Thrifty Thursday – pallet side table

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Fun side table – from pallets

My hubby is lucky enough to get these great fee pallets every once and awhile from work, we love making fun projects from them.  I was using two tv trays in front of a window to hold our plants, it was time to make something more permanent.  We found some table legs that had been in our garage for years, we never knew what to do with them.  I drew up some plans and had my hubbs help me make this.

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Bruce assembling the top and bracing onto the legs.

Aspen helping out too:

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All finished!  Here it is before I paint it:

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I love the painting part, lots of water mixed with paint to “age” the wood.  Then fun pops of reds, teals, greens, browns, whites.  Partially just colors I enjoy and partially to match our decor.   The legs were a blackish/green when we pulled them out of the wood pile. Originally I planned on painting the whole table white but once it was together I loved the contrast.  I instead added some touches of color to the legs, a bit of copper, browns, and reds. I love the final result:

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This setup means so much to me.  The legs came from my dad years ago.  Aspen helped me paint the flower pots.  The plants are from my ex-father-in-laws funeral. The metal cage used to be my moms along with the lamp on the bottom shelf.  Skylar painted the frame on the bottom left and it has her picture in it.  The silhoette on the bottom is of my mom, the painting behind it is one by Aspen.  And the cardinals on the top shelf were a gift from me to Bruce, they are two cardinals snuggled up together.   Whew, a table build by me and my love and full of meaningful things from people around me present and past.  Love love love.

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Thrifty Thursdays – Pallet fun

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I am amazed at all the awesome things people do with pallets.  I’ve read some incredible blogs about people who have done entire floors of them and they look amazing if done right.  Pinterest is a super fun place to check out more ideas.

When I got my art studio last year I needed a cost effective, fun, artsy table solution. One that didn’t seem intimidating to paint on, drip on and felt like it fit in my studio.

My awesome hubby helped me build a table and shelves. I wanted to share.

You can find free pallets behind buildings; just ask them first.  Almost always they’ve told me to help myself when I’ve asked.  When using pallets also do some research, some are made with toxic coatings, so do an online search and there is plenty of info on what to look for to make sure they’re safe to be in your home.

 

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After I closed the studio I painted the table white so it’s be a bit more neutral:

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I also sell a prints mounted on pallet boards.  It’s been a really fun way to showcase art with a urban/upcycled feel:

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Enjoy!  Happy Creating.