DIY Pallet Coffee Table

This summer I am slowly making over my screened back porch. One of the projects I’ve been wanting to do for a while is make a coffee table out of pallets. I absolutely love the way it turned out! I painted mine kinda like a folk art flag, but you could do a solid color, or any pattern you like. I dug through quite a lot to find a pallet with a snug slatted top(no spacing between boards), but I’ve seen regular spaced pallets painted with patterns as well before and they are fabulous as well! And the best thing about this diy is it cost me less than $50! This is a relatively easy DIY, and can be done in a day!

What you need:

*One or two pallets depending on how tall you want it

*4-Caster wheels (mine are 3″ and I bought them @ Home Depot for $28)

*Paint and primer- (if using table outdoors get exterior paint)

*Paint Brush

*16-Zinc plated lag screws and washers(if table is going to be exposed to the elements use galvanized hardware)

*8-Zinc plated wood screws #12 size( slightly smaller than the depth of both the bottom wood slats of the top pallet and the top slats of the bottom pallet put together, so that the screws will be just long enough, but not go through the bottom of the wood when you screw them in)

*Screwdriver/ drill

*ratchet bit for drill, or ratchet that fits the size of the lag screws you bought to fit your wheels

Step 1: Clean pallets & Paint- if you have a pressure washer that’s great to use, but if not, spray with the hose and use a scrub brush to remove dirt and grime. Once the pallets are dry paint with a coat of primer. Once primer dries, paint the pallets the color(s) of your choice.

Step 2: Attach pallets together- Stack the two pallets, and play with them until you have it like you like it. Once you have your pallets stacked just right, use the wood screws to screw the two pallets together, two on each side, screwed into the bottom of the top pallets to the top of the bottom pallet.

Step 3: Attach wheels- Lift table up on its side. Place wheels about 1/2 inchish away even from the corner. If you have a bit to put on your drill for screwing the lag screws in, great, if not then drill pilot holes and then use a ratchet for the size of your screws to screw in the screws and attach wheels to bottom.

Step 4: Enjoy!

I hope you all enjoy this DIY project. Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Crafting!

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Chic on a Shoestring, Miss Mustard Seed, It’s a Hodgepodge Life, My Romantic Home, CRAFT, The Southern Institute, Skip to My Lou, & Sew Chatty

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17 Responses

  1. Nice work! I always love anything on wheels, and the flag design with Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day all in the vicinity of one another make this very apropos!

    • Thanks Liz! You know what’s funny is that I didn’t plan it that way, they were too heavy for me, so I had to get my hubby to help me in his spare time so it took several weeks. If i’d been able to handle them myself it would’ve been done in April. But I’m glad it worked out like it did, and it was a fun process.

  2. i saw your post for this diy on handmadeology, so i stopped by! it’s pretty awesome! i do a lot of upcycling stuff over on my blog and i love to see like-minded blogs out there! great job!
    take care!

  3. This really turned out great ! What Really caught my eye was your adorable I.G. , I have two I.G.’s and a big Greyhound…….. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Hi Kristin, I’m glad you like it! Iggies are the best! I have a post on here back in April with a bunch of pics of my iggie Bearegard, and his littermate, Sadie.

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  7. Nicely done! Upcycling and patriotism in one. I’d love to try doing this, too. Thanks for sharing.