I often used to post about little DIY projects I would complete at home, but it’s literally been years since I last did something creative! But a couple of weeks ago I got my creative mojo back and decided I wanted to give this lovely French style bedside table (from Out There Interiors) a little make over.
It’s been in my dressing room for 18 months with bare, raw wood and heavy metal drawer pulls. I quite liked the natural finish, but it didn’t really fit in with the rest of the decor. I decided to give it a lick of paint, some new knobs, and a stylish new top to freshen it up a bit. Here is my little guide on how to make a marble top table.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
I’ve had this paint in ‘Old White‘ for a while now but so far I haven’t yet had the chance to use it. Annie Sloan chalk paint is ideal for using on furniture as it doesn’t require you to spend ages sanding down or stripping the wood before you paint it; you can usually just slap it on.
It also gives an aged finish to the furniture, and you can easily give it a distressed look with a little bit of sanding if you like the shabby chic look. The paint worked especially well on this wood as it was totally unfinished and didn’t have a coat of varnish or anything.
I was really impressed by how easily the paint goes on. Literally no prep work is required and you can get to work on your project straight away. I gave this table two or three coats of paint overall, but it dries quite quickly I found so I got it all finished in one weekend.
Top tip: make sure you remove the drawer pulls before you start painting! And also use paint sparingly around the edge of the drawers as if it’s got a thick coat of paint, the drawers won’t open and close easily and will need sanding down.
How To Make A Marble Top Table
Once the paint had totally dried, I decided to use some marble print vinyl (sticky back plastic) to use on the surface of the table. I bought 2m of it from Amazon for only £5 and I only needed to use less than 1m of it for this project, so there’s some left over! I chose the marble print plastic as I thought it’s a nice, clean and simple design that looks sleek and stylish, and I can use it for flat-lay photos!
I cut the plastic to size approximately and then stuck one corner down carefully. This part is probably easiest with two pairs of hands, as one person can be lowering the plastic and the other can be smoothing it down so that there is no air bubbles. Once the plastic had been laid, I trimmed the edges so that they were sharp and clean.
I used a metal edged ruler and a sharp blade to cut down the edges and peeled off the excess plastic. It left a really nice clean edge so it looked quite professional! It was actually easier to apply than I thought.. you literally just peel the backing off and stick it down. If you go wrong you can always peel it off again!
Crystal Glass Drawer Knobs
And finally, to finish of the makeover I decided to put some new knobs on the drawers. To match the rest of the furniture in my dressing room I decided to use the same crystal style ones. I bought them from Home Bargains for about £3 for a set of 4 so they’re not expensive at all, but they give the table a whole new look. They’re really easy to fit too, you literally just need to screw them in.
The Finished Look
And here it is! My stunning new DIY marble top table…