Saturday, August 17, 2013

DIY: Pallet Table

Sorry to have been MIA for the past month...it has been crazy busy, which was a pleasant change from my stay-at-home-life lately. I spent some great time with family, plus an amazing beach trip. I actually got the idea for this post when I went home to visit, so props to my awesome family :)




I have to give a shout out to my brother, Kyler Offenbacker. He made this awesome pallet table for my mom on Mother's Day, and it is just PERFECT outside on her patio. When I went home and saw it for the first time, he told me just how easy it was to make. I have a few pallets sitting in the garage (waiting to be used on other projects), but I may save one to make this project :)

Materials:
  • Old pallet
  • 4 blocks of wood (for legs)*
  • Drill or hammer
  • Screws or nails
  • Paint or wood stain (optional)
*For the legs, you could buy decorative ones at Lowe's or Home Depot. They just need to be sturdy or thick enough to hold the weight of the pallet.

The most important thing to do before anything else, it clean and prepare the pallet. I had pressure wash mine first because they were covered in mud, and they took FOREVER to dry. Be sure to sand down the pallet too to take care of any loose splinters, and overall smooth the wood. 

This DIY project really is as easy as it seems. Unfortunately I don't have step-by-step pictures since Kyler did this as a surprise, but overall it is pretty self-explanatory. 

Step 1: Choose which side you want to be the bottom, and use a tape measure to make sure all of the legs are in the same place on each corner. Mark the areas and remeasure, just to make sure you're spot on!

Step 2: Use the drill to screw in the screws. Depending on the legs you get, you may have to screw in at angles to make sure they really hold. Kyler happened to get wood legs long enough to reach the top of the pallet, and he nailed in from the top. 

Step 3: Optional paint. Kyler stained his table with a dark stain, but any paint would look amazing. I personally, would do something more fun (maybe a chevron pattern on top!). If you paint, I definitely recommend putting a finish on top so it stays in great shape.

 Being a designer, I just had to dress up the table while I was at home. I chose these great metal cans and threw in some fake flowers. (Fake florals are not my favorite item, but for picture purposes, I think they turned out looking really good!) Kyler did a great job on this pallet table. Maybe now that I've dedicated a post to him, he'll do a table for me...hint hint ;) Or if I actually do this myself, I will post pictures and maybe repost a tutorial if I have new pertinent information :)






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