beach pallet coffee table

Beach Inspired Pallet Coffee Table

I am in the middle of sprucing up our home for summer and decided to finally re-do a couple cubed tables I picked up from Goodwill for $5 quite a few months ago. I have had these stacked since we moved, and the cats have been using them for the occasional nap. However, these have been way overdue for a makeover and I wanted a new coffee table to go along with ourΒ beach inspired console table.

Want to get creative with your living room coffee table? Check out the use of pallets on this Beach Inspired Pallet Coffee Table!

Beach Inspired Pallet Coffee Table

Here is a before photo:

Want to get creative with your living room coffee table? Check out the use of pallets on this Beach Inspired Pallet Coffee Table!

We have had a few pallets in our storage closet and I have been itching to use the wood for some fun planking projects. I decided that these tables could be paired together to make a neat coffee table, and love that they can be put next to one another, or split up. We could also use them as side tables or a bench and may even add casters later.

For this makeover I first sanded down the tables a bit to smooth them out and then added 2 coats of a custom mixed aqua colored paint to the inside {the same color I used on the console table}. I then painted the outside with a couple coats of white paint.

Eric cut the pallet wood to fit on top of each table and we used 5 pieces of wood per table. I then painted the wood in some beach inspired colors, glued and nailed them to the top of the tables, and as a final touch we added some metal brackets.

Want to get creative with your living room coffee table? Check out the use of pallets on this Beach Inspired Pallet Coffee Table!

I will say that when we nailed some of the planks down the wood split so I had to use some wood putty to fill in the cracks and then do some touch up painting.

I like that the inside of the cubes is hollow, although it is somewhat awkward. Kobe {kitty shown photo bombing one of the pics below} was enjoying sleeping inside one of the tables until I filled them with games. He looked so cute and I wish I would have snapped a photo. I may make a new pillow to put inside one of the tables just so that they can keep one of their sleeping spots. Ya know, because it's not like we don't have a super expensive cat house/scratching post for them to use or anything πŸ™‚

And here are some after photos of my new beach inspired pallet coffee table, yay! What do you think? They may not be perfect, but I really love the planked look of the tables and they have really brightened up our living room. I haven't sealed them yet because I'm debating if I should distress the tops a bit more first.

I was so excited to start decorating my new tables that I somehow managed to drop a hurricane vase, boooooo {shown in box below}. I ended up grabbing a quart size mason jar to use instead and tied some twine around it. I think it turned out pretty cute for a quick fix.

Want to get creative with your living room coffee table? Check out the use of pallets on this Beach Inspired Pallet Coffee Table!

Want to get creative with your living room coffee table? Check out the use of pallets on this Beach Inspired Pallet Coffee Table!

Bailey was also in a lot of photos since she was taking a nap on the couch, but I must have been making too much noise because she eventually got up and went to her bed, ha.

Want to get creative with your living room coffee table? Check out the use of pallets on this Beach Inspired Pallet Coffee Table!

I love the functionality of these tables. I can put them side by side if I want to, or separate them. We have a lot of games, so they didn't all fit, but I do love how we have storage for our favorites, as well as easy accessibility.

Want to get creative with your living room coffee table? Check out the use of pallets on this Beach Inspired Pallet Coffee Table!
Here's the Before and After:

Want to get creative with your living room coffee table? Check out the use of pallets on this Beach Inspired Pallet Coffee Table!

Do you have something lying around you can make more functional in your home?

  • They turned out so pretty! I love the beachy feel and they go well with your existing decor. Stopping by from Keeping it Simple. I would love for you to visit my cleaning blog.

    June 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm
    • Thank you so much Angela and I love all the cleaning tips on your blog. I already follow you on twitter but now follow you on fb as well πŸ™‚

      June 25, 2013 at 9:38 am
  • Cute! I love the beachy colors you chose! I popped over from Project Inspire{d}–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

    June 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm
  • Heather @ southern state of mind

    Love this! Great job and I love the metal clips too.

    June 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm
    • Thank you Heather! Yes, it’s amazing what a difference the metal brackets make πŸ™‚

      June 25, 2013 at 9:39 am
  • Very Cute and smart!

    June 24, 2013 at 9:19 pm
  • Felicia

    I love those tables, I just love the pallet look. Were did you get the base? They would look great in our ‘green room’.

    June 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    • Thanks Felicia, we actually picked up the bases {tables/storage?} at a local goodwill and paid just $5 for both! The sticker that was on them said Target though.

      June 25, 2013 at 9:42 am
  • What a makeover! I love these little tables… totally digging the whole beachy vibe you have going on. So pretty! Like the sisal wrapped candle stick, and I love the yellow chevron pillows I spy in the background too!!

    June 24, 2013 at 10:39 pm
    • Haha, I love those chevron pillows too {made from leftover fabric from our previous dining chairs}, although I think it’s about time I make some new pillows. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      June 25, 2013 at 9:43 am
  • OH I LOVE these!! and congrats on all your features this week! You tables are amazing!

    June 24, 2013 at 11:39 pm
    • Thanks Brooke! Yes, my console table has been popular this week which is awesome because I LOVE it sooooo much and it really did inspire me to work on more projects in our home πŸ™‚

      June 25, 2013 at 9:44 am
  • Your coffee table looks great! I’m loving the paint colors and the additional storage it gives you. Pretty and practical!

    I’m hopping over from the Brag About It link party. Have a good one!


    June 25, 2013 at 11:14 am
    • Thank you so much for popping over Ritchil! Have a great weekend!

      July 5, 2013 at 9:30 am
  • I love these! The colors and tops makes them look so expensive. Great job!


    June 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  • These are so awesome! I love the beachy look – those colors are so relaxing. I wish I could get a couple of pallets – there are so many things I’d love to try! My son works at a large grocery chain, but they recycle their pallets, darn it. Thanks so much for sharing (saw it on Memories by the Mile).

    June 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    • Hi Kim! My mom actually got these crates from work but I have heard of people scoring free pallets from stores like Target. Maybe your son’s work could recycle a pallet to you πŸ™‚ Thanks for popping over from Memories by the Mile!

      June 26, 2013 at 11:12 pm
  • You did it again! πŸ˜‰ These are fabulous Katie! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing on Project Inspire{d}! Pinned!!

    June 26, 2013 at 9:52 am
    • Thank you Nancy, that means so much coming from you πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

      June 26, 2013 at 11:07 pm
  • This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

    June 26, 2013 at 11:51 am
  • Following on Bloglovin. Love your beach inspired coffee table. Really nice detail work also. Come share at MY party. πŸ˜‰ Linda

    June 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm
  • Cool tables. Love the soft beachy colors!

    June 27, 2013 at 7:16 am
  • These are beautiful and so creative! I love that you stacked your family’s games inside, too.

    June 27, 2013 at 7:28 am
    • Thank you Val! I really wanted to fill the space and thought it may take a lot of magazines, lol, so the games actually worked out really well.

      June 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm
  • Visiting from the girl creative. Your tables look fantastic! I am feeling inspired to make some of my own. So glad I found your blog.

    June 27, 2013 at 8:50 am
    • Thank you so much! Sorry for the late response but this went to my spam folder for some reason.

      July 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm
  • Oh I just love how those turned out. Beautiful!

    June 27, 2013 at 9:25 am
  • Beautiful colors and such great storage! Pinned and your newest follower on bloglovin!
    Corey from

    June 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm
    • Thanks Corey! I am off to check out your blog and follow you back πŸ™‚

      June 30, 2013 at 9:54 pm
  • hi Katie – what a shame about your hurricane glass but you’ve done a great job on transforming your little tables. They look so different! thanks for linking to my Paint Parade
    Fiona x

    June 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm
  • Your coffee table and my sign should get together. I just love the whitewashed blue on the base of your console. That is so pretty and so beachy for sure!

    June 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm
    • Oh my gosh I just saw your sign, and you’re right, they would look great together! How funny πŸ™‚

      June 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm
  • Wow, these are FANTASTIC!

    June 29, 2013 at 6:50 pm
  • What a total transformation-love the look!

    Thanks for sharing on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT. We’d love it if you would link back to us-xo! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sharon and Denise

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    June 30, 2013 at 1:11 am
    • Thank you Sharon and Denise and I’m linked back in the post πŸ™‚

      June 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm
  • Thank you for linking up! I love these too, you always use such soft calming colors, LOVE LOVE LOVE


    June 30, 2013 at 6:11 pm
    • Hi Brooke! Thank you so much for hosting and for stopping by!

      June 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm
  • I love this project! I would love it if you would come and link this up at my link party
    Dandelion Wishes Wednesday.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm
  • You are such a master of the makeover! I would never have thought to transform these tables, I would have given them away, but they look amazing!!! Thank you for sharing at Redoux. Happy 4th!

    July 4, 2013 at 10:29 am
  • These are absolutely lovely. I love all things beachy and your really transformed these cubes. I’d love you to share them at my link party if you get a chance:

    July 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm
  • IN LOVE with this project…but I am in love with them all…what I am really in love with is Bailey!!!! Hugs and tons of hugs for Bailey! TFS!!!

    July 5, 2013 at 5:25 am
    • Lol Andrea. How can you not fall in love with those droopy puppy eyes? That’s how she gets away with way too much around here, haha. Thanks for stopping by!

      July 5, 2013 at 9:34 am
  • WOW! What an amazing transformation. Thank you so much for linking up to my linky party. Hope to see more from you next time.

    July 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm
    • Thank you for hosting and for popping over to check out my project πŸ™‚

      July 8, 2013 at 2:12 am
  • I love your beautiful coffee table makeover and I really love Baily too! So Cute! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent and many blessings to you, [email protected]

    July 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm
  • Thanks so much for linking up to
    Dandelion Wishes Wednesday! You are being featured tonight, so come by and grab a button! I’m also pinning this πŸ™‚

    July 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm
  • I am featuring your pallet coffee table on my blog today. Thanks for linking it up.

    July 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm
  • Katie,

    What a great idea, I lOVE how these turned out! We would love it if you would join our Saturday Show Us How You Rock Link Party with this post or any of your other posts! It starts every Friday at 6pm, hope we see you there.

    July 23, 2013 at 10:04 am
    • Thank you so much Tracy and I would love to link up to your party on Friday! Have a great week!

      July 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm
  • What a beautiful transformation! It’s hard to imagine what they could have been, but you had a vision for sure. Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing at this month’s Get Your DIY on! XO

    March 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm
  • Laura Strack

    I am amazed at your tables!! The transformation looks awesome. I was thinking they looked too modern for the space but after you added the wood on top and the paint, I was digging it. I think you should sand them a wee bit more so that they match your other table. Go for it! Lol. TFS!!

    April 12, 2014 at 12:16 am

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