DIY: Pallet Coffee Table for under $30!

Wanna make a coffee table that’s fun, original and rustic for under $30? Whether you’re moving into a new place or want to revamp your living space, this table will make a great new statement piece for your room, not to mention a fun conversation piece because everyone will be impressed that you made it! IMG_3853

Having just graduated I know I’ll be a getting a new place sometime in the next few months, which has led to lots and lots of brainstorming. Everyone knows the best part of a new place is getting to decorate! And of course, HGTV and Pinterest are the best places to get ideas for this inspirational brainstorming. Needless to say, my DIY projects board is overflowing with awesome projects I can’t wait to get started on. I knew the first one I wanted to tackle would be a piece of furniture for my future apartment.

With this on my mind, I was driving out of my neighborhood and saw that one of my neighbors, who had just gotten new grass, had about 11 pallets in their front yard. Is that perfect timing or what? I thought quickly about what I could do with this and decided I’d make a coffee table out of them (something I’d pinned of course!). I ran up to the door to see if I could have a few and ended up bringing 4 home with me. The table actually only ended up needing 3 pallets FYI.

Ready to get started making your coffee table?

Here’s what you’ll need:
-3 pallets (one for the top, one for bottom and one for spare boards)-primer (or stain if you decide to go that route!)
-sanding paper (electric sander works best!)
-4 casters (aka wheels)
-long decking screws
-long nails
-2×4 8 ft. long board
-gloss finish
-various tools: crowbar, drill, hammer, mallet

Let’s get started!

1.Like I said, these pallets had been used to transport sod, so they were pretty muddy. To start I decided to give them all a good hosing off. (see what a difference it made?)












2. After this you’re going to want to sand them down to get them as smooth as possible. Luckily, my dad had an electric sander, which I would strongly suggest because even with that it took a while. Be sure to sand each board you plan on using, top and bottoms because no one wants to get a splinter from their coffee table!

3. Then, since I wanted to use my 3rd pallet to fill in the gaps and since no pallets are created peIMG_3791rfectly and the existing boards couldn’t fit others in between, I took the boards off of what would be the top of my coffee table. This part I had to break out the crowbar for and get a little extra strength from my dad. I went ahead and laid them out to see how they would look, but decided since they were off it’d be easier to paint first and then nail them back on.

IMG_3823IMG_37964. Next it was time to prime. Originally I thought I would prime the table and then paint it as well, but after starting to paint the boards I realized that primer would do it for me. I wanted the rustic look and thought that if I primed and then painted it, that it would end up not being rustic enough and just cause more work because then I’d have to antique it.

IMG_38345. Once the boards were all painted up it was time to reconnect the boards to the pallet. Note: I did have another pallet that I could have used to fill in the gaps on the bottom pallet, but decided to leave it as was since books and laptops that would be stored under there in the cute little cubby wouldn’t be affected by the gaps. I laid out all the boards how I wanted them and then nailed them in. I used nice, long nails.

6. Now the part that was a little tricky: connecting the top and bottom pallets. My dad came in to help for this part. He used his drill to screw long decking screws in at an angle. We attempted first with long cabinet screws, but to no avail, so stick to the decking screws. Once we had the right screws and a powerful drill we were good to go! We used 6 screws, 3 per side on the 2 end boards and middle one.

IMG_38407. Now, like a lot of the pallets I saw on Pinterest they used casters (wheels) and I really liked pairing something more modern with the rustic table. Before I attached the wheels though, I got an 8 ft. 2×4, cut it in half, and attached it to the bottom of the table, which I would then attach the wheels to. This gave the table more support, a sturdy place to attach wheels and height! By the way, up until this point, this project had been completely free so far! Wheels ended up being $22 for all 4. I got mine from ikea and they are 3 inches. (I think either 3 or 4 inches would work, but 2 would be way too little.) The 2x4s were attached just using nails and then after this we attached the wheels without a hitch. (the screws I used to attach the wheels with were $4 total, bringing the grand total to $26!)

8. Finally the table was done! I did a little here and there so it ended up taking about 5 days, but if you’re more dedicated and have all your supplies beforehand you can probably knock it out in 2 days. The last thing I did was use a gloss to finish everything off.

I’m so happy with how this turned out and couldn’t wait to share it with everyone else so that you too can make your very own pallet coffee table. IMG_3854

I give you the pallet coffee table!