Garden Table Update.

Three years ago I teamed up with The Hairpin Leg Company for the first time, to encorporate their brilliant copper hairpin legs into the creation of our garden table. An incredibly simple build, but exactly what we wanted, chunky and basic!

I love how the wood has settled into it’s environment, as you scroll down you can see the colour change with time…

The table was, at the time, the last piece of the Garden Phase 1 puzzle, a place to enjoy outdoor meals as a family, a quiet morning cuppa, absorbing and immersing ourselves in all the seasons.

Despite the legs technically not being intended for outdoor use, I was confident they would do the job well…and they did, for 3 years they have stood through rain, wind, snow and sunshine – we leave the table out all year, so that, no matter the month, we can always head out into the garden and sit comfortably when the fancy takes us. I think it’s such a shame when the aspects of a garden that make it functional and inviting are packed away, as though your outside space, come Autumn/ Winter, suddenly becomes less important. I appreciate this is quite often due to wanting to prolong the life of furniture etc, but I think it’s something to keep in mind when designing a garden, make sure there are places to sit throughout the year.

But after an incident where two excited little girls decided to have a dance party atop the table, things were never quite the same again. The slight wobble that it always had, that was never much of an issue, turned into more of a sway than could be ignored!

So, I spoke to The Hairpin Leg Company again and we decided that their Square Industrial Legs would be a perfect upgrade.

I’d used a different set of the industrial legs, the trapezium version, in another collaborative creation. So I knew that this style offered stability and strength – just what I was after.

At the start of lockdown I decided to make the best of a bad situation (the Alice in Scandiland Shop has had to close, the online store is only open sporadically, due to complicated reasons)…so the garden would be my focus.

The legs arrived and we spent an afternoon swapping things around.

The table top, made from scaffold boards, is actually only fixed down around the edges. The centre 3 boards are loose, allowing the wood to move, shrink and swell, as is the way with something so exposed to the elements. It was initially all fixed solid, but we found the boards were twisting and warping in extremes of weather.

At this point I was a little concerned the legs weren’t wide enough, there’s always got to be a moment of doubt for me, it adds to the drama!

I think my fears were unfounded, in the image above the table top is simple resting on the legs, but already I was excited about how much more grounded the design felt.

Here you can see how simply the hairpin legs fix onto the wood, as well as how good these legs were still looking, despite 3 years of exposure. Off they came, all the original legs were given to a friend, who will be polishing them back up to their shiny copper state and using again in their garden.

The legs come with all the screws you need, as well as these felt pads to add some additional protection to the underside.

On they screw and the work is done.

In the same week as we upgraded the table legs, I also gave the black fences and woodwork in the garden a freshen up. I love how the black is carried through the garden as a detail that links different areas together, the depth of colour offers a brilliant contrast against the green of the plants, the more neutral, natural tones of the pebbles and oak sleepers and any soft furnishings that I bring out to dress the space.

How incredible is the Forsythia in the background?! It’s even more vibrant in real life.

Hazel likes to use the corner of the table as a scratching post, but I think that’s the beauty of something so simple and relatively inexpensive, it really doesn’t matter.

I can’t wait for the garden to properly bloom and for all the time we will be spending out there.

Next up is demolishing the little old shed, in the far right corner, freeing up a whole new area to create more usable space, I can’t wait!

A huge thank you to The Hairpin Leg Company for the kindly gifted table + bench legs.

Please note, the legs I have used are technically not intended for use outside. Whilst I am confident they will do the job nicely, the Hairpin Leg Co cannot offer any form of guarantee when used as such.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. eva fernandez says:

    Thank you for carrying on providing lovely blog posts. It brings a sense of normality. Your house and style is a great source of inspiration. Thank you.

    1. My absolute pleasure Eva, thank you for taking the time to comment ♡

  2. Emma says:

    Simply stunning.

    1. Thank you so much x

  3. Adam Sanders says:

    Hi Alice, thanks for the update. Your original post inspired me to build my own version which I have been doing on and off for a couple of weeks. We actually opted for some similar legs to your updated version rather than hairpins, so it’s great to see how this finished project looks – stunning!

    How did the Polyx Oil hold up as a finish for the scaffold boards? Have you had to refinish it at any point? How durable is it? I’ve noticed that the scaffold boards are quite soft and prone to dents and scratches so was wondering how much protection the Polyx provides?

    1. Hi Adam, glad you found my posts helpful.
      I’m really happy with the updated version.
      The oil…ummm, I haven’t noticed either way, I’d say after this amount of time/ exposure, it would be pretty compromised, I’m happy with the condition of the wood, but no idea how much of that is the Osmo, or just how it would be anyway, if that makes sense?
      Ours isn’t particularly scratched, but definitely weathered, which I’m fine with.

      Thanks again.

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