Want an inexpensive, easy way to add a little more character to a farmhouse table? Industrial hardware is the answer. Better yet, DIY Industrial Hardware. This is one of my favorite things to do when perusing the aisles of Home Depot (ok, right there you may think I’m a little strange–but if you love building projects like I do, I’m speaking your language…if not bear with me, this is an easy project). It’s fun to “build” DIY industrial hardware.
Let me show you what I mean…Here’s an example of some DIY industrial hardware I like to use on tables….
Now by themselves, they just look like some washers, bolts and metal straps….which they are. Until we build them up…
Take this table I built last fall….
Now look at it after I added some metal hardware to it…
See how the hardware adds some texture and another pop of color…
So, let’s dive in to how exactly we do this…..
HOW TO BUILD DIY INDUSTRIAL HARDWARE
These 4 washers right here (I got mine at Home Depot)….
Bolt (or screw) to fit in hole of washers
Drill (This is the one I have and love)
Simply stack the washers on top of one another, starting with the largest one on the bottom, super gluing them on as you go.
Let them sit to dry.
Spray paint them your desired color…Be sure to spray paint your bolt too.
Starting with a drill bit, similar to the thickness of your bolt, drill a hole in the table leg at your desired placement of your chunky bolt.
Test to see if bolt will screw in (by hand at first and then with pliers towards the end). If not, move up one size to the next drill bit thickness.
When finished it will look like this…
If you drill your hole too wide, don’t panic…just add a little super glue into the hole and then insert the bolt. This will hold it in place.
Chunky bolts are just one of the things I like to add. You can also add:
I love the finished look it gave this desk I built this past summer…
This past week I built this farmhouse table….
and added these fasteners…
to the 4 corners on the top…
Again, a little spray paint and they take on a whole new look.
It’s amazing how these simple hardware touches can add so much character to any furniture piece. A beautiful farmhouse table can go from this…
Get creative with it and be sure to share it back here.
Until next time,
Happy Building, Friend!!
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