Monday, March 15, 2010

A Perfect Union of Table and Marble

I put my husband on high alert this morning – code words for I have a project and I am going to need your help! Without giving him any details I got right to the point – “Do you think you can cut marble with your circular saw?” (My husband is very handy. One of these days I will have to share photos of all the super cool things he has done around our house.) An out of the blue question, considering I hadn’t filled him in on the previous week’s activities.

You see, I had spotted a piece of marble in an antiques store a few days ago and could not stop thinking about it. I have always loved marble – floors, countertops, lamps, marble topped dressers and tables. Last night while I was supposed to be sleeping I had an idea – use the marble for a top to my daughter’s night stand! I couldn’t quite remember the size of the piece of marble (I didn’t measure.). I was, however, pretty certain it was too long, hence, the question.

So, I filled my husband in on the details – marble, probably too big, would need to cut one side, would look so cute, cheap, please, etc. Since he knows by now that my questions aren’t really questions at all - more of a letting him know what he will be doing when he gets home - he said go for it.

Of course things aren’t always how we remember them. Sometimes they turn out better! I went back to the store and discovered the piece of marble had been the top to an old Eastlake style side table. The table had broken but the top survived. To my delight, it was the perfect size – just a few inches larger than the night stand I wanted to use it on.

I happily made my purchase and discussed with the dealer the best way to clean and polish the marble. He suggested using toothpaste for cleaning and then buffing it with car wax.  (I ended up using some polish I already had on hand.).

Here is the night stand before. It is made of oak and painted heirloom white.

Here is the night stand with the marble top.

Unfortunately I can only give you a sneak peak (below) of what the table looks like in my daughter’s room. I just finished a complete bedroom redo and it is currently being considered for a Better Homes and Garden’s photo shoot.

So what do you think? I love how the marble is a little unexpected and adds another texture and pattern to my daughter’s room. The best part – no cutting. Although, I have to say I was kind of looking forward to seeing if my husband could actually cut marble with a circular saw. I guess there is always a next time!

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52 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think it looks great and what luck! I'm usually the other way around ~ I think something will fit perfectly and it's usually too big! Congrats on the possible feature in BH&G!

Andrea said...

I love, love, love the table! You did a fabulous job!

Christine said...

ohh that looks so great! I hope you get the feature!!

Amanda said...

I love how this turned out! What a great idea!

Janie aka Jane, Juana said...

You can buy "scrap" pieces at the marble/granite yards and they will cut to your size and polish.
I bought 2 pieces for the tops of my night stands (husband always spilling water!) and that's how I got them.
Didn't know about the toothpastes, thanks!!!!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a great marriage! The table is beautiful and good luck on the BH&G spread!

mishebe said...

I think it is fabulous!

Boxwood Terrace said...

The table looks great! So nice that your husband was ready to help out with the saw. Please keep us posted on the BH&G spread. Good luck!

Pine Tree Home said...

What a great transformation. I have hunk of granite that I've been wondering what to do with. Hmmm.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Congratulations on BH&G. You're on their list now, it's just a matter of time!

I love the marble top table! The table itself is great, love the little shelf and the turned legs. Adding the pretty marble gives it such pizazz! Love it!

Cheers!
Tina

Bobbie said...

I love that table, but a handy hubby is even better :)
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Patti said...

Did the toothpaste work well? How about the wax? I have 2 marble top tables and no one has ever suggested that!! Yours looks great!

Julie said...

Very Cute!

Anna said...

the marble top looks great on the white painted table

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

Really, really lovely!

Creations By Cindy said...

It turned out really nice. Be blessed. Cindy

Pam said...

First, congrats on the possible Home and Garden shoot....and the table looks great. Like you it just adds that little something extra.

Lou Cinda said...

So lucky to find that marble!! I LOVE marble too and this was such a great idea to put it on the bedside table and it is perfect!!!

Congrats on the possible shoot for BH&G!! Can't wait to see more!!

I am a follower!

Lou Cinda :)

A Cottage Muse said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! The table came out just great!

for the love of a house said...

Wow! It looks great! Can't wait to see the room!
I too, would have loved to know if your husband would have been able to cut it (maybe with a diamond edge blade?) I laughed at your "questions" for him- I do that too with Dan!! I think they react much better with a little time to think about projects!
I've never heard about the toothpaste trick- were you pleased with those results?
joan

TheSmithHotel said...

That table looks beautiful!

Jody

Atelier de Charo said...

Your table looks very pretty.

Charo

Anuradha Varma said...

I love all your ideas. Great post and a gorgeous table :-)

Cara@TheSheetBoutique said...

Nice table... I see a hint of color on the bed. Can't wait to see the final reveal.

The DIY Show Off said...

Beautiful! We have two slabs of marble sitting around (that came with the house - in the yard!). Great inspiration!
~R

Linda said...

I just luv how the table looks with the marble...sooooo stunning! Thanks for coming to my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY...hope to see you here next week:)

Blessings,
Linda

JulieChats said...

Great Job! I love it!

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Mary Ellen said...

Love the table and how fun to have something wonderful enough to be considered for a magazine. I can't imagine ever being in one but it is fun to think about it!

bee blessed
mary

Robyn said...

WHAT AN AWESOME FIND! I'm thinking your husband would at least need a wet tile saw with diamond blade but what do I know! It looks fabulous and how exciting for you about the possible BH&G gig! COOL!

becolorful said...

Really looks great. I have an old marble top table that was my Grandmas and I love that it was hers but it also just so pretty. Stone just brings such presence to a piece.

Punctuation Mark said...

this is a great idea... new life to an old table!

pve design said...

That marble top looks like it was always there, a meant to be find! Wonderful! Your daughter must be thrilled.
pve

Red Door Home said...

Thanks to everyone who asked about cleaning the marble top with toothpaste. I am no marble expert, but the toothpaste really seemed to clean up all the dirt. I would definitley use it again.

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

Bee-You-Tee-Full! What a terriffic job you did! I landed here from It's So Very Cheri and I'm so glad that I stumbled in! We seem to have similar taste and I have become a follower. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place sometime this week when you get a chance. until later...

fawnda said...

That is beautiful! Great job! I love it! : )

Pat Harris said...

I love it! It's perfect!

Rene said...

Isn't it funny how our best ideas come in the middle of the night?

We have a piece of granite and I was hoping that you would say that the marble could be cut with a circular saw. The table turned out beautifully and I'm hoping to see the rest of the room in BHG. Congrats!

{ L } said...

Oh wow! I would have never thought to attempt something like this. It turned out so lovely too. I'm impressed. :) I always so enjoy seeing your inspiration. (Of course I'm still stuck on the beauty of your home during the holidays!!)

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Jessica Hills said...

Ooo I love marble! That looks great! Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday Party if you would like to join in!

Emily said...

Love it!!

Brabourne Farm said...

I love it - you've made an ordinary table into something really beautiful. Leigh

Atticmag said...

Thanks for the sneak peek. The table looks terrific. I have a similar piece of marble on a junky old base. Now you've got me thinking!!! Hope you will have time to come take our tour of the Architectural Digest Home Design show. -- Jane F

Anne Marie said...

that is a very nice looking table....I really do like the marble top like that....

saw you at shabby nest!

Lamp Tramp said...

This is amazing, love it!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a lovely table and I adore the marble top on it!
Debbie

Ronnie said...

What a great LUCKY find! Looks better with the marble. I'm remodeling the kitchen and was talked out of marble countertops by the kitchen designer and my husband. I am still mourning that loss. Boo hoo. Maybe someday. I do have a few old washstands with marble so that will have to do.
Looking forward to seeing your completed bedroom!

shopannies said...

love how marbel brings an item out even more the table looked great alone and can only imagine what it looked like after the marble was added

The Zhush said...

That was amazing! Now dying to see more, hope you get published, as I have a subscription!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

What a bummer that you cannot show it yet. But, what a great idea for the table top. It's so chic now. Love it.

Candy (Mama Lion) said...

thats fabulous. How did u attach the marble to the table top?

Remodelaholic said...

Just a heads up would like to feature this quick change from the party link you left on Friday. I hope that is okay let me know.

kayce hughes said...

The room looks beautiful. i love the pink!

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