Small Rustic Stool with DIY Hairpin Style Legs


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.



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! Did I mention there is no welding required?


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 stool like the one I made, which is essentially going to be used as a plant stand. 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?

Here are the materials you will need:

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

Edge Glued Wood Round

Belt Sander

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

pipe cutter

measuring tape



Steel Hanger Tape

Black Spray Paint {optional}




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.



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.



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.


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.


That’s it! Here it is all finished:


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


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! You may have seen the sneak peak if you follow me on Instagram:


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

And don’t forget to stop by next month for the next Knock Out Knock Off project!

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  1. 2

    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.
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  2. 4

    How freaking genius is this?! I love it Katie! I can’t even believe how clever and creative this knock off is!!!
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  3. 6

    My mind is blown! Seriously girl, you are a genius! Pinning and will definitely be doing this!
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  4. 8 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!! =)
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  5. 10

    Absolutely love this, Katie! Pinned:-)
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  6. 12

    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 !)
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  7. 13

    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!
    Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body recently posted…DIY Canvas Art Tutorial at All Things Thrifty {PINCH ME!}My Profile

  8. 14

    This looks fantastic! I love the faux raw edge for the wood. And the hairpin legs are genious! Coffee table, here I come :)
    Colleen Pastoor recently posted…DIY Watercolour Party Cups!My Profile

  9. 15

    Wow!!! I am soooooooo impressed with this DIY!!! Your table turned out gorgeous!!! Pinned!
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  10. 16

    Love it! If anyone is looking to buy hairpin legs, I got a great pair at …check ‘em out!

  11. 17

    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!
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  12. 18

    That looks awesome, cant believe it only cost you $20 to make too! You go girl!!
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  13. 19

    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!
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  14. 20

    SO IN LOVE with this! Definitely pinning this one for later! Thank you for sharing at this week’s Link’n Blogs!!!
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  15. 21

    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 @ :) Have a great week!!
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  16. 22

    Wow! What a great reproduction and a huge amount of money you saved! Thanks for sharing your awesome resourcefulness!
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  17. 23

    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!
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  18. 24

    This is amazing, I’m totally doing it! Thanks for sharing!

  19. 25

    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!
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  20. 26

    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!
    Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY recently posted…DIY Patriotic Frame and PrintableMy Profile

  21. 27

    This is pretty much the most awesome thing I have seen! I love stools like this, but obviously not the prices! Thank you!
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  1. […] This pretty little stool was inspired by one from West Elm, so if you’d like to make it, you’ll need edge glued wood round, a belt sander, 1/4 copper soft refrigeration coil, a pipe cutter, measuring tape, pliers, a pen, steel hanger tape, black spray paint, stain and screws. After you have the edges about how you want them, stain the wood with some mission oak stain. Once the top is stained and dry, start working on the DIY hairpin style legs. Pick up some refrigeration coil and use it for DIY drawer pulls. First  measure out how long you want each leg to be, marked it off with a marker and then use your pipe cutter to cut them into 4 separate pieces. Read the rest of the tutorial here. […]

  2. […] Katie from Upcycled Treasures is a sucker for rustic, nature-like décor. She was inspired to create an accent stool with a tree trunk top and hairpin legs using basic materials from the hardware store for only $20. And most of you will be happy to know that no welding is involved in creating the metal legs – just simple bending with a pair of pliers! […]

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