Shipping pallet table: How to make your own

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A modern classic: Shipping pallet

I must admit that at first, I was not sold on the idea of pallet furniture. I thought, rather… nooo now the industrial decor trend has gone too far, taking in boring transport materials into the living room.

Over time though, my view of the pallet has changed and I have learned to like it in the right environment. It has become a real decor classic. You can do a lot with a pallet, but most common is to turn it into a coffee table. Here are some instructions to turn a pallet into genuine design furniture (no one will see the difference :)

How to make a coffee table out of a shipping pallet

You need:

  • A pallett
  • Wheels x 4
  • Sheet of glass
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper

1. Use the sandpaper to sand the rough surface.

2. Paint a base coat. The wood is often untreated and will therefore absorb a relatively large amount of paint. Another possibility, and better looking I think, is to stain the wood. Use a dark stain for a good looking finish.

3. Give the pallet a top coat. Use furniture paint and give the pallet several coats at your discretion. Two top coats are probably needed. Dare to choose colour, not just white! :)

4. Attach the wheels when the paint has dried. Pre-drill the holes and then attach the wheels with a steel plate and bolts.

5. Your new table is almost ready. For a practical and good looking surface, lay a sheet of cut glass on top. Experiment with putting pictures or fabric between the glass and the pallet. Terracotta tiles can also work as an alternative.

Abracadabra, a brand new, cheap and trendy coffee table that is also environmentally friendly! Score! :)

Good luck!

LOVE M



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23 Responses to Shipping pallet table: How to make your own

  1. Teresa Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:42 #

    Oh, pallets sure are versatil but I wasn’t abble to jump that wagon…
    Babying some ideas for outdoors… maybe… but your pictures could convince me ahahahah
    Dear Son’s Room would love the look and studiness of them.
    Wishing you a Happy Week!

    • maria Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:44 #

      Thank you so much dear and have a great day:) LOVE

  2. Lilli Monday, December 3, 2012 at 14:33 #

    Hi Maria! Thanks for your tips, I’d love to get one too since they are really a lovely decor! Nice inspiration! Have a great monday dear, big hugs and love to you!!:***

    • maria Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:45 #

      Thanks again Lilli dear and a big hug right back:) LOVE

  3. Nilla Monday, December 3, 2012 at 15:33 #

    Håller med, var inte så förtjust först men nu har jag också börjat gilla det. Men tror inte det kommer hem till mig ändå. bra tips du ger iaf. kram Nilla

    • maria Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:45 #

      Haha nä det är samma här jag betraktar den helst hos andra hem:)

  4. Connie Monday, December 3, 2012 at 17:24 #

    Such a great idea. Then we can move the furniture around to make room for dancing!
    Connie*

  5. CRAVING FOR BARNEYS Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 00:28 #

    Love all these inspirational pictues, following you in bloglovin #204!

    • maria Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:46 #

      AWW thanks so much for sweet words and Im following you to:) LOVE

  6. thehautecookoie Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 00:29 #

    lovely interior design pics totally my style! thanks for your sweet comment on my post. of course, following u back! xO!
    http://www.thehautecookie.com

    • maria Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:46 #

      Thanks so much for following dear:) xo

  7. Fifth N Sixth Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 06:02 #

    The decor of the homes are absolutely wonderful & thanks for the DIY tutorial!

  8. Sofia - Hildas hem Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 11:11 #

    Jag håller faktiskt med dig … och min syn har också förändrats. Oc det är så himla bra när man hittar nya användningsområden till saker som kanske annars skulle slängas :)

    Jag önskar dig en härlig vinterdag!
    Kram Sofia

    PS. Nu har nätmagasinet där du finns omnämnd som ett bloggtips ute.

    • maria Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:47 #

      AWW tack så hemskt mycket Sofia:) ska kolla in den nu. ha en kanonvecka. LOVE

  9. aenia Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 17:07 #

    Great post! I love to recycle and find new ideas. In your blog there are nice photos, is very inspiring.

    • maria Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:49 #

      Thanks sooo much dear and have a great day:) LOVE

  10. Breakfast at Cindi's Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 19:11 #

    Great photos for decor inspiration ! I would love to follow each other : )

    xo,
    Cindi
    Breakfast at Cindi’s

  11. Tiana Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 19:59 #

    This inspiration is definitely right up my alley!
    I love the soft color palette of the first photo and I love to mix a little of the old and a little of the new :)
    Very eclectic but still very classy.

    Thanks for all of the gorgeous inspo!

    xoxo,
    tiana of l’esthetique

    • maria Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:48 #

      AWWW thanks so much your sweet words …it made my day dear:) LOVE to you

  12. Sam Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 22:49 #

    Hi sweety, thanks for stopping by, you have a wonderful blog. love these fresh and modern decor ideas

  13. Melissah from Scrapbook Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 00:05 #

    Great inspiration – I love this rustic, industrial look. The first image is my fave.
    x
    Melissah

  14. Sofia Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 23:45 #

    Hej!

    Det ser jätte fint ut! Jag tänkte bygga lite av lastpallar till utemöbler. Undrar var du köpt hjulen?

    Mvh Sofia

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