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This is one of my favorite projects to date because it turned out just as I pictured in my head! That rarely happens…Enter pretty pink marble coffee table DIY.
I found several boxes of mostly broken pink marble (jade) at my local ReStore and was able to put together one box of different sized, but unbroken, pieces. I had no clue what to use it for but hey, it was pink!
I decided to use the tile to top a long coffee table and asked a local fabricator how much it would be to weld a custom metal base. The quote I received was steep, kind of defeated a DIY. A few weeks later, I was lucky enough to find several weathered metal tables for sale on Craigslist. Because they had been left outside, they were rusted over. I grabbed two different sized bases and had just enough tile pieces to cover one.
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Cost and Materials
Total Cost: $47.93
Materials + Cost breakdown:
- Frame: 15$
- Tile: 10$
- Spray paint and spray gloss finish: 7.96$
- Plywood: 5$
- Grout: 9.97$
What I used:
- Orbital sander
- Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Spray Paint
- Rust-Oleum Enamel Gloss
- Simplefix adhesive and grout
- First, wipe down the table base with a wet rag and peel off any large rusted flakes.
- Sand the entire piece, removing all of the rust and sanding until the surface is smooth and bare metal is exposed. This was the most labor intensive step for me because I wanted a perfectly smooth finish under the spray paint.
- Prime and paint the base, keeping an eye out for raised areas where the old finish is not completely removed. You may have to sand those areas down again (I did).
- Apply two – three more coats of paint. I was torn whether to paint the base grey, gold, or black, but I love the contrast of pink and bright white.
- Seal everything with a high-gloss spray to give the base a lacquer-like shine.
- Cut a piece of plywood to fit into the top. Check the thickness of your tile+plywood to guarantee the tile is flush with the top edge when finished. In the end mine wasn’t quite flush when everything settled.
- Screw the plywood into place.
- I took a trip down memory lane to high school geometry trying to fit all of the random sized tile pieces to the dimensions of the inset top. I used a tile saw to cut the pieces down to size.
- Tape off the table edges and apply grout to the plywood, setting all the tile pieces in. It helps to lay them out in order and mark their positions on the back in pencil.10. Fill all the cracks with grout and use a grout float to spread evenly into all the cracks. Wipe the tabletop down with a wet sponge. I’ll caution you that a grout with course sand could scratch the tile (like what I used did…whoops).
Voila! Step back and admire your work! Now where to put it and what to put on it…