These groovy live edge tables with hairpin legs started as a fallen tree in our yard. It can be a terrible thing when you lose a mature tree, but that doesn’t have to be the end of its beauty. Learn how to turn a fallen tree in your backyard into a beautiful set of end tables in the afternoon with this easy-to-follow tutorial.
This look is a marriage of Scandinavian, Boho, and rustic. The fun and almost free tables are just what my daughter’s room needed.
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DIY Hairpin Leg Tables
This is where the tables started, slices from a fallen tree in our yard. I was so excited to see the width of these since all my other tree slices were too small to use for tables.
Mother Nature was kind as she offered this lar tree (I would not have cut it down) to fall in a storm, so no guilt for using it.
Drying the live edge tables and smoothing the finish
The process to get an excellent finish.
1. First, cut the tree into 3″ slices with a chain saw.
2. Dry in your oven at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours. Then test the moisture content with a moisture meter. It is ready to remove from the oven when the moisture meter reads 15 t0 20%.
3. I then used an angle grinder with 36 grit sandpaper on the top of the slices.
4. Then I used a belt sander with 80 grit sandpaper, then used a palm sander with 100 grit sandpaper, then I used 150 grit sandpaper, and my last sandpaper was with 220 grit for a super smoothest finish.
5. The last step to get the same look as my tables are to use six coats of polyurethane and sand by hand with 220 grit sandpaper between each coat, but not after the last coat.
Adding the Hairpin Legs
The hairpin legs come in various sizes and colors; with that said, I had difficulty choosing two heights and the color. I decided to select the taller size I wanted first and then the next size down; however, the color I wanted to have fun with, but my daughter might decide to use these as a groovy coffee table in her home. I went with a neutral color for the hairpin legs.
I chose to install the legs so they did not extend outside of the tabletops’ width.
Drilling the holes just a wee bit to make screwing on the legs perfect.
Special House Plant
This house plant might appear to be ordinary, but it is remarkable in two ways. First, it has the most unusual blooms (see photo below), and secondly, it was grown from a cutting from my daughter’s Great Grandmother’s (1907-2002) plant.
Styling the tables
I could not wait for Mr. Kippi to finish all his hard work so I could play dress-up with these live edge tables.
My Amazon Picks:
- Hanging Planters
- Boho Pillow
- Pendant Light
- Macrame Wall Mirror
- Live Edge Table
- Tassel Throw
- Faux Catus
- Llama Pillow (the original pillow is unavailable)
- Brass Vase
- Boho Rug
- Seagrass Basket
- Ceramic Face Planter
- Hoya Plant
- Moroccan Pouf
Romantic Boho Chic Room Transformation
The tables are on the first stop of my daughter’s Romantic Boho Chic transformation. I promise you will love everything we are doing on a tight budget with many DIYs, so join us as we get swept away into a romantic Boho room transformation. Have you been dreaming of a magazine-worthy home? But don’t know where to start?
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Adding a Touch of Whimsy
Olivia designed the llama pillow for her bed as a touch of whimsy in her Romantic Boho Chic Bedroom Transformation. Please notice the new linen custom headboard Olivia created too. You can find the full story and the free llama pattern (SVG) download HERE.
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I made Olivia’s duvet cover with a set of sheets. See how I made them HERE.
I will be sharing all the inspiration and DIYs along the journey.
Thank you so much for visiting today. I would love to hear what you think in the comments below.
Tuesday 18th of January 2022
What an amazing transformation! These plant stands turned out so beautiful. I am setting a goal to do a couple home improvement projects this year. I think we are going to start out with some kitchen cabinet refinishing. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful ideas! You are so inspiring!
Sunday 21st of July 2019
Oh my god !, this table is so cute. Specially it goes so well with the decors that is situated right above the table. The overall look of the living room will be changed if we keep this table. The wooden color and the hair pin shaped legs really makes it look cute. Really loved it.
Wednesday 19th of June 2019
This is one of my favorite DIY project. I love to invite nature in the house and love all projects with wood. We made driftwood lamps and these tables would match with them perfectly.
Thursday 13th of June 2019
This is so cool!
Sunday 5th of May 2019
Kippi, I have about 15 wood slices in my garage and now I know what to do with a couple of them. Congrats, you are being featured at Over The Moon Linky party. https://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com/2019/05/over-moon-linky-party.html Hugs, Bev