my pallet coffee tables

Hello! My name is Heather and I write a DIY blog called Inspire Me Heather.


Lately I've been busy with my own projects and making coffee tables out of pallet wood.



I was inspired by this one, from the cover of Western Living magazine, it's free out here on the West Coast of Canada.


See it there? I'm not sure if theirs was made from a pallet or not - works for me though!


Isn't it gorgeous? Let's get started! We find the bigger pallets for wider planks and chunkier legs.


After dismantling your pallet we give it a really good clean. We use bleach and water - you don't know where it's been and what it was used for.


We found with our inside table that the wood shrank so now we put our wood indoors for about a week. Then we cut the wood to size and gave it a rough sand. I just used our existing coffee table for size. 


We like this look for joining the sides and legs - my hubby does this for me, he's awesome! We used a dato blade and cut into the legs to the width of the sides. 


Then we screwed it together on the inside for added support. It gets painted over later to cover any flaws so it doesn't have to be perfect.


I fill in any nail holes on the outside from the pallet now. 


Those boards are just resting on the top for now. They get screwed in from the underside later.


Then it's the painting. I use two layers - a dark and a light or a light and then a dark colour. We like dark legs with the tops having a dark colour and then a light colour. I go for shades of the same colour and we get our paint free from our recycling depot or cheap mis-tints at the paint store.


Then comes lot's of sanding. Distress it until you are happy with the look. Even with some wood showing looks good too.


I used stencils from The 36th Avenue Shop.


So easy to use, just make sure your surface is clean.


When I was happy with the look, I gave it a coat of Polycrylic in matte to protect it and then it's done. We like the fact that we can use it with kids around so it can get dinged up and that it was so cheap to make!


I'm using this one in our living room, we love it!


Thanks for visiting,
~ Heather


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15 comments:

  1. What sweet little tables! I would love to tackle something like this! Coming over from SNS and your newest follower.

    Jeanine

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  2. Fantastic table! I love the finish you achieved with the layers of paint. Wow you hubby is good at wood working huh?!

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  3. what a FUN project! Very pretty too!

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  4. Wow! It looks fabulous:) I love the wood plank look. Great job!! I am a new follower!
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

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  5. Love the stencil on the table - it's a great look. You've inspired me to give this a try. :)

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  6. love your tutorial...sweet and simple writing (in a good way). Coming over from Beneath My Heart. I just picked up some pallets and was looking for some inspiration. Thanks!

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  7. Such a great job! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm your newest follower!!!

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  8. this is awesome! i think i will need to make one now! thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my site! I'm in LOVE with this table! I really need a custom/larger coffee table right now and I have free access to as many pallets as I want so I NEED to do this ASAP :) Thanks for the inspiration :) I'll link up to you when I finish it!

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  10. I am so in love with how this came out! wow, girl you rock! seriously.

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  11. I think this is one of the coolest tables I've seen in a long time! Inspiring!

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  12. Wow, Heather I just LOVE how this turned out! Love the way you cut the sides into the legs - brilliant! Pinning.
    xo

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  13. Love pallet projects and I'm loving your coffee tables!! xo

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  14. These are gorgeous!! The second one looks just like one that was in the condo we rented on vacation this year...and I seriously wanted to take it home as my souvenir! SO fun!

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  15. I would love to make one one day Heather! Great job.

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15 comments:

  1. What sweet little tables! I would love to tackle something like this! Coming over from SNS and your newest follower.

    Jeanine

    ReplyDelete
  2. Fantastic table! I love the finish you achieved with the layers of paint. Wow you hubby is good at wood working huh?!

    ReplyDelete
  3. what a FUN project! Very pretty too!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow! It looks fabulous:) I love the wood plank look. Great job!! I am a new follower!
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love the stencil on the table - it's a great look. You've inspired me to give this a try. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. love your tutorial...sweet and simple writing (in a good way). Coming over from Beneath My Heart. I just picked up some pallets and was looking for some inspiration. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Such a great job! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm your newest follower!!!

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  8. this is awesome! i think i will need to make one now! thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my site! I'm in LOVE with this table! I really need a custom/larger coffee table right now and I have free access to as many pallets as I want so I NEED to do this ASAP :) Thanks for the inspiration :) I'll link up to you when I finish it!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I am so in love with how this came out! wow, girl you rock! seriously.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I think this is one of the coolest tables I've seen in a long time! Inspiring!

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  12. Wow, Heather I just LOVE how this turned out! Love the way you cut the sides into the legs - brilliant! Pinning.
    xo

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  13. Love pallet projects and I'm loving your coffee tables!! xo

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  14. These are gorgeous!! The second one looks just like one that was in the condo we rented on vacation this year...and I seriously wanted to take it home as my souvenir! SO fun!

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  15. I would love to make one one day Heather! Great job.

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