Create Your Own Coffee Table

I've been living without a coffee table for a year. I could never find a table that I liked so I never purchased one. However, I had seen on Pinterest people had made their own tables out of a picture frame. All they had to do was add legs. I had always wanted to make one, but never did it.

A couple of months ago, I found a picture frame on the free shelf near my apartment. I was not sure what I had wanted to do with it and it has been leaning against my wall taking up space while I figured it out. While I was home in California, I remembered my Pinterest finding and decided I wanted to make a picture frame coffee table. I finally had a frame, all I needed was some legs.

After researching table legs online, I discovered they are very pricey for what they are. After searching some more, I decided I wanted to get some crates to use as a base instead of table legs. However, I recently went to Michael's and found small pallets that would work as a base. I bought two of them to make my table sturdy.

I bought my favorite paint, Americana Decor, to paint the wooden pallets. I decided to paint the pallets black to match the rest of the furniture in my apartment. I almost painted it a different color, but I figured I should keep it all the same color. I personally prefer the chalky finish paint because I like the way it looks. You can get the clear wax  that goes over it, but I prefer the chalky matte.

I did a couple of layers on each pallet. My problem when I paint is that I get impatient waiting for it to dry. I always get frustrated, but it all worked out and the pallets look great.

After painting my pallets, I decided to add some momentos to my frame. I picked some post cards, tickets, pictures and a cool sign from Nashville. I also decided to add an old drivers license that I had.

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I'm happy with the finished product. I love the way it looks and I love that it was so easy to make!

Have you made your own coffee table? How did you make yours?