Sunday, October 16, 2011

Repurpose An Old Wood Pallet

Who knew there were so many purposes for those wood pallets withering away out back behind the barn? Everything from dish shelves to headboards, daybeds to coffee tables, wood pallets can do it all! I hope the pictures below will serve as your muse to creating wood pallet masterpieces. Also, don't forget to peek at the DIY instructions on how to build a wood pallet coffee table. Talk about a cheap alternative!

Pallet coffee table


About Project

I had some left over pallets that I needed to do something with. I used watered down white paint to white wash the pallets. I added them together using 3 inch wood screws and then added caster wheels to the bottom for easy moving. See more at


 Width: 2.5 ft, Length: 3 ft, Height: 18 in

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 
2 in screws
Caster wheels
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw

Cut List

Cut List: 
Cut the pallets to make two equal smaller sections

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Cut the pallets into equal sections, or just use two small pallets

Step 2

Paint the pallets.

Step 3

Stack the pallets on top of each other and screw the pallets together. Screws can show and give this a more rustic look.

Step 4

Add caster wheels to the bottom. That's it. Bring it in and you have a great easy to make coffee table.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
Finish Used: 
Watered down white paint

Additional Photos

Pallet coffee table

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