DIY: Make your own (crazy cheap) marble top table


So, this table cost me around five pounds. Just let that sink in for a second. Okay. So. I had been scouring the internet for months trying to find the most perfect side table for my living room. Had to have a marble top (soooo on trend right now), had to be mid-century style, because again, trendy, but it had to cost me less than a months rent. Houston we have a problem. Had, I mean had.

I was doing my usual rounds in Wilkinsons the other day (you can find me in aisle four touching up the fluffy blankets) when I came across the most horrendous looking kid's stool for £4. Don't even ask me why I took note of it - maybe it was down to all of that bulk watching of DIY shows in my youth - but I did, and I'm pretty sure I'm going back to get more.

For £4, you'd expect some sort of awful fake wood material, right? Well on close inspection (seriously, I spent a good ten minutes making sure it was real wood grain I was feeling) it turns out that under all that awful blue paint was solid tree. Utter bliss. So anyway..

Wait, am I boring you? What do you mean you only came here to see how to make the table, and not here the life story behind it!? Ugh, okay. But I promise you're missing out. Onto how it's done.



Child's stool (exact Wilko table only available in-store)
Coarse sandpaper
Paint brush

Small tub of matte white furniture paint
Fine sandpaper (or cheap nail file)
Marble contact paper (via Amazon)



Buy a really ugly blue/pink children's stool from Wilkinsons (or similar).


Sand the hell out of ugly stool using coarse sandpaper and big handful of elbow grease.


Brush off leftover paint residue and apply paint primer if you're fancy (I'm not fancy so I didn't).


Apply one coat of matte white furniture paint and leave to dry (I'm impatient, so didn't).


Apply another coat of paint to ensure all wood/coloured paint is covered. I actually did leave it to dry this time - possibly because I had a nap. Should only take a few hours!


Once dry, cut contact paper roughly to size and place onto the table top as neatly as possible. Don't worry too much about a few air bubbles, as they can either be pushed out or popped with a tiny needle. A little bit of heat tends to help with making it really flat too. So full of wisdom, right?


Using some really fine sandpaper (or a cheap nail file, like I did), file the edges of the table top to make the contact paper weak at the bends. It's a weird trick Ollie taught me from his skateboarding days, but it works so so well. 


Keep on filing until excess paper comes away from the table. Sand off any extra bits.


Gaze at your new creation, pretend you're a super savvy DIY person like me and high five yourself. Boom.


So..what do you think of the table?! Be nice.