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I was given this wicker table when I stopped at my booth one day. Another vendor moved and left it. The clerk knew I loved a good challenge. I say that because the top of the table was caved in on one corner. You know that didn’t scare me off because I know how to create a new table top from pallet wood.The table top was caved in but you can create a new top from pallet wood.Click To Tweet
The first order of business was to clean it. I sprayed it down with the hose and let the sun dry it off. It also needed a paint job and since I wanted to keep it white I spray painted when I painted the wicker chairs. The HomeRight paint sprayer makes fast work of freshening up wicker furniture. And yes I could have painted it with a brush but when I think of painting it that way my thought is why when I can make it easy on myself.
I love using pallet wood as table tops. This is my 3rd one. I took an Ikea table and added a pallet top. Then I found a sofa table on the curb. It definitely needed a new look so the pallet wood did the trick.
For this table top, I wanted to do something different. I really wanted to do a pattern with a 45 degree cut in the corner and pattern the wood so it was angled in one corner and would continue until the top was covered. But all pallet wood is not created equal. So I did the next best thing…I laid the boards out in a pattern.
The first board was laid across the top, measured and cut with the miter saw. The next board butted up against the first board perpendicular to it. Measured and cut. The 3rd board was placed against the 1st one. I did this with every other board.
After all of the boards were cut, I numbered them so they could be placed back correctly. Because the table top sagged I glued down pieces of wood to shim up the table top boards. I had to lay the boards on the table and play around with it. After I got it the way I wanted it I was ready to glue the table top boards. I began with one and then two etc.
As I placed each board I ran a bead of wood glue along the edge of the wood. This continued until the table top was complete. Pavers were laid on top along with using clamps to make sure it all stayed secured. The next day I went back and used the brad nailer along the perimeter and each board. Time to sand the boards smooth. I sanded it as smooth as I could get it.
I decided to use General Finishes Java Gel Stain for a nice rich finish. It only took one coat, using the staining pad. After a brief time, I wiped it off. It sat for a day and then I used the matte Poly. I applied 3 coats sanding with 1200 grit sandpaper in-between coats.
Do you like the dark, rich color against the clean crisp white? By just adding a new table top using pallet boards it gave a broken down table a new lease on life. I like that.
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