Tuesday, May 12, 2020

how to make an outdoor pallet tabletop

What do you do with an old wood pallet you have laying around? 

Well, there's a TON of ideas! Just go on Pinterest and type in pallet projects and you will find so many!

We had one that I found out in our backyard while I was cleaning up one day. It had beautiful greyed wood and it was perfectly distressed. So I rescued it from the burn pile and made a tabletop for it, and today I am going to show you how I did it! 

Let's start from the beginning. This is the table that came with our set.

Not a bad table by any means, but I wanted something a little more custom, so that is where I came up with the idea to create a tabletop "lid" made from my pallet. 

I am going to show how I made one to fit my tabletop, but you will need to adjust sizing to fit yours. 

Step 1-

Start by disassembling the pallet. I used a hammer and a crowbar, and it took some time. 


Measure your tabletop and cut your pallet wood down if needed. I made mine about 3"  bigger all the way around. Lay out that wood on a work surface with the bad side facing up.

Step 3-

Cut strips of wood to join all the pieces together. You can simply screw these in onto each board. I used pieces of 1x2's because that is what I had laying around. The goal here was to not have to go to the store. 

Step 4-

Now that all the pieces are attached, you want to create your 4 sides. 

I used 1x4" pieces of cedar that I had on hand. You will want to measure twice, and cut once. 

Cut the pieces at 45 degree angles. Think of it like a picture frame. Attach these with finishing nails, screws, or an air nailer. 

Remember, everything is still upside down at this point. 

Work with one side at a time until you have all 4 sides on.

Step 5-

The sides were a bit "new" looking next to the old pallet wood, so I used this product to age it a bit.

 Before white wash:

And after white wash:

My edges didn't match up perfectly, but perfection was not the goal here so I really didn't care too much.

Don't beat yourself up if it's not perfect, nothing is. 

Step 6- 

Flip it over and give it a little sanding to remove any rough patches. 


Place on top of your old table and voila!

This is such an easy way to change the look of something with leftover products. Check your local craigslist and offer up pages, people are always getting rid of these!

How about some more summer craft ideas to keep you busy? Click on any of the links below to take you there. Happy creating!

Today I'm joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their Summer DIY/Craft ideas! Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post...

DIY Outdoor Candle Holders at The Handmade Home DIY Painted Coasters at My 100 Year Old Home Outdoor Tabletop Herb Garden at Inspiration for Moms DIY Modern Sun Art at Cassie Bustamante

DIY Shell Candles at Finding Silver Pennies DIY Beaded Garden Markers at Zevy Joy Easy DIY Macrame and Driftwood Wall Hanging at Dans Le Lake House DIY Printed Fern Art at Satori Design for Living

DIY Criss Cross Outdoor Planters at She Gave it a Go Coastal Coaster DIY at Rambling Renovators Stamped Spoon Garden Markers at Life is a Party Summer Porch Updates at Taryn Whiteaker Designs

xoxo, Melaine 


Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

This table is amazing! I love it so much! I pinned it to my outdoor board I want to make one!


Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

This tabletop turned out SO good! Love how it spruced the set up!

Jenn said...

What a great idea! I love the contrast of the wood against the black. And your view is absolutely gorgeous!!

Danielle said...

Love the update to your table. Just realized I have a bunch of pallets. Ooooh! xx

Tanya said...

Love this DIY pallet table idea!

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