In theory, DIY projects should be rewarding. There's something triumphant about knowing you can repurpose a simple piece of furniture to make it a décor masterpiece. The reality? DIYers can attest it's not always as simple as those perfectly styled pictures suggest. A Los Angeles man learned this the hard way when he tried to mimic a classic hairpin table hack. He posted the hilarious project on Craigslist and captured the attention of everyone who's ever contemplated saving a few dollars by creating their own furniture at home. Take a look at his dining table masterpiece—the result will have you in stitches.
The original dining table hack is relatively simple: Drill four hairpin-shaped legs into the underside of a sheet of timber or tabletop. Easy, right? Not quite. This former DIY devotee declared on his Craigslist post, "Nine hours and years of my life later I am ready to declare my DIY-because-it's-inspirational project an abomination."
The self-professed "white male with no talent" is selling the dining table for $1. Not convinced it's a steal? "I will gladly produce my own tears to use as stain or coat if you really want the piece to shine in its true form," he says. Suddenly, that IKEA hack is looking a little less appealing.
Convinced you could do better? Shop the hairpin legs below and tell us how your DIY project goes!