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!
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.
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.
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.