Here it is! My very first blog post!
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I have been looking forward to this for a while now! This has been a dream and now I am turning it into a reality. I have so many things I want to share with you. I have been working with power tools and woodworking tools and have learned so much. Most of my projects will be built from pallet wood. I love things that have a rustic look to them and pallet wood is perfect for getting that look!
My husband and I lived in a condo we purchased in our first year of marriage for 8 years. We were finally able to snag a house in a great neighborhood this past year.
It needed a LOT of work!
I wanted to decorate, but we were, and still are, on a tight budget; so, I decided I would learn to build the furniture and decorations I wanted and needed (of course.)
Do you have that spot in your house that you think would be perfect for a decorative table? I did, it was right behind our front door. It just seemed like an empty space longing to be filled!
My first project is this pallet wood entry-way table.
I really loved all of the cute entry-way tables I saw on Pinterest so I decided to make my own. I wanted to decorate it with fun vases and rustic lamps and either a window or a huge mirror. I made it to be pretty tall so my front door knob fit just underneath it.
I wasn’t sure how many pallets I would need to build this so I had my husband bring home about 4 or 5 of them. (You can find pallets anywhere…check in the classifieds and even just outside some businesses. You’ll be surprised at how willingly people want to give you their pile of pallets.)
So if you look up online – how to break down a pallet – ….you will find MILLIONS of ways to do it!
The easiest, and let’s face it – most fun – way to break one down is with a saws-all!
I cut each piece of wood off right through the nails! No broken boards; no waste! The nails that were lose just fell out. Some nails were stubborn and I had to use another nail to wedge them out, but it didn’t take a lot of time. I’m not saying it was super easy, but I got them all broken down and still had energy to start building my table!
*TIP- Wear gloves! I only wore mine half the time and I probably got around 10 slivers…lesson learned!*
Here is my pile of amazing pallet wood boards! Isn’t it beautiful?!
I picked out four boards that were the same size for the legs of my table. Then I measured the short and long pieces for the frames. I wanted two shelves. I liked how you could put tall vases on the bottom shelf to give it some depth.
I screwed those together with 2 1/2” grabber screws and tried to make them as level as possible.
Pallet wood is NOT perfect!
The wood is twisted and warped, so you won’t get a perfect square. (That’s what I love about pallet wood; it helps you cover up your mistakes!) I stained the frames and legs with a natural wood stain color.
I didn’t want the table to be too wide since it was going to go behind my front door so I made the cross boards 12 inches long. I measured and used my square (my kids call it a triangle, haha!) and drew lines on each board to make the cuts.
*Here’s a little tip for ya: Measure ONE cut at a time. Your saw is going to cut away at some of the wood, so if you just went through and marked each spot at 12”, you are going to end up a little short.
I set the cut pieces onto one of my frames to see how they would fit….ahhhh! I was getting so excited at this point!
I could finally see what it would look like!
This is what I love about building things; you can imagine something and then when you start to build it…it just comes to life! I am ALL about visualizing things. Tell yourself what you want your finished project to look like and then work to achieve that. It doesn’t have to be perfect…nothing is, but you can sure try!
This next part was fun! I picked out my stain colors…which I already had lying around and stained the cross pieces random colors. Don’t you just love those darker pieces!?
Most pallet wood is VERY porous; it soaks up a LOT of stain, so I only did one coat of stain on these. I would suggest doing a few test pieces with the stains you want. Since the pallet wood can be different types of wood, they will react differently to the stains.
I assembled the frames with the legs and then set the stained cross pieces on the table.
It was finally coming together!
I couldn’t wait to get those cross pieces nailed on! I used a nail/staple gun and some wood glue to attach the pieces onto the frames. I wanted one inch of lip around the top part and one inch hanging off of the bottom shelf.
Since I am NOT perfect, I had to go back and use my circular saw to cut a straight line down the sides to even out the cross pieces.
There you have it! The finished product!
Once I built this first project, I had the confidence I needed to continue to build more things. I can’t wait to share with you all of the new projects I have been visualizing!
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope that it was helpful. If you have any questions or tips on what I could improve on, please email me or comment below. I would be happy to help or to read your suggestions!
What do you want to build next that you have been visualizing?