I’m sure you do it. We all do it. We like to save trash! We have patio sets, tables, planters and other items that we just don’t want/like anymore. But we just can’t make ourselves trash them.
When I moved into this house there was a lot of stuff left in the backyard that was in pretty good shape. But either the items had the wrong color or were rusted or beat up.
from backyard trash to treasure
One example was two patio tables. These were cheapie glass tables that were rusted and were painted white.
Most people would consider that trash. I saw an opportunity.
We were lucky the previous owners left all their real iron patio furniture (the type we could never afford-See the chairs?).
Of course, they took the nice tables including a hammered copper table that alone was worth over $2000 bucks!
Well, I would have taken them too.
So when you find stuff that has good bones but the color isn’t right, what does a girl do? Spray paint!
Good old flat black paint and trash was turned into gold, er, new black tables. Good as new and matched everything (sorry, no before pics but you get the idea)!
On to the Pipe Table
Well, like I said, that was an example. What I REALLY want to show you is how I got something from the backyard and turned it into a show piece in my home bar. There are many projects surrounding that bar but this was one of the most fun to do.
The previous owners also left three heavy umbrella stands. Two of them had these nice decorative “sworlies” on the base and I always thought it was a shame that they were sitting there unused.
Our patio is covered and we don’t really have a need for umbrellas. Except for the goose pond: they sure need shade when it’s 200 degrees outside in Arizona.
One day I was looking online for ideas for bar height tables for my home bar. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and I noticed that most bar height tables with the style I needed were a little bit pricey.
Also, the room was not that big so I would need custom pieces that would not only fit the space but also the needs of the house (i.e. husband’s game day needs). More money.
So when I found pins about pipe tables I thought: Jackpot!
How cool are they? Easy to assemble, industrial chic/rustic. I had to have one…er, or two.
Planning for the space
I wanted to make a smaller table for one of the corners of the home bar room. That table would be a small square that could fit up to 4 people when pulled out of the wall.
I just couldn’t figure out how to make the base stable. You can see where this is going.
I was just out of ideas. Until I went to check on the geese one afternoon and there it was: My table base!
A gorgeous iron base! Heavy and decorative with all the looks I needed to make it super duper cool!! Don’t worry, the geese still have shade and a base just like this one just for them. Here it is:
Materials for the Pipe Table
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- Umbrella Base (be sure to use a heavy base or the table will topple over with the weight of the top)
- Dark Brown Rustoleum Spray Paint (the closest I could find to a dark rust color)
- 2×6 board (you will need 3 cuts of 2ft x 6in)
- Scrap wood for bracing the table top
- One 2 1/2in flange
- Four 2in hex head screws and nuts
- 2in x 4ft metal pipe
- Nailheads (optional)
- 1 1/2in wood screws
- Minwax Wood Finish Stain- Color Provincial 211 and Minwax Wood Finish Stain – Color Red Chestnut 232 (to match the stain on my first pipe table project for the home bar)
- Finishing wax
After a thorough clean up, I started by spray painting the base, the pipe (after cutting it to my selected height – 40in), the flange and all screws/nuts/bolts
I used new wood boards for my table top and I personally distressed them by hammering, stomping, and using other tools to give it a “worn” look.
But you can use left over wood from your backyard. Or even barn wood from a salvage place. The sky is the limit!
Putting the table top together was very easy. I just lined the boards together and screwed two boards to the back of the table (see image left) to brace top together.
Then it was time to connect the flange holding the pipe base to the table top. I decided to use hex head screws to give it an industrial look to it. spray painted them before attaching them so they would match the “future” nailheads I was planning to add to the piece. I know, I know, the screw could have been shorter but it was all I had and I was too lazy to buy more or cut them short. Plus no one would reach that far with their knees anyway!
Be sure to spray paint the screws before attaching them. I love how the color turned out as the screws matched the decorative nailheads perfectly.
Here’s the final product! What do you think?
So cool to be able to use left over stuff to make new things. The whole thing cost me just the pipe and the flange.
I had left over 2×6 boards already. I paid no more $20 bucks for the pipe and the flange. The flange is the most costly piece of the whole thing (if you are not buying a new umbrella stand to do this).
Tip of the day
The secret for a cheaper pipe is to get pipes from the electrical department, not plumbing.
They are of equal quality but electrical pipes are much cheaper for some reason. Some places will even thread them for you for almost nothing or free.
The one I bought was already threaded and I only needed threads on one end for the flange because the other end was just going into the umbrella base.
Even cooler is the fact that you see some of these pipe tables for sale for a FORTUNE! This table, for example, would easily cost about $300-500 bucks.
Not a bad return for $20 bucks, right?
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Below are some examples of pipe tables I found on Amazon if you prefer to buy one instead of making it:
Do you have any variations of backyard finds that you transformed? We would like to see them.