I have made a couple of pallet shelves, those are so easy.
But this was the 1st time I was actually building something. I forgot to take a before picture so imagine it looked like this:
The only pieces that were cut were the 2 long sides. I just made the table the size it wanted to be.
Here is a picture of it all put together.
I use regular latex paint, something I had left over from who knows what! I distressed heavily with my palm sander & wiped on/wiped off stain. I sealed the whole table with wipe on poly.