A Nautical Look for a Handmade Table

I enjoy challenging myself to create new pieces of furniture using up cycled materials—items other people might just throw away. Pallet wood is a popular look right now and is one of my favorite materials to work with.

stack of pallets

I used pallet wood all over our shop All Things New Again as baseboard molding and trim around doors and windows. I constructed flower boxes out of it. And I even used it as a wall covering in the shop, laying it out in a basket weave pattern.

I especially like to use pallet wood for tabletops like I did on this table I built last week.

window table_logoThe frame of the table used to be the casement around an old window. I removed the window for another project, but did not want to throw the casement away. I thought it was the perfect size for an end table.

window table_under construction_logoI started this project by removing the wood slats from the pallets and cutting to fit the space. I collect pallets all year round and let them sit out back behind the shop until the wood is nice and weathered.

pallet wood_logoOnce the pallet wood was mounted to the window frame, I needed legs to make it into a table. I just happened to have some handy. (Table legs are something else I never throw away. You never know when you can make something out of them!)

Since the pallet wood weathered so beautifully, I decided leave it in its natural state and give this table a nautical look. I wrapped the table legs with jute rope and glued it in place. The glue dries clear.

jute_glue drying_logoThen I painted the frame navy blue. I wanted the blue to be even darker to contrast against the pallet wood so I also black glaze over it.

Here’s the finished table.

window table_wideshot_logo

window table_closeup_logoThe parts to this table all could have ended up in a landfill somewhere. Instead, they look like they have always been together and will make a stylish and functional table for somebody.

~ Dave

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia (about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C.) We offer painted furniture, several lines of paint for your next DIY project and painting classes and workshops. Stop by the next time you are in town! 

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