Clever mum shares how she built a replica marble side table on a budget – and it looks EXACTLY like expensive alternatives worth thousands
- An Aussie DIY enthusiast has made a replica marble side table
- Jaharn Quinn adores the marble style but didn’t want to pay thousands
- Instead she made a table from MDF boards and painted it black
- The ‘hero’ product was a $26 marble effect spray from Bunnings Warehouse
- The end result looked exactly like a real marble table and wowed hundreds
Marble tables can cost thousands of dollars, but now a clever Australian mum has made a replica marble side table on a budget using supplies from Bunnings Warehouse.
DIY enthusiast Jaharn Quinn, from Queensland, was ‘lusting’ over the popular style and shared how she made a cheaper alternative on Instagram.
Using MDF boards cut to size and nailed together, she painted the box black then used the $26.80 Dulux DuraMax Marble Effect Spray Paint to add the ‘marble’ look.
‘I am constantly thinking about how you can make your dream home for less, I decided to give myself a challenge and see if I could make my own marble effect plinth,’ Jaharn wrote on her Instagram page, Smorhome.
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Aussie mum Jaharn Quinn, from Queensland, has always admired marble tables and wanted one for her home without paying thousands of dollars. Instead she made a replica using supplies from Bunnings (pictured, right)
On her blog, she listed the supplies she used – including two MDF panels, a measuring tape, multipurpose filler, microfibre roller and black gloss exterior paint
On her blog, she listed the supplies she used – including two MDF panels, a measuring tape, screws, multipurpose filler, microfibre roller and black gloss exterior paint.
The end result was stunning and appeared to look exactly like a marble table – without the cost.
To create the side table, Jaharn picked up the supplies from her local Bunnings and had assistance from the staff to cut the MDF boards to the correct size.
Next, she built the table by making holes in the boards then drilling in the nails.
‘Fill in the screws and any deeper gaps using multipurpose filler. Set aside to dry for at least three hours, or less if the day is hot and dry,’ Jaharn wrote on her website.
‘Sand the multipurpose filler so it’s flush with the surface.’
‘Fill in the screws and any deeper gaps using multipurpose filler. Set aside to dry for at least three hours, or less if the day is hot and dry,’ Jaharn wrote online. The surface was then sanded
She then painted the plinth using a black gloss paint, then left it to try and repeated this process three times.
Next, she applied the marble effect spray paint as per the instructions over the top to create the desired marble look.
‘Try not to over spray otherwise it won’t look natural. The spray paint dries really quickly too so after a few minutes, you’ll have a beautiful Marble Effect Plinth!’ she said.
To create the marble look, she used the $26.90 Dulux DuraMax Marble Effect Spray Paint (left). ‘I’m shook. I actually cannot believe how beautiful and REAL this marble effect plinth looks!’ Jaharn wrote
To her surprise, Jaharn was shocked at how well the style turned out.
‘I’m shook. I actually cannot believe how beautiful and REAL this marble effect plinth looks!’ she wrote.
She recommended spraying the product from a ‘good distance’ to make it look as natural as possible.
The DIY impressed others online who praised Jaharn’s creativity.
‘I love this, it’s brilliant,’ one person wrote, another added: ‘You just continue to blow me away!!’
What you’ll need from Bunnings:
Material from Bunnings:
- 2 x MDF panel 1200mm x 600mm cut into 4 sides and 1 top (there are more details on this below). Preferably 12mm thick or more.
- Measuring tape
- Chipboard Countersunk Screws
- Multipurpose Filler
- Microfibre roller
- Paint tray
- Black gloss exterior paint
- Dulux DuraMax Marble Effect Spray Paint
4 x 600mm x 300mm
For the top: you will need to mock assemble the four sides and take your measurement.
The sides: the plinth won’t all be equal or a perfect square, rather you’ll have something like 2 x sides 300mm and 2 x sides 310mm.