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Top of the Table

Sometimes things don’t look quite as good as they once did. You might think that I’m referring to that lady from TopGun, but no I’m in fact talking about the TV stand I built a while ago. Epic it was, made out of old school floorboards and proudly holding up our TV like a trophy in the living room.

Then we moved home and it looked kind of awkward and out of place. We pretended it was a sideboard table for a bit, but who were we kidding, this was destined for the skip. Then we discovered these amazing hairpin legs and decided that perhaps we could save this little DIY project. The worktop was still awesome and would make a perfect coffee table, which we certainly still needed. So we decided to erm, remake it into something else. See what I did there.

Hairpin Table Legs

We ordered our hairpin legs from some dude on eBay who makes them to order. A week later a little note from the post man popped in the letterbox to say they were ready to collect.  So off I trotted to our Post Office to pick them up and marvel at what a great job I’d done finding them. Only I was presented with a very small envelope instead of our four table legs…erm, shit, I’ve ordered very small legs, but then thankfully I saw the error. “Excuse me Mrs Post Office lady, but I pretty sure we live at number 78 and this letter says number 76, unless of course it’s filled with money and in that case I’ll keep this letter” I smirked. I thought this was hilarious and brilliant, but Mrs Post office lady didn’t think so at all. I should point out I didn’t know if this person was actually a Mrs, or by the look of her a lady for that matter, but hey I needed these table legs so I kept it friendly.

Reclaimed Tabletop

Hairpin Table Flowers

Finally armed with the correct four table legs and can of Hammerite spray paint I was ready to go. It took four very light coats to get it just right. I’ve spent a fair amount of badly used spare time watching MTV ‘Pimp my Ride’ and I noticed they baked the cars after spraying to harden the paint. To replicate this I used our airing cupboard to bake the legs for 24 hours and it worked a treat. Next up I ripped off the old table top from the TV stand and re-painted the edges. To assemble I used a few 25mm screws to fix the legs in place and hey presto we had a new coffee table.

Stairway to Television

I have to confess I’ve got myself into a case of the ‘what the hell have I got myself into’s’. In a bout of over zealous excitment I decided to make a TV stand out of an old staircase. I know, I know you’re thinking this is getting out of control. Stairs are for walking, stamping and climbing, not holding your television. I want you to know I couldn’t agree more.

I too consider my telly the pride and joy of the living room, packed full of great sporting events and the odd period drama Anna keeps putting on. Taking on this project filled me with immense fear. What if it breaks and the telly falls through? The stairs look pretty rickety. Oh blimey it could crush the TiVo box. Yet I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge. Besides, we’re moving and it was either that or a mind numbing visit to IKEA. I went with making it.

Besides, the best bit is I got to use my new tool the Kreg Jig R3. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t some fancy new dance but simply the coolest bit of kit I’ve ever found. You see it takes away the need to make fancy joints or use glue clamps. Just drill the secret holes, screw together and hey presto you save half a day messing about with chisels. Plus it looks like an owl from a certain angle.

For the shelves I needed the edges to be super sharp, so I got the wood yard to use their nifty table saw. I used three boards for the top, three for the bottom and joined them together with the Kreg Jig. If you don’t have this fancy tool, get one. Otherwise you could join them together with glue clamps and a support brace.

Next up was the trickiest bit…the stair banisters. I wanted it to look like the shelves went right through them, so I had to firstly cut them in half. These initially turned out too tall and I didn’t fancy turning the TV into a planaterium. So I trimmed them down to a suitable viewing height. First up I decided on a screw fitting, however this just turned out to be a bit too unstable. I couldn’t risk the humiliation of it all collapsing, so I went with a tried and tested dowel stick and wood glue method.

It turned out great and the the TV is still standing. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to the watch the footie.