I love the current trend in upcycling materials to create beautiful pieces of furniture and having browsed through gorgeous ideas in magazines and online, was inspired to try my hand at creating a coffee table for a friend’s sun room. I was delighted that my burst of creativity resulted in this coffee table we made from discarded pallets. I have long been a fan of breathing new life into old pieces of furniture either by painting them a gorgeous colour or refurbishing the natural wood by stripping and sanding them.
I have spent many happy hours gathering ideas on my Pinterest Board for upcycling pallets and after a friend placed an order for a coffee table, I was sufficiently inspired to give it a go. I enlisted a carpenter friend to create the basic shape and then sanded the assembled table with an electric sander. We were working towards a shabby chic “distressed” look, so it was important to plan the base colour and techniqued highlights.
I chose an Annie Sloan chalk paint, Old White, for the base and rummaged in the shed for the remaining colours, some Silver Birch left over from painting a cabinet, a Provencal Blue and a soft Duck Egg grey/blue. I made sure that the sanded surface was very smooth then used primer as a base. Usually one doesn’t need to prime when using chalk paint but as the wood base is quite rustic I wanted to ensure that the paint finish was high quality. I wanted the highlighted colours to be hinted at by being dragged with a dry brush over the cream paint and to create a warmth that would have been missing from the plain cream.
A Unique Piece
The sanding and painting of the table was a two day labour of love but the end result was so worth it. My friend, Simona was thrilled with the finished piece and it looked absolutely perfect in her sun room. We accessorised it to suit her decor and she has since had many compliments on it. It will form the nucleus of my range and I am currently working on another order. If you would like one just like it, or very similar contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org