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DIY Pallet Entryway Table

Today I’m just popping in to share the recent furniture addition to our home! After months of pinning ideas, I finally picked out a project that I wanted my husband to build for me one weekend: a pallet wood entryway table. I found 2 or 3 similar concepts I liked, and basically said go to town! So, after a few weeks of acquiring the pallets, taking them apart, and getting enough decent wood to actually build something, my entryway table came together swimmingly!

DIY Pallet Entryway Table

pallet entryway table

In case you didn’t know, pallet wood is actually pretty terrible. And, taking apart pallets is even more terrible. There are rusty nails, the wood splinters every which way, and no two pieces are ever shaped the same. I just assumed pallet furniture would be super simple, especially the way it’s glorified all over Pinterest. Needless to say, this might be both our first and our last pallet furniture project.

pallet table for entryway

I knew I wanted something rustic and simple looking, and without an exact plan, I think Adam did a great job bringing it to life. He used the notched out pieces of the pallets for the legs and front side board to add character, and then the straight planks for both shelves. He left several of the original nails, but banged them down and bent them against the wood to keep some of the “worn out” aesthetic. He also kept the legs a bit higher than the top shelf because we liked the look it added rather than leaving everything level. I like that it adds an element of eclectic.

pallet entryway table

After he had it assembled, it was up to me to sand it down, then seal it with two coats of Polyurethane. I made sure to wear a mask when I was sanding because pallet wood is often treated with harsh chemicals. Again, something Pinterest doesn’t tell you.

pallet furniture

I used a finishing sander to get it as smooth as possible, but because of the poor quality of the pallet wood, there are still several rough patches I will need to go back over with at some point by hand.

diy pallet table

Before I put the Poly. on, the wood was all a really light, almost grey-sh color. But with the seal, it helped to bring out the more natural wood color, which is why it looks much darker now, and none of the wood looks the same.

I love how it turned out, and it feels very sturdy. It’s a hair over 3 ft tall, so it sits well above my waist when I’m standing next to it. And with the mirror in my collage being right above it, it makes for the perfect last minute makeup station. I also made sure to have him add the bottom shelf high enough so that I could slide things under it, allowing me to actually use the ground as a third shelf.

I’m trying to convince him to build a pallet coffee table with some of the remaining wood in the garage, but we’ll see! He cut his wrist pretty deep while he was building this when one of the wood panels splintered as he was cutting it. So clearly this wasn’t his favorite project ever! I’m for sure going to use some of the wood to make some sort of race medal/bib holder for the wall though! Wouldn’t that be cute??

Do you have any pallet furniture in your house? Do you like the rustic style or are you more modern or traditional? Tell me about your last strength training workout!

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15 Comments

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    Jenn
    January 27, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I think it looks fantastic!

    I see so many great ideas of pallet furniture on Pinterest and the rest of the internet, but I’m always so afraid to dive in. I have heard about the chemicals and the rusty nails and all the problems that go along with it. Mr PugRunner isn’t the handiest with construction, and I just don’t know that I have the patience to take on building something. So I might just stick to IKEA for stuff like this 😉

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      Sweet Miles
      January 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

      haha I think sometimes you could qualify IKEA furniture as DIY 🙂 and yes, the rusty nails make me so nervous!! I was so scared Adam was going to stick himself with one!

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    Tina@GottaRunNow
    January 27, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Your table looks great! My husband has made 3 pieces of furniture from pallets that we have in our house that I really like.
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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    January 27, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Love the table!! My brother built his girlfriend a coffee table out of a pallet and it is gorgeous. I told him he needs to make one for me too, but he blew me off. I love the rustic look though and I really love having custom built furniture in the house. My dad is really great at wood working and I’m trying to convince him to build me a bookcase for my office, a dining room table, and a buffet for the dining room.. so far, I haven’t convinced him. He’s been building stuff for the kiddos though, so I’m hoping my “it’s not fair!!” mini tantrum last week will help convince him.. haha 🙂

    I’m glad I’m not the only one not up for running yet. I just have zero motivation to do it. I’ve been doing, and loving, yoga though. Why can’t that keep me in shape like running?!

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      Sweet Miles
      January 30, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Oh I bet it’s super cute!! You should definitely throw another tantrum and see if those projects happen 🙂 haha! I would be the SAME way! Tell him it should be for your birthday or christmas or something! And girl, I wish yoga kept me in shape like running!! It’s SO much more relaxxxxinngggg!!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    January 27, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I love love love the table girl! Adam did such a great job on it. A coffee table would look so good too, but I understand wanting to avoid anymore injuries! We have done some diy, but the projects always do turn out to be way more time consuming and difficult than we imagined. It is never as easy as it looks lol!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 30, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Haha yes!! Projects always end up being WAY more complicated than Pinterest makes them appear 😉 I’ll see if I can convince him to build us a coffee table. The one we have now was originally my parent’s FIRST set of living room furniture! We have photos of me as a baby crawling around it 🙂

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    January 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Your table looks great! Very rustic and charming : )
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      Sweet Miles
      January 30, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Thank you Stacie 🙂 I LOVE the rustic look, so I think it goes with our house perfectly!

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    Jessica @Myhealthypassion.com
    January 28, 2015 at 10:56 am

    love love love that table!!!!!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 30, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Jessica!

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    January 28, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Wow! It turned out gorgeous!!! Such a practical piece.
    Thanks for the “tips” and honesty about the pallets. I would have thought the same thing you did.
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      Sweet Miles
      January 30, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Julie! It’s already been super useful, and I love now having two places in the entry way to “drop things” 🙂

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