Upcycling an Old Table Using Salvaged Palletwood

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I wanted to create a one of a kind modern piece for our bedroom and when I saw this old table, I knew it was perfect for what I had in mind. As I cleaned it, I noticed the top part was damaged and decided to create a brand new table top from the pallets I had at home.

upcycling an old table using salvaged palletwood

I cleaned the table and sanded it.

upcycling an old table using salvaged palletwood

I measured out and cut pieces of wood using a table saw and slightly sanded the edges

upcycling an old table using salvaged palletwood

I then decided on the pattern and glued each piece of wood individually using wood glue.

upcycling an old table using salvaged palletwood

Once dry, I sanded the top smooth and created a frame around it using some wooden strips.

upcycling an old table using salvaged palletwood

Once glue was dry I used wood filler for the gaps

upcycling an old table using salvaged palletwood

Sand until smooth

upcycling an old table using salvaged palletwood

I then stained it using dark woodstain.

upcycling an old table using salvaged palletwood

Once the stain had dried I poured two coats of Decoart Pouring topcoat for a glossy finish.

upcycling an old table using salvaged palletwood

The frame was painted using Decoart Satin enamel paint.

upcycling an old table using salvaged palletwood

New hardware added.

upcycling an old table using salvaged palletwood

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  • Carol
    on Jul 30, 2018

    Hello, I did not see if you made your new top the same size as the old one, or if you made it larger? Just asking, because you said you glued your boards to the old top, but in none of the pictures did I see anything that refereed to cutting it down to match the size of the original top.

    • Teran Armstrong
      on Aug 17, 2018

      Since my jigsaw skills are limited I think I would attach a trim piece around each side once the herringbone pattern was completed and cut, then use a bit of putty to fill in any small wiggles. But it's stunning as it is!


  • KG
    on Aug 7, 2018

    Hi. Did you start the pattern in the center of the table?

  • Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz
    on Jul 25, 2019

    Did you fill in the discolored nail holes also?

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