THIS DATED TWIN SIDE TABLE SET GETS A FRESH NEW LOOK BY INSTALLING HAIRPIN TABLE LEGS | BEFORE AND AFTER FURNITURE MAKEOVER + VIDEO TUTORIAL
Hi, creative #sifamily! Isn’t Amazon Prime amazing?! I ordered these Hairpin Table Legs at 11 am last Wednesday and they were delivered to me by 10 am the next morning. Can you imagine how fast deliveries will be once they start delivering with drones?!
Here’s the side table set I started with. They were selling for $20 each and both in excellent condition but a little outdated.
I removed the hardware, turned them around length-wise, and added hairpin legs for a fresh new look!
What do you think? Updated and handsome, right?!!!
I’m loving the contrast of the warm wood against the sophisticated black.
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Side Table Set – SALVAGED
Dewalt Orbital Sander
Oscillating Tool (similar)
Sandpaper | Tack Cloth
Gorilla Epoxy Stick
Hairpin Table Legs
B-I-N Shellac Base Primer
Walnut Gel Stain
Anchor Silk All-In-One-Mineral Paint
Gator Hide Topcoat
HARPIN TABLE LEGS MAKEOVER
When I saw these side tables in the Restore, I knew if I turned them lengthwise, they would look more modern. They do have a drawer, so by adding the hairpin legs, it not only updated them but also sealed/screwed in the side drawer so it’s a solid contained unit. You’d never know there was a drawer there by looking at it now!
PREP & CLEAN
I started by giving these twin tables a good cleaning with this cleaner. I like adding this powder to a spray bottle and spraying it but you can just as easily add it to a bucket and use a sponge or cloth to clean your furniture. Just make sure you give it a wipe-down with clear water afterward to remove all the residue.
I removed the dated hardware on each drawer and filled the holes with this Gorilla Epoxy Stick.
I’ve seen a few furniture painters posting this on their IG so thought I would give it a try. Super easy to use. I tore a small piece off and kneaded it (wear gloves!) for 30-60 seconds. Once it was all blended I smooshed it into the hardware holes. I didn’t have to use a lot so I’m sure this $10 tube will last for numerous hardware hole fills.
It seems durable enough and sanded down by hand. So for any of you who are looking for something that dries “harder” than wood fill but don’t want to mix and sand a Bondo, this is a great alternative!
The top insert and side panels were stained with two coats of this Walnut Gel Stain. Gel stain was the perfect choice for this piece because it can be applied over an existing finish. I have a full tutorial on staining over an existing finish here. Check out the difference the Gel Stain made. The left side is the original, and the right side is stained!
The panels also received two coats. I used a foam brush to get into the corners.
MAKING A JIG
Okay, I have to admit this part intimidated me. I’ve never made a jig like this or cut-off table legs before. A jig is any type of “guide” used to control the accuracy of another tool. It’s used when repeatability and accuracy are needed by holding the work and guiding your tool. In this case, I used plywood to create a corner jig so it would help me cut each leg off evenly.
Here are the steps I took to create a jig…
- I made sure my plywood was square
- I measured flush with the table skirt
- I cut two pieces exactly the same dimensions
- I screwed them together to make a corner jig
- I used the jig on each corner to help guide my oscillating tool
ADDING HAIRPIN TABLE LEGS
It was super easy and convenient to order these 16″ hairpin legs from Amazon and they look amazing! I actually forgot to add the feet bumpers on when I did my staging but they do come with the legs so they won’t scratch your floors.
The installation of the pin legs was easier than making the jig! I made sure they were evenly placed on each corner then drilled a pilot hole. After it was as simple as screwing them in!
I painted these tables in two coats of this Silk in Anchor. Silk All-In-One-Mineral Paint is my new fav for spraying but this time I brushed it on. If you’re looking for self-leveling paint that leaves NO BRUSH MARKS, this is it! It also has a built-in primer and top coat which saves a ton of time.
There’s no topcoat or protection required for the painted surfaces because it’s built into the paint, but I will need to topcoat the walnut-stained areas. Once it’s 100% dry, I’ll be using this Gator Hide for maximum protection and easy cleaning of spills, etc.
Here’s the step-by-step on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel here… and don’t forget to subscribe! 🙂
Here’s another look at this before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some ideas for your salvaged projects.
On a personal note, the kidney stone has passed naturally…whew! I’m so grateful I didn’t have to get a procedure to have it removed. Thanks for all your well wishes and concern. You make my heart smile! XOXO
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS MAKEOVER WITH THE HAIRPIN TABLE LEGS. OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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