last summer before we moved to nc, we were walking around oak park and found a water damaged table on the side of the road left out for trash collection. the top of the table was a nasty faux wood grain number, but the legs were the classic 50s hairpin shape. without any particular purpose in mind, we decided to pry the legs off the half-sodden table top and carry them home.
|the raw as-found iron hairpin legs.|
you can imagine how fun it was to move from illinois some rusted old iron thangs that threatened to ding or scratch or gouge everything around them on the moving truck. here in nc, the legs have been quietly biding their time tucked away under another piece of furniture in the office.
today i had a sudden inspiration. i've been wanting a small bookcase for quite sometime to hold the contents of a couple of still-packed book boxes. after doing some craigslist, thrift store, discount store, cost plus world market, target, etc. scoping, i still had had no luck in finding a ready made bookcase that i liked well enough. with the oak-park-found-metal legs in mind, i realized i could turn my current rigged up dining table base into little bookcases. so basically, the metal legs had to transform into usable form and the table bases would require some extra wood to act as shelves.
|the dining table earlier today.|
|a lone table base disconnected from the dining table.|
to create shelves, i had mdf cut at home depot to the size of the top and inner dimensions of the dining table bases (which are a now discontinued ikea desk base).
|the table base with the top and a bottom shelf. middle shelf not yet added.|
i also decided to add a middle shelf. to do that, i picked up some L-shaped shelf pegs at home depot and just drilled the right sized holes in the middle of the four vertical supports.
i had actually thought at first that i would stack the three of these bases that i own on top of each other to form a tall bookcase, but i realized that a better use would be as sofa end tables that could double as my much needed bookcases. the height and width is pretty perfect for the sofa.
|former table base transformed into a bookcase.|
(the matching one is unseen in this photo at the other end of the sofa. the third is awaiting its placement but will probably stay in the office.) eventually i will paint the mdf some kind of fun color, but since we're having people over for the super bowl tomorrow, i didn't have time to complete that step. i can't say i mind it terribly in its raw state.
so now that the end table/bookcase situation was taken care of, i had to complete the dining table base. this step was surprisingly painless and makes me wonder why i waited so long to actually do it. i spray painted the legs a glossy white, let them dry and then screwed them into the bottom of the same table top (also ikea) we already were using.
|the new table looking retro.|
two easy and productive projects in one day. done and done.
|new bookcase at left, new table at right.|