DIY Faux Marble Nightstand Top

nightstand (similar) | brass pineapple (similar) | lamp (similar) | wood plant pot (similar)

Here is a super easy DIY for you that came to life out of necessity.  When we moved from Maryland to Kansas in July of 2016 the movers packed up my beloved mirrored nightstand without removing the mirrored top.  I don’t think they realized that it wasn’t attached and I forgot to let them know…so somewhere between being packed up in Maryland and unpacked in Kansas the mirror broke and no one ever told us.  When the nightstand was placed in our bedroom the mirrored top was completely missing and I never did a claim for it because I forgot, and I never got new mirror cut because the shape is a little funky and I wasn’t even sure where to begin since the nightstand wouldn’t fit in my little sedan.  Fast forward a year and we are living in Hawaii and the nightstand is still missing it’s top.  Then it finally dawned on me: I could create one myself!  

Here is what the nightstand has looked like this past year:

I pretty much just plopped a lamp on the top and decided to ignore the problem.

The first thing I did was go to an office supply store and buy a single piece of foam board.  They’re in the poster board section and are only a few dollars.

Next, I bought this white marbled Con-Tact paper.

Then I went home, placed the foam board on top of the nightstand and used a pencil and an x-acto knife to cut the foam board down to size.  Here is a photo of the foam board after I cut it:

Finally, I wrapped the top and sides of the foam board in one piece of the Con-Tact paper, making sure to smooth it out well so that no air bubbles got trapped.  Then I placed the “marble” table top into it’s spot on the nightstand.

Here is what it looks like now!

We are using it on Tom’s side of the bed, which is why I placed a wedding photo of me on it 🙂  It’s hard to even tell that it’s not real marble!  And the whole project cost me about $10.  Sure, it’s not as durable as a real piece of marble but it certainly does the job and looks so much better than it did before.

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Katie Vail
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  1. October 4, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Dang that looks so so good!

  2. October 6, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    What a great idea! It looks great too!

  3. October 12, 2017 / 12:48 am

    These turned out so good!!

  4. October 12, 2017 / 12:49 am

    Thanks Jen! So glad I finally came up with a solution!

  5. October 12, 2017 / 12:50 am

    Thank you, Rebecca! And thanks for reading 🙂

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