Some ways to build different styles of traditional country cottage tables include recycling used tables and doors, newel posts from staircases, and reclaimed lumber. Country cottage style is eclectic, and designs of tables run from heavy farm tables to small drop-leaf tables.
An important part of the country cottage idiom is re-purposing materials, supplementing with new when necessary. Whether painted or left natural, most country cottage tables are constructed from wood, often recycled, and many such tables are constructed using the top of one table or on the base of another table. Heavy used doors and old mantelpieces also make good table tops. In the case of a re-purposed table top, use a piece of plate glass to level the surface and add style as well. Used newel posts make unique and sturdy legs for solid support.
To recycle a round table to make a drop leaf-table that can be folded against a wall to save floor space, remove the top, and cut it into thirds. Add hinges and supports for the leaves, and then reattach the new top to the base. Other types of cottage tables include sanded and painted wooden pallets that can serve as legs for a glass-topped table and painted produce crates, which can be used as combined end tables and bookshelves.