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How to turn a sad piece into an industrial side table

Transform a small, sad side table into an industrial, metal and marble accent piece with spray paint and contact paper!

I have a confession to make; I have a soft spot for small, sad-looking tables.  Look at this guy, would you be able to pass him up in a thrift store?  I just couldn’t leave him!  I really do have a habit of bringing home small tables that I do not necessarily have a place or purpose for.  But I’ve learned through the years that it is effortless to transform them and turn them into statement pieces for your home!

This post is also the first post in a new series that I am so excited to be a part of!  I touched on it in my 2020 forecast post, but now I want to say welcome to the first edition of the Less is More Thrifty Thursday series!  We will be posting some fun and thrifty transformations every last Thursday of the month.  Sara from The Inspired Decorator and Elizabeth from A Well Purposed Woman are joining me today!  Welcome to Windmill & Protea if you just hopped over from them!  If you don’t know Sara or Elizabeth yet, be sure to hop over to their inspirational sites.  The links to their Thrifty Thursday posts are at the bottom of this post.

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How to turn a sad piece into an industrial side table

This table ended up sitting in our entryway for a couple of years.  I knew that it had a lot of potential, but I had no idea how to transform it.  Then when I used contact paper on our kitchen counters, inspiration struck!  I did not want to paint the shiny veneer surfaces, but I knew that contact paper would not have any trouble adhering to it.

Materials Used

  • Any small table – I will say that for this industrial-look side table, it is preferable to have a table with metal legs or frame of a surface that will look like metal once painted
  • Sanding paper
  • Spray primer and spray paint in the colour of choice – I used Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze
  • Contact paper in the design of your choice – I used a marble patterned paper

DIY Faux Marble & Metal Industrial Side Table Method

I removed the top and shelf from the frame and cleaned all the pieces to remove grime.  Then I sanded the frame lightly.  I gave the frame one coat of primer and about three coats of the oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.  I could immediately see that I was on to something as the frame looked so much better in black than it did in the dull brown!

While I waited for the spray paint to dry, I set to work on the tabletop and shelf and covered them with the marble patterned contact paper.  Work in sections and smooth out any air bubbles right away with a credit card or something similar.  

When the spray paint is dry, you can put the parts back together again and admire your new industrial side table!  Don’t you just love how the table turned out? 

For more inspiration on how to breathe new life into thrifted items, be sure to check out Elizabeth’s and Sara’s posts.  On the left, you can see how Elizabeth transforms an old sweater into mittens and on the right you can head over to see how Sara uses a wine jug as decor!

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DIY Marble & Metal Industrial Side Table

If you love industrial décor in your home, you will also enjoy this post where I built a custom industrial track light for our kitchen!

January has gone by so fast, I can’t believe we are already one month into 2020, but I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.  Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter, so you never miss a post!

Till next time, take care!

Junette |

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  • Sara

    I love how your table turned out! Great idea

    January 30, 2020 at 10:02 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you Sara – I’m loving projects with contact paper so far!

      January 31, 2020 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    Wow what a neat transformation! I have to admit when I saw your before picture I thought what will she do with it…paint,etc? I am impressed!

    January 31, 2020 at 4:40 am Reply
    • Junette

      Thanks, Elizabeth – I was stuck for years with this table because the veneer was just too shiny and I knew that paint would not last on that surface. I’m so happy with how it turned out!

      January 31, 2020 at 12:42 pm Reply

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