DIY Side Table Makeover (With a Faux Marble Top)

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Today I’m sharing my latest thrift store find and how I made over this little side table using marble contact paper. IT was a quick and easy project, and you won’t believe the transformation!

woman and young boy sitting on a gray sofa next to a black side table with a faux marble top.

Friends! The spring Thrift Shop Challenge day is here and I couldn’t possibly be more excited!

If you’re new around here, each season I gather a few of my blogging buddies and invite them to head out to the thrift shop with me and pick out something to show some love to. This is our third round, and we have our first ever guest host, Brittany from By Brittany Goldwyn. We’ve wanted to expand the challenge a little, and it’s so exciting to be able to invite someone else to join in!

As a reminder, the other amazing ladies joining me this round are:

  • Amanda from A Crafted Passion
  • Emily from Small Stuff Counts
  • Meg from Green With Decor
  • Amber from Amber Oliver
  • Lindi from Love, Create, Celebrate

The first time we did this challenge I found some rusty metal barstools at our local Goodwill and gave them a makeover, and for the winter challenge I made over a filing cabinet (that I now use on the regular to keep myself organized). This time around? I was in search of a new side table for our living room!

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Here’s a reminder of what our side table used to be. I actually haven’t had this table for too terribly long, but it was pretty cheaply made and was super wobbly (no matter how often we tightened it up!). I was terrified it was going to shatter on one of the kids one day, so I was bound and determined to find a good replacement.

After lots of searching (if you watch our vlog, you’ll know that it took a few tries!), we found this little guy on Facebook Marketplace for just $50.

vintage wood side table

It was the perfect size, and had tons of potential, so I snatched it up and got to work!

I took some video of the full process, so you can watch that below if you want to see the makeover in action. Otherwise, keep reading to see all of the details of how I added a faux marble top and gave this little side table a whole new look!

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For starters, I decided to paint the base of the table. I honestly would love loved to keep it wood, but there were a few factors at play:

  • The wood on the table was just a veneer, meaning it wouldn’t look great if I sanded it down and tried to re-stain it. You always run the risk of completely sanding away the veneer and being left with cheap boards beneath it.
  • We already have a lot of wood tones in our living room. Between the floor, the mantel, the floating shelves, the tree stump side table, the art above the couch, and the brown leather ottoman, I thought it would be a little too much if I added this too.
  • The wood wasn’t really in fantastic shape on parts of the table, and the flaws in the wood will be much more noticeable when you stain something versus painting over it!

So, after we decided paint was the way to go, I chose this Rustoleum Milk Paint Finish. We had some leftover from painting our dining table with it, and I really love the matte finish and the velvety texture.

woman painting a small side table using Rustoleum Milk Paint Finish

I gave the whole thing about three thin coats of paint (you only have to wait 30 minutes between coats!), and let it all fully dry before moving on. You can check out this post to get all of the details on how to use this paint if you have any questions!

adding a faux marble top

Next up, I decided to add a faux marble top to the table instead of just painting the whole thing. I love a stone-topped table, and the lines of this table really lend themselves well to the look. I used this contact paper and I love the look!

My original plan was to leave the little ridges along the top of the table and just wrap them in the marble contact paper as well, but once I got started I realized it was going to be next to impossible to have that look good. So instead, we just pulled those out and filled the holes (see more on that process in the video!), and then we had a flat surface. I actually think I prefer this look anyways, so it worked out well!

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To add the marble contact paper, here are the steps I followed:

  • I started by cutting a piece of the faux marble cutting paper that was a few inches larger than the top of the table. You want to have room to wrap it around the sides, and you’d rather have too much than too little!
  • Then, I made sure the surface of the table was clean and free of debris, and I sprayed it with some multipurpose cleaner (I think technically you’re supposed to use water, but I didn’t have an empty spray bottle).
  • With the surface of the table still wet, I peeled off the first few inches of the contact paper and began to attach it. I used a squeegee (it’s actually just a plastic putty knife, but it worked) to smooth out the paper – this also pushes all of the water out from under the paper and helps everything adhere better. I continued until the entire top was covered and bubble free.
  • Next up, the corners. I started by cutting off a bit of the excess, then I cut a line down the paper from the edge of the paper to the edge of the table, like so:
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  • Then, I folded in the back side and pressed it flush against the side of the table. I folded under the little flap on the bottom and cut off the excess.
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  • Finally, I folded down the other part of the contact paper and pressed it all the way flush on the sides and bottom. All that was left to do was cut off the excess using a utility knife and I had perfect corners!
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For the front part of the table, it was a little more tricky because it had some curves to it. A quick trick for dealing with non-straight lines and contact paper? A hair dryer! Just switch it to the hot setting and blow it on the contact paper for a few seconds while you stretch it into place. It makes it much more pliable and you’re able to get smooth lines on even the curviest parts of the table.

After that, I just added some fresh knobs (I can’t find the exact ones we used online, but they’re these in rose gold), and styled it up and we were good to go!

I really love the new look, but I have to admit that I think it might end up creating a domino effect of changes in here! With the new table, I want to pull the couch down a bit, add a standing lamp on the other side, and I’m thinking about replacing the art above the couch with something else – a gallery wall? A picture ledge? One big print? I can’t decide!

Gray couch next to a black side table with a faux marble top made of contact paper
faux marble contact paper on a small side table
black side table with faux marble top sitting next to a gray couch

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I’m really excited about our new table, and I think we can definitely call this round of the Thrift Shop Challenge a big success!

Now, are you ready for the most fun part? It’s time to check out all of my friends’ fun projects! I’m linking to all of my co-hosts projects below, but if you have a thrift shop find that you’d love to share (even if it’s an older post!) be sure to hop over to Instagram and share it with us using the hashtag #thriftshopchallenge. We’ll all be sharing our favorites over the next few weeks and we may even be choosing our next co-host from the hashtag!

Thrift Shop Challenge Projects

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Here are all of the other inspiring projects from this round of the Thrift Shop Challenge:

DIY Unicorn Bookends – By Brittany Goldwyn

How to Paint Wicker Baskets – Small Stuff Counts

DIY Hanging Planter – Love Create Celebrate

Little Girls’ Dress Up Mirror – A Crafted Passion

Nursery Artwork with Thrifted Frame – Green With Decor

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