Create a Unique Dressing Table Top from Salvaged Pallets

Our bedroom makeover is slowly taking shape and being transformed from old and outdated to dark and modern space! We had some furniture left from the old owners and even though it was sturdy and still in good shape, it took up too much space. The old dressing table took up most of the wall space and it was getting cluttered. I really wanted a small unit with a round mirror, that would be modern and would not take up too much space.

I got this old  table (covered in cobwebs) in the local salvage centre and paid £20 for it. It was just perfect! At first I was not sure what to do with it. As I cleaned it, I noticed the top part was damaged and decided to create a brand new table top from the pallets I had at home.

I am a huge fan of wood and wanted to create a herringbone pattern. I recently acquired a new table saw and it was the perfect time to try it out.

I started by seperating the pallets and slightly sanding them. I then decided on the measurements and started cutting the pieces using the table saw.  Once we had cut enough pieces, I sanded them again to get rid of any rough edges.


Each piece was glued on using wood glue and secured in place with clamps.  Once dry, I sanded the top smooth and created a frame around it using some wooden strips.

I debated long and hard about what to do – stain or keep it as it is! I created a poll on Instagram as I just could not decide. I ended up going with my gut feeling and stained it.  I filled the gaps with wood filler and once dry sanded it smooth.  I then stained the top using dark stain.

I painted the body using DecoArt* Satin enamel paint in ‘classic black’. It is so smooth and covered the old wood beautifully.


To finish the top off I used DecoArt Clear Pouring Topcoat. I poured a thin layer and let it dry, then I poured the second coat to create a nice thick glossy finish.

To finish the dressing table I opted for this gorgeous hardware I got from Latvia.


** As a member of Blogger Outreach Programme for DecoArt I have received all items from the DecoArt free of charge, however, all views, experiences and ideas are 100% my own!  This post contains affiliate links.

16 thoughts on “Create a Unique Dressing Table Top from Salvaged Pallets

  1. I too have a great love for wood. This is just stunning! I’d kind of wish you would have shown more of the top with very minimal or no decor/staging on it so as to see the full pattern.

  2. The table is beautiful. You did a great job on it and, as a matter of fact, I have a similar rescued desk sitting in my garage.

  3. Absolutely stunning!!! This has to be the best furniture redo I have ever seen. The herringbone top is what makes this table special.

  4. Thanks for sharing this!! I was also thinking about making a dressing table for myself. Which type of wood did you use for your table?? I mean the hardwood or the softwood?

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