How to make your own Parisian style faux marble dining table in under an hour by using a kitchen countertop.
This project might go down in the history books as one of the fastest we’ve ever done. I am so totally in love with this Parisian style faux marble dining table we whipped up in less than an hour!
How This DIY Faux Marble Table Saves Time and Money
As we have been chipping away at the breakfast nook makeover, we ran into three major issues.
- We desperately needed a pedestal style dining table to work alongside banquette seating.
- Because the dimensions of our breakfast nook are so long and narrow, we couldn’t find a dining table with the correct dimensions anywhere.
- Ordering a custom table would easily be a couple thousand dollars, which we really didn’t want to spend.
But by making this DIY faux marble table yourself (if you’re in the same boat as us), you can…
- Customize the table to the exact length needed to make the perfect small dining tables in small spaces.
- Use minimal power tools with very basic skills.
- Build in less than an hour for $385!
- Because the top is made of laminate faux marble top, it won’t stain easily like real marble, which makes it perfect for kids (or klutzy grown-ups like me) always spilling food and drinks.
How to Make a Faux Marble DIY Dining Table
- Circular saw with a fine finish saw blade (a table saw would work too)
- Drill with drill bits
- Saw horses
- Straight edge guide or framing square
- Faux marble laminate countertop (We used this countertop from IKEA. This stock faux marble countertop or this countertop will work too if you don’t have an IKEA location near you.)
- Cast iron pedestal legs (You can use these bar height cast iron legs to make this table tutorial adaptable for bar stools.)
- Tape measure
- Masking tape / painters tape
- Utility knife
- Contact cement
- 1 – 2x6x8 board (optional depending on the table height you need)
- 1 5/8″ #8 wood screws
- Black paint – if adding height to the table (I used Romabio satin Italian mineral paint in our color Celtic Stone.)
Step 1 – Measure and Mark
Determine the length of the table you need to fit your space.
Use a tape measure and pencil to mark the length of the countertop to fit your dining space’s dimensions.
Step 2 – Place Masking Tape
Place a piece of masking tape along the marking where you plan to cut the countertop.
The tape will help in achieving a smoother finish, minimizing chipping in the laminate against the saw blade.
Step 3 – Mark on the Tape
Use the pencil and tape measure again to mark your cutting line with a straight edge on the masking tape.
Step 4 – Cut the Countertop
Carefully run the circular saw along the pencil marking on the tape to cut a straight edge.
Step 5 – Cut 2×6 Boards for Height
(Optional) If you will needed to add some height to your table for chairs or benches that sit higher than a standard table, adding 2×6 boards helps.
Because our banquette sit higher than a standard chair, this step was necessary.
Decide how far apart you will need to place the pedestal legs based on the countertop measurement, and cut the 2x6x8 board to place in an “I” shape underneath the countertop piece.
Step 6 – Attach 2×6 Boards
Use the wood screws to attach the 2×6 boards to the underside of the countertop.
Step 7 – Assemble Table Legs and Attach to Countertop
Put the cast iron pedestal table legs together and attach them to the 2×6 boards (or directly to the underside of the countertop if you didn’t add the boards for height).
Step 8 – Paint 2×6 Board Edges
To disguise any visible 2×6 boards from showing underneath the countertop, paint the edges with black paint in order to blend them in with the cast iron table legs.
Step 9 – Attach Laminate Edge Strip
Use the contact cement to attach laminate strip to the raw edge of the countertop where it was cut in Step 4.
Once the contact cement is completely dry, trim the excess laminate strip using a utility knife with a sharp, fresh blade.
Finished Parisian Style Faux Marble Dining Table
That’s it! Didn’t it turn out so cute?! It’s like something right out of a French bistro with those ornate cast iron table legs and marble top.
It’s so hard to believe this table was so quick and easy to make and for less than $400!
Also check out the reupholstered banquette cushions that came with the Facebook Marketplace banquette that are all finished now!
It’s all coming together even better than I envisioned.
We still have some touch ups to do, dining chairs to finish, and art/styling to add. Those herringbone LVP floors get better and better with every little detail as we near the finish line.
Breakfast Nook Sources
- How to Install a Herringbone LVP Floating Floor Over Tile
- Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets
- Gorgeous Banquette Bench Seating for All Budgets
- Inexpensive DIY Batten Wall Using Lattice Strips
- The Best Vintage Wall Sconces for All Budgets in Every Room
It’s like this DIY faux marble table was exactly what this breakfast nook needed. What do you think? Cute? Is it almost convincing as real vintage?
If this room feels on the cold and sterile side, give it time. I promise you warm, cozy vibes are coming soon.
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