DIY Faux Marble Coffee Table Makeover Tutorial

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30 Minutes
I am so happy to be writing up this tutorial today! First of all I am happy to report that I sold my first piece of furniture that I flipped on Chairish. I sold a coffee table that I found at Goodwill for $25 a couple years ago and it was one of my first DIY furniture projects in 2014 and I just sold it for $95. Chairish takes a small percentage. I ended up walking away with $76. I am happy because gave me a reason to go shopping for furniture. *Hot tip*If you are a DIY furniture flipper, you should definitely be trying to sell your furniture on either the Chairish App on their website. I have been so tempted recently by furniture I have been seeing on apps and on Craigslist.
In my house, the way I work it out is that I will flip a furniture piece. If I sell that piece in my home, I will give myself permission to go hunting for more furniture. I have to impose rules like this one otherwise I would become a hoarder quickly. People on my street love leaving stuff on the curb. So many gems, but with no place to put them I have to let them go. So since I was in need of a new coffee table (that I could still DIY), I took action! This past weekend my mother and I went to several thrift and antique stores in my area looking for a deal on an awesome piece. Unfortunately, I didn't have any success, but it's okay. Later that evening, I discovered the Trove App for my iPhone. It is one of those buy and sell locally apps, but the cool thing is that you can also pay for items via paypal and have them shipped to you. This is a choice the buyer makes. You certainly can make so your item is pick up local only. When you use my link, you can get $5 towards your first purchase on Trove! I found this coffee table for $20 and that is close to what I wanted to spend on a piece to makeover and it wasn't too far away!
Supplies you will need: - Marble DC Fix Contact Paper. I spent about $8 a roll on mine and purchased 2 rolls. - Metal Ruler - Xacto Knife and Blades - Squeegee - The one pictured is what we use in the TV industry to apply decals and graphics on the set. - Scissors if needed.
The whole process of applying this contact paper was to measure out how much length I would need for my table. Then I realized that the width of the contact paper was less than my table. This is the kind of stuff that just happens when you are DIY-ing. Once I had my pieces cut, I started by lining up one corner with the top and side lines to keep it straight over the woodgrain. I ended up having to cut a couple 3" wide pieces to cover the absent area. The good news was that I able to line up the grain so you can not tell when you are looking at it. And now.... the AFTER photos!
I seriously cannot stop looking at this table every time I walk into the living room. I have a huge crush on this table. Is that weird? LOL I hope you found this project inspiring and helpful! I am on a mission to prove that you do not need a lot of $$ to decorate your home beautifully. You just have to be creative and know where to look.
Suggested materials:
  • Faux Marble Contact Paper   (Amazon/DC Fix)
Meredith - Arts & Classy
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  • Rita giordano Rita giordano on Feb 15, 2016
    Would I be able to put a coat of clear varnish on top for a bathroom vanity

  • Esther Esther on Feb 16, 2016
    My backsplash is granite which I hate easy to clean but too dark, will it be safe to cover with contact paper behind my electric stove. Your table is beatiful. Thanks

  • Reb28426693 Reb28426693 on Jul 27, 2017
    Hi there! Is the paper that you used sturdy enough to put cups, plates, etc on it without ripping? Worried that It might get stained or ripped through without a protector on top. Thanks!

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  • Edna Johnson Edna Johnson on Aug 09, 2017
    Great looking redo.

  • Renee' Renee' on Sep 16, 2018

    Your project solves a dilemma for me. I have an antique small coffee table. however the top had been replaced with a different wood than the rest of the table. I’ve always displayed it with a thin Ivory crocheted table cover. I can’t wait to do this projects.

    Thank you for posting!