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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Using Pallets: 70's Coffee Table Redo



Thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets! OH MY!  

Don't cha love a bargain? I picked up this huge coffee table that was soooo 70's with a plan.  (It's actually a 1968 dated piece, but we saw this style hang around in the 70's)



I loved the carved look in the front. 
(It's a plastic formed front... ugh) 


My plan was, this big guy is going to be rustic and southwestern. 



After cleaning and sanding a bit, I painted the table with turquoise. (love that color)



Then I sanded to give it the distressed look... not too much. 



Just here and there to allow the darker base to show through. 



Then I worked on the pallet wood. Full of nails and staples, I removed them and not too carefully because the marks would be the look I was going for. 



Some of the cracks looked perfect. 



I cut the wood for a 1.5" overhang around the table. 



Then measured and centered the boards to attach them from underneath with wood screws. 



Lots of screws to keep the top from warping. 




Then I sanded and painted a distressed look... 


(I'm joking!)  
I sanded the boards,  then filled in the cracks, staple and nail holes with wood filler mixed with a bit of dark stain and onyx stain. 



With two large knot holes, I had to use dowels (cut at angles) to fill them along with some of my wood filler mix. 





After the wood filler dried, I sanded the entire surface. 



This technique was giving the wood an aged and distressed look before staining. 



It was ready for staining. 



After the stain dried, I applied polyurethane. 


Look at how it turned out! Perfectly rustic! 



I swapped out the floral knob on the fake drawer for this hammered wrought iron look. 



Then I added black nail tacks to accent the piece on the top and around the base in various places. 



Who knew this was so 70's now? 



It looks like it has been rustic and southwestern all of its life. 





This table is large. Two feet by five feet on the table top. 






I'm so pleased it worked out the way I planned it.


So is the person who ended up with it!  I have been asked to make an entertainment center to match this.  I can't wait! It's going to be fun! 
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51 comments:

  1. Marie@The Interior FrugalistaSeptember 24, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Love it - what a difference! Thanks for a great tutorial using onyx paint with the wood filler - I must try this sometime. Adding the tacks is perfect.

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  2. Wood filler is a handy staple. I know the labels will state they are stainable, but I find it's better to mix stain in them rather than stain over the dried product.
    Thank you, Marie! :)

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  3. Great job! I love that turquoise color. It definitely looks southwest - and since I'm from Southeastern New Mexico, I'm qualified to say that! lol

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  4. Kelly@ So Much To MakeNovember 2, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    It looks awesome! I love how the wood relief turned out with the color and distressing! Way to see potential in something most would want to junk!

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  5. This is great!! What a wonderful How To piece, you make it look so easy and accessible!! And i love how you staged it wen it was done!!! Beautiful! thanks for linking up with Social Media Saturdays!

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  6. WOW! What a fabulous transformation. You truly poured a lot of time and effort into this piece and it certainly shows. My favorite part you added was the pallet wood touch on the top. That took it way into rustic territory!

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  7. Awesome makeover! I was wonderin what you would do with those spaces in the top. Excellent solution. If you're looking for another place to share your projects, I would love to have you stop by Etcetorize and join our Make it Monday party. It's open now :)

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  8. I LOVE this coffee table redo! I have a coffee table that is similar to this and I am planning on revamping it in a few months. :)


    -Lara @ Methodical Living
    http://methodicalliving.blogspot.com

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  9. Awesome Makeover ! Looks like you had a great time re-doing this . Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.Would love to see you again next Monday.

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  10. This turned out so well! I would never have guessed that was pallet wood on top. And the nail heads are the perfect icing on the cake. Nice job!

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  11. That matching entertainment center is going to be fabulous! I wish you were my neighbor! I'd go watch you do your magic. You really made that pallet wood look like new and those scrolls made a nice entry into 2014! Thanks for sharing with us at Home Matters.

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  12. Cute! Love the detail of the piece. It really adds to the one-of-a-kind quality to it.

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  13. Thank you a gazillion, Stephanie! I love your qualified statement!!!!! :D

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  14. I love rustic. Hubby brought home the pallet for me, telling me it was wider than usual and full of staples; worried I wouldn't want to work with it. I told him, "perfect!" He understood when I finished.
    Thanks so much, Kelly!

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  15. It was quite easy. Especially knowing not to be careful with the wood for the right outcome. Anyone can do this. I'm happy you like it, Shana! Thank you!

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  16. I'm with you on the rustic. I want to do this more often. Thank you for liking it, Jennifer! So glad you stopped in. :)

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  17. Thank you so much, Tamara! I appreciate your kind words and the invite! I'd be happy to follow your parties! :)

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  18. Thank you so much for the pin and kind words, Sahana! I look forward to next week! Have a great night!

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  19. This is so creative! You did a great job :) Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays!

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  20. I think I'm going to work with pallet wood more often! It was fun to do. Thank you so much for the visit, Meredith; so glad to see you :)

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  21. I'm glad you like it and visited! :D

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  22. Thank you, Lisa! I love sharing with you and seeing your visits. :)

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  23. I'm so excited to see how you finish yours, Lara! Please share it :)

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  24. I'm always inspired by what you manage to do. Such creativity. I love the distressed look!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning. Our readers loved this and it was one of the top clicked links. It will be featured next week :-)

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  25. This is amazing. I love the color you chose, and the small details. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Pin worthy Wednesday, it has been pinned!

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  26. Wow, that looks fabulous! What a transformation. Hello from Think and Make Thursday!

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  27. Pam@over50feeling40November 6, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Amazing work! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop! Please come over and register to win the Foxcroft sweater...look in the sidebar.

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  28. Kristina @ My Own Home BlogNovember 6, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Oh my goodness, this is beyond amazing! I need this in my living room! I love how the dark stain compliments the turquoise base! And that iron knob is to die for. :) Thanks for sharing it at Talented Tuesday!

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  29. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors for redoing furniture. I love how you distressed it after painting it. It turned out so good! Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings.

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  30. I love you and your party and now I'm thrilled over the feature too! Thanks so much, Catherine! I'm looking forward to it :D

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  31. Thank you so much, Emily! Glad you visited and pinned it too! :)

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  32. Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for the visit! I look forward to your blog too!

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  33. That sounds like a fun giveaway! Thank you, Pam!

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  34. I'm so glad you like it, Kristina! If I find another similar, I'd do it for you :) Thank you!

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  35. I'm truly falling in love with turquoise on furniture. Certain pieces really make it fitting. I can relate with you :)
    Thank you for stopping by, Jenna!

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  36. This is amazing! I don't think I ever would have seen that kind of potential. Just gorgeous!

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  37. You surely have a eye for creating a wonderful new piece of furniture!!! Thanks for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girl this week!!

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  38. Thank you so much, Alice! This was one of those rare... absolutely knew what to do projects that went smoothly and as planned. I'm so glad you stopped by.

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  39. Thank you, Karren! I enjoy your weekly fun! Thanks for having me and sharing all of us :)

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  40. I just love this idea and came out great! Once again you did it, I will be featuring this post tomorrow on my blog at Tuesdays with a Twist link party. Stop by and say hello... :-) Have a great day. LOL

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  41. Thank you, Debra! I look forward to your party! I'm thrilled to bits!

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  42. This is such a beautiful piece. Thanks so much for sharing this at The Southern Special. I can't believe the front is plastic.

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  43. Thank you, Trish! I was disappointed it wasn't wood carving, but it still worked out fine. It was my favorite part of the original table.

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  44. Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. I love the color. Pinned. Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I hope to see you at our party tonight, it starts at 7 pm. We love to party with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  45. Thank you for the invite Kim! I look forward to it :)

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  46. Hey Robin, I've featured your coffee table at Worthwhile Wednesdays tonight!

    ~Allie www.craftyallieblog.com

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  47. Jane@Cottage at the CrossroadsNovember 11, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Hi Robin, I saw your link at SSS because I recognized the carving on your table. I just finished painting an end table that matches your table! I turned my piece into a night stand. Love the turquoise/southwestern vibe you gave to yours!

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  48. Woo hoo! I'm so excited, Allie! Thank you so much!

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  49. Oh my! I need to hop on over and see how you did yours! This is so much fun :D

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  50. ohhhhh love the color and love the wood! so beautiful! I just love your talent!

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  51. Thank you, Millie! You are too sweet! Turquoise is my favorite. I like to use it when I can on big pieces like this.

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