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What’s On My Coffee Table

September 29, 2015

We are smack dab in the middle of my favorite season and I’m soaking up every minute of the crisp-yet-warm weather we’re enjoying in the Midwest. Our new house is slowly coming together, and although we won’t be officially done with our renovation until early next year, I’m trying to make our in-progress house feel as put together and cozy as possible in the meantime. That means chili on the stovetop, coffee brewing around the clock, fall-scented candles burning and lots and lots of football playing on TV.

Now that I’m working from home most days, having a creative, beautiful and inspiring place to work is important. Maybe it’s just me, but creating an environment that fosters creativity and inspiration is big for me. Every morning after I drop Ainsley off at her childcare provider’s house, I brew a pot of my beloved Lavazza coffee (anything dark roast is my friend!), light a fall-scented candle and get to work on my laptop or the kitchen, whatever the day happens to have in store.

I’m not an expert in decorating by any means, but I do like a fun and functional coffee table spread. My mom actually picked up this little wooden drink holder (?) from Homegoods a while back, and I decided it would make a great addition to our coffee table. I filled the glass jars with Lavazza coffee grounds and artificial succulents, as well as a couple candles. Then, I set the holder inside a larger wooden tray along with a stack of magazines and another candle. The extra holders in the centerpiece? Well, they make a great place to contain your remotes!

Thanks, Lavazza, for fueling this year’s coffee-themed posts! There truly is no better coffee, in my opinion. Read all the other Lavazza posts from this year here: My Morning Routine, Coffee + Cream Pops, Almond Flour + Coconut Flour Coffee Cake.

This post was sponsored by Lavazza as part of their Lavazza Passionista program. I received product and compensation for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #sponsored






DIY Pallet Coffee Table

April 8, 2013


Lets get something straight before I begin this post: I would never describe myself as a crafty/DIY-type person. Michaels and Hobby Lobby stress me out and I let my mom make 90% of the decorating decisions in our home. And I’m totally okay with that. The closest I get to being crafty is making unique and delicious recipes. And I know how to crochet, so there’s that. But for the most part, my crafting skills are limited. However, now that we own a home I have started to read a few more home design blogs and have become obsessed with Houzz. Anyone else?

Two weekends ago, my mom came to visit for Easter weekend. Joe and I had been looking for a coffee table for our basement living room since we moved in, but hadn’t been able to find anything that was durable and didn’t cost a fortune. Since our downstairs living room is also going to be a bit of a guy’s hangout area, I wasn’t keen on spending a bunch of money on a nice coffee table only to have something spilled on it down the road. My mom, who is equally obsessed with Houzz and other design sites found a post that suggested a beautiful coffee table could be made fairly inexpensively by using pallets.

A quick Google search will render dozens of ways you can make a pallet coffee table. Turns out, unbeknownst to me, that they are pretty popular. And after making our own pallet coffee table, I can totally understand why! In one weekend and for about $75 we made our own pallet coffee table that not only looks great but is extremely durable and guy-proof! I didn’t do a great job of taking step-by-step photos of how we made our table, but I do have a few shots to show you that should give you an idea of how easy it is. And if you have any doubts, just remember: If Madison can do it, so can I!

Here’s how it went down:


1. We started by sanding down two pallets that my mom got from her company’s distribution center with a hand sander loaned to us by my brother-in-law, Jake. These were really nice looking pallets as far as pallets go. Some are much more weathered and worn. They would work, too, but we were going for a bit more of a polished look for downstairs.


2. More sanding! This was my first time using a hand sander and it totally made the whole process go a lot faster than doing it by hand with pieces of sand paper.


3. After sanding the pallets we stained both of them with Minwax stain in Red Oak color that we purchased at Home Depot. We went through two small cans for both pallets together. I would recommend just buying a large can to save yourself the trouble. After leaving the stain on for about 5 minutes, my mom followed me and wiped off the excess stain. Then, we allowed the stain to try on the pallets for 8 hours in the sun.


4. After the stain had dried completely, we finished things up with three coats of polyurethane. We used Minwax Semi-Gloss Fast Drying Polyurethane and waited four to five hours between coats. After we put on the final coat, we let it dry longer to make sure it was really set up well.

5. Finally, we used large screws and a hand drill to fasten one pallet on top of the second pallet. After the pallets were secured into a single coffee table, we put 4-inch casters (rolling wheels) on the bottom of the coffee table. We purchased four casters from Home Depot, two of which have locking wheels in case we want to keep the coffee table in one spot. The wheels are a great addition. Although they cost about $12 each, they really are worth it! We love being able to roll our coffee table around and move it closer to the couch as needed.

And that’s it! It seems super simple and that’s because it is. Although I’m not a pro yet, I think I’ve caught the bug. It was incredibly gratifying to make a coffee table that looked like something I would have paid good money for at the store. I’m not a huge fan of small crafts that I will eventually just toss in the trash, but making furniture? Now that’s something I can get behind!


Okay, now it’s your time to confess: Are you the crafty type? Have you made something like furniture or a home decor item that I should know about? I would love to know!


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