Recycled Drop-Leaf Table

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We’ve had two outside wooden tables just sitting in our basement for the last several years. They’re very functional, but they were so beaten up that we didn’t like using them anymore. We finally brought them up for our party on Memorial Day (covered with a table cloth, of course), and left them setup by the back door out of shear laziness.

We soon realized that we liked having them there. We just didn’t like the way they looked. Well, why not re-imagine them so that we have a great table for everyday use and entertaining! Very easy, right? I decided to secure one of the tables to the house, and use the other table and the former’s hardware to create a drop-leaf table that expands for entertaining. It came out great, and we recycled almost all of the materials!

Here’s what we used to make the table:

  • Two colapsable tables
  • White spray paint
  • 2 hinges
  • Painters tape

This is what we needed to put it together:

  • Cordless screwdriver and drill
  • Saw
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Sandpaper

Let’s Make a Drop-Leaf Table!


  • Start by removing the legs from the table tops and from each leg themselves.
  • Now remove the cross supports from each leg. Next remove any lingering hardware wherever possible, and using painters tape, cover any remaining  hardware. Keep all of the leftover hardware…you never know when you’ll need it!
  • Sand all of the pieces to knock off the old finish. This step allows the paint to adhere to the wood.
  • Now, layout all of the pieces on an open surface in a well-ventilated area, and spray paint everything white. Add several coats being sure to do all sides of every piece.

Reassemble, but Different!


  • OK, next you need to measure the distance between the table top supports and cut a 1×2 the same size. We’ll use this to attach the table to the house later.
  • Next, hinge the table tops together end-to-end. You should use one hinge for each top support.
  • For the table top that will be closest to the house, attach two legs to the outside of the table support and reattach the leg supports to the bottom. For the other table top away from the house, attach two legs to the inside of the table supports and reattach the leg supports.
  • Cut two of the supporting legs from the original table to add as support for the drop leaf legs, and drill a 3/4-inch hole at the point that it meets the drop leaf legs.


  • Attach the metal stops from the original table onto the drop leaf top approximately 3-inches from the hinges. The support will lock into these stops when the table is extended.
  • Place a bolt and washers through the drop leaf legs and through the drop leaf supports to attach them together.

Cocktail Break!

We’ve gotten to the point that we just need to put it all together, so it’s time for a little refreshment. Alberto wanted something light but with a kick. He saw the blueberries and his mind went to work. Low and behold, we have the Blueberry Fizz! It’s sweet, but very understated. It’s a very refreshing drink for the hot weather.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize!


  • Now, measure the drop leaf legs, and draw a line on the house 2-inches less than the measurement. Using a level, draw a line on the house and screw the stationary support of the table top into the house.
  • Make sure the stationary table top is level, and screw the stationary legs to the house. They should be at an angle.

Now just fold the drop leaf legs underneath the table and let the table top hang for everyday, or fold out the leg and set it up for a party! We’re very excited to have an additional table on the deck for entertaining! And it didn’t cost much! I think we may need to have another party…serving Blueberry Fizzes of course!


3 Responses to Recycled Drop-Leaf Table

  1. karenzach says:

    What a great idea! They look terrific too!

  2. Ken says:

    I saw them and thought you bought something new!! You fooled me; I should’ve known. Ken

  3. Rachel Vargo says:

    Loved it especially how you can basically keep them out of the way when not in use


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