How to Add Legs to Furniture

So a couple weeks ago I showed you guys some painted nightstands for my brother’s guest bedroom. While I completely LOVED how they turned out with the Belle Craie paint and a dark glaze, I really wished they were a big more feminine. So to take the nightstands to new heights, I decided to add some legs on them (ha, see what I did there?).

And here’s what the before & after looks like…

before and after add legs to furnitureSUPPLIES:

  • 4 furniture legs (per piece) with pre-installed screws
  • Drill & bits
  • Tee nuts from Ace Hardware (about 87¢ each)
  • Hammer
  • Paint or stain

To get started, make sure you have your furniture legs first. The size of the pre-installed screws in the table legs will then determine your drill bit and your Tee nut size. Suggestion: take the legs with you to the hardware store to test out the Tee nuts!

4-in Mixed Maple Classic Bun Feet Wood Table LegOnce you have everything sized you’re ready to start assembly. Mark where you want your furniture legs and pre-drill holes. If you don’t have enough work space for the legs, you’ll need to add a small piece of wood to the underside before attaching the legs.

nightstand add legs

Next hammer in your Tee nuts into your pre-drilled holes.

t nuts for furniture legsThen screw the furniture legs into the Tee nuts.

how to add legs to night standFinish them off by painting or staining to match the rest of the piece.

how to add legs to nightstand

And yes, it really is that simple.
And I really think it makes a HUGE difference!

how to add legs to a nightstandJust make sure you set the legs back far enough so they are sticking out in front. Remember it’s ok not to set the legs flush to the front of the piece. Even setting them back 1/2 inch is better safe than sorry.

add legs to nightstandThe legs cost me about $24 per nightstand (for a set of 4).
At least I purchased the nightstands for only $20 each.
Still a bargain in my book and now love them more than ever!

Great before & after right?

before and after add legs to furnitureAnd doesn’t this give you so much more working room when you spot something in a thrift store or Goodwill? Yep, possibilities are endless with this simple adjustment!

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DIY Stained Wood Tray

Do you ever see something in a store and think to yourself:
I could totally make that… for a lot less than it costs.

Well that was me a couple weeks ago. I saw this simple wooden tray and instead of shilling out the $50 for it, I decided to make it on my own. And I have to say, I’m in love with the outcome… and it was a super fast project. Yep, even better.

DIY industrial tray tutorialSUPPLIES:

  • (4) 2ft 1×4 boards
  • (2) 14″ 1×4 boards
  • (2) handles
  • 1 1/2 inch wood screws
  • Stain
  • Paint brush or rag
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Tape measurer

wood tray tutorial DIYI was lucky that I had the scrap wood in my garage and the wood screws on hand. The only thing I had to buy were the handles. Check out Hobby Lobby for a wide range, but wait until they’re 50% off to really save big on this project.

Start by cutting your (4) 2ft boards. I chose 2ft for the tray but you can revise as needed.

DIY wood tray instructionsNext measure across the 4 boards for your cross section pieces. Mine was just at 14 inches but wood may vary slightly so make sure you measure before cutting your 2 cross section pieces!

DIY tray woodThen you’re ready to start construction. Place the cross section pieces down first, then lay your 4 longer boards across the top. You’ll want to basically screw upside down so the screws are on the bottom of the finished tray. I recommend making pilot holes first with your drill.

drill holes for DIY trayYou’ll only need 1 screw in each board for each cross section piece.

DIY tray stained tutorialNext flip it over and start sanding away. You’ll want nice smooth edges and rounded corners so you don’t slice open your hand while handling the tray ;)

DIY stained wood tray tutorialI used Rustoleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut for the finish. Love this stuff. Dries super fast and you only need 1 coat. I used a brush to apply but you can also use a rag or foam brush.

wood stain for DIY trayThen I used a Terry Applicator to wipe away the excess stain. BTW, these terry pads are my new best friend for stain and glazes. You can find them on Amazon here (not an affiliate link).

DIY wood stained trayOnce dried you’re ready to apply the hardware.

stained wood tray DIYAnd your DIY stained wood tray is complete!
Really pretty easy, right?

DIY industrial tray tutorialBy the way, I always said I would never make anything with the industrial pipe look (like the shelving that you saw everywhere this past winter) but I couldn’t help myself when I saw these handles at Hobby Lobby. I know… moment of weakness.

DIY wood tray tutorial

DIY stained wood tray

DIY stain wood trayI wish I would have used black screws for the handles. Complete oversight. Ah, oh well… I’m still in love with this tray. And isn’t that stain just dreamy? Nice change of scenery from painted pieces.

stained wood tray tutorial

DIY industrial tray tutorial

And you got to see a lot of peeks in to the guest bedroom makeover.
Big reveal for this room coming next week!

DIY stained wood tray  tutorial