DIY Outdoor Dining Table From Wood Pallets

DIY Outdoor Dining Table From Wood Pallets- Under $100

For the past two summers,I have wanted to replace my outdoor dining table. I wanted something grand and beautiful. I dream BIG! But unfortunately, I didn’t want to drop $500-$1000 for the table of my dreams. And so I decided on a DIY Outdoor Dining Table when in reality… Here’s what I wanted:

My budget was about $200. And I want what I want. So what did I do? The next best thing? Build one.

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If you didn’t know..wood pallets are IN right now! Super HOT! You can find creative wood pallet ideas that I have on my Wood Pallets Pinterest Board!

I found this Farmhouse Table that gave me some inspiration, but I wanted a little nicer finish then a rough farm house table!

We used:

  • 3- Wood Pallets
  • 8 32” 4×4 Posts
  • 10 1”x 12” Planks
  • Box of Finishing Nails
  • Minwax Wood Stain- Early American 230

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I picked up 3 wood pallets for free from a local hardware store. They had over 20 to choose from and were happy to donate them to my “worthy” cause. I started to realize that my DIY Outdoor Dining Table could possibly become a reality.  Then we went to Home Depot (remember those Home Depot Coupons I have been talking about? I had a $10/$50 coupon that was emailed to me) I picked up the posts, nails and Wood Stain ( I brought the stain in the can and also picked up  4 bottles of Spray Can wood stain).

Side note– did you guys know that wood stain comes in a Spray Paint option? A little more $$ but saves SO much time 🙂

With the spray cans, nails, posts, and wood stain I spent a little over $65.00 Using the $10 off coupon, knocked it down to $55.00

IMG_7273After putting on a few coats of stain, we were ready to assemble.


Home Depot cut the pieces of posts for us.


With all the rain we had this year we had to take this projects indoors and work on it over a period of a week (although this can be done in a weekend). My husband and a family friend bolted the 3 wood pallets together. Then they applied the leg posts with finishing nails.

outdoor dining table before stainAnd then we were done (well with the final step of applying another coat of stain) The initial plan was to take a piece of glass and lay it over the wood table. However we started pricing the cost of a 10 ft piece of glass that would work on an outdoor table and I nixed that idea pretty quickly.

So next  idea– we put the table outside and contemplated our next move. My husband decided to make a trip to Lowes to see if an idea that he had would work out. He purchased 10 1”x 12” Planks. He then came home and nailed them in (with finishing nails). A few more coats of stain completed our new outdoor dining table!   10 planks cost $40.00 (*note to save a little more $$ we could have went back to pick up more wood pallets and filled the gaps with those, but he wanted to go a different route!)

Steps to remember:

  • Bolt Wood Pallets together with lag bolts
  • Attached the 8 4×4 posts
  • Top with 10 1”x 12” Planks
  • Stain.


And another side view:


Can you see the bolts? the little square piece covers up the connection of the wood pallets

diy outdoor table started from the bottom

So then the next step was finding chairs. I wanted something cool and modern. And course I could not find nothing that was affordable (well in my spending budget). The ones I found on Amazon I placed them in my cart and was ready to order- Adams Manufacturing Quik-Fold® Chair for $23.11 a piece. I was ready to order 8 of them (total of $184)

Then while driving home the other week I happened to stop by Art Van. I was there just a few weeks ago and scooped up these awesome white vases (org $129 a piece) for just $5 bucks each! Great steal!

I spotted red and yellow chairs in the corner. I wanted some fun and vibrant colors. Once I walked over to that area and saw they were only $4 bucks a piece I was sold! Granted they are plastic chairs, but they will do for now. Plus I can cover them with white chair coverings when I want to create a formal and elegant setting. So $4 bucks each I grabbed all of them- 8 total. Perfect, right? $32.00 bucks plus tax! A big savings from the $184 I was about to spend!

red chairs

And here’s how it all looks on the  new outdoor Wood pallet dining room table!

outdoor dining table with red chairs

We decide to have a little fun and dressed the table up and had a BBQ- here’s how it went down:

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Far cry from that little wood pallet!!?

I picked up the plates, glasses and bowls from Kohls. They were on summer clearance, plus stacked a 20% off coupon and $5 off coupon and was able to walk away paying nearly pennies. Total retail was $166.03 and I paid $16.98 OOP after my sales, coupons and discounts! I also picked up some of these plates at Target on a 70% clearance (price included above)

Here’s a few of samples of my summer tableware:


And another one– all mixed up for a fun, vibrant look:


I totally love the diversity in all the colors:


*note- the chairs pictured here are ones from my house. When we had this little party I did not have the red/yellow chairs yet!

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*this was the night my husband tried a new recipe- porchetta-style-pork-chop-recipe

Well what do you think of my new dining table made out of wood pallets?

For a total of $95 I was able to get a new Dining Table that I LOVE! Better than what I initially expected! So a savings of $700 dollars

I was able to get fun and colorful chairs for just under $32.00 bucks ( I plan to find chairs for  the head of the table)- and saved $152

Then adding some fun table decorations for just $10 (savings of $248)

Then adding the fun, skadelic mix of tableware for just $16.98 (saving $149)

So total price of this colorful design: $153.98

I stayed within my $200 budget- YAY!

With a savings of $1249.00 WOW!

Have you created any DIY projects? Feel free to share!

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Other wood pallets projects I’ve completed:

DIY Patio Bar Out of Wood Pallets for under $20 bucks

DIY Patio Bar Made Out Of Wood Pallets

Find more creative ways to use wood pallets in our post on 27 Creative Ways to Use Wood Pallets


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  1. August 19, 2013

    I am blown away by the creativity here! I wish I were that thoughtful to things and that handy!

    • August 20, 2013

      Thank you Krista! I had a lot of fun doing this project 🙂

  2. August 18, 2014

    I LOVE reclaimed pallet projects and this one is AWESOME. The red and yellow chairs are super cute with it too! Pinning this to my Pallet Project board!

    • August 18, 2014

      Thanks Jen- I wish I had time to do more stuff like this and creative. I have another project that I’m working on but it’s nowhere near done!

  3. September 7, 2014

    What a great table you have created from pallets. Love the chairs – so colorful and fun. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  4. September 10, 2014

    Awesome looking table! I want to build us an outdoor patio table… but first we need to build a patio!

  5. September 10, 2014

    What a great project. Your table turned out awesome! I love pallet wood projects. 😉

  6. September 11, 2014

    WHat a great use for pallet wood….love the table!

  7. September 11, 2014

    Visiting from ‘A glimpse inside’ link up.

    This is fantastic – what a fun addition to an outdoor space!

    🙂 Liberti

  8. September 15, 2014

    It looks absolutely perfect! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned in our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there!

  9. Rita
    September 29, 2015

    Hi, can u tell me how exactly you attached the legs and pallets together. I can’t really make out from the pictures. I plan on making this for an outdoor thanksgiving here in AZ!

  10. Clinitn
    February 1, 2016

    What was the length you had the 4×4 cut down to please

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