How to Extend the Legs of a Table

How to Extend the Legs of a Table

I nearly didn’t publish this post. When I finished extending the legs of this little table, I wasn’t totally satisfied with how it turned out. However, I have been living with this table in my kitchen for a few months now. While there are things I would do differently, there is enough about this makeover that I like … enough to share anyway. Besides, I promised I would always be honest and share my mistakes. This is one of one of those times, so please be kind.

How to Extend the Legs of a Table |

This funny little table was given to me by friends of the family and stands approximately 570mm tall (or 22.5 inches). It had its legs sawn off at some point … maybe they became rotten? Whatever the reason, it made this table a bit of an oddball. It served a number of roles at our place over the years. As a coffee table (too tall), a TV table (no storage) and as a console table (too small). However, what this table lacked in stature, it made up for with character. I loved the colour of the wood and the sweet turned legs.  All I need to do is add some height.

2 Leg

I found these round tapered colonial wooden furniture Leggz at our local hardware store. They were pre-drilled, measured 230mm tall and will add the much needed height. I started by drilling a hole in the middle of the table leg … or rather Paul drilled and I supervised.

3 drilling

We screwed in the legs and added a bit of wood glue for some security. They weren’t quite centred, but once I turned the table upright you really couldn’t notice. To fill in the gap between the two legs I added ready to use wood-filler. Once dried, I sanded the filler smooth.

4 wood filler

The new legs certainly added the height I was after, which now makes this table more serviceable. Only problem was … I felt that I had added too much height! The table now stands 800mm tall, about 30mm more that I would have liked. It doesn’t sound like much, but it just feels a little bit too tall. On reflection, perhaps I should have looked for shorter legs, or  shaved down the new ones a bit.

6 table

The good news! Because I now had a two-toned legged table, it was time to try a new Annie Sloan colour … Chateau Grey. I love the look of chalk paint against natural wood. So I stripped and sanded the table top. After a couple of coats of chalk paint on the legs. I distressed the legs with sandpaper and applied a coat of clear wax (two coats on the top).

8 finished

10 detail

I loved the colour of the Chateau Gray against the natural wood of the the table top.  Only problem was … I had two-toned distressing. It’s not glaringly obvious, and you would have to look hard to see it, but of course I know it’s there.

7 legs

What would I have done differently? Maybe I’d try stripping and sanding the legs … or colouring the new legs to match the rest of the table.  The point being, I’d try and match the new and old legs before painting and distressing.

11 title

Despite all my grumbling about the finished table, it looks rather nice in my kitchen. It did mean a major reorganising of the other tables around the house … much Paul’s amusement!

Any tips for colouring new wood to match the old?

For more inspiration on table makeovers, please visit my Pinterest board “Table and Desk Makeover Ideas”

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23 responses

  1. Very smart idea . . . and thanks for sharing. I’m adding this to my memory bank; you never know when it might be just the ticket in a project. You are so clever 🙂


  2. This is so innovative! I am glad you posted it even though you were hesitant. I don’t think the two-toned distressing is noticeable at all, and if anything, it gives it a cooler look! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesday!


  3. Thanks for all the tips Jane! I think it turned out beautifully. Featured at be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!


  4. Your table turned out great!! Since you asked, maybe spraying the leg extensions with a dark primer before attaching and then only distressed to that point? How do you feel about dark wax? A coat or two of that would help. Although I think it looks just beautiful as is! What a great height for a work station in the kitchen, craft, or laundry room!


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  8. Good Evening Jane!! I wanted to stop by and let you know that your post has been chosen as a Feature for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! Stop by tomorrow morning and see your post linked up and don’t forget to grab your “Featured Button”. ~Lisa~


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  10. Love the table, I’ve had to use this same trick before and it works beautifully! If you take a glaze the same color as the brown stain (or close to it) and brush it on over the entire piece and then wipe it ALL off again the glaze will soak in to the new wood that’s peaking through and it will all be good:)


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