Just in time for our fifth year anniversary (of being together, not marriage!) hubby just finished his fourth pallet creation, a rustic coffee table for our living room.
We are certainly getting our money’s worth out of those free pallets! ;)
I feel so lucky that he’s such a handy guy and has the ability and drive to make all of these wonderful pieces out of otherwise scrap material.
The pallets he used were destined for the fire, and it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to use these things – truly, to be able to stock our living room with pieces of art – as opposed to simply disposing of them. This is just one of the many awesome pallet pieces that you can create. He told me that it’s just a matter of taking the wood apart and rearranging it – many pallets are made with lumber that looks brand new. We just happen to love the rustic look, so we have an especially easy time of finding materials to work with. ;)
He started by disassembling the pallet and then picking out the pieces that he would use for the top.
To give the top a little variety, he took the pallet apart and cut the wood into different lengths and rearranged them on the table surface.
Next, they were nailed to the pallet’s original frame.
The gorgeous honey color of the top pieces is also natural – we didn’t apply a single coat of stain. The rich browns in the pallet would have made awesome pallet shelves, too, but I think we’ve reached our quota for those!
Several coats of polyurethane were applied to the top pieces to give them shine, and the tapering on the table’s edge is natural – hubby didn’t cut or sand the wood down at the table’s edge. Looks like this pallet was just meant to be made into a coffee table. :)
The cracks and uneven boards add to the table’s rustic feeling and match our pallet shelves quite well.
So far, thanks to his furniture building, our living room is really coming together.