X-Leg Coffee Table Hack


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X leg tables are kind of the little black dresses of accent furniture.  The legs serve for both form and function. And X leg tables can be traditional, preppy, industrial or modern, depending on the materials used to build them.  Because X leg tables are timeless, desired pieces of furniture, they tend to run on the pricey side.


1 –
Restoration Hardware ($1195); 2 – Furbish Studio ($725); 3 – Furbish Studio ($650); 4 – Z Gallerie ($399); 5 – Restoration Hardware ($1995); 6 – Pottery Barn ($399)
I like each of the tables in the above collage for different reasons, but I dislike them all for the same reason: the price.  I can’t imagine having an accent table that costs twice what we paid for our living room couch!  I am thankful I stumbled into a way to make my own X leg table on the cheap.

X leg tables are easy to identify, but guess what else has those classic crossed legs?


Cheap old luggage stands!  I bought two stands at our local Habitat ReStore for $4.99.  You can sometimes find similar stand at thrift stores or on Craigslist.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them when I bought them, so they sat in our garage for half a year.  It wasn’t until I was trying to figure out a coffee table for the sunroom that their usefulness dawned on me. 


A few years back, I made my husband pull over to the side of the road so I could lug that battered old wood crate into the back of the car (in the pouring rain, I might add).  The old wood was too cool to pass up, and I knew I would find a use for it someday.  I took the crate into our backyard and used a hammer and pry bar to rip the old planks off of the front and back of the crate, leaving the sides intact.


Those two side pieces got sanded smooth – a job that took a while – and then given a few coats of satin polyurethane.  I didn’t stain the wood because I liked the uneven, weathered color the wood already had.


I gave the legs of the luggage stands a few coats of Krylon’s Oxford Blue spray paint.  The spray paint has a satin finish, like the other finishes in the sunroom.


The now sealed sides of the wooden crate were the perfect size to act as table tops for my cobbled together x-leg tables.


I took the pieces outside for some minimal DIYing.


After measuring and deciding on placement, I drilled guide holes in the luggage stand.


I used 1 1/4 inch wood screws to make sure the screw was long enough to go through the stand and secure into the wood of the crate.


Six screws on each table fasten the legs to the table tops.


I love the rustic modern addition of the coffee table to the sunroom.  And, since the coffee table is actually two tables, we can pull one off to the side to use as a tv tray or game table.
With the cost of the luggage stands, paint, and polyurethane, this x-leg coffee table project cost me just under $15.  Not too shabby, I’d say!

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Thanks,  Jessica
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