Reclaimed pallet coffee table on casters

Use reclaimed pallets or wood to make up a stylish coffee table, stained and painted to match your decor.


2 or more pallets

Wood stain or food colouring

Liming wax and rags

4 caster wheels and screws / bolts and nuts

150 / 200mm screws if making a 2-tier table


Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

Orbital sander plus 120-grit sanding pads

Jigsaw, table saw or hand saw

Tape measure and pencil


Note: Excludes materials required for drawers, as these will need to be designed to fit your specific pallet.

Buy everything you need for this project at your local Builders.




Prepare the pallets beforehand - remove all protruding screws or use a hammer to pound them into the boards. Marking and detail add character to a reclaimed piece. Use scrap pieces to fill in any gaps on the top - and any second tier - of the pallet for the table top/s.

Use an orbital sander and 120-grit sanding pads to ensure there are no rough edges or splinters.

If you are adding drawers to your unit, fit these before adding an extra tier. You will need to mount additional boards to create sides for mounting the drawer runners.

Apply colour wood stain or food colouring to all section of the table. This table is finished in a dark grey colour, but you can substitute for your preferred colour.

Use liming wax - or make your own liming wax - and rub this lightly over the top and sides of the pallet table. You can apply one or more coats of wax depending on the whitewashed effect you want for your coffee table.

If you want to add another level - for extra storage or to add drawers to your coffee table - join the two tiers together by drilling a 5mm pilot hole and securing with a 6 x 150 / 200mm screw.

Depending on the model of caster wheels, use nuts and bolts or screws to secure these to the base of the unit.

This pallet coffee table has to tiers - the bottom tier has additional wood added to create drawers. These can be added after completion the unit, so that the drawers fit perfectly in your particular pallet.


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