Crafting for Charity: How to Create a Pallet Table

by Christine DemosApril 9, 2013

9 months ago, in just a few moments my life changed forever. At the end of a nine mile run, less then a half mile away from my home I was struck by a drunk driver and left for dead on the side of the road. Thankfully I was found, and treated at the best hospitals in the state. It has been a long and often painful recovery, but I have been led to some really great opportunities. And one of those was starting and spear heading the Bloggers Against Drunk Driving Campaign, it was a huge success and I loved being apart of it. And because of that I’ve been led to another awesome opportunity. 

I was so excited when Homes.com contacted me to be apart of their Crafting for Charity Event. I have worked with Homes.com a number of times and even had a chance to meet some of them in real life at SNAP conference last year. They have been so supportive of me throughout this whole recovery process and I am excited to be a part of this campaign.

Here’s the deal, myself and a few other bloggers have each been given the task of coming up with a project that our readers, and the readers and followers of  Homes.com will vote on. Whichever project has the most votes, that blogger will win $5,000 to put towards their charity of choice. Of course for me that means, if I win I will be donating the money to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving. I hope to do everything in my power to get drunk drivers off the roads, and I know this money will help further a cause that will forever be near and dear to my heart.

So, when faced with this challenge I wanted to make something that would go with my living room since that’s the big project I’ve been working on. And of course, I wanted to make something using what I had, for the most part. And that’s what I did, total cost of this project for me? $12. Total cost if you had to buy everything from scratch? $18. Pretty nice huh

So here’s the process-

I started out with an old coffee table Morgan and I picked up when we first got married. It has been painted and repainted what feels like a thousand times. My original plan was to sand it down and stain it. But after 2 hours spent on sanding just the top, I realized that wasn’t going to happen.

So, it was time for plan B. This is what I started with-

I used white paint I already had on hand to paint the legs and sides of the table. 

 

And then Mojo and I headed to Home Depot and picked up a 48″ Wood Lath Bundle for $12. I laid them out and stained them using Minwax Dark Walnut stain.

 

Then we used Liquid Nails to attach the wood in a pallet like pattern to the top of the table. We finished the top, and thought that was the end of it. Until we got it in the house, and then we stared at it for a few minutes trying to figure out what was wrong. It looked okay, but it just wasn’t matching up with the vision I had in my head. 
So, Mojo came up with the brilliant plan to add wood to the sides of the table as well. It was pure genius, one of the many reasons I love that man. And  here’s the finished product-

 

 

 

Isn’t it beautiful? I am totally and completely in love. It was a doozy of project but I love how it turned out in the end. 
So don’t forget to vote for YOUR favorite project by heading to the Homes.com Facebook Page and casting your vote. I can’t wait to see which project wins.

And don’t forget to take the pledge and choose to Stand Up for Sobering Up. You can check out my full story and the difficult recovery {here}

 


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Christine Demos
Christine is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. She's a small town girl at heart, who currently lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband and their fur baby. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, decorating, traveling, and binge watching Netflix. As a proud Virginia Tech alum, she also loves cheering on the Hokies!
2 Comments
  • April 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    What a great makeover, the table turned out fabulous!

  • S.K..
    April 16, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Great-looking project! You took something that might have sentimental significance (early marriage furniture), but that many people would discard (and encourage you to throw out), and you gave it a beautiful, smart, yet economical, new look that any reasonable person would be proud to have in a home. I appreciate your forthrightness in describing your process and how it evolved… how you had to come up with new plans and ideas to arrive at the final product… that it was a “doozy of a project,” but in your innovation and creative problem-solving, you’ve come up with a craft that can be easily and inexpensively repeated by others. Brava! God Bless!

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