Revamping Table With Hairpin Legs

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2 Days

Do you have any old and dated side tables you want to look modern? Here's a fun idea my sister gave me when we spotted these at the thrift store! We bought this side table set and then removed the hardware, turned them around length-wise, and added hairpin legs!

I started with these old side tables.

Cleaned the tables with TSP and wipe them down afterward with clear water to remove the residues.

I removed the old hardware and filled it with an epoxy stick.

Scuff sanded the tables in preparation for painting using 100 grit sandpaper and my orbital sander.

The top and side panels were stained with an old based gel stain. As you can see, the stain gave the right side table a very good deep and rich dark finish.

I created a jig to cut off the legs evenly.

These are the hairpins legs I installed. They make look thin and flimsy but they are surprisingly sturdy. Using a jig really helped to have an even and equal surface for the hairpins to be attached making the table stable and balanced.

To match the beautiful stained finish of the top and side panels, I used deep black paint.

Here's the result! The tables look handsome and masculine. I love the mid-century modern look.

I hope it inspired you and sparked some ideas for your future projects.

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Suggested materials:
  • Side Table Set
  • Paint Brushes
  • TSP/TSP Substitute
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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Feb 11, 2022

    'Just curious - did you keep the functioning drawers?

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  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 17, 2022

    WOW! Super cool. Mid century modern is not my style but you did a fantastic job, and gave me some ideas. thank you so much.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Feb 11, 2022

    Total reincarnation!

    I would never have guessed what these tables looked like, if I had not seen the 'before' picture.