I have been itching to try my hands at making something using copper piping for months, and the Christmas break seemed the perfect time to tackle a more demanding project. I always think winter is nesting season i.e. the perfect time to make some changes round the house, throw some clutter away and restyle your living space. My go to for this is making new cushions (so sue me – I’m a sewist at heart haha!!), but there is a limit to how many soft furnishings you can squeeze into a flat (apparently I’ve hit this limit… I’m not so sure), so a beautiful side table seemed like the ‘healthy’ option.
Homebase have been running a brilliant campaign all about updating and transforming your home through simple DIY – Small Change, Big Difference. They’ve teamed up with interior designer Julia Kendall to share some really innovative and fun ideas from upcycling furniture, creating chalkboard walls, and how to install your own beautiful pendant lighting. You can see all the videos here as well as some wider interior inspiration from Julia -it all looks amazing!
Copper has been a bloggers dream this year, and I for one am not yet over this trend. so I particularly loved the copper shelves DIY – and if I owned my flat I definitely would have considered trying to make these, but as a renter standalone furniture is much more practical so a table it had to be! For this project Homebase provided most of the materials (except the table top) and also a handy Ozito 3.6V auto screwdriver to help me speed up my making. Because you can buy fittings to create 90 degree corners or T joins it made designing the table really straightforward – just make sure you work with straight lines!
I took a really long time to decide what to use as a table top. I needed to be able to screw into it to attach the copper base so it couldn’t be too thin and I wanted either a circle or square top. You can buy wood slices online or get something made bespoke but feeling thrifty after Christmas I sourced a gorgeous wooden chopping board from TK Maxx which worked like a charm. It has a hole to one side which would have been used to hang the board but I quite like it as a design quirk.
You will need:
- 15mm Copper Pipe (I used 3 metres)
- Mini Pipe Cutter
- Equal T solder ring x 2
- 9 degree bend fittings x 8
- Saddle clips (to join your base to your table top)
- Short screws
- washers (depending on screw length)
- Wooden chopping board for your table top
Here’s the plan for how I made my table. You can adjust all of the lengths as needed, I designed mine to fit over the top of our wine rack. Each corner is connected with a 90 degree bend fitting and the cross pieces are connected with equal T solder rings.