I based our project off of the tutorial over on Wilsons and Pugs. Thanks Jenna!
Step 1: Acquire pallets. You’ll need to determine the exact size, style and quantity for your specific project. These were (2) 48” x 40” and it turned out to be a rather large table.
2. If you think you’ll need it, get some 2x4s (spoiler alert: they really aren’t 2” x 4”!) that you can drill into the bottom of each pallet to give it a little extra height. Pallets aren’t tall, so it helps. You can get whatever sized lumber you want, 2x4 was just easy.
3. Acquire helpers.
4. Sand and scrub the pallets with a cleaning agent of your choice. Let dry.
5. Attach 2x4s to the bottom of each short side of the pallets using a drill and wood screws.
5. Get painting (or staining). We painted. We used a regular interior paint + primer from Home Depot. It matches our curtains from World Market perfectly!
6. This step is optional, but we wanted the aged, weathered look. If you do too, wait until the paint is dried and use a rough piece of sandpaper along all the edges. Use common sense on this step—where would the scratches and blemishes be? It’s really hard at first to “ruin” a piece you just spent days painting, but it’ll be worth it. I promise!
7. Wipe down removing all paint dust and give the pallets a couple coats of a quick-dry polyurethane.
8. With help, carry the pallets to wherever you want it to live from there on out. Stack them on top of each other upside down (so the tabletop is on the ground and the feet are up in the air) and drill some wood screws down into the bottom of the top pallet (the one that’s on the bottom). This way the pallets are secured together. Do this on all 4 corners.
9. If you want your table to be able to wheel around, screw on some casters to each of the four corners.
10. Very carefully, flip over. You’re almost there!
11. If the boards on your pallet are spaced far away from each other, like yours, you may want to consider getting a custom-sized glass tabletop made. That way, the table is actually functional! Ours came from Dulles Glass & Mirror, located outside of DC, and am very happy with how it came out!
The decorations on the table aren’t final yet, but as with everything else in our house, is always a work in progress.