A Crafty Mix


A Pallet Side Table for an Awkward Space

Bedroom QuarterThe main bedroom in our little round house is odd, it’s shaped kinda like a big slice of pizza, with a sliding door that leads to the lounge on the cut edge and a window on the round edge. A double bed just fits if you squish it in the corner (those darn round walls……….), which doesn’t leave a lot of room for a side table and that’s where I sleep 😯

I must have gone to 7 different swop shops but couldn’t find anything. All the side tables we looked at were waaayyyyy to  wide to fit in that space, and I really, really needed somewhere to put my kindle and other bits and bobs.

Hubby to the rescue. Using some old pallets we had lying around he built the cute-ist, sexy-ist little pallet side table ala “farmhouse bench”. First things first. He used three relatively straight pieces with some character and cut them into equal lengths.

3 Pallets

He placed the pallets side by side in a the vice and drilled a hole right through, on either side and inserted a thread bar. My ever careful hubby decided that the side table needed to be extra strong, just in case I wanted to put more stuff on it.

Thread bar and pallet

Using a hacksaw he cut off the extra bits and fastened the whole contraption with nylocks and some wood glue.

Adding nylocks

Time for the man tools – bring on the belt sander. We needed a smooth finish so we could white wash it with Chalk Paint®. Ever tried putting wax on a a rough pallet? Not nice.

Sanded down table top

See that funny looking worm hole towards the top. That’s an ooopsie. The drill went all wonky when we made the first hole for the thread bar. Oh well, it adds to the character. To make the legs he carefully measured and cut two pieces using one of the thicker pallets we had. He positioned and braced the legs with square off cuts (those little bits on the side of the legs).

Positioning the legs

He glued and screwed all the leg bits together and then attached the legs to the bottom of the table by gluing and screwing the braces down. Time for a test run……….. the side table was a bit wobbly, so we added a support between the legs to keep them from kinda collapsing in on themselves.

Unpainted side table

Isn’t she purdy? To white wash, we diluted Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint® with water and using just the tip of a cheap brush, we brushed the mixture on, following the grain of the wood, then we used a clean, lint free rag to wipe off the excess and catch any drips. Watch the sides as the paint tends to run down and form little tear drops that are difficult to blend in – I had quite a few drips that I had to sand down. We only had to wait an hour for her to dry before we applied some clear wax.  Don’t you just love, love, love the silky feel of the wood after the wax has gone on.

The finished pallet side table

The finished pallet side table

She fit's perfectly

She fit’s perfectly

And she’s all done – the perfect pallet side table for our pizza slice bedroom.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   DIY Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Our Round House, Pallet Hacks


  • Posted: May 3, 2016 12:51


    Michelle, your husband and you did a great job on this bedside table! What a perfect fit and it looks so great!!
    • Posted: May 3, 2016 16:11


      Hey Keri, I missed you. Loved your decorative tile magnets. Super awesome.
  • Posted: April 27, 2016 14:17


    You're right it's the perfect fit. Beautiful!!
    • Posted: April 28, 2016 07:44


      :-) Thank you Anon :-)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.