If you’ve been following along our journey, we bought a house in August of 2016. It’s a beautiful home, in one of our dream neighborhoods, but it needed a little TLC. The previous owners were artists out of their own heart and paired the original hardwoods with yellow, green, blue, and red walls – YIKES!
Fast forward a few months later and the color of all the walls may not have changed, but the decor surely did! We worked on small projects at a time. I finished painting the living room (not ready for a full room reveal yet!) but realized our idea of going table-less in front of the couch was not the best idea! We always have flowers, coffee cups, remotes, or some knick-knack just wanting a place to lounge.
So bring in the ottoman pouf. Yes, we had this big pouf (similar to this one) that we LOVED! It was super comfy, and Reagan, our pup, called it his own. But it just wasn’t cutting it for us and was often in the way. So I moved it to a new loved spot, before Reagan threw up all over it when he had a tummy ache, and then to the trash it went. Cue, coffee table idea.
DIY Marble Top Coffee Table
I really wanted a sturdy, functional, and cute coffee table. Being on the broke wedding, newlywed budget Kit and I were on (AKA – SPEND NO MONEY EVER), I started browsing Craigslist and some FREE groups on Facebook for items people no longer wanted that were in decent condition and just needed a little fix me up. I found this super cute IKEA Lack Coffee Table (that we once owned and got rid of, brand new *face palm*), that was a little rough on the edges, but I knew I could make it work. The one someone was giving away was this Black/Brown Color. If I had a choice though, I would have gotten the White One. If you already have a table to use, even better (square or rectangle are the easiest shapes to work with).
+ 1 Roll Marble Contact Paper – make sure you measure your table before purchasing, you may need a different size if you are not using the IKEA Lack Coffee Table
+ (4) MidCentury Table Legs
+ 1 Pack of 4- T-Plate 5/16
+ Drill + Drill Bit
+ X-Acto Knife (Scissors work too, but a blade is way easier!)
- Balling on a budget? Opt for the White IKEA Lack Coffee Table and skip the new legs and T-Plates! (Plus, you’ll have that cute second shelf for storage!).
- Sand and wipe down the top of the coffee table. You want it to be as smooth and as clean as possible so that the contact paper sticks to the surface.
- Remove all legs.
- Measure and cut your contact paper to fit across the table. PS – there are dotted lines on the back of the adhesive for perfect line cutting. I tried to make it so I didn’t have to cut the paper so much and it made it easier.
- Attach the contact paper! This is easier with two people. One to hold the paper tight and the other to slowly smooth it across the surface! Be careful with air bubbles, I have a few but they aren’t noticeable.
- After the contact paper is in tact, time for NEW LEGS! Drill new holes for the t-plates too attach. If you’re like me and don’t know how to use those tools that well, THANK YOU YOUTUBE.
- Screw in the T-Plates and Twist on the new legs!
- If you want to stain your legs for a darker wood do that BEFORE you twist them on. I wanted the natural look so I left them they way they came.
If you are crazy like me and think you can take shortcuts, DON’T. I have little pieces that are overlapping because I was impatient, and I totally drilled one hole too big, plus I was on a sugar high while completing the project… #untoldrawmoments. Also, I was way too excited when completing this project, so enjoy my crappy iPhone photos of before and after and nothing in between, because that’s real life.
Enjoy your new table! If you make one, send me photos via email, comments, or on Instagram, so I can see your work!
**Note – the legs are SHORTER than the original ones the IKEA table comes with. Personally, I liked it that way, so I bought the shorter legs, but you can purchase taller ones if you choose!**
Who’s ready to makeover their life with Marble Contact Paper?