DIY driftwood table

Driftwood Accent Table

Earlier this summer, I was able to spend a good amount of time up in Minnesota visiting family.  One of my favorite things to do when I am back home is to just be on the water or exploring the lake shore.

Lake Superior shoreline Minnesota
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As my sister and I walked along the rocks one day with my daughter, we felt like kids searching for nature treasures.  We love collecting driftwood and rocks from various places that we visit.  My mom is an amazing artist and asked us to find some cool pieces of wood and sticks along the shore.  We got so excited as we found interesting pieces and then I came across a chunk of wood wedged between some rocks.  Naturally I had to figure out a way to bring it home with me and make something out of it, especially since I had worked so hard to free it from the rocks!

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Since my husband was heading back before me, he was nice enough to lug it through the airport and fly it back to Arizona for me.  I found some hairpin legs online and thought that it would make the perfect accent table.  Follow along to see how I made our new table!

driftwood, hairpin legs
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Since the piece of wood is triangular in shape, I ordered 3 – 22″ hairpin legs from www.hairpinlegs.com in Raw Steel.  I knew that I wanted them darker so I spray painted them with Rust-Oleum spray paint in oil rubbed bronzed.

hairpin legs and spray paint
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While I waited from the legs to dry completely, I got to work on sanding my piece of wood.  I love the look of the top and wanted to keep it as natural as possible.  That meant just sanding enough to remove the rough spots on the surface and the sides.

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Sanded enough to smooth out rough spots in order to keep the natural character of the wood. ©Eclectically K & L 2018

For the bottom I used a power sander to even out the wood a bit to attach the legs and to allow for the table to be as level as possible.

After all the sanding was complete, I brushed off any dust residue that was still on the surface and sealed the wood with two coats of a water-based polyurethane, found here.  I wanted it to look as natural as possible so I went with a matte finish.

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After the polyurethane had dried and cured, according to the package instructions, I attached the legs using wood screws.

Hair Pin Legs attached to wood
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This project was super simple and makes the perfect little plant stand.  I love the fact that I was not only able to make this myself, with minimal tools, but now I am able to have a piece of Minnesota beauty in my home to remind me of our fun summer trip!

 

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