We recently bought the FJÄLLBO coffee table to use as a side table. We liked the metal frame (and the low price), but found the sleek tabletop a bit boring, so we replaced it with wooden planks from an old wooden pallet to achieve a more rustic look.
It’s an easy modification, because the tabletop is attached to the frame with just 6 screws. It didn’t need to be the same size as the old tabletop, because it is attached on top of the metal frame and not inside it – so the new surface is about 1 cm larger than the original on each side.
The hardest part was taking apart the wooden pallet (it took a lot of sawing, hammering and yelling profanities at it). After that, it was just sanding, staining and joining the planks to each other with metal brackets.
The wooden crate in the “after” photo is also from IKEA (it’s the large KNAGGLIG). To make the stamp, I printed the logo (reversed) on baking paper and pressed it carefully onto the wood to transfer the ink. The wood absorbs it quickly, and the stain seals it in.
~ by Annie, from Greece
More wooden pallet furniture hacks
A TV unit wrapped with wooden pallet. See how a sad white EXPEDIT shelving unit gets a rustic boost from wood planks.
If you don’t want to go full-blown wood pallet wrap-around, make these adorable drawer inserts instead.
Like more? How about this fancy coat rack with a wood pallet backer?
Or turn the pallets into wooden pallet desk legs with storage.
You could also use the pallet as the desktop fitted with IKEA table legs.