DIY marble coffee table using a slab of Carrera marble and midcentury modern hairpin table legs.
DIY Marble Coffee Table. You’re thinking this is made up, right? Nope, it’s my DIY dream come true 🙂
Months ago… I was at my parent’s house (they live in the same town). This is pretty much how the conversation went between me and my Dad:
Dad: Hey, my friend gave me a slab of marble, would you want it?
Me: (perk up like I’m a labrador who just heard “Squirrel!”) What? Where?!
Dad: In the garage.
Me: (already halfway across the room, racing to the garage)
Haha, my friends give me koozies (that came from a bank or an insurance agent). If I’m lucky, maybe a donut.
After calling dibs on the marble, I called around town to see who would clean it up. It had some rust stains and appeared to have stains from a harsh cleaner. The edges are a little rough; the place I took it to thought that it was in used a courthouse a long time ago. They did what they could to help polish it up, but it’s still far from perfect. It works for me. And bonus is that they didn’t charge me to clean it up since they felt they didn’t do much to improve it.
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DIY Marble Coffee Table: HOW-TO
- Go to your favorite home improvement store, and buy a 3/4″ piece of plywood. I think mine was $12
- Ask the friendly folks in the lumber aisle to cut it to size. I had mine cut 10 inches off the length and width because I didn’t want it seen from someone sitting at the table.
- Use a wood file to clean up the edges. File straight up and down, holding the file perpendicular to the end of the wood.
- Use Paint Thinner to clean the legs – this process stinks, so consider yourself warned.
- TIP: Consider where you want the bottom of the legs to be in relation to the top of the table. For example – hairpin legs are angled, so you don’t want to attach them at the very corners, or you’ll end up tripping over them. You’ll want to bring them in a couple inches. Think back to high school geometry, and picture a right triangle. The leg when it’s on the table (upright on the floor) is the longest side. From the top of the table go straight down from where the bracket is screwed in. Then measure from that point on the floor where the leg ends. That’s how many inches you want to bring the bracket in from BOTH sides.
- Screw legs to ‘underside of table’ using screws that are short enough to not go through the wood.
- Spray laquer on the legs to keep them from rusting. It dries in a couple of minutes.
- The slab is so heavy that when we put the base and slab in place to test it out before gluing, we decided the heck with gluing. It weighs so much that there’s not a snowball’s chance that someone can move it.
What I learned about DIY’ing a Marble Coffee Table:
- Marble weighs a freaking ton.
- Account for the thickness of the plywood when estimating how tall you want your legs.
- Cutting the board too narrow will determine where the legs go. In hindsight, I would have trimmed off less so the legs were farther out. Then again, with the legs further in from the edge, the less likely I am to accidentally kick it. #klutz
Now that it’s done…
At first I thought it was too tall, but now I like it. I’m tall, and I tend to use my coffee table as a desk if I feel like blogging from my couch 🙂 If I change the furniture layout of the room, I might redo the base and go wider and longer to move the legs out. Truly, I love it. It’s what I wanted, and it’s the first step transforming this room. Have you noticed that my carpet, furniture and walls are all… (…wait for it…) BEIGE?! If I could only decide on flooring, sofas etc. There’s always something! 🙂
Want to see how it looks in my new living room? Check out my One Room Challenge Living Room Makeover!
Have a great one enjoy the spring weather and DIY something!