Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs

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Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

Yay, it’s time for another round of projects for Knock Out Knock Offs! I recently teamed up with 5 amazing bloggers to bring you a fun series of knock off projects. Last month we all shared a knock off inspired project from West Elm, and this month we are bringing you project ideas from Zara Home.

You probably know by now that I love anything rustic and nature inspired, so I decided to knock off this awesome tree trunk small table. Isn’t it lovely? Especially with those hairpin legs! I love this little guy but the price tag of $189 is just a tad out of my budget.

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs

I am super excited about this project because I couldn’t wait to share with you how I was able to create a small rustic stool with DIY hairpin style legs! Well, I actually refer to it as more of a stand then stool because I wouldn’t sit on it.

Did I mention there is no welding required?

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

I love hairpin legs and they are really popular right now, but they can be pretty pricey. By the way, have you seen my rustic industrial desk?

Although you may not want to use these DIY hairpin legs for a dining table or chair, it definitely works for a small plant stand like the one I made. It’s surprisingly sturdy too :)

I actually had everything I needed on hand, aside from the round wood so this table only cost me about $5, but otherwise the materials would have cost about $20 {assuming you have the tools/stain on hand}. Not too shabby, eh?

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Here are the materials you will need:

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{everything can be picked up at your local hardware store}

Edge Glued Wood Round

Belt Sander

1/4 Copper Soft Refrigeration Coil {I used 10 feet}

Pipe Cutter

Measuring Tape

Pliers

Pen

Steel Hanger Tape

Black Spray Paint {optional}

Stain

Screws

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Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

When I originally purchased our Ryobi Belt Sander, I hadn’t anticipated using it to tear up wood. However, it definitely got the job done for this project! I wanted to create a live edge on the wood round and decided to use the belt sander like Kristen of The Hunted Interior did for her outdoor dining table {I just LOVE all of her projects!}. It was actually fun just going at the wood with the sander without a care in the world, and I’m still amazed at how well it worked!

After I had the edges about how I wanted them I stained the wood with some mission oak stain I had left over from my mason jar wall storage. Although the stain has polyurethane mixed in, I did add another coat of poly just to give it even more shine.

Once the top was stained and dry I started working on the DIY hairpin style legs. I contemplated for a while how I would make these work and then remembered I had picked up some refrigeration coil a couple months ago when I thought I could use it for DIY drawer pulls. I ended up going in a different direction, which you can see here, and actually meant to return the coil, whoops. I’m so happy I didn’t because it worked like a charm!  You can actually buy this soft copper coil in thicker widths but I decided to use what I already had.

This refrigeration coil is soft and fairly easy to bend. I’m really not that great at wire projects but think I did okay with this stuff, even though my legs weren’t perfect. The original table is just under 14″ high and mine came out to being 12″ high.

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

First I measured out how long I wanted each leg to be, marked it off with a marker and then used my pipe cutter to cut them into 4 separate pieces. I actually screwed up my first leg so I had to make the 4 legs a little shorter than I had originally anticipated. They were cut into 25″ pieces and were about 10″ when bent. To bend each leg I basically held the copper at both ends and slowly starting bending the ends towards the middle, moving my hands from the outside in and slowly bending the copper until I achieved the look I wanted.

After I had all 4 pieces cut and bent into the hairpin shape I marked off an inch from the top and then bent the copper using pliers. This may not have been the prettiest, but bending them all in the same place worked decent enough. This bent part will later be attached to the top of the stool using galvanized hanger tape.

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

Once the legs were all cut and bent to size I painted them using some leftover black spray paint. I actually mixed a little rust spray paint in there as well to try to give them an older, rustic look. You could keep them copper if you like, but I wanted this specific stool to be a bit more rustic and look more like the Zara Home table. After you paint them you may want to spray on a clear sealer.

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

Then I cut some of the galvanized tape and used 2 small pieces per leg as you can see in the photos below. We them added some screws into the smaller holes of the galvanized hanger tape to secure the legs in place.

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

That’s it! Here it is all finished:

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

I will have to update the photos once I have everything set up outside on our deck, but what do you think of our DIY hairpin style legs?

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

Will you be creating your own DIY hairpin style legs? If you do I would love to hear about it below.

Later this week I will be sharing an even easier way to create a small rustic stand/planter that takes a lot less work and will only cost about $10! Update: See it here

Here is an updated photo of the plant stand being used in our Modern-Rustic Office Nook:

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

Love Hairpin Legs? I know I do! Check out this tutorial on how to make a Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs! MountainModernLife.com

Don’t forget to stop by and check out the rest of the Zara Home Inspired projects!

Knock Out Knock Offs Zara Home

Leaf Napkin Rings from The Gathered Home

 Fruit and Flower Picture Frame from Delineate Your Dwelling

Striped Table Runner from Brave New Home 

Decorative Reptile via Bigger than the Three of Us

 Insect Vase from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body

You can view all of the previous #knockoutknockoff projects HERE.

Katie loves all things DIY, rustic-modern and re-imagined. She’s a vegetarian that can say the alphabet backwards, and is mildly obsessed with cashew cheese and tall trees. She’s excited to soon join her husband Eric and their fur babies on a year long RV adventure, in search of the perfect mountain town to call home.
40 Comments
  • OH MY GOSH. You are not real. You seriously have THE best furniture knock-offs and transformations because you are *fearless*. The live edge turned out gorgeous (love Kristen too!) and such an amazing tutorial for how to create hair pin legs. Amazing.

    June 9, 2014 at 11:23 am
  • How freaking genius is this?! I love it Katie! I can’t even believe how clever and creative this knock off is!!!

    June 9, 2014 at 12:14 pm
  • My mind is blown! Seriously girl, you are a genius! Pinning and will definitely be doing this!

    June 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm
  • Gen.i.us. Remind me to never do group posts with you again, you blow us all out of the water!! Totally joking, but you did do an excellent job on this one!! =)

    June 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm
  • Absolutely love this, Katie! Pinned:-)

    June 9, 2014 at 10:25 pm
  • Okay…really. I’m speechless. Let me recover.
    whew…AMAZING!!!! I share your love for rustic and this project is something I gotta try~ WAY TO GO!!!!!
    Pinning to my biggest DIY board & sharing on my FB page today ! xo
    (thanks for linking up to Twirl and Take a Bow !)

    June 10, 2014 at 9:01 am
  • Katie, you are the QUEEN of amazing DIY furniture knock offs. I wish I could live in your brain for like 1 day to get some of your awesome ideas. Pinning and sharing!

    June 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm
  • This looks fantastic! I love the faux raw edge for the wood. And the hairpin legs are genious! Coffee table, here I come :)

    June 10, 2014 at 10:29 pm
  • Wow!!! I am soooooooo impressed with this DIY!!! Your table turned out gorgeous!!! Pinned!

    June 11, 2014 at 1:42 am
  • Saul
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    Love it! If anyone is looking to buy hairpin legs, I got a great pair at http://www.ModernLegs.com …check ’em out!

    June 11, 2014 at 11:08 am
  • Oh my gosh Katie you are freak’n creative and talented! Your tutorial is awesome too. Love this table and who would’ve though you used a sander to create the live edge! So glad I saw your link at the Work It Wednesday Party!

    June 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm
  • That looks awesome, cant believe it only cost you $20 to make too! You go girl!!

    June 12, 2014 at 1:12 am
  • Incredible! I actually looked at that tablet the other day. I’ve been searching for a side table for my nursery. I’m a sucker for raw edge wood and hair pin legs, but I wasn’t going to drop that kind of cash on it! Such a great knock off!

    June 12, 2014 at 11:39 am
  • SO IN LOVE with this! Definitely pinning this one for later! Thank you for sharing at this week’s Link’n Blogs!!!

    June 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm
  • Love it. Looks great and I love the savings.
    I would love for you to share this at my T.G.I.F. Linky Party @ MamasBlogCentral.com :) Have a great week!!

    June 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm
  • Wow! What a great reproduction and a huge amount of money you saved! Thanks for sharing your awesome resourcefulness!

    June 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm
  • wow!! That tutorial was awesome! I have really been wanting to try to make somethings with hairpin legs and I think that this might just be the solution. Thank you so much for sharing!

    June 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm
  • This is amazing, I’m totally doing it! Thanks for sharing!

    June 16, 2014 at 10:56 am
  • I’ve been meaning to get over here and check this one out for a while now. Sorry it took me so long. This is A.MAZ.ING. I love how you did the faux live edge and the diy hairpin legs. Totally killer. And I really love that you bent the copper tubing with your hands. So smart, they diy hairpin legs had seemed too intimidating to me, but I love that you figured out a way to do it without crazy tools. So smart!

    June 17, 2014 at 10:49 pm
  • This is gorgeous, Katie! I can’t believe the finished wood was actually a laminated wood round. That’s such a great idea to create a faux live edge piece of wood!

    June 19, 2014 at 1:04 am
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  • This is pretty much the most awesome thing I have seen! I love stools like this, but obviously not the prices! Thank you!

    June 30, 2014 at 11:23 am
  • Erica
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    Great diy, was wondering if you know how much weight these hairpin legs can hold?

    March 11, 2015 at 3:22 am
  • Amazing idea! Love it! Holly

    April 16, 2016 at 10:13 pm

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