I've been doing a LOT of window shopping online lately. That's good in that I'm finding great deals, but bad because I often see items that I fall in love with, but that are a wee bit out of my budget!
Anthropologie Inspired Knock Off Marbled Lazy Susan
Like this gorgeous Marbled Lazy Susan that I found at Anthropologie! I just love the marble and wood combination and it would be perfect for any kitchen island or dining room table. But instead of hitting the buy button I decided to try and make my own.
I already had a lazy susan. But as you can see it was a bit outdated and was going to take a bit of work to get it to look even close to the inspiration piece.
My lazy susan was made of faux wood and had a LOT of lacquer on it. Even though some of it came off, I couldn't get a good clean surface to be able to stain the middle section a light wood tone as in the inspiration piece. While I mulled over what I would do with that insight, I kept moving forward with paint.
First I sectioned off the middle where I wanted to wood look and covered it in tape. I didn't have any painters tape so I was taking a chance that I didn't pull off any paint. Thankfully I didn't. I used a Paint and Primer that I had on hand in Ultra White. I applied a thin first coat. Allowed it to dry for 30 minutes and then applied another coat. Then I allowed it to dry overnight. **Remove the tape prior to letting it dry completely.
I used a light gray and a dark gray to create the veining. This technique is pretty simple to do you just need to make sure that you choose a direction for the veining to go and stick to that. I used a sample of our kitchen countertops as a guide. Each vein I created was smudged a bit to remove any excess paint with a damp sponge.
If you don't like the look or it's too much veining (as it was in my case) just simply dab a paint brush with white paint and 'erase' some of the gray.
Since regular stain would not adhere to my lazy susan, I chose a stain gel instead. Since I had already roughed up the surface all I needed to do was apply a thin coat.
The first coat looked a bit blotchy so I allowed it to dry for a couple of hours and then I applied another thin coat.
Once I removed the tape I just took a small artists brush and carefully went back over any bare spots to touch them up.
After the stain had dried overnight. I gave the lazy susan a coat of Clear Coat protective sealer to prevent any chipping and wear. I let that dry for a few hours and it was ready to use!
I placed it in our coffee station and it's perfect for holding our bowls, plates, coffee mugs and more! The total cost for this knock off project ws $0 because I already had the lazy susan and all the materials. You can find the full tutorial over on my blog!