A week or so ago, I told you about a little DIY I was planning…the West Elm Pipe Table. Well, it’s finally done and I am thrilled with the results.
It’s really a lot easier than it looks. And, here’s how you can build one yourself!
Head to Lowe’s, Home Depot, or any spot that sells galvanized piping. You’ll need to purchase the following parts:
- 2 24” pipes for the height (this will also depend on the height of your sofa arm)
- 2 8” pipes for the width
- 2 18” pipes for the bottom depth
- 2 10” pipes for the top depth
- 8 90* pipe connectors
- Goo Gone
- Stainless Steel scrubber
- Paper Towels
- 1 package of pipe straps
- 1 12”x24”x1” piece of wood. (I got Red Oak and had them cut mine down to 12”x15”x1”)
- 200 grit sandpaper
- Stain of your choice (I used Minwax Poly Shades in Tudor Stain #360)
- Staining Pads
- Polyurethane (if stain doesn’t include it)
For whatever reason, these pipes are covered in some sticky gunk even if they are packaged in plastic bags. If they aren’t packaged in plastic, they have UPC stickers on them. So, the first step of this project is cleaning these puppies up. I used Goo Gone and it worked like a charm.
Lay the pipes and connectors out on a tray of some sort. I used cookie sheets. LOL. Hey! Whatever works! Spray the Goo Gone all over the pipes and let it sit for 5 minutes. Use a stainless steel pad to scrub it all down and get most of the sticker off. Polish it off with a few paper towels.
After they’re all shiny and sticker free lay them all out in a big space and get ready to assemble.
Now you’ll attached the pipes together using the connectors in the shape of a C-Table. There’s really no good way to explain this, so here’s a diagram.
Tada! A stand! Yah.
Now you’ll prep the table top. Sand your wood with 200 grit sandpaper in the direction of the grain until the wood is smooth and the corners aren’t deadly. Wipe the wood down with a damp cloth and let dry completely. Apply the stain with a staining pad in the direction of the wood grain. Apply the polyurethane now if your stain doesn’t include it. To prevent bubbling, grab a paint brush and gently run along the grain of the wood at a 45 degree angle. Allow to dry for six hours or according to the package directions.
Now, lay your new table top on your base and adjust the pipes ever so slightly to make sure the table is level. Secure the wood to the pipes by screwing the pipe clamps around the pipe and into the wood from underneath the table top. I centered one around the shorter pipe and used two (one closer to the front and one closer to the back) for the longer pieces.
And, there you have it! You’re custom DIY Pipe Table!
If you make one, please be sure to post a photo reply or mention me on Instagram (@LindseyKnows). I’d love to see your handy work!