It’s surprisingly easy — and so eco! — to breathe new life into discarded, broken or just plain tired objects. This project turns old table legs, frames and artwork into a set of beautiful and practical tables.


  • 8 old table legs
  • 2 worn art frames (same shape; different sizes)
  • Artwork (we used botanical prints)
  • Wooden dowel rods
  • Stain
  • Tite Chairs liquid wood expander
  • Tape measure
  • Wood handsaw
  • Drill
  1. Saw four of the table legs to your desired height, then cut the remaining four approximately 3 inches shorter.
  2. Measure frames to determine the dowel dimensions, leaving 1 inch on both ends of the shortest sides to allow for overhang.
  3. To attach legs, cut eight pieces of the dowel to size, based on measurements made in the previous step.
  4. Measure 1 inch from the top of the table legs and drill holes to accomodate longer dowels. Rotate legs 90 degrees and drill a second hole 1 inch below.
  5. Insert dowels into holes and secure with Tite Chairs, making sure longer dowels are in the top holes.
  6. Finish raw ends of legs with matching stain. Insert artwork into frames and set atop dowels. 
Story by Ki Nassauer & Sue Whitney. This article originally appeared in Plenty in May 2008.

Copyright Environ Press 2008

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