Friday, March 22, 2013

DIY Wooden Pallet Inspired Coffee Table

by Elizabeth FrugalMomEh

in Crafts and DIY

DIY Wooden Pallet Inspired Coffee Table
Being a student makes it difficult to afford nice, expensive furniture, so I have learned to be frugal and creative throughout my university career. Ever bought one of those Ikea coffee tables that everyone has? They’re cheap and simple to put together. I bought one for around $20, but soon got sick of the straight black lines and wanted something different so I built this DIY Wooden Pallet Inspired Coffee Table.


DIY Wooden Pallet Inspired Coffee TableWhile visiting my sister, I came across an old, wooden blue pallet skid and thought it would be neat to bring it home, rip it apart, paint it and voila: a brand new table top! In my head, I could see how awesome it would look, that “shabby chic” kind of feel I love so much. 


Unfortunately, these skids weigh about 70 pounds, and with no car, it made it difficult to bring home… but I did it. This project involved a lot of physical labour, as I took the skid apart pallet by pallet and had to ensure I did not break any pieces. 


For this, I needed a hammer and a crow bar. The skid was really old, and the nails were long and rusty, which made it difficult to remove them. To get the pallets off, it was a trial and error kind of job, because I didn’t need to use all of them. What worked best was to wedge the crow bar under the pieces of wood near where the nails were and pull it upwards. This loosened the nails, and the hammer took care of the rest. Once the pieces were off, the rest was easy. I put some wood glue down on the table’s surface and laid out the wooden pieces. I put some heavy textbooks on top of the wood to ensure that there was enough pressure. 


DIY Wooden Pallet Inspired Coffee Table


After the glue dried, I painted the wooden pallet pieces antique white, let them dry, then screwed them down with deck screws to ensure that the table top would be indestructible! I loved the way the tabletop looked, but something seemed to be missing. I decided to paint the shelf of the table teal, and then I later glued down some transparent Ikea place-mats as a runner to protect the shelf. 


DIY Wooden Pallet Inspired Coffee Table


I’ve got to say, this project was quite trans-formative and nobody would ever guess that it was once an Ikea coffee table. If you have a base structure to work with, it is so easy to come up with awesome ideas to make it unique. I couldn’t be happier with my wooden pallet table! 


Sarah is currently studying Anthropology at McMaster University.  She enjoys up-cycling, creating customized furniture, decorative furniture painting and any do-it-yourself projects, big or small. She is passionate about creative sustainability, by breathing new life into items destined for the land-fill. 



{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Inspire Me Heather March 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

That was Ikea??/ Well done, your coffee table turned out beautiful!!

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Misfit Momma March 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Nice work! I had 4 pallets that sat in my garage for years and I now regret giving them to a neighbour for his wood furnace.

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Jamie Tomkins March 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Beautiful – great to see something that is usually thrown around turned into something awesome!!

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Mary Raisingdickjane March 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

That is beautiful! Found you through the Thursday craft hop!

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Victoria Ess March 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

This is so gorgeous! You should start a side business doing this if you have the time!

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Stephanie LaPlante March 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm

When I see this table, I think of fairytales. I absolutely love it!

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Tanya Payzant March 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Great job! I love it!

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NenaS March 24, 2013 at 6:44 am

I love this coffee table, it’s got so much character! You’re so creative! :)

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Sugarplum and Applesauce Boutique March 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Love it! Great job!
Thanks for sharing!

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Anonymous March 25, 2013 at 12:56 am

Stacey L

Awesome coffee table very creative, looks great. Love unique and creative crafts ideas for different projects.

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Ellen March 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I love this. It would look so cute in our game room.

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Maddie Klingaman April 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Ya know, I really like it. I love how rustic it is and that it didn’t cost a lot of money!

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Darrah Bailey April 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

GREAT idea!

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Wanda Bergman April 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

This looks super cool and I think I’d like to make it.

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natalie nichols April 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Wow. Just wow. I could do this with my coffee table. It looks amazing!

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Andrea Velasquez April 8, 2013 at 2:15 am

Wow, that wooden pallet table looks amazing. It has an ancient or antique look which is wonderful. I think it’s also a great idea of putting glass above it, to avoid water ring marks from wet glass.

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Wanda Bergman April 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm

So many wonderful things can be made from pallets. This table is one of the nicest things I’ve seen.

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Michelle Chow April 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Hello, FME. Great and creative idea. A terrific cost saving way to add your own touch to a mass produced item. Loved this post, Frugal Mom Eh.

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Teresa Claire April 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

You have such wonderful DIY ideas. I love this table. I love Shabby Chic and anything vintage/1950s. I can see that the placemats are from IKea…a great idea for placemats.

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Teresa Claire April 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm

You have such wonderful DIY ideas! I love this table. I love Shabby Chic and anything vintage/1950s. I can see that the place mats are from Ikea…a great idea for place mats!!

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Kristina April 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Great transformation! Love how it turned out :)

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Laurie B May 19, 2013 at 12:13 am

Very creative!! There are so many wonderful DIY wooden pallet ideas circulating right now I wish I could do all of them!

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amanda faith July 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm

This is lovely :)

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amy lovell September 26, 2013 at 10:53 am

this is so neat!!!!!

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Debby Chandler October 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm

this is a lovely idea and so practical, thanks for sharing!

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Rachel N October 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

This is a great idea. My only question would be are the pallets treated with anything on the wood to keep them from rotting or anything? I would just be concerned about bringing certain chemicals into my home. I love the look though!

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jessica s October 27, 2013 at 8:33 am

sounds like you put some sweat into this! was definitely worth it the end result is beautiful!

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ginette4 October 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Yes, true story I’m not making this up, we have lots of wood pallets, daughter decided she wanted goats..so she asked grandma if she could bring them to her house (grandma lives in the country) grandma said yes of course but you need to build a pen, daughter goes online and sees how to build a fence with pallets, she gets 50 pallets from where she works…we go over and put up a temporary fence out of chain link while the fence is being built with pallets..guess what the goats jump over 5ft fences!!! Scrap the fence project and return the goats to the original family,,so much for making our own goat cheese and milk!
Oh now that we have all those pallets…I got off track and forgot why I was posting..lol we can build some coffee tables before we have a huge bonfire and burn all those pallets!!

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loriag November 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

You did a wonderful job with the pallet. I had a friend who built his daughter a huge outdoor play house out of pallets. He even straightened the nails of the pallet to re use. So again well done.

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kristy January 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm

I love this table, looks really rustic. When my kids get older I would love to make something like this for my living room

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Kelly @ Eyes On The Source March 13, 2014 at 12:29 am

I have a pile of pallet wood in my garage just waiting for a project! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Barb @ A Life in Balance March 13, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Wow! Ikea placemats to cover the shelf. I’m going to be look at Ikea’s products in a whole new way.

Thanks for sharing your project at Fabulously Frugal Thursday!

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MrDisco March 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm

that;s a fun project!

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kathy downey March 15, 2014 at 7:33 pm

That is beautiful!

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kathy downey March 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm

i love the antique look

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Anna W March 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I am always looking for ideas for re using pallets. This table is beautiful! I am planning on making a compost bin this spring (if it ever comes) for my garden made from pallets.

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Katie @ Upcycled Treasures March 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm

This is freakin’ awesome!! I’m so happy you were able to get the pallet home because boy was it worth it! Pinned :)

Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

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Teri March 18, 2014 at 11:01 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I really want to do this but our coffee table belonged to my husband’s mother, so I’m afraid it won’t happen. I’m still pinning!

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corrine March 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm

this is such an awesome project have always wanted to make one of these just was not sure how

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Ginger March 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hello! Just stopping by to let you know that I featured YOU today over on my blog! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday! :)

Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

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Shannon April 6, 2014 at 5:29 pm

What cute coffee table. Thank you for posting this neat project!

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Breanna Reilly April 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm

This is so gorgeous! I love the idea of recycling something and making it into something beautiful! I am entirely inspired, thank you for all of the wonderful frugal tips you have given me – I get such a great feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction when I complete DIY’s or any little way to save money in this world where it seems everything costs a fortune! One of life’s many little joys :) cheers & thanks again!

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WandaTracey May 19, 2014 at 10:15 pm

What a great idea and it turned out so beautiful that I bet you could make them and sell them.I love the rustic look and the fact that you made it out of wood pallets.The bottom shelf is pretty cool too.

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Darlene W June 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm

it is amazing what can be made out of pallets, book nooks, headboards etc.

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Darlene W June 7, 2014 at 10:27 pm

reduce, reuse, recycle, that’s my motto

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kathy downey June 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm

What an awesome job !

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DARLENE WISSENZ July 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm

great idea, it would be perfect for the cottage or outside deck

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Sarah Oswald August 4, 2014 at 10:51 pm

I love this and it came out great I have pinned a bunch of pallet recycles but I would not of guess that you used a pallet to make this. It turned out great!

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Amy Lovell August 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

What a beautiful table! Way to go!

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Suzie M August 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I like this so rustic & a pallet at that

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kathy downey September 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

pallets are easy to come by here,with have to try this

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