Get those work gloves on, it’s time for our TGI…DIY!


This week, save an old pallet and create a new coffee table for your home. This coffee table will give your living room that rustic yet industrial vibe, perfect for casual entertaining.

Inexpensive (often free!) and common, shipping pallets are a DIYer’s dream. A quick trip to your local nursery or garden and hardware store, and you’re bound to find a few unwanted wooden pallets. The trick is to visit the smaller independently owned stores who won’t have a contract with a pallet removal service. Larger, nationwide companies are less likely to fork them over. Construction sites are worth a visit too, as leftover pallets and wood are usually burned when no longer needed.

After finding your pallet provider, gather your tools: Palm sander and 60-80 grit sandpaper, optional stain/paint, a screwdriver or drill, 12 wood screws, 4 large caster wheels or old table legs, and optional glass top.

Begin by sanding your pallet to remove splinters. You can choose to stain or paint your pallet to spruce it up, or simply leave it natural. Next, decide upon the legs of your table. Taking the legs from existing broken tables and painting them a vibrant color gives your pallet a funky twist. Alternatively, for a low-standing table, use 4 large caster wheels. Attach your chosen legs to the underside of the pallet with the drill and screws.

Finish the table off by adding an optional piece of glass to the top.

Voilà: Top with a vase or the stack of your favorite DIY books and enjoy!

Click here for step-by-step instructions.  When your project is complete, make sure your photos are posted on our Facebook page, tweeted @TerraCycle, or tagged to our Instagram. We can’t wait to see!

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