A while back, I modified my blocky coffee table and added some hairpin legs. (Okay in looking at the time stamp, it was less than a year ago.) It was cool because I had that center area to put things like my remote and stuff.
It didn’t take long for me to realize it wasn’t practical because I ended up using only a small portion AND I had cut it down too short.
Thanks to Etsy, I bought a Russian Olive slab. It was cool because it’s considered an evasive tree, much like the juniper I have for the cat trees. I would have felt bad if someone clearcut a forest for these slabs but that wasn’t the case.
(Puck inspecting the slab to make sure it’s okay)
After peeling most of the loose bark, I used a couple different oils to protect the slab. I used the remaining clear penetrating oil from the cat trees and my fireplace redo (it had some dark earth pigment blended in) and then followed it up with mineral oil (it’s a food safe product and you can get it at the drug store – just don’t buy too many bottles at once because it is used as a laxative).
I didn’t want any shine on the slab, which is why I didn’t use a varnish or polyurethane product.
Bottom has a slightly rougher finish but still looks cool.
After a few coats and it had soaked in, I added the hairpin legs and brought it inside.
It is perfect (though I did rotate it 180 degrees). I can eat comfortably on the table and have my laptop up at the same time with no problem. (In case you’re wondering, the thing in the background that’s wrapped up is my blue velvet chair that I’m reupholstering).
I had been looking to replace my coffee table for a while. I even blogged about it earlier this year. In addition to those ideas, I thought of repurposing a pallet or even using a large tree stump.
I decided to get a circular saw (bought a used one for $20) and make my table more smaller.
Here (again) is the before picture – very big and clunky.
So the first thing I did after taking the legs off was cut it so it was rectangular instead of square. Then I sanded the espresso stain down. What surprised me was the reddish color wood underneath. I even sanded down the underside.
Once I was done, I used my vinegar and steel wool solution to tone down some of the color before I took my heat gun to it, giving it another dimension of character.
After I was done with the messy stuff, I brought it into the house to add the oil sealant and add the legs. I was also starting to get gnawed by bugs (what else is new). As you can see, Puck was quick to explore the new table.
So this was right after the sealant was added and the legs. Once the oil’s soaked in, it won’t be as dark.
Another view to show the cool legs. I got them from a company called Modern Legs. These are known as “just the tip”.
Coffee Table Ideas
My current coffee table is huge – 40” x 40”. I want something a little smaller and like the free form looking ones here.
I love the hairpin legs too. It gives the MCM look I love. Maybe I can find a unique piece for the top to do this.
I wouldn’t get rid of my current table. I’d probably sand it and use a marine varnish so I could use it outdoors once I get my outdoor space created.