Angie @ Ambient Wares
Angie @ Ambient Wares
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Metal Legs From a Plastic Chair Become Table Legs

11 Materials
$5
1 Day
Easy

metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
It all started with a nasty blue, plastic chair I got for free at a garage sale, and for good reason. I made the mistake of trying to paint it and while I like red, I didn't like it on the chair. I wasted an entire can and only covered the seat side. It was just too scratched up and frayed. You know how plastic "frays" sort of?
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
I'd already sanded down the rusty legs spray painting them in a stainless steel color and they looked wonderful
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
When thinking about what to do now that I'm out a chair seat, I thought table. A side table for our couch since Joe took care of the other end when he made this table.

I had a scrap piece of wood that fit perfectly and in testing out how I wanted the legs centered, I ended up focusing more on centering that flat piece of metal in between the legs. Just take that into consideration if you make it.
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
Above is if I was trying to center the legs which is what I really wanted. Below is if I'm trying to center the base (what touches the table).
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
I sanded & re-stained the scrap wood piece and drew out some curved corners to match our other end table using a roll of duct tape. Unfortunately the rounded corners were a slight afterthought and I cut them on our band saw after I'd already re-stained. It just took more time.
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
I decided to use tube straps to attach the legs to the wooden top due to the fact there was a gap. Below, the top bar is the gap I'm talking about. It doesn't touch the wooden top. At first I thought I'd have to wedge a piece of wood in between the wood top and the base which I honestly didn't feel like doing so the tube straps were a lifesaver.
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
I eyeballed where to put the straps and drilled pilot holes first followed by securing them down with screws
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
So, not bad at all for basically free, maybe under $5 AND it takes all of 10 minutes outside of staining, sanding, poly-ing, and rounding the corners. I don't think you can beat that for such a unique look. I think it fits in with many different decor styles. Considering my style is mish mosh, it fits in perfectly ;) Be sure to visit the blog for this and other projects!
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs
metal legs from a plastic chair become table legs

Suggested materials:

  • Metal Chair Legs  (Garage Sale)
  • Scrap Wood Top  (Habitat for Humanity)
  • 1/2" Tube Straps  (Menards)
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  • Jamie Alderson
    on Jul 14, 2017

    Awesome idea! Did you make the fabulous fan lamp too?
    • Jewellmartin
      on Jul 15, 2017

      With the armless sofa section, this table looks made to order. It looks great, including the the fan light. Best wishes 😇

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