DIY Patio Table

Inspiration comes from so many places. From HGTV to Pinterest there are things to inspire us all around. While shopping Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta several weeks back I noticed a vendor had quick a collection of furniture made from old wooden pallets; like the ones found at Lowes or Home Depot.   This vendor had mades tables and carts among other things with his pallets, then stained them to make quite attractive pieces of furniture.  
The price on these simple accessories?  
About $200 and up.
More recently while scrolling through Pinterest, I saw several pictures of others who had created furniture from pallets.  So, this crazy woman conned her husband into making a table for my patio (the same style as the ones found at Scott’s) using old wooden pallets.
Pallets have apparently become quite popular these days, as places where they used to be free now charge ($15/each @ Home Depot).  So I scoured Craigslist and found a warehouse that was giving them away free.  I was really excited when Audley & I found them in great condition.

With pallets in hand, we headed home where we had left-over 4×4’s from building my raised garden beds, sandpaper and screws already available to us.  We had a little stain, but I decided that I really wanted a splash of color on the patio, so we purchased paint for this.

How did we do?

The color we used was Behr Teal Forest (exterior paint). 

 Our total investment in the table?

$12.50 for four casters and $16 for a quart of paint.

Did you catch the price difference here?

To build our table….. Audley took his sander and ran it over the wood and then we painted the wooden pallets.  It’s a fairly time consuming job, but Audley did one while I did the other and we finished up about the same time.  The only thing I recommend here is a little more than just a quart of paint as the wood totally soaks up the color.

To assemble the table, Audley cut the 4×4 wood into 6-in pieces.  This was after we had measured various table heights compared to our chairs.  He screwed the 4×4 separators (which we actually chose to stain) into place using 3-in screws to stack the two tables, then added the casters, mounting with 1 1/2-in. drywall screws.

The whole process start to finish (including paint drying time) was about four hours.

Well worth it for the use we will get from it this summer!

It’s a little late, but I am linking up with Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.


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