Hairpin-Leg Coffee Table : March's selection from A Year's Worth of Easy Upgrades gallery from this old house
Photo: Ryan Kurtz; (inset) Ted Morrison
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March: Hairpin-Leg Coffee Table

Blending rustic wood with industrial metal, this coffee table has a high-end look—but cost less than $70 to make. The secret: vintage hairpin legs, often found on mid-century furniture, now easily available from online auction sites and marketplaces for well under a Benjamin. Find a style you like in the right height (for a table like the one shown, you'll need 16- to 18-inch legs). Then top with reclaimed barn wood or any other spare boards set close together and screwed to battens; we used three prefinished walnut floorboards, plus a fourth to create a picture-frame trim.

Get step-by-step instructions, including how to make the polished (though completely optional) edge trim.
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