The "new" coffee table

We have been without a coffee table in our living room since we moved into our house… It was too hard, did we want storage? How much? Everything I liked was too expensive, or was discontinued by the time I was ready to buy it, and I could go on and on… 

So, in the interest of saving money, I decided to make my own. I do not work on Mondays, so it’s the perfect time to work on stuff (plus, Josh is at work, and is not there to be alarmed by all the goings on) It will do for now. I got the mdf at Home Depot for $11.00. The packing flats were free because, well, they’re packing flats (got them behind Home Depot). And I already had the paint and some wood screws. Not too bad! I like it!


  1. Anonymous on June 15, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Not bad… and I know the pain of trying to find/decide on a coffee table!-Stephanie

  2. Beth on June 19, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    very cool!!!! I'm impressed!!!

  3. Jen on June 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Woweee! So creative! I enjoyed hearing about the reactions you got from the Home Depot guys. 🙂

  4. michelle@somedaycrafts on August 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    very, very cool. I love it! I am featuring this on in a couple of days. Grab my \”featured\” button. Good luck with your two kids!!!!!

  5. Nice and Easy Antiques on August 28, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Love it! This is the kind of piece that you think it will be just temporary and you love it so much that you keep forever…Good job!

  6. Jane on August 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    That is a great idea. Funny, I was just looking at some of those flats at HD the other day. I was thinking, \”These must be good for something!\”

  7. Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans on August 28, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    That is amazing! Great job!We adopted our son from Korea… We read the Red thread story to him… I can't get through it without crying! Good luck! Here is a link to a project I did for father's day about our adoption story if you are interested:

  8. Anonymous on August 28, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    What a creative idea! Love the price too 🙂

  9. Nori on August 28, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I love how all the magazines fit in there. I love this piece of furniture!

  10. Amanda @ Serenity Now on August 28, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    WOW!!!! I love it. 🙂 It looks like you paid big bucks at a shabby boutique. 🙂 Did the flats need major cleaning???

  11. Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence on August 28, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    d you from Kimba–love this! I passed on your link to others!

  12. sarah may on August 29, 2009 at 1:35 am

    visiting from diy day and wanted to tell you that is the COOLEST coffee table I have ever seen!

  13. Unknown on August 29, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Love it! This is definitely going into my idea file!

  14. susan on August 29, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Put in a catalog and charge big bucks! Love it!

  15. Jerri-Lea on August 29, 2009 at 2:49 am

    Well, that is clever!! I must remember that when the old guy down the block is giving some away again! That would make a great gift for someone who just got their first apartment too! Thanks!

  16. on August 30, 2009 at 12:16 am

    That's super creative, I love it!

  17. Jenni on August 30, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    That is so clever!! Good job!

  18. Steph on September 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Wow! I've always seen those crates and wanted do do something creative with them and this is just the thing! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Marsha on September 14, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    How clever! What a good looking coffee table you got from this!!

  20. mrfitness on November 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    very nice! i want to make this for my girlfriend. Did you nail the packing flats together or just stack them on top of each other and have the weight keep them in place? How did you apply the mdf boards? Also, did you put an mdf board underneath? And was there anything under the botton mdf board?

  21. mrfitness on November 26, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    what type of paint did you use on the mdf and the pallet? any protective paint/product used on top of the finish?

  22. Anonymous on August 12, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Hi, I love this coffee table. It is actually what I've been looking for, but have been too cheap to buy similar versions. I want to make it and have a few questions. What are the dimensions of your table? Did you cut the pallets down so that the wood overhung on the edges? Thanks for your help ahead of time.

  23. Anonymous on April 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    FANTASTIC! I love how this turned out and I linked it to my coffee tables post too, it's just great!

  24. Meri on April 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    What a great idea! I was looking for shipping pallets for another project, but I wasn't sure about how to get them. Can you just take the ones behind the stores or do you have to ask? (I am down with dumpster diving if I have to! lol)

  25. Carol@TheDesignPages on April 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Wow, great job. It looks beautiful.

  26. Sam, Christen and Canaan on July 14, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I ditto all the questions asked on here… have you answered them anywhere yet?

  27. Joanna B on July 31, 2011 at 3:22 am

    I emailed everyone whose email addresses were available in the comments, but for the rest of you…The mdf boards are screwed to the top and the bottom of the table, and on the bottom, I added metal rollers to make the table easy to move. I picked clean pallets, so they did not need major cleaning, and painted them with brown acrylic paint. The mdf top is painted black with a thin coat of varnish over it. I totally dumpster dived, and even asked an employee to help me put them in my car! 🙂 I did have to cut down the mdf to fit, and I left a two inch overhang on all sides. It's totally easy, trust me!

  28. Rachael on September 2, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I am absolutely head over heels for this table! I have the mdf board and I picked up 5 pallets. No lie, I am sitting in my driveway RIGHT NOW, ready to put together my new coffee table. One problem, I have NO CLUE how to get this pile of pallets to look like your masterpiece. LOL. Could you please email me how you did this to I'm curious if you had to take the pallets apart and rebuild it?

  29. surfpa816 on May 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Love your table. Please email me your directions. Thanks!

  30. Elsie on May 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Please send me directions on how you achieved this!! 🙂 Thanks

  31. Elsie on May 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Please email instructions on how you did this!!! It's amazing :) Thanks!!!

  32. snebrig on June 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Please send me instructions too…this is just what I was looking for!

  33. Lm6485 on July 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I am in love with this table and am going to be without a coffee table soon once my roommate moves out. Please email me the instructions on how you put this all together. I am very interested in trying it. Thanks!

  34. Taylor Trumble on July 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Will you email me instructions as well? I'm going to lowes tomorrow to get all the supplies! I can't wait to make this 🙂 thank you!

  35. aar on August 9, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Please email instructions on how you did this!!! It's amazing :)allyouneed867@gmail.comThanks!!!

  36. Lu on August 16, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Can you email me the directions as well? Thanks!

  37. Anonymous on September 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Hi, there- I know that you're probably sick of this, but can you email me directions as well? In particular, could you please include how you got the pallets to lay on top of one another. This is a beautiful idea, and I'm SO excited to take a swing at it!

  38. Anonymous on September 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I know that you're probably sick of it, but could you please email be directions as well. This is a beautiful table. In particular could you include how you got the pallets to stay on top of one another. Did you nail them? Or glue perhaps?morganlsiegel@gmail.comThanks in advance for your help!-

  39. Unknown on September 20, 2012 at 2:02 am

    This is beautiful! If available, I'd love the directions if you could send them to me! laurenwestbrook_05@hotmail.comThanks!!

  40. Unknown on November 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Please send me the instructions also. I just came into an abundance of pallets and want to make this. kristidunnster@gmail.comThanks in advance.

  41. Unknown on November 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Could you please send me the instructions also? I have recently found a place to get an abundance of pallets and my friend and I are wanting to make this beautiful table. Thank you in advance for

  42. Upcycled101 on March 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm

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