Pal, let me tell you

10 Oct

See what I did there?  Yeah, I’m punny…

This old, beat-up pallet found a new life as a gorgeous coffee table for our living room.  All it took was a little elbow grease, some TSP-PF, and a good stain.

Hubby found a couple old pallets in the burn pile at work.  We took them to turn them into something great.  We started by scrubbing the pallets with TSP-PF (tri-sodium phosphate-phosphate free).  I followed the directions on the box for the use on mildewed decks.  It worked like a charm!  Be sure to wear gloves when working with this stuff.  I didn’t have any, and nothing bad happened, but sticking your hands in the TSP-PF and bleach isn’t ideal.  On the other hand, my wedding rings were SPARKLY after I was done scrubbing!

We then figured out the height and how we’d put legs on the table.  We kept it simple and just used 2x4s.  Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!  I believe the height is 17″.  And the size is 48″x48″.

After this we sanded the whole pallet and added a couple 2x4s in the pallet to make sure it would be stable when we added the legs.  We wanted to be able to sit on it if needed.  And no one likes tipping over when they sit down!

After the table was assembled, we stained.  We had started with a lighter color of stain, but ended up using Minwax English Chestnut.  It was a great choice!

It looks great in our living room and as you can see, we’ve already put it to good use!

Lincoln got to spend the afternoon outside with us while we worked.  He recuperated a little differently than we did!

Our living room is getting closer to being done!  I want to build some shelves for the wall behind the love seat and do some painting and then we’re done!  At least with one room.

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2 Responses to “Pal, let me tell you”

  1. Mom October 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Looks great! Nice job!

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