Have you ever seen something on the Internet or been shopping and fallen in love with something, only to discover that it’s out of your budget? Of course you have. Everyone has. For me, it was a marble daisy-shaped coffee table that I first spotted from Anthro. I started googling around to find something similar, but every other one I found was still a little pricey. I knew the table would compliment my eclectic living room perfectly, and that’s when my DIY brain kicked in. If you can’t buy it, make it!
I’m going to take you on my journey today, mapping out the steps I took in case you’d like to make your own. If interested, here are the supplies and tools you will need to build your own, in no particular order:
-concrete planter (I found mine at Target)
-wood filler in white
-flat metal wire
-metal circle (mine was 6″- I recommend getting one custom cut)
I began by cutting a circular template out of cardboard. From there, I divided the circle into eighths. Let me tell you, that was some math I hadn’t used in a while! I created the rounded edges by placing a record in each section and tracing around. Depending on the size of your table, you can use any round household item. Once my cardboard template was made, I took it to my friend, Lindsay, to cut with her jigsaw. I wanted this to be a lasting, quality piece, so I knew this was no time for me to learn how to use a jigsaw. Since our piece of plywood was large enough, she was able to cut it in half and make two wooden daisies out of it. $30 went a long way here. We glued and screwed the two pieces together, and I got to sanding. A lot of sanding.
Once I got through the beginning stages of my table, I hired my friend, Evan, to do the routing for the metal pieces. I had considered just using metallic tape, but like I said before, I really wanted this to be a quality piece that lasts a long time. Evan did an amazing job with the routing and I was seeing my vision transform in front of my eyes!
I got the table top and bottom all painted and let it cure for a couple of days. Once it was ready, I used Liquid Nails to glue the concrete planter to the bottom of the table (where the screws are). Don’t let the photo above fool you, I was a bit conservative the first time around with the glue and the base came off when we tried to flip it. Glue that puppy on there! Then I let it cure for a day.
As I was getting closer to the finish line, let me tell you—I was giddy! Wood filler came next to fill in any gaps, then there was another coat of paint, and then the sealer. There are a lot of ways you can seal a project like this, but after doing A LOT of research, I landed on sealing it with wax. I waxed, buffed, and repeated. If you buff the wax enough, you get this lovely semi-gloss sheen. It’s a game-changer.
The last step was applying the metal to the table. This was tricky at first because my flat wire came in a roll, and once you get to unrolling it, the metal starts to bend and get wavy when you straighten it out. Ugh. Solution: my wavy, curling strips were introduced to my rolling pin. They didn’t come out ABSOLUTELY perfectly flat, but very close. I applied them to their routed homes using a bit more Liquid Nails, and used my small rubber mallet to hammer down any difficult pieces. And then, I WAS DONE.
Here is a visual on how the flat top looked vs. the finished top. Yeah, it was a bit of work, but like I said, we made a lasting piece of lovely furniture. I definitely think it was worth it.
Since I either owned tools or was able to borrow tools, with hired labor this table only cost me about $200. That’s definitely better than the $1,700 table I fell in love with. I mean, this isn’t real marble (I decided not to faux marble it), but I also don’t have to worry about knocking my shins on real marble. Ha!
I really am in love with this table. We’ve been using it for a couple of months now and I haven’t experienced any scratching or staining. I was actually the first one to knock over a glass of water and the droplets just rolled right off. Talk about a relief! Anyway, even if you don’t make this particular table, I hope it inspires you to think outside the box and achieve your style in a budget-friendlier way. And special thanks to Lindsay for humoring me and kicking this dream off with her jigsaw. xo. Katie