Last summer, we sold our extra long Mid Century coffee table. There was a small outcry when we shared this vlog (we hear you!), but despite our love for that piece of furniture, it wasn’t the right fit for our living room. When we first moved into this home from our former condo, we would say, ‘Our living room is so big!’ Our solution was to purchase items that felt, well, bigger. Our couch is not-quite-100″ wide, and while that feels right in the room, it became slowly apparent that our 75″ coffee table did not. To move around the table required a shimmy from side to side, and to be honest, we were tired of knocking our shins along the edge. Ouch!
We lived without a table for several months, waiting for the right one to come into our lives. We wanted something round to mimic the curve of our blue sofa, and our preference was a wood finish to break up all the grays we have going on. There was no hurry, but any time friends would pop over, there was always that moment when we would all realize there was no place to easily set down our drinks! (Isn’t it funny how tricky coffee tables can be? What kind do you have in your home?) Around this same time, DIY Hairpin Legs reached out, and they asked if we’d be interested in giving their legs a try. We were impressed with their selection (and one of the lowest price points we’ve seen online!), and in the end, the decision to DIY couldn’t have have been more easy. Here’s what we did:
Tools + Supplies
We bought a 32″ pine round on Etsy (that seller is no longer active, but this shop has you covered!), which was the sweet spot for our size room. And those 5 easy steps? It’s as simple as 1 sand, 2 stain, 3 poly, 4 attach the legs and – the best part – 5 enjoy!
We chose Minwax in Special Walnut for the stain color, which is a nice not-too-dark warm brown tone. For the finish, we were excited to see that Minwax Polycrylic came in matte, something we never noticed in our store (or maybe they never carried it?), but either way, we absolutely love the super low sheen it provided. We’re looking forward to using it for more projects down the road!
Admittedly, attaching the hairpin legs to a round table was the trickiest part. We didn’t get overly technical, but in a nutshell, we found the center and used a pencil to draw a large X. At the end of those four points, we measured in about 1 1/2″ for each leg and screwed them in with the provided screws.
Because the stain and poly need to dry, the entire DIY takes a handful of days, but all said it done, it’s only a few hours of work! We wanted to show you how easy it could be, so we wrapped it up in a video for the full (yet still quick!) process:
It’s practical, non-fussy and lends a warmth to the room (a triple win!). Before we began, we said to one another, ‘This could just be an interim table until we find The Real One.’ But as it turned out, we both admitted to crushing on this little guy; so much so, we see it sticking around for a good while.
For fun: Our legs are courtesy of DIY Hairpin Legs, one of the most affordable places we’ve seen to get your fill of hairpins. If you shop from this link, you’ll get 10% off any order over $50! Be sure to check out their shelf brackets, too. Cute, cute.