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7.4.13

26 DIY: Faux Marble Table Top


This weekend I did a little makeover (IKEA hack really) on our old DOCKSTA table that was looking a little dingy.  We've had that table for over five years I think (maybe 7) and the top was showing it, definitely in stains, scuffs and dings.  So I know this is more of a temporary solution as I don't know how long this will last, but whatever it is, it's a big improvement over what we had.  Check out my before and after:


It's hard to see the stains in the picture (but trust me they're there), and yes I switched out the kitchen chairs with the dining ones (they just seemed to want to be together after this - and we don't have a dining table anyway yet).  We hope to build a nook type banquette eventually here with maybe even a real tulip table one day (dream).

My how-to? I used faux marble contact paper!  I know (pretty temporary) but I might purchase a glass top to cover it, or when it does start to peel (er, um melt), I'll just lay some new stuff!  (I was inspired by Catherine Therrien's project in April's Style at Home where she used washi tape). Laying it was super tricky and measuring it was worse, as anyone who has one of these tables knows, it's super heavy; so to flip over to trace out a nice circle was not going to happen.  But basically I just placed the paper (design face down) and then traced with a pencil the circle that way.  And then applied!  The paper I picked up (Grip-Tac) was pretty bubble proof so really no bubbles to be had, but the ones that did appear I popped with a pin.  And that was it.  My faux marble table top! (Psssst! I kind of want to marbelize everything now).


26 comments:

EDSTOFT - www.xoxoedstoft.blogspot.com said...

It looks great - I will definitely copy this, and make a new home desk space with marble contact paper on. Thank you for the inspiration! :)
Best regards,
Janni (xoxoedstoft.blogspot.com)

Beau Colin | The Hello Blog said...

Oh that's nifty. And it does look great, good job!

Monica @ All Things Lovely said...

Great idea! What brand did you use? You forgot to mention. Also, I wonder if spraying or painting it with a clear sealer would help it last longer?

Patricia Wood said...

Very nice! Glass top over your table is really a great idea.

Mariela said...

Look incredible!!, well done!! and love your chairs too!

Have a great week!

X

Little Tree Vintage said...

what an awesome job! i love the font you used for "before and after", id love to know what it's called.

Jan Halvarson said...

Thank you everyone!

Jan Halvarson said...

Monica - the contact paper is called Grip-tac - http://pctvinylcorp.com/grip-tac-adhesive

Jan Halvarson said...

Little Tree Vintage - the font is called Soymilk

lyndsay said...

Sweet! Awesome DIY Jan! ^__^

GreenTease said...

That looks great!
Contact paper who would have thunk it!

HandMade Wedding Invitations said...

Wow, you really did a great job. I looks really nice!!!!

redesignedbym said...

I was seriously thinking, "How did she paint the marbling to look so authentic?" before I read that you used Con-Tact paper. Haha! Fooled me! Looks great! ~M.

Anonymous said...

Where are those chairs from?

Anonymous said...

Where did you get those chairs??

Anonymous said...

The new chairs are awesome. Where did you find them?

Jan Halvarson said...

The chairs, for those asking are reproductions that I picked up here in Vancouver earlier this past winter at http://www.londondrugs.com/ - but i don't see them online.

poppy51 said...

Great job (and great idea!!).. love it..
the chairs are really pretty too that's true... you said they are reproductions? from...? thanks for sharing your great ideas :p)!

Jan Halvarson said...

poppy51 - they are from http://www.londondrugs.com/ - but i don't see them online.

apartment diet said...

Wow. I have one of these tables and to say it looks dingy would be an understatement! There are also some huge scratches so am loving this idea! Now to figure out where to buy this mysterious marble contact paper. How much did you use in the end? Great job!

Jan Halvarson said...

apartment diet - i used approx 3 rolls - but i bought six - and i'm glad i did because i messed up and had to throw away a bit. i bought mine at our local dollar store. $2 per roll!

h Austin said...

you can also find large rolls of faux marble contact paper at local hardware stores. you can occassionally find some funkier designs at Marshall's or TJMaxx. but the rolls are much smaller and you may need to buy several, depending on your project. i saw some a few weeks ago but didn't buy because i didn't have any idea what i would do with it. you've inspired me to cover my scratched dining table! thanks, jan!

Allison said...

I'm really close to stealing this entire look! It looks amazing so creative!

Anonymous said...

What about the seams? Am I missing something? It looks like one continuous piece of contact paper but it must be strips?

Jan Halvarson said...

Yes - seams. 3 sections.

szhang said...

Hi Jan! I just came by your blog, I am amazed by this tabletop and am tempted to try something similar! I just wanted to ask how the tabletop has been holding up after a few months? Your feedback will be much appreciated :)