This one will be as short and sweet as possible, friends. The flu has struck our house and its first victim is me.
I love marble. Have I told you that before? I mean, I’m sure its apparent by looking at my bathroom.
I also love little side tables that can be moved around as needed to hold drinks and what not.
And I love a classic black – paired with gold.
The three loves combined in this DIY Marble Top Table.
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I came up with this idea, but I have to give Grunt Labor credit for building it. Preschool is out until after the first of the year, so while I chased the kid, he worked on the table. Thanks, Grunt.
How to Build a Marble Top Table
Supplies & Tools Needed:
- 1 marble tile (Mine was leftover from my bathroom reno, but they still have it at Home Depot)
- 2 square balusters
- 12 x 12 piece of MDF
- 1 x 3 wood – 8 ft piece
- Finish Nails
- Nail Gun (that’s what we used, but you may be able to just use a hammer and nails)
- Wood Glue
- Circular Saw and/or Miter Saw
- 4 – 2 1/2 inch L brackets
- Caning or something else for the bottom
- Velvet Finishes Luxurious Paint
Trace out the tile on the MDF.
Cut out the traced piece with a circular saw.
Ignore that other square. We were going to use it for the bottom, but it didn’t work out.
Cut the ends off the square balusters and then cut both in half – approximately 20 inches long and set aside.
Frame the tile with the 1 x 3s and cut as needed to fit the tile.
Put wood glue on the ends, then use your nail gun to nail the frame together on the edges. Be sure not to nail where the tile is.
Place the cut MDF piece on top of the tile, but still within the frame you just nailed together. Take the balusters and place one in each corner. Nail them to the frame of 1 x 3s.
At this point lift the spindles and frame (they should be nailed together) off the MDF and tile, and flip it over. Set the the MDF and tile aside.
Cut 4 more pieces of 1 x 3 to create a square around the base of your table. Nail these pieces to the balusters at the bottom.
Take your cut MDF square and place it in the top of the frame. Nail it down in the corners onto the spindles.
Sit your marble inside the top frame. You can glue it down with something like Elmer’s Advanced, but I opted to just sit mine in there in case I ever want to change it out.
Paint it, baby!
So, I really really really wanted to paint this piece with Velvet Finishes Glamorous, but when I got it on the table, it just didn’t work with the marble.
Instead, I opted to go with a classic never-fail black, Velvet Finishes Luxurious.
I just slapped it on with a regular paintbrush and it only took two coats – even on the raw 1 x 3s. That kind of shocked me, because raw wood usually just soaks up paint and it takes coat after coat after coat if you don’t prime it. No priming here though and still only two coats. Holla.
For the bottom, I cut some leftover caning to size, spray painted it gold, then secured it down with 4 L brackets.
I love the classic combination of black and gold – it never fails me and it can work with just about any decor.
Another thing I noticed with this paint is that even though I used a brush to put it on, there were no brush strokes.
Cheers to the new year, friends – and black & gold marble tables!
Looking for more easy DIY builds?
DIY Modern Rustic Bookshelf – customize in any color you like!
DIY Chippendale Desk – probably my most favorite build of all time, and an easy one too!
DIY Clothes Rack – an easy build and perfect for extra clothes storage or selling clothes at yard sales!
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