If you’ve ever had to furnish a new space, then you know all about the hours it takes searching stores, vintage shops, thrift stores, online deal sites, all trying to find the perfect pieces for your home that won’t completely break your bank. It’s always hard when you have a specific idea in mind but can’t find exactly what you’re looking for. I wanted a small breakfast table to put next to one of our big windows that looks into our backyard, but I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. I kept thinking, “I wish I could put that top with that bottom,” until I realized I could just search for the top and bottom separately, and then put whichever ones I wanted together. YES!
For the body, I decided to do a simple 36″ round table top (it comes in a couple of different sizes), and I clamped the table to the legs first so I could make sure I liked it in the space before painting and attaching the legs. Looks good to me!
Since I was planning on painting the table (I chose Crystal Coral by Valspar), I bought a cheaper pine top, but if you would rather stain yours or let the wood grain come through, you would probably want to get something a little nicer like one of these hardwood tops instead (they have round and rectangle). You can even buy glass tabletops, but you’ll have to use a table base that is one unit rather than 4 individual legs since you can’t screw them into the glass. Even Ikea sells table tops if you are looking for more of a dining room table option, or you can make your own table top like Elsie and Emma did. I made the same one Elsie did for our dining room table after I saw how good hers looked (and how easy it was to make!).
Once you have your table top picked out, it’s time to customize the legs! There are lots of options online, but these are a few of my favorites that I found as I looked around. I ended up picking these hairpin legs with a gold finish since I wanted something light that would match the gold fixture I planned to put above the table. A lot of the legs have different color choices and heights, so you can really get what you want for your project.
Most legs can be attached with just a drill and a few screws. Since mine is a circle, I just marked the circle into four even parts and attached the legs on the lines so I knew they were evenly spaced.
I love that this project was pretty minimal work for getting the look I wanted, and the subtle gold legs I chose look great with the beautiful brass pendant light above the table. Just a quick coat of paint (or stain) for your top (or nothing at all if it comes exactly how you want it), and you’re ready to attach your legs with a drill and a few screws—it’s definitely taken me longer to put together furniture that came in a box! The table is a perfect size for the space and has just the right feel since I was able to pick all the elements. So next time you need a table, desk, or even coffee table, don’t forget that you can be the boss and pick your own details! I’m so glad that I did! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photo edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.