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How to Paint Marble – Inset Table Makeover

Ooh…it’s always a wonderful thing when a friend sees something and thinks of you. Especially, when that thing has gorgeous turned legs with inset marble and is ripe for a refresh. eep! Mandy, is one wonderful gal-friend who knows what strikes my fancy and let’s me take on many wonderful projects, like this trash bin and vintage shelf recently. That’s what leads me to this project and my goal is to show you how to paint marble.

Inlaid Marble Table Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This table is definitely eye-catching in design, but the marble top is showing wear, as well as the wood base itself. Plus, the vibe is dark and maybe you have something similar that you’d like to update to make it your own. I know sometimes we want to update our home and think we need to get rid of everything and start over. However, there’s no need when we can change up what we have to make it better fit our style.

Black Marble Top Before "How to Paint Marble" Tutorial | prodigalpieces.com

Water Ring on Inset Marble Table Top | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

That’s when it’s time to take this ol’ lovely apart and see what I’m facing. Let the fun begin!

STUDY & DESIGN

First, I pop out the marble inset and give it a good cleaning with rubbing alcohol. That allows the surface to be rid of any residues and ready for the primer. In the past, I’ve used this same BIN primer by Zinsser to hide bleed-through from stains, and also conceal cigarette smoke/musty odors like in this entertainment center turned wardrobe and this French provincial desk. To get a smooth base coat, I use a micro foam roller and apply one coat.

Applying Zinsser BIN Primer - How to Paint Marble | prodigalpieces.com

When you use this stuff, you want gloves, goggles, and especially an organic respirator. It works awesome, but the chemicals are nasty. Use it outside or with oodles of ventilation. Also, if you want to paint your tile floors, this is the best product for it as well.

NEXT STEPS

Meanwhile, I tackle the table base. I set up my tools with my DIY furniture turn table to make this job a breeze.

Vintage Marble Table Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I apply a coat of a custom color paint I mixed up that is reminiscent of a summer sky. I originally mixed it for my dining room ceiling which I have yet to show you. Here it is after the first coat…doesn’t it look white? Trust me, it’s a very soft blue with a hint of green.

First Coat of Blue Paint on Vintage Table | prodigalpieces.com

The table eventually gets two coats and let cure. After that, I paint two coats of white acrylic latex paint on the marble to give it a backdrop for stenciling. This time, I’m using the same French script stencil I’ve used on this Art Deco buffet or this curbside desk.

Applying French Script Stencil to Marble Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

Last, but not least, I add a few accents to the table base and poly to the marble inset.

THE REVEAL

Finally, the table is refreshed and ready with an entire new look. Would you guess it’s the same table?

Painted Marble Side Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furntiure #diy

Vintage Blue Side Table with French Typography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #shabbychic

It’s crazy how a little changing can make such a huge difference. The table is now lighter and brighter, and even has a little love note on it too.

French Script Table Top DIY Painted Marble by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #homedecor

MIlk Glass and Roses by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #roses #vintage

The legs are my favorite part as I’m always a sucker for turnings. Also, can you see the slight white accents I added to the details?

Shabby Chic Side Table with Painted Marble Inset by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shabbychic #furntiure

Antique Blue Accent Table Refinished by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #vintage #blue

In addition, the best part about these tables is that they can go most anywhere – bedside, entry, living, bath…you get the idea. Where would you use it?

French Chic Accent Table with Marble Inset | How to Paint Marble by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #shabbychic

If you’d like to make this table a part of your home story, you can find it and more available in my online shop.

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While I’m all about having fun with my creations, I’m also about inspiring others to take a turn with their own projects and create a cozy, inviting home. Pin and share to inspire others!

How to Paint Marble the Easy Way | Antique Side Table Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #tutorial #antique #furniture

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Comments

  1. Sheryl Danner says

    Ohhh wow, that table is exactly the type of furniture I look for in my antique booths. This little beauty is one of my favorite makeovers you have done, although it’s really hard to choose! It’s perfectly beautiful?

    • Larissa says

      You are a kindred spirit, Sheryl! The design is totally my thing. I wish I had room to keep it for my daughter’s room! 😀

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    Once again you stretch the imagination! I would never have thought marble could be painted and would have discounted it. Once again, you’ve opened up a new world of possibilities!! Love it!!! ???

    • Larissa says

      And, once again, you sure know how to make me smile, Rebecca. Yes, you can’t paint hearths, tile, pretty much anything your heart desires. So fun!

  3. Judy Burnside says

    Another beauty!! I really like the new inset with the script. Looks much more personal than the dark marble. Thanks for continuing to inspire us all! Have a blessed week.

    • Larissa says

      That’s so good to hear, Judy. Thank you! I have been working so hard behind the scenes and am excited to share with you all.

  4. Marie-Interior Frugalista says

    This is such a pretty makeover, Larissa, and I adore what you did with the marble inset. Good ole tried and true Zinsser primer for the win!

    • Larissa says

      Right? I just love that stuff. Sticks to anything, blocks smoke and stains, and even can be tinted!

  5. Niki says

    Needed a break yesterday and ended up deleting everything in a fit of “I’m too lazy” So I had to resubscribe today.

    Anywhooo this is a great little table Larissa!!! Was that real marble or man made faux marble? Faux anything gives me the heebie-jeebie’s. I like the soft colors and yes turned anything makes me happy as well. When I am stressed sometimes I’ll watch YouTube videos of woodworkers turning the lathe. It’s very relaxing.

    • Larissa says

      I totally feel you, Niki. haha. It is real marble and I agree about faux marble as well. I’ve always wanted to learn the lathe, such a relaxing art.

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