OH man! What another gorgeous day we had today!! I took full advantage and spent the majority of the day outside! I was able to finally do a DIY that I have wanted to do for such a long time!
I have had this kickin’ around forever!
I didn’t have the table top, but my DIY intuition was telling me not to get rid of a great set of legs like this! Great legs are hard to come by, you know! I wish I had a set of great legs 😉
Today was the day that I pulled this table base out of the back, and finally gave it new life! It is a French Countryside Pedestal table, so I thought it only fitting to give it a real country style look. I think it turned out pretty well! Let me know what you think…comment below and in the meantime, take a look at how I did it!
First thing I had to do was find some wood for the table top…well, would you look at that!?
My mom and I have this saying… “Thamesford will provide”. You see when we bought this turn of the century home, we didn’t know it would be filled with so many hidden DIY materials. This fence is out back behind the store and definitely needs to come down, but the boards are NOT going to the trash. These are DIY gold!
So I got out the recip saw (I LOVE the recip saw!!) and started cutting.
DIY GOLD!! Just look at all that rustic goodness!
**Important Note — We are going to use this table outside as a plant stand, but if you are making a table top out of rustic wood for indoor use you will want to take the proper steps to sanitize the wood
I measured the wood on the top of the pedestal to see how big to make my circle.
I like my tape measure like I like my projects…rustic LOL
I got my materials to help me make a perfect circle. This is a great and easy way to make a circle when cutting plank boards of any kind!
All you need is:
- A hammer
- A nail
- Tape measure
- Pen or pencil
Using your tape measure figure out where the middle is. My boards measured 33 inches wide, so my middle was 16 1/2 inches.
Once you have your middle mark, hammer a nail into your mark. You don’t have to hammer too far, just enough that your nail doesn’t wobble.
Tie your string around your nail. Make sure you don’t tie your string too tight because you want the sting to be able to move easily.
Cut your piece of string according to how large you want your circle to be and then tie the end of your string around your pen or pencil. Holding your pen really steady, start to draw a circle. The string will guide you. Pretty cool, right?
Now get out your jig saw and start cuttin’!
I know I said I LOVE my recip saw, but I really LOVE my jigsaw, too!
There ya go! A perfect circle!
To attach all the boards together, I used a couple of 2x4s cut to size, and screwed them into the back of the circle.
Next, I had to remove the bolts that were sticking up on the top of the pedestal legs. These weren’t necessary, and if I didn’t remove them my table top wouldn’t sit flush.
Once I removed the bolts, the white piece wasn’t attached to the pedestal anymore, so I just took some long decking screws and attached it again.
I flipped the pedestal over on top of my table top (which was place upside down on the ground) and I screwed the white table top base into my wood circular table top.
Flipped er’ back up and this is what she looks like!
Love it!! I also love the little knot in the wood that fell out of the edge when I was cutting. It adds a little character. The legs were already rustic and banged up so it fit with the whole style of the table and the look that I was going for.
Who wouldn’t want to sit by this table and read a good book with a great cup of tea!?
Let me know what you think! Comment below! I have another one of these Countryside pedestals, so I think I am going to have to make another one!! If you have any ideas for my second one, send them my way!!