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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!