How to make a coffee table out of recycled pallet ?

As the time is now for recycling and no longer for waste, homemade furniture is finding more and more favor in the eyes of decorators. This is the case for example of a coffee table made from pallets for example.


The delivery pallets can be picked up free of charge from department stores and supermarkets. Thus, for the realization of a classic coffee table, the first thing to do is to draw the plan of the furniture. Make a sketch with precise dimensions. As a result, you have an idea of ​​the quantity of pallets you will need, favoring those with boards in good condition with more or less equivalent thicknesses.

And as this material is generally stored in the open air, it is therefore often damaged. It is then necessary to take the time to choose them well by providing all the same palettes in reserve. By the way, you also need to take some boards for the top of the coffee table. Here the ideal is to recover them on the spot. To do this, you need to disassemble pallets with a hammer and chisel.

Once you have the necessary wood in your possession, the next step is to cut it according to the dimensions of the furniture, using a circular or manual saw. Then, with coarse grit sandpaper, sand the boards and pallet to remove splinters and surface imperfections. Otherwise, you must also treat the wood to preserve it from putrescibility by coating it with linseed oil or beeswax. No need to use products such as xylophene, you will poison yourself unnecessarily.

After this step, the boards will already have a more uniform and smoother appearance, very aesthetic.


Fortunately, assembly is the easiest phase, since you only need to nail the wooden planks intended for the table top to the hollow side of the pallet. Alternatively, for a coffee table that can be moved to any room in the house, you can also screw wheels on it. Still prefer blocked models to avoid furniture that is too mobile.

If you want to keep the pattern and the natural color of the wood, there is no need to paint. If you still want to color your table, you will have to wait a minimum of forty-eight hours before applying layers of paint or stain. In this case then, use only acrylic paint to be diluted in a lot of water.

For the technique, you are spoiled for choice between stencil, sponge or simply with an aerosol can. The trick is to start with an undercoat or primer, this will save you from having to apply several coats before obtaining a uniform result. You will also waste less paint.

Here is a coffee table a little “vintage” or “natural” depending on the style you have given it!

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