages.
I applied 3-4 coats altogether, sanding with 120 grit in between coats. My sander was a bit too powerful, even at a slow speed, so I did it mostly by hand. I didn’t want to sand through the stain. Before the last coat, I used grit 150 to smooth the top surface.
This table is not “perfect.” It’s not meant to be. I wanted it to have a character you get when using used pallets.
In the end, all that was left was to stack the 2 parts on top of one another and join them together. The simplest solution is to glue them, and I used simple door hinges (I haven’t received them yet, so you won’t see them here) to make it more secure.
The Final Result
Do you like it? You’re more than welcome to leave a comment below and tell me what you think. For more ideas on Pallet Coffee Tables, check my Inspiration Section.
I was getting tired of the brown color, and because my living room is quite dark, I decided to give this coffee table a makeover. A lick of white chalk paint to the bottom and the hinges I ordered ages ago and haven’t had the time to add, and it was transformed.
It is not perfect. Not that I wanted it to be. I like the distressed look of it. I’ve left the top untouched mostly because it’s nicely smooth and waterproof.
When my youngest child is old enough, I may add some wheels to make it more mobile, but for now, I’ll leave it as it is. For more photos and details, check the full post on this coffee table makeover.
Forgive the chalk paintings as we’re in lockdown atm and we’re trying to stay creative 🙂
Let me know if you like the update 🙂 And don’t forget to pin it to your pallet projects board. Thanks!
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