April 18th, 2012

If you saw Emily Henderson’s blue office makeover or Cassandra’s red red redo on Coco and Kelley, then it’s old news that it’s Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week. I’m celebrating paint and painting and paint related things with a bit of DIY and the funnest of yellows, Fun Yellow.

DIY? Say what.

Here’s what: Burl. Jute. Color Dipping. Magic.

Lets do this thing.



2 – wood tops/whatever you’d like to use. *I used two slabs of vintage redwood burl I found on Craigslist, but you can use anything your heart desires. Like maybe burl? Oh, wait.

6 – 1/2″ x 10″ galvanized steel pipe
6 – 1/2″ galvanized floor flange
1 – jute twine
1 – paint *I used Sherwin Williams Fun Yellow

1 – drill
24 – screws
1 – glue *I used Gorilla Super Glue. Why? It was already here.
1 – masking tape
1 – small paint brush


1. Screw the steel pipe (or nipple – if you prefer the hilarious technical terminology) into the flange.

2. Squeeze a dollop of glue onto the base of the threaded part of the pipe and attach the end bit of that jute twine.

3. Wrap jute twine around the entire length of the pipe. Yes, it’s boring, but really doesn’t take that long.

*Be sure to keep the twine slightly taut as you wrap and also as you’re wrapping, it helps to push the wrapped twine down towards base for even coverage.

4. Finish wrapping the length of the pipe and cut the twine.

5. Tuck the loose twine bit into the pipe and secure with a spot of glue.

Now you have a fully jute wrapped leg. Hooray.

*Smart person tip: notice how the twine actually wraps over the pipes rough threaded end in order to protect delicate floors and such? Be nice to your floors!

6. Measure 3″ down from the foot end of the pipe.

7. Tape around the pipe horizontally at this 3″ mark.

8. Dip the securely taped leg into some paint. Like yellow maybe?

*Smart person tip: Stuff old newspaper bits or paper scraps into the leg hole so it won’t fill up with paint and drip forever.

9. Brush off any excess paint drips with a small brush and lay the leg down to dry.

10. Once the paint fully dries, go ahead and remove the tape slowly and carefully to keep the paint edge crisp.

Repeat and repeat and repeat all of those steps as needed.

FACT : tables need more than one leg. Crazy, but true.

Look at you, you sassy finished legs. Hey now.

OK, now that every leg is jute wrapped, color dipped and thoroughly dry – then what happens?

Well, these babies can’t wait to hold stuff off the floor.

The time is now.

Lets go nuts.

Screw the finished legs onto whatever top you’ve scrounged up and then repeat and repeat and repeat. Do I need to say that the screws go through the flange holes? No, but I did.

Anyways. Boom. Legs. Done.

Now you have the power to transform anything into a table. Use it wisely.

Look whose all screwed on and ready to be a nightstand! You legs! That’s who!

Go get in the guest bedroom, you silly gooses.

Adding these custom dipped boots of color to the jute wrapped legs helped float the nightstands off the black wall and wood floor in all the best possible ways. The final tables turned out way better than I’d dare hope, which is great since I’ve gotten incredible tired of looking for nightstands.

All my problems? Solved.

DIY accomplished. Done and Done.

Even notoriously pretentious Iggy-pup is impressed. He also asks that you ignore that new headboard situation happening. Details soon.

Oh, so just in case nightstands aren’t your jam – no worries, my feelings aren’t that hurt – methinks this project can easily be customized to anything and everything you’d like to wrap in jute or color dip. Like your friends? Neighbors? Or maybe something more practical, like taller legs for a dining table?

Color boots for everyone.


For more color fun, check out Amanda Hill’s project launching tomorrow over at Recycled Consign and Design. Thanks again to Sherwin-Williams inviting me to participate and helping sponsor my project for National Painting Week.


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  1. Pippa on 04/18/2012:

    I must be honest, I wasn’t sure about this idea?……but now I’m a believer!

  2. Jan on 04/18/2012:

    What about adding a pipe cap before you cover the pipe with twine? Might help protect the floor plus it would add a little ‘foot’ to the leg.

    Love the doggies.

  3. The brick house on 04/18/2012:

    Jan – I considered it, but for me a cap ruins the simplicity of the legs shape. Threaded galvanized caps also are just as rough (or rougher) than the small exposed metal end. As the jute wraps around that bit of metal pipe, th material then protects floors like a little foot pad. Plus, it also hides the ugly loose end of the cut twine.

  4. Angus on 04/18/2012:

    Well, I like basically everything you do. Except this? Seems like hairpins would be way better.

  5. Anna @ D16 on 04/18/2012:

    Love it, stealing it, etc etc etc

  6. john on 04/18/2012:

    New math equation: Morgan = Designy Type Genius

  7. emily @ go haus go on 04/18/2012:

    I need more details on that headboard! It looks very dog-friendly. My little pup would love having something like that to snooze on. Go Morgan!

  8. THE BRICK HOUSE on 04/18/2012:

    Oh you guys. You’re crazy (crazy awesome).
    Thank you.

    Dippin’ party at my pad?

  9. THE BRICK HOUSE on 04/18/2012:

    Emily- headboard post coming soon & I have some custom dog bed stuff in the works as well. But that headboard really is Iggy’s new favorite thing lounge around on.

  10. OMG are you kidding me?! Where can I sign my for MY colored boots? 😉 This DIY is incredible….love love love!

  11. Evyan on 04/18/2012:

    i need you to know that i am obsessed with your blog. planning on making your delicious fence post table (but picnic-table sized) and was trying to figure out what kind of legs it wanted. it wants pipe legs. it does.

  12. Christa on 04/18/2012:

    I never would have thought to put those legs with the burled wood top, but it is totally working. Love the Fun Yellow.

  13. Amanda on 04/18/2012:

    I was so excited to see what you would do and it was worth it! BRAVO…very creative and unique! Thanks for the shout out for tomorrow! I am nervous to share xoxo

  14. Lauren @ chezerbey on 04/18/2012:

    Um. Brilliant.

  15. Erin on 04/18/2012:

    Ah, so good! Thanks for the detail!

  16. kate on 04/18/2012:

    I have this plant table that I made with the most hideous wooden legs on the planet just to get the job done, and they are so being replaced with these babies now.

  17. Elisa @ What the Vita on 04/18/2012:

    I love this so much I want to try it so I tried to pin it but I can’t…?

  18. Kevin on 04/18/2012:

    When you pulled back for the wide shot, I was really impressed with the overall effect this had with the black wall. Not sound off putting but it kind of reminds me of hairy legs with socks, like watching my mother sweep the kitchen floor as a kid.

  19. Sam on 04/18/2012:

    Fucking baller! Also, hilarious as usual.

  20. THE BRICK HOUSE on 04/18/2012:

    Elisa – I fixed it, I hope? I updated the plug-in.

  21. Elisa @ What the Vita on 04/18/2012:

    Fixed! Pinned! Thanks so much! 🙂

  22. jeannette on 04/18/2012:

    you are teh man.

  23. modernhaus on 04/18/2012:

    Things I now want to wrap and dip:

    ugly drawer handles (the long type)
    the legs of my thonet cafe chairs
    hoop earrings
    a whole VW bus

  24. Teresa on 04/18/2012:

    SWEET SWEET SATISFACTION. The belly of my Instagram-induced-impatient-for-this-post Monster has finally been filled. I have been gnawing my fisted knuckles waiting for this. Finally, my poor fingies can be allowed to heal, and the Monster go back to sleep in the closet. Thanks!

  25. audrey on 04/18/2012:


  26. Trude on 04/18/2012:

    Wow those turned out gawgeous! Love how they really pop off the floor and wall. And that buuuuurlllll…

  27. Rebecca on 04/18/2012:

    It looks AMAZING against that wall! LOVE it!

  28. Rebecca on 04/18/2012:

    It looks AMAZING against that wall! LOVE it! Clever chops 🙂

  29. Sarah on 04/19/2012:

    Holy moly Morgan! I couldn’t tell on instagram that it was yellow! I am even more in love with it now.

  30. Jan on 04/19/2012:

    I love this! I’ve used galvanized pipe as legs for a vanity/sink arrangement in a corner in my son’s room and have since totally forgotten about it.
    I rescued three very cool old rustic chairs and they need a table. I made seat cushions out of burlap coffee bags and am struggling to find a little bistro size table to go with them. I decided on reclaimed wood for the table top, either wood pallets, or stockade fencing—we just had a tornado blow through town so that will be easy—but haven’t found the right table legs and then I open my email and voila! I can’t wait to work on this. And… with all the broken trees around town I’ve spied some interesting tree trunks waiting to be cleaned up… I see some footstools or small tables in my future as well.

  31. Robyn on 04/19/2012:

    Love the legs, but I love all the comments even more! Can’t wait to hear about the headboard and dog beds…

  32. erin orea on 04/19/2012:
  33. I love this idea! And I love the funky yellow color…I think I need some of that in my house!

  34. Susan B. on 04/19/2012:

    Me no like.

  35. Myles Henry on 04/19/2012:

    damn these are nice. really looking forward to the headboard post, that looks like something I will have to bite.

  36. HannitaHannitashouse on 04/19/2012:

    I was totally skeptical until that last photo. I concede, it is amazing with the dark wall and dark wood tops and styled beautifully.

  37. Charlotte on 04/19/2012:

    Nicely done! The guest bedroom looks beautiful. Is the colour of the wall black or a very deep navy blue?

  38. Green Key on 04/20/2012:

    99% of the time I love your design choices. Sorry to say, this is in the 1%. The substance, the weight, of that gorgeous table top – it deserves something much more substantial for support. I love dipping, but the jute wrap? Uh uh. Not here. Just sayin’.

  39. Mary S. on 04/21/2012:

    I love this! I love your dog pictures! So I gotta ask…was Iggy your inspiration?
    : )

  40. Anna - Canoe Design on 04/21/2012:

    Amazing idea, and what a great outcome! I love the table – that slab is amazing!
    Thanks for the amazing idea…very inspiring!

  41. Suzy8track on 04/23/2012:

    Hmmm….not sure about that idea. I think I would prefer hairpin legs with that slab.

  42. indeed! that headboard is a winner!

  43. Mrs. Lewis on 04/23/2012:

    Yes, as a matter of fact I DO prefer “nipple”. And thank you for bringing this comically delightful option to my attention.

  44. julia wheeler on 04/28/2012:

    “smart person tip” = just one of the man reasons you’re a genius. also, i love that yellow.

  45. PINTEREST LOVER on 08/15/2014:

    you would get so much more traffic to you site if you had more picture options on your “pinterest button” I wanted to pin it but the only pic was the friggin’ can of paint and referenced the color blocking! wtf? you have created a genius masterpiece that involves low cost items, recycling, art and okay finally a can of paint! please put up more pics showing the “legs” out of pipe that are transformed + plus that gorgeous piece of wood into a fab-u-lous table! anyway….who am I? just an idea… share your greatness!!! wink! and smiles!!!

  46. Flor Flores on 06/24/2016:

    Sooo cute this work!!!!!! thank you very well for share, please more idea, i need it for do in my house with few money.

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