• Sanding block or orbital sander • Reciprocating saw
• Medium-density fiberboard (MDF), cut to
• Paint and paintbrush
• Foam brush
• High-gloss polyurethane finish for latex paint • Drill and fasteners
• L brackets
• Shelf bracket pair
• Circle bit, if needed
Step 1 Remove stray screws, nails, or staples. Sand pallet with a block or orbital sander to desired smoothness.
Step 2 Using a reciprocating saw, cut pallet to desired height (standard desk height is 30 inches). Level the top of the pallet, if
needed, with reciprocating saw.
Step 3 Measure and cut two pieces of MDF: one to sit on the top edge of the pallet; the other for the tabletop.
Step 4 Paint MDF pieces desired color. Let dry. Using a foam brush to avoid visible brushstrokes (A), apply one or two coats of a high-gloss polyurethane finish. Let dry thoroughly between coats.
Step 5 Screw painted accent boards to the pallet’s top and beneath the first horizontal board using L brackets. Attach shelf brackets to vanity top and into pallet. If you need to make room for the brackets, cut away a portion of the pallet with a chisel or a circle bit (B).
Step 6 Attach pallet to wall and into studs using appropriate fasteners.