new TV stand made from a pallet

I’ve always wanted to make a coffee table out of an old wood palette.

However when our big screen TV died and I brought in our little flat screen from the travel trailer, I knew we needed a new stand for it.

I had this wood palette sitting in my garage I found only a few short weeks ago just begging for the right treatment. And it was the perfect size for what was needed.  So thanks to So You Think – Junk Edition, the build began!

~ The Build ~

First, I had to create a place for the components to sit on. I used all old palette wood I had sitting around  and filled in the gaps, enclosing the ‘box’. I also predrilled most holes so the wood wouldn’t split. I’m good at splitting wood. Like in the top right pic. :)

The wood was pretty rough, so sanding it like crazy with a palm sander was a must!

Do you like my workshop? I loooove working outside!

And then absolute panic set in. I had no idea how to build LEGS. I am not a builder! I grabbed every single piece of scrap wood I had and paced. And worried. And propped. And failed. And then snapped this mayhem kind of picture to try and forget my crazed mind frame.

Dear real woodworkers: this is the time to stop reading. Skip WAAAY down to the reveal. Thank-you. :)

And then when I found two chunks of wood nailed together (top left pic), the light bulb came on!  I cut legs, attaching them to a board on their own, THEN screwed the leg/board combo onto the bottom of the palette.

Like so. Well I’ll be… it worked! I’m now a builder. :)

And then I funked up the side and back supports with three different treatments on the legs. :) Funkalicious!

 We aren’t done yet! There’s something special about this particular palette. The top is actually sunken in, allowing for…

~ The Reveal ~

… a display case out of the top! I already had a piece of glass in my storage stash that fit PERFECTLY.

The weight of the TV is supported by pieces of 2×4’s placed underneath the glass. Sneaky, eh?

The leg height was designed so the authentic crates underneath could be used for movie storage bins.

How fun is that display case anyway?!? To be able to theme it on a whim makes me giddy. :)

(visit window gate screen tutorial HERE)

And there she is! The old palette TV stand.

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I decided to leave the wood in it’s natural state.  I love the different hues and textures as is. Very crate-ish. :)

And the two openings under the top? They were the perfect size for the TVand DVD components. Amazing.

Right side.

Left side.

My $0.00 cost unique little TV stand is right cozy in it’s new home. :)

(visit window gate screen tutorial HERE)

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  1. It is VERY cute! I think as a coffee table you would get to see all of the great stuff you displayed in side more, but it is GORGEOUS!

  2. Thanks all!

    #1 Lorie, I can’t have a glass topped coffee table as the nintendo crew sit on top of whatever is avail to them. :)

    #7 Elizabeth, click on the So You Think You Can Decorate button at the bottom of my post and it’ll take you to the voting blog.

    FJ Donna

  3. wow! I’m impressed! I’ve been looking for pallets, but there is a pallet recycling center right down the road..darn…but I’ll find one soon. I want to make 2 night stands from them:)

  4. That’s what I’m talking about Miss Donna… love the leg attachment… made me laugh!! At least I don’t feel alone in the building process anymore!! Seriously though…I LOVE your new/old table… it’s perfect! :)

    Kendra

  5. Wow! You never cease to amaze me!
    I love your builds so much I don’t know what to say! My family is starting to think I’m crazy ’cause I keep talking about this woman on the internet who does these great projects (blush) Sorry :) – keep up the wood-working – I think these projects are the bomb!

    - Christin

  6. That is SO cute and creative! I’ve always wanted to make a daybed out of pallets after seeing one on Apartment Therapy. You just gave me the reassurance that I’m not crazy! lol

  7. “And then I funked up the side and back supports…” OK I read that really fast and gasped for air!!! Went back and re-read it and roared laughing!

    Alright. Enough. That table and all the PERFECTLY’s you had happen! Enough, I say!!!!

    If you, are you listening? Do you hear me? You know what my voice sounds like now!!! If you, don’t call or write or send or forward this to a mag….I’m flying to BC and making you do it, with sugar on top!!!!

    I love it! I love that YOU made it! I love that I know you. I know you, right?

    Seriously. (I can be serious – for 5 minutes). This is not even funny anymore.

    You are off the wall, the beaten path, the sky’s the limit CREATIVE!!!

    And the thing that really trumps me is that it’s not like you’re sitting around and don’t have anything else to do. That’s what really gets to me!!!

    I can’t even paint a “funking” closet. It’s taking me weeks!!!!! Weeks, I say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I don’t claim to be a professional woodworker but I know my way around the shop. This tute made me dizzy in such a good way. I love that you jury rigged the thing and that it came out so dang cute. (And looks pretty sturdy if I do say so.) Great Job, your creativity is inspiring. Sawdust

  9. This is awesome Donna!! You are so freaking talented I cannot stand it. I want to fly you out to do my stairs going down to our family room… Have a great week!

  10. Oh my gosh!! What a crazy, wonderful project!! It is fabulous! I love everything about it. And having that display under glass is terrific!! Well done!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  11. I AM BLOWN AWAY! This looks so absolutley FABULOUS! And the glass top…way too super cool! I love your crates underneath and the two different sizes and the various woods…LOVE it ALL!

  12. Donna,Donna, Donna.. How in the world do you make all this funky junk look so great in your home?
    Really…come on now.
    We laugh here about haydite block bookshelves and cable spool coffee tables being in our living room, like redneck fashion…and you make RED-NECK look good!
    Not to mention the zany crazy comments you get from people like Kolein– Hilarious!
    You have started a junker’s revolution.
    Instead of sending to a magazine, how about…writing your own, you could call it
    REDNECK HOMES AND GARDENS
    FUNKY JUNK LIVING
    …love the Entertainment Table.

  13. First off, I cannot believe I got a high 5 from a real woodworker! OH. MY. FAKE. WOODWORK. SKILLS. I’m elated! The unit is indeed super sturdy. I couldn’t even rock the thing.

    Secondly, a Funky Junk Original? Oh glory be. Did I hear that right? I think I need to go get me some metal stamped labels to attach to all my creations. LOVE that. :)

    And last, I cannot believe you guys are ‘getting me.’ I realize this look isn’t for everyone, but the more casual and unusual it is (in a non ugly way of course!), the happier I get. Junker’s Revolution… that’s a massive responsibility and huge undertaking. One I’m all too happy to forge towards. :)

    Just, thanks. :)
    FJ Donna

  14. SIMPLY TO DIE FOR!I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT! VERY CLEVER HOW YOU ADDED THE WOOD TO SUPPORT THE TV!
    OH TO HAVE YOUR TALENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. LOVE IT!!! I think it is especially great that you didn’t feel compelled to paint it and it fits in perfectly with the theme and your decor. Great job. I can’t wait to do some things like this to my first place. And your post has just inspired me to write a blog post of my own, so check my page later today to see your site linked. So great!!

  16. You’re my hero! There are SO many things I love about your house and this new TV stand is definitely one of them. (I recently used your material-on-a-hanger-as-a-window-treatment idea. Love it!!!) Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. I know I already left a comment on this post – I just wanted to let you know I bought a tripod today – the “big kahuna” one. :)

  18. Yes… go get some metal stamped labels!! This TV stand is an original, and so much fun! In fact, I love the “Funky Junk” look in the whole corner that you shared of your living room. So very creative!!
    Victoria @ DesignTies

  19. donna, you did it again! amazing work! it pairs well with your shutters and i just LOVE the display top!

    i didn’t get the chance to comment on your new staircase… all i have to say is YUM!!!!

  20. Wow this is awesome! You come up with the neatest things!

    I am hosting a “Saturday is Crafty Day” party on April 24th and I’d love it if you stopped by!

  21. omg omg omg. you are my hero, no, really! It’s really time for the metal stamp!!! you are an inspiration like no other. Now the pallet on the side of my house is jealous! Good luck on your open house. not that you need it! <3 donna

  22. We can’t find our tin snips, seeing them in your tv stand reminded me of that. You do have fun when you build things. Hope you do some new stuff to show off.

  23. Hi, Donna! I love how you used your pallet!! Really gets me thinking!! And I have access to an unlimited number of pallets…. I could be busy for a while!!!

    I posted this project on my blog! Please come visit if/when you have a chance!!

    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot.com

    Have a wonderful weekend!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  24. I love your blog and just found this post! Love, love, love it! This is exactly what I need for our flat screen tv and refuse to spend $100-$200 on one. You are so talented…and an inspiration. Keep the wonderful ideas and posts coming!!

  25. Great idea for repurposed wood and using old boxes, crates etc. Advertising on boxes gives an added dimension and decoration in a room! Love the ideas.

  26. wow this is gorgeous would love to see a website devoted only to furniture made with Pallets, a question where did you get he shutters on your front windows? they are GORGEOUS DIRECTIONS IF YOU MAKE THOSE PLEASE

  27. Really cool job! I have been looking for a tv stand to use as an amplifier stand for my guitar amp. I also need some storage space for pedals, books, cords, and other things. I have a couple of heavy duty pallets downstairs and I am thinking about heading down there to try to see what I can come up with, thanks for the inspiration!

  28. love this project, went out and found pallets yesterday, one question, what was the height of the finished project.

  29. How about that fireplace?! Did you make it? It is exactly what I want to make in my 100+ farmhouse (that the previous owners remodeled into a 4 room box house in the 1970’s by taking off the 2nd story and enclosing everything, everything! in fake wood paneling). I’m loving this website and am finally inspired that I can revive my home back to what (I imagine) it was 100 years ago even though I have no extra cash. Love what you do!

  30. Hi Donna. I am Marian’s Brother. (MMS) I was doing a google search for TV stand ideas and noticed this project. I love the idea! Thanks.

  31. This is WAY later than your original submission, so I don’t know if you’ll ever see it but I have to try…

    I LOVE your mantel. Do you mind sharing its dimensions and where you found it and the corbels?…Please!! :-)