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Reclaimed Barn Wood Hairpin Leg DIY Console Table

After seeing so many tables with hairpin legs in the stores recently, I starting thinking that I wanted to try making one myself. They look simple enough… get a piece of wood and attach the legs to it. That’s all, right? Well in truth, although it was fairly simple to make, my DIY console table ended up with quite a few steps to put it all together. But in the end, I’m so happy with how my new new piece of furniture turned out!

Vase filled with pink peonies adorns a DIY console table made with barn board and hairpin legs

DIY Console Table with Hairpin Legs

I began to search for a source of these table legs and came across Hairpin Legs Canada. They have a beautiful, simple collection. Their products were clearly labelled as “coffee table”, “bench”, etc. making it super easy to find exactly what I needed.  I chose a set of four two-rod, raw steel table legs to make my DIY console table to place behind my living room couch. Although I was tempted by all the other table leg options, I stuck with my original plan to make the console table. I think a DIY bench is definitely now on the to-do list since this particular project turned out so well!

Once I settled on the hairpin leg design, the next step was to find the “right” piece of wood for this project. We recently had to cut down a diseased ash tree at our parent’s cottage that would have worked had we been able to find someone to cut the wood down into planks. Who knew it would be so hard to find someone with a band saw?

Full view of the sofa table made with a piece of barn wood and hairpin legs

Lucky for me, while doing some local antique shopping my husband came across a gorgeous large piece of barn wood for sale. The barn wood board was perfectly imperfect!  It was definitely more rough than I was expecting, with a long split on one side and not as flat as it needed to be BUT it had loads of potential.  He purchased this piece of barn board for $65. My fingers were crossed that my planned DIY console table project would actually turn out!

Although we normally take on upcycling projects such as this repainted console table and modern buffet furniture makeover, we do also have some experience building from scratch such as our outdoor DIY wooden planter and outdoor shower enclosure.

Materials Needed to make a Hairpin Leg Console Table:

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How to Make a DIY Console Table:

Step 1: Prepare the Hairpin Legs

To begin our upcycling project, I needed to prepare the hairpin legs for use. As recommended by Hairpin Legs Canada, it’s best to treat the legs with either a wax coating or rust proof clear coat or paint to prevent rusting. I chose a solid black rust-proof spray paint for my console table legs. With my working surface area protected with newspaper, I applied a few even coats of the spray paint (following the manufacturers instructions) and set the legs aside until I was ready to use them.

I wish I had done this much sooner after I brought them home because unfortunately, they had already started to rust.  If I had to do it again, I would have purchased the finished legs instead of raw steel legs. but at least I now know for next time.

We’ve used this same spray paint to refinish an old retro styled school chair as well as using it to upcycle some outdoor porch decor. Check out that post for some really inspiring and surprising uses for spray paint!

Step 2: Prepare the Barn Wood Table Top

The purchased wood measured 6’ long by 18” wide and as you can see the wood was split on one end. Fortunately, a console table is typically 12” wide so that extra width needed to come off anyway.  

To keep the barn board looking as rustic as possible, we  continued to split the wood down the entire length of the barn board. I used a crowbar and hammer to gently continue the split down to the other end. I loved the look of the uneven edge so decided to keep that as the exposed side. 

Next, we cut the board down to 5’ long using a table saw.

All sides and edges of the barn wood needed to be smoothed out using belt and palm sanders.  We removed all dust using a tack cloth before moving on to staining.

The next step was to apply the polyurethane stain and sealer. We chose an oil-based polyurethane because of the richness in colour over time and for how long it lasts as compared to a water-based sealer. If you’d prefer to make your own, check out our DIY coffee wood stain and beeswax polish.

MINWAX Fast Drying Polyurethane sealer on a piece of barn wood

It required three coats of the polyurethane stain and sealer on all sides and edges of the barn board. This took time as we needed to leave the sealer to dry and do a light hand-sanding between coats. We used a tack cloth to wipe away excess dust after each sanding before applying the next coat of polyurethane. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to know how long to leave the wood before further handling.

Step 3: Assemble the DIY Console Table

To assemble the narrow table, we positioned the hairpin legs 6” in from the edges and 1.5′ from the ends. We marked the positions, drilled a small pilot hole, added a bit of wood glue and screwed the hairpin legs directly into the barn board. We used 1 ½” long screws. It’s important to make sure the screws aren’t too long and poke through the table top!

Placement of hairpin legs under a large piece of barn wood

As a side note, if your barn board is not perfectly flat or level, you may need to play with the positioning of the legs by using shims to add height where needed.

Close up view of a DIY console table placed behind a gray couch with a vase of fresh pink peonies on top

I am very happy with this one-of-a-kind, rustic reclaimed barn wood and hairpin leg console table for my living room. It cost a fraction of the price it would have cost at the store. I call that a DIY success!

It’s perfect for displaying my photos, flowers and seasonal items such as our cement and driftwood sailboat.

Are there any DIY projects that you’ve been wanting to try?

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Monday 25th of March 2019

Great blog! Your work is so original and I love it. I can't wait to see what you do next! Take care, Jamie.

Jessica

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Love this! I'm currently working on a coffee table, but still need to make a decision on the legs

Jane and Sonja

Saturday 9th of March 2019

Thank you Jessica! We still love how the hairpin legs look on this piece - they're pretty minimal so really let the barn board shine :) Take care, Jane

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