Hey guys! I wanted to bring you guys a new DIY project. Every sunday I go to the fairfax trading post here in Los Angeles on Melrose & Fairfax and always find some great goodies. However this week I decided to make my own table. I wanted something semi-easy but something that will go with my everyday house pieces and fit the overall aesthetic. Living in LA we have all sorts of home furnishing resources such as Ikea, Home Goods, Urban Home etc however they just don't work sometimes. When you spend as much time working on home furnishings as I do you tend to fall in love with doing things yourself regardless of the savings. Below is a great way to make your own table using a wood pallet and some basic supplies. Let me know how yours turns out.
I wanted to create a table that featured many different textures and colors of wood. I love the look of wood in my home and having a cool kitchen table is a big priority to me because I take a lot of pictures of food on my kitchen table (can I get a hey—o from the food bloggers!). So I used a partially broken palett that we had at the shop to create this little table. I was able to customize it to fit perfectly in my tiny little dinning room. Here's what we did:
1. Supplies: plywood the size of your desired table, an old pallet (or two, depending on how big your table will be), legs (I used hair pin legs I bought from here), drill, saw, (not pictured) 12 screws, liquid nails and sanding block. 2. Remove the wood slats from the pallet. This is a good time to use a saw! 3. You need enough pieces to cover your entire table top. 4. Place wood slats on the table top in the design you want. This will be like a big puzzle. Once you have filled the entire table top mark the edges of the slats and saw off any excess that hangs over the plywood. 5. Apply liquid nails to the slats and wiggle them into place. Allow this to dry overnight. 6. Flip the board over and mark where the legs should go. I put mine about 1 1/2 inches in from the edge. Screw the legs in place. You could also adhere with glue first (before the screws) for added support. Lightly sand the edges and top.
This table is quite rustic. I like the look but I must admit it does have a few small cevices and uneven places; making it not the most functional kitchen table. But I still love it! I am considering adding a sealer; as I'm thinking that may help with wiping down and keeping liquids from soaking in if spilled. I also like that if I get tired of my table in a few years I can easily remove the legs and use them on a new project. UPDATE: Sealed it! I went to my local hardware store to explain my project, and find the best solution to safely seal the used pallet wood but without changing the color or look of the finished table as much as possible. They recommended a heavy duty matte polyurethane. Check with your local hardware store to see what's available if you plan to create a similar project.