Perk up your patio or porch with a fun patterned side table complete with retro hairpin legs. This easy DIY project can be customized to fit your style and only requires one hour of work time. 

March 28, 2018

Nothing beats relaxing outdoors on a sunny summer day. This season, make outdoor entertaining easier with a pretty (and practical) side table that's perfect for holding all of your drinks and snacks. To make this DIY side table, all you need is a wooden circle you can find at your local crafts store, hairpin legs, and some painting supplies. Best of all? The table's design can be customized to fit any pattern or color you want. Whether you opt for a complicated pattern or some simple stripes, rest assured that time spent on your patio just got more enjoyable. You can make this outdoor side table in just an hour—plus dry time—then get back to unwinding.

  • Working time 1 hr
  • Start to finish 8 hrs
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Involves Painting, Sealing

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How to do it

Part 1

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Step 1

Create Design

First, choose the size of your wood circle. You can find inexpensive options at your local crafts store; pick a diameter and thickness that works for your lifestyle. We used a 12-inch circle, but if you want to fit more drinks or accessories on your tabletop, opt for one with an 18- or 24-inch diameter. Once you've decided on a surface, use masking tape or painters tape to apply a design. The design can be simple or complex—it's up to you and the width of the tape you have. We opted for a mix of narrow and wide stripes. To create this design, center a narrow stripe across the circle, then intersect another narrow stripe perpendicular to the first one, creating a plus sign. Next, add a wide stripe on all sides of the narrow stripes. A chevron pattern or plaid pattern would also work well for this project. 

Step 2

Paint Pattern

Paint the taped pattern as desired. You can use one or several colors of acrylic paint. Another option is to apply wood stain to the taped area. If the design is small, opt for a small paintbrush as it will give you greater control. If your design is larger and covers the bulk of the circle, use the large paintbrush to speed up the process. Allow paint to dry fully—about one hour—before removing tape and moving onto the next step.

Step 3

Seal Wood

Once your design is dry, seal both sides of the circle with a coat of spar urethane. Use a large paintbrush to cover the entire circle's surface in just a few strokes. Let the sealant dry completely—about eight hours—before moving on to the next step. This protective layer will help your outdoor table stand up to sun, rain, and moisture, plus make your painted design last longer. 

Step 4

Attach Legs

Once the spar urethane is dry, attach the hairpin legs to the table. To do so, flip the table over so the bottom is facing up. Arrange the three legs so they're equidistant from one another and about an inch from the edge of the circle. Once arranged as desired, use a drill to drive screws through each leg's holes into the wood circle. You may want to drill pilot holes before installing the screws to make this step easier. Once installed, tighten the screws until each leg is securely attached. 

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May 14, 2018
Common sense n the willingness to try something new

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