My husband Tom considers himself the world’s worst gift giver. Bless his heart, he sure tries, but most of the time his big ideas don’t work out. And usually, after he gives me something that he thinks I won’t like (even though I do), he tells me all of the things that he wanted to get me but didn’t. If it’s the thought that counts, I feel like I do get the world’s greatest gifts.
His self-proclaimed “Best Gift Ever” was an old spice chest he found at an antique store. It lived on my desk for years, holding supplies like my colored pencils, hot glue sticks and markers. I love having my supplies separated into their own little drawers. The problem is that it took up a lot of space on my desk.
When I was working on redoing my office (the big reveal is coming next week!), I decided to give the spice chest a new purpose. I needed a small end table to sit next to a little loveseat, so I went on a search for some fun table legs.
Over and over, I was drawn to the mid-century style hairpin legs. I thought the combination of a rustic looking spice chest with modern hairpin legs would make for a fantastic side table. I had seen some really cool pieces online that featured different styles mixed with the modern legs, and the look that’s created is perfection.
I ordered a set of hairpin legs in my desired size from a shop I found online. Once they arrived, I simply screwed them into the base of the spice chest to create my table. It was one of the easiest DIYs ever, and made for an awesome custom piece of furniture. Tom was right – it IS the best gift ever.
The next time you are browsing in a thrift store, give some thought to adding a little modern touch to a room by using a set of hairpin legs – even if you don’t normally add in modern styles. This is a great way to start adding a little eclecticism into your home. I know I have missed out on some cool custom pieces because I wasn’t thinking outside of the box. The set of hairpin legs aren’t necessarily cheap (mine were about $70), but you end up with a really unique piece of custom furniture that no one else will have.
Do you need a little hairpin leg love in your life? I think you do!