Since our last move, back in 2008, we've had four dining room tables. FOUR! Thankfully I think we've finally got one now that will be sticking around and yes, it's made from pallet wood.
For a while it seemed like every time I looked on Pinterest I'd see walls made from pallet wood-which, admittedly, we ended up doing in our workshop. The ones I liked best were those that incorporated different painted and stained pieces so it seemed like a patchwork. Originally I'd wanted to recreate the look on one of our walls but when yet another antique dining table bit the dust (sometimes those pretty legs are not ready for four kids) we decided to use the technique to create a table instead.
Wanna know how we put it all together? It's actually pretty simple and forgive me, but, since we were working with the pallet wood we had we didn't use any specific measurements.
1. Collect enough pallet wood that's not treated and of relatively equal dimensions.
2. Build a frame to attach the pallet wood to, it doesn't have to be anything fancy, just so long as it will support the wood and deter sagging/bowing. We used 2x4s.
3. Paint and stain your pallet wood pieces.
4. Glue and screw the pieces to the frame.
Side story: I told my husband my idea and he went with it, as in went down made the table, glue and all, BEFORE we painted or stained the wood. I really hated telling him it all had to come apart.
5. You might need to trim the sides of the table to get even edges.
6. Use baseboard molding to cover the rough edges.
7. Attach legs, we used hairpin but really it's up to you. I ordered these through Rockler and this is not an affiliate link. Also, you might want to look for a discount code, pretty sure you can get at least $10 off that price.
Ignore the horrible carpeting in the picture above and
DON'T MAKE THIS MISTAKE!
So far this seems like a pretty simple project, right? Well, there is one GIANT thing we didn't do that I wished we had. My husband suggested it but in my infinite wisdom pooh-poohed his idea as unnecessary. Can you guess what it is?
FILL IN THOSE CRACKS! I think I was so eager to have it in the house I didn't even consider the amount of crumbs my family creates or the amount of time I would spend vacuuming out those cracks. Hopefully a layer of epoxy will fix our/my mistake.
Now that we have the table done there's one glaring problem (outside the flooring-which is on the home project list), the chairs!
Have any suggestions on how to liven them up?
CALLING ALL PALLET WOOD FANS
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