Here is a quick view of some of the other pallet racks we made for friends! The greatest thing about these is that each and every one is unique in size, shape, wood, and wear.
For the entire Pallet Rack Tutorial, click here.
Pallet furniture is very intriguing to me for a few reasons. First, it’s always different and unique. Most of the time it’s made up of different types of wood all cut into different sizes. I love how it’s always uneven and far from perfect. Second, it’s free. If you take time to drive around town, you’ll notice a lot of pallets next to recycle bins or with signs on them that say “FREE”. Just make sure you do your research and learn what pallets are safe to use in your home.
We grabbed a half pallet from the side of an office building and we got to work.
Next, he took an extra board off of the pallet and added it to the back of the wine rack. This specific pallet had huge gaps in it which were not very visually pleasing. Using another extra board, he attached it to the bottom of the rack to hold the wine (or beer) bottles up.
He then went through and secured each attachment with wood screws. Similar to how we finished the pallet coffee table, we sanded the wood with a very fine sandpaper then stained it with some leftover stain we had in the garage. We finished the wine rack with a few layers of polyurethane and a light sanding with fine grit sandpaper.
Since I originally posted this project, it has had over 140K views and 90K pins! It’s amazing! What has also happened is our palate (as in tastebuds) have changed. Our popular Pallet Wine Rack is now our Pallet Beer Rack. It is stocked with our favorite 22oz bottles from all around.
To date, this is one of our favorite projects we have completed. We were selling them on Etsy for quite a while but with a growing family, we have since stopped. This is an easy and fun project and we really encourage you to DIY! Let me know how yours turned out!
My favorite part about this table is it’s story. It seems that with every kid we have, we always have some project that we want to finish before they arrive. This project was no exception! We finished it about 11pm and our daughter was born the following day. Last minute project that turned out amazing! We seem to work well under pressure!
I recruited my husband to help me make a new coffee table out of shipping pallets (I was 9 months pregnant at the time so he stepped in to make my idea come to life). He had a few extra half pallets down at his office that would be a perfect size. We wanted something smaller than what we had so that we could actually walk around it to get to the couch. We snagged the 2 that were the closest in size (which was still a few inches off). I love that these things are just thrown together with staples, screws, and nails. The wood is all different and I don’t think they really care if they line up or not (I guess they don’t need to because they are for shipping…not coffe tables).
1) Using shipping pallets, align a few of them in order to get the look and height you want. We ended up cutting about an inch off of one of them in order for them to be closer in size (but not perfect… their shipping pallets for goodness sakes!)
4) Stain both pallets with your desired stain color. Keep in mind that most pallets are made with a variety of wood. The stain will look different on each piece and each pallet. Make sure to wipe off the extra stain in order for it to dry.
5) Let the pallets dry overnight. Using a spray polyurethane, spray a few coats to protect the stain. Make sure to follow the directions on the can. We did multiple light coats with more than 4 hours to dry in between. After 3 coats, the table was a little tacky to the touch. We used 220 grain sand paper and did a very light sanding over the 2 surfaces to take away the tacky feel.
6) Using wood screws, attach the pallets together.
NOTE: Before we attached the pallets together, we decided that we wanted the table to be a little higher. We took some left over 2x4s that we had in the garage, stained them, and placed them at the base of all 5 support beams. This raised the table 4 inches but did not alter the look.
7) Using your choice of casters (we used 2in swivel plate casters), attach the wheels to the base of the table.
Ta da! You have yourself a unique one-of-a-kind pallet coffee table!
Let me know if you make this project and how it turned out!