One of my own rules of furniture re-fab that I've adopted through the years is-- Buy now, think later. Of course this doesn't apply to everything. And before the financial advisors out there start the protesting, let me add another of my rules to live by: Always use common sense.
What I'm saying is-- don't pass up the unbelievable deal on that piece you know you can use.
My new marble top accordion table in the Piano Room is the perfect example of this.
At under $25, I think we all agree it was a good deal.
But the thing is, it didn't look like this when I found it on the clearance aisle at Target.
Back then, it looked like this...
It was cute as is, but, I knew with a little spray paint and creativity, it could be dreamy. Ever since I bought my Olivia table from Ballard last year, I've loved the accordion style.
And after sitting in my garage for weeks, the new table finally got its makeover.
I started by giving the table base a few coats of my favorite Krylon Gold Foil Metallic.
And it was way easier than I even thought it would be.
I just used the original wood top, sanding it down a little and giving it several coats of white spray paint until it was smooth and completely covered.
Then, I used this pic of a piece of carrara marble as inspiration for painting the veins.
With a very thin brush, a few cotton balls, some water, and some charcoal gray craft paint, I got started.
If you notice the veins in real marble, many look like they have shadows. So, I painted a thin line, let it dry for just a couple minutes, then wiped a little off with a wet cotton ball. That created the shadow look.
Then I went back over the same line, painting a thinner version of the original line.
In one or two areas, I simply dotted on some paint, then smudged it with the cotton ball to get a "muddy" look like you see in some marble.
Joining the veins like my inspiration pic, I finished the rest of it.
This small top only took about 10 minutes.
Then, I used a little Johnson's Paste Wax to seal it. According to the experts, this wax is less likely to yellow white painted finishes.
Hope you like it! Go try your hand at some faux marble. Lots of fun!
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