While running some errands, I found these metal table legs attached to some less than perfect table tops by a dumpster.
I picked up 6 of them and went on about my errands. As I passed by the dumpster again, a man was bringing more out. He hoisted them in the air as if to offer them to me. I stopped to chat about the free tables. He told me a tanning salon was closing, and these were the only items left. I decided to get 2 more making a total of 8. They filled the back of my truck, so I left many more free metal leg tables behind.
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When I unloaded them, I wondered how in the world I was going to store all of these tables. I got busy with my drill and removed all the metal legs, realizing they were going to be fairly easy to store, and regretting I hadn’t gotten more. A couple of days had passed, so I was sure the others were long gone.
I used zip ties to pair the legs in sets of 4 for easy storage. I placed all of the screws into a baggie for safe keeping. Can I just take a moment to tell you how much I love, love, love my truck? It’s so handy to be able to pick stuff up while I’m passing by instead of rushing home to borrow a truck.
Rodney, my favorite neighbor was replacing a floor in another neighbor’s apartment. He had to replace several floor joists. He had a drop off that he didn’t want, so I scooped it up and saved it from the burn pile. At the time I had no idea what I was going to do with it.
I pulled out the metal table legs and put a couple of pairs together, and voila! I have a new table.
Because the board was pretty rough, I brought out my orbital sander to clean up the rough patches. I used Minwax Jacobean Stain, applying it with a cheap chip brush. These brushes are my favorite. I am probably one of the rare ones that actually clean them, even when I use them for staining. The brushes improve with age. If you look at the handle you can clearly see I’ve used it for staining before.
This is a dry fit to see how the metal legs work with the dark stain.
I sent a picture to my daughter Jamie to ask if she liked the long table, and she said she thought it would look better if it were square. While picking up the large board from Rodney, there was a smaller board already ON the burn pile. I was able to square it up on my compound miter saw to a size of 11 1/4 by 11 1/4”. I thought the metal table legs were a great fit for the small wooden square board.
I sent a picture to Jamie, and the conversation turned to a round table.
I had this 18” round from Home Depot in my stash. I sanded it and stained it as well as the small square board. Have you been keeping up? I’ve used up four sets of the metal legs, and made 3 great side tables that work great as plant stands and more.
Here is the fabulous trio of wooden tables with metal legs. During the text conversation, Jamie mentioned painting the metal legs.
I got some DecoArt Metallic paint at one of the blogging conferences that I thought would be great for the metal legs.
I love the way the legs turned out with the gold paint.
The small side tables are perfect for plant stands.
The tables are about 20” tall.
Do you have a favorite? Would you have picked up a few of these free metal leg tables or ALL of them? I still have 4 sets left, I’d love to hear your thoughts for using them.