Dining room tables are one of the most used tables in our lives. Having a beautiful centerpiece of the dining room brightens the whole room. Here is Victoria’s dining room table which she finished with The Twist hairpin legs. The Twist hairpin legs is on of the metal leg variations we offer based on the classic metal hairpin legs; other variations include the 3 Rod hairpin legs, square bar hairpin legs, rebar hairpin legs, and Just the Tip hairpin legs.
The Twist metal legs offer a modern twist – literally – on the classic hairpin legs. As you can see in Victoria’s room this style compliments the angular aspects of the room with their simple and strong style. You can choose The Twist hairpin legs in either 1/2-inch or 3/8-inch diameter and they are offered in even inch sizes from 14- to 30-inches. These legs are a great option for anything from a coffee table to a dining room table to a desk.
The twist in the metal gives them a different look no matter which angle they are viewed from. And like all of our hairpin legs they are made of 100% steel, and all of our legs are made to order right here in the USA! We love the dining room you table you created Victoria, thank you for sharing!
Zach at Denim Woodworks sent us some pics of his latest work. The table combines a lot of different shapes and colors to give it its unique look. The benches are durable and solid using thick slabs of wood. Both the wood and the metal legs are thick and angular and the simplicity of the bench legs nicely complements the wood bench tops.
Zach is a bit more than just a home DIYer. Zach is a custom furniture maker specializing in live edge wood sourced from salvaged or sustainable sources in the San Francisco area. Working with wood is a passion of his and it shows in his finished pieces. Here is what he had to say about our metal legs: “Your steel work has taken my wood work up to the next level and I really, really appreciate that!” Our hairpin legs and metal bench legs serve many applications and can be customized to any design. Zach is looking for a product that will hold up to his beautiful and unique creations and a design that compliments the unique wood specimens each of his pieces is made from. If you are making a piece of furniture for yourself, a few for yourself and others, or it is your business to create lasting, well-build furniture, our hairpin legs and bench legs are up to the job.
Upcycling an old (or old looking) tabletop can be just the thing for your new homemade table. How do you achieve this older look? First, you can make a tabletop from an old door or wood originally intended for another purpose that is already distressed. Older pieces of wood are often painted and through time they have worn as they were used. An old tabletop may be distressed around the corners for example; a former door may show signs of wear where hands rubbed opened and shut it through time. But if this is the look you want and you don’t have access to and older piece of wood, you can do it yourself.
For a painted look with wood showing through simply paint a new coat of pain onto the plain wood (a quick sanding beforehand will help the paint adhere better). Once the paint has thoroughly dried begin sanding it until the wood starts to show through and stop at the point that suits you. For a paint-over-paint look, paint the first coat and once thoroughly dry put a second color on top. Sand this coat down until the desired amount of the undercoat shows through. You can mix and match the colors and amounts of paint to suit your needs. The classic look of metal legs matches the old style of distressed wood perfectly. Whether using old wood or doing the distressing yourself, you can leave it the way it is or cover it with an additional clear coat on top of the point for added protection. Just keep in mind that if you are using an older painted surface there may be substances in the paint you should handle with care, so make sure you work outdoors with proper protective equipment and clean up thoroughly when you’re done.
Of course if you aren’t ready to take on the challenge of painting and distressing your own tabletop, there are artisans doing the painting and building to order. The images for this post were shared with us by Scott, who hand paints and builds furniture in Portland, OR. If you live in the area, keep an eye out for his pieces which he sells direct on Craigslist. Whichever way you choose to get a colorful new piece of hairpin leg furniture into your home, have fun and send us a picture when you’re done!