DIY Hairpin Table – 2 ways

Between Bridget’s quest for a new coffee table, my search for bathroom lights, and Bridget’s office makeover…we’ve both been doing quite a bit of online home shopping.

And even though we adore looking for home decor pieces, we also love when we can DIY instead of buying! When Hairpin Legs reached out to see if we wanted to try out their product, we immediately said “yes!” This was the motivation we needed to create something ourselves instead of immediately heading to an online retailer.

We both ordered these matte black legs (in 20″) and got to work. It’s so funny because we ended up creating VERY similar projects, but we got to our end result in very different ways.


Ever since we got our new sectional, I’ve been itching to add a side table near the built-ins. Every time I’d head to HomeGoods or Target I would scour the aisles in search of the perfect side table. But I never seemed to find anything that was just right.

hairpin-legI’m so excited that we challenged ourselves to create our own pieces using hairpin legs, because I could create a side table in the exact size and look that I wanted for our space.

how-to-diy-marble-side-table-hairpin-legsI eventually want to replace our wood coffee table with another (less damaged) wood coffee table, so I decided to stay away from building a wood side table. Just too much brown in this small space. Instead I was on the hunt for a white piece of stone or granite.

books-wood-boxBridget actually found this piece for $20 at Reuse Depot (really cool place if you’re local!), and graciously let me use it for our side table. It was the perfect size…not too big and not too small. I’m not quite sure what kind of stone it is, but it’s not marble. Even though marble makes my heart flutter…I was still digging the light look of this piece of stone!

table-supplies-drillBecause I knew that I was going to eventually place a heavy lamp on the table, I wanted to make sure I made the table as sturdy as possible. So instead of just gluing the legs to the piece of stone, I glued a piece of plywood to the bottom of the stone and then drilled the legs into the wood. diy-hairpin-table

I made sure to use short 1/2 inch screws into the wood so it wouldn’t poke out the other side and into the stone. It only took me about 30 minutes total to get this table “built” and sitting pretty in our family room.

couch-family-room-built-insI’m absolutely digging the new table. It really makes the entire room feel cozier and I love that we now have a table lamp in here. west-elm-lampBecause I saved so much money on the side table, I didn’t feel bad splurging on the table lamp (and I got it for 20% off during their most recent sale!). books-wooden-box-tableI also added in some greenery, books, and a wooden box from our most recent trip to Mexico.

family-room-couchI’ll share more about our new piece of art we hung over the side table early next week. Seriously can’t wait to chat about it!


Like Casey mentioned, we were really excited to DIY with these gorgeous hairpin legs.
hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-6I thought about making a side table, a bench, and even a coffee table out of these legs but eventually landed on creating a DIY marble plant stand because I couldn’t find material that I LOVED enough for those other projects. But after doing this project and seeing how easy it was to work with these legs, and how much I love the look, I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for more material to upcycle in order to DIY one of those other options.hairpin_table_tutorial_plantAfter I found Casey’s piece of salvaged counter top at Reuse Depot, I spotted a pile of brand new marble tile and knew that one of the $5 pieces could work perfectly for my plant stand. (Note: this picture shows the backside of the marble tile, the front side didn’t have stains like the back did).
hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-2I thought about adding wood to my plant stand like Casey did but figured it would be fun to experiment with the glue so we could come back and report two different options.
hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-3My plant stand will not be holding nearly as much weight as Casey’s, so the glue also made sense. Honestly, I could NOT believe how easy it was to attach these legs to the back of the marble tile. All I had to do was add glue to the back of each leg’s base and stick it to the tile. The gluing part took less than 5 minutes and I was done.
hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-13Once the legs were in place, I added some heavy books on top of them (making sure the books didn’t move the legs) and let the legs dry over night.

hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-14In the morning, my DIY plant stand was done and I was in love with the look… and how easy this personalized piece of decor turned out to be!

hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-12I added a plant and a cactus to the top of my table and am loving the fresh, sleek look. hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-10hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-4It’s nice to have a little extra greenery inside, especially now that the weather is breaking here in Chicago! Right now these plants are living in the corner of my living room, but I’m thinking about incorporating this sturdy plant stand outside on our patio in a few months. I feel like the pop of white marble + hairpin legs would be a welcomed addition to our outdoor space.

Even though I didn’t add the wood like Casey, I do feel like this plant stand feels very sturdy. One thing I would note for fellow DIY-ers who may be interested in re-creating this look is to be careful if you have little ones around. I’m not a parent, but the pointy edges on this piece of marble seem like they could be a bit dangerous in a home where kids are playing, especially since the height of this table is in reach of a child.

hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-11Other than that little tip, I can’t recommend this super simple DIY project enough. The hairpin legs are sturdy & come in lots of sizes + colors so the DIY possibilities are really endless!

Now that I know how easy they are, I’m thinking of creating a DIY bench with hairpin legs. Heck, I’ve even seen gorgeous DIY dining room tables, desks, dressers, and even foot stools with this clever product! Because they are so versatile and can adapt to fit in just about any room, we’re extra excited to host a giveaway so you can try them in your space too. We are giving away not one but TWO sets of hairpin legs today. Click on the giveaway below for all the details on how you can win!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

DIY-side-table-hairpin-legsAnd if you aren’t one of the 2 lucky readers, Hairpin Legs was generous enough to share a 10% discount for the DIY Playbook readers. Use THIS LINK to save 10% on your total purchase. <— P.S. make sure you check out their shelf brackets too, because they are giving us some serious heart eyes!! 


  • Mallory Robinson

    I love the how simple and tidy this project is. It looks very clean and make a great addition to both of your homes.

    My husband and I are moving into our first home next month and I already can imagine this project in multiple rooms. Fingers crossed ?

    • Congrats on your new home Mallory! So exciting!

  • Emily

    Love when you share cute, easy projects like these 🙂

    • This definitely as an easy one! Love when that happens.

  • Kara D

    Love these! For about 2 years, I had the idea that I was going to DIY my own dining room table using these hairpin legs – but it never happened (bought a table instead). It never occurred to me to do a smaller version, a side table or coffee table! They look great, and thanks for the inspo!

    • Yes you should definitely consider it for a coffee or side table! Such an easy project!

  • I love these tables! I would make a hairpin leg table with a marble tile top. Thanks for breaking it down and making it look so easy.

    • For sure! Love the look of marble with these legs.

  • Clare Brady

    LOVE ladies – and looks so easy!

  • H Buchanan

    They look great! I think I would go with an end table or a night stand!

  • Love how these turned out! I think a plant stand would really finish up my living room so I’ll be making that 🙂

  • Adina

    Love!! A side table like this is exactly what I need!

  • Stephanie Brown

    I just purchased my first home and would love to use these to make a new end table!

    • Congrats Stephanie! That is incredibly exciting.

  • Stephanie Cooper

    I would create a side table. I love the look of Casey’s!

  • Rachael

    Love the look of both tables! These simple projects are so refreshing, no need to spend an entire weekend to end up with an affordable and adorable DIY, keep up the great work!

    • Thanks so much Rachael! Gotta love a quick project with a big impact!

  • Lauren J

    Love this idea! I’ve been hunting for nightstands for our guest room, and I think something like this would work perfectly! Thanks for the idea!

  • I would love to create a similar table for my printer! – currently it is on the floor. UGH.

  • Kandice L

    Love this! I actually just bought a set of hairpin legs to make into a bench for the end of my bed. I was thinking of wooden planks for the top, but now I’m inspired to look for an even prettier wooden top (or even marble or stone!). Thanks!

  • Chelsea Terrill

    Awesome giveaway! I’ve had a set of 16″ legs in my cart for a week or so, planning for an upholstered bench.

  • Marguerite Huber

    I have never heard of Reuse Depot, I am so glad you mentioned it!

  • Laura Sharp

    I would make a table out of an old piece of driftwood that I have had for a long time (and have been hoping to turn into a table!

    • LOVE this idea Laura!! Where did you get the driftwood from?!

  • Kelsey G

    A nightstand for the guest room!

  • Kat Hamilton

    These are SO cute. My living room is in desperate need of a new table. And maybe to get my printer off the floor…

  • Rachel Gutierrez

    We just moved to a new home and I’ve been searching everywhere for a nightstand – this would be perfect!! Thanks once again for the inspiration! Y’all are the best ?

    • You are too sweet, thanks Rachel! And most importantly, congrats on the move!!

  • janice

    Love the hairpin look! I am hoping to make a nightstand for the guest bedroom.

  • Heather

    Wow! Those look great! There is a place here having a huge reclaimed wood sale. Those would look really cool together!!

    • OMG, that sounds amazing!! Reclaimed wood + Hairpin Legs = the possibilities are endless!

  • Thanks Caitlin!

  • Sandy Stevens

    Oh my gosh! I love the tables! A simple project with great results, sign me up! I have a space right next to my sofa that could use a table but it’s a small space so I can’t wait to try this.

    • Thanks Sandy! We love these legs because they’re so darn versatile and can fit in small spaces or work for an entire dining room table. Good luck, a DIY hairpin side table could be perfect… and so easy to do!

  • Sarah Robin Johnson

    Love this!! Would love these for a new coffee table! It’s exactly what my living room needs. ?

    • Yes, we thought about DIY-ing a coffee table. We LOVED the one Kim from Yellow Brick Home built using hairpin legs, such gorgeous inspiration. =)

  • Christina

    Love these! I’ve been looking for a table for my bedroom and now think this would be perfect to DIY my own!!

  • Ellyn W

    You guys, the tables are awesome! Bridget, what type of plant is that next to the cactus? It’s so pretty.

    • Thanks Ellyn! Honestly I’m not sure. It was a hanging basket that I bought at Menard’s recently but didn’t even look at the tag. You’re not the first person to ask so I need to go back to Menard’s and check!!

  • Your writing is extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • I need one of these in my living room – looks so easy! And there is a Reuse Depot near me too.

    • That’s perfect!! Good luck on your hunt, hope you find a perfect top on the cheap!