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DIY Faux Marble Dining Table in Under an Hour

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!

DIY Faux Marble Dining Table

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.

  1. We desperately needed a pedestal style dining table to work alongside banquette seating.
  2. Because the dimensions of our breakfast nook are so long and narrow, we couldn’t find a dining table with the correct dimensions anywhere.
  3. Ordering a custom table would easily be a couple thousand dollars, which we really didn’t want to spend.

I found this very similar Art Deco bistro table and this marble bistro table for over $2,000-$3,000!

But by making this DIY faux marble table yourself (if you’re in the same boat as us), you can…

  1. Customize the table to the exact length needed to make the perfect small dining tables in small spaces.
  2. Use minimal power tools with very basic skills.
  3. Build in less than an hour for $385!
  4. 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.
Parisian style faux marble dining table with cast iron pedestal legs against an olive green banquette with charcoal striped bench cushions and herringbone wood floors

How to Make a Faux Marble DIY Dining Table

Tools

Supplies

Steps

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.

laminate faux marble countertop on saw horses

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.

putting masking tape on laminate faux marble countertop to be cut

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.

marking straight edge on masking tape on laminate faux marble countertop to be cut

Step 4 – Cut the Countertop

Carefully run the circular saw along the pencil marking on the tape to cut a straight edge.

cutting laminate faux marble countertop with a circular saw

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.

attaching 2x6 boards and cast iron pedestal legs underneath a countertop to make a faux marble dining table

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).

screwing cast iron pedestal table legs into a table top

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.

attaching laminate strip to a cut faux marble dining table top

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.

Parisian style faux marble dining table with cast iron pedestal legs against an olive green banquette with charcoal striped bench cushions and herringbone wood floors

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.

The chandelier, vintage style sconces, and batten wall detail add the perfect amount of charm!

We finally repainted the doors using the color Celtic Stone from the Bless’er House paint color line from Romabio.

Breakfast Nook Sources

Parisian style faux marble dining table with cast iron pedestal legs against an olive green banquette with charcoal striped bench cushions and herringbone wood floors

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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11 Comments

  1. Wow, Lauren! It looks great! Love seeing people make dupes of pricy furnishings at a fraction of the cost. Those legs are fantastic!

  2. I love the way it’s coming together but am curious…are you leaving the banquette sage green?