First, I thoroughly cleaned and sanded the pallet, smoothing out any "splintery" pieces and hammering down any protruding nailheads. (After all, you don't want your coffee table to be a hazard.) Then, I stained the pallet using a dark walnut stain. Finally, Mark and I attached the caster wheels. In retrospect, I wish I had antiqued the caster wheels or purchased reproduction antique wheels, but at least I'll have a better idea next time.
We purchased a large piece of glass to lay on top of the pallet, but honestly I almost like it better without the glass. I think it looks more rustic and industrial as it is. The final touch was adding the city stamp lettering on the edges. Somehow, the blocky, faded letters remind me of a newspaper shop,
And viola! There you have it! How's that for re-purposing? An industrial and unique coffee table that would look great in the living room or den! I can just picture it in front of a sectional sofa, adding a bit of whimsy and industrial chic to an otherwise modern piece.
The great thing about this design: it could easily work as outdoor furniture as well. You would just want to paint or somehow treat the wood with a substance meant to prevent water damage. Even if I am tooting my own horn a bit, I have to say: such a cool idea, isn't it??
If you're into DIY or refurbishing/ upcycling, leave a link to your blog
or one of your projects in the comments! I'd love to see!